Skip to content

Thomas Kovachevich

2013

Opening: Sunday, February 23, 6–8pm

February 23 – March 30, 2014

A photograph of three squares, composed of black grosgrain ribbon within white painter's tape. The have about a foot between each of them.

Portrait of this Room (Black and White Triptych), 2013. Grosgrain ribbon, paper tape and dressmaker pins. Three units, 120 x 120 inches each

A photograph of 4 sculptures installed upon the wall. They follow the order of colors mentioned in the title (red, white, white, blue), and there is approximately 12 inches between each column.

Red White White Blue, 2013, gel and corrugated plastic. Each column: 48 x 4.5 inches (121.9 x 11.4 cm); overall: 48 x 64 inches (121.9 x 162.6 cm)

A photograph of a sculpture, installed upon a white plinth in front of the window of the gallery. The 35 elements of this piece are of varying heights and widths, with a sheen in the light.

Solid Geometry, 2013, corrugated plastic, 35 individual sculptures, 96 x 96 x 54 inches (243.8 x 243.8 x 137.2 cm)

A photograph of the artwork in the exhibition that illustrates the video on a flat-screen TV, with the paper itself in a small vitrine at right upon the wall.

Rose, 2012, HD video, paper, and fabric with pastel, 6 minute duration with a 15 x 15 inch sculpture (38.1 x 38.1 cm)

A photograph of a video still from the HD video included in this artwork. In the image there are 2 pieces of paper, curling over themselves, with dots of red paint at the corner.

Rose (video still), 2012, HD video, paper, and fabric with pastel, 6 minute duration with a 15 x 15 inch sculpture (38.1 x 38.1 cm)

A photograph of a black stage upon a white pedestal. Upon the white stage, which has a depth of about 3 inches, are 12 pieces of square colored papers in various hues. They are partially curled, each one individiated.

Limen: A Performance in 870 Hours, 2013, wood and paper, 29 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 inches (74.9 x 74.9 x 2.5 cm)

A photograph of a framed work that is made predominantly of green, transparent tracing paper, and black paint. The pieces of tracing paper are square (large), and 3 small rectangles with a black line running vertically through the shape.

Trust, 2013, acrylic, white paper, black pastel on wood tray, 24 x 24 x 3 inches (61 x 61 x 7.6 cm)

A photograph of an artwork in a square ground with a sky-blue frame. There is a square in the center of the artwork that has a black ground with splatters of the same blue paint found on the frame. Behind the black square is a background of mixed green, blue, and white tones, wherein the grain of the wood support is visible behind the paint.

Two Squares, 2013, wood, linen, black water-resistant fabric, acrylic, paint, paper, and pastel, 29 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches (74.9 x 74.9 cm)

A photograph of a square artwork with a black ground. There is a circle centered within the square. The circle is made up of black, white, and grey lines. The circle looks somewhat like a fuzzy ball, or a molecule in space.

Sun, Moon and Stars, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A photograph of a painting upon a black, square ground. In the center of the square is a rough circular shape that resembles a flower. The center of the shape is dark purple with some red hues as well; the exterior, abstracted petal-area is made up of red and orange brushstrokes applied gesturally with wet paint.

Corolla, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A photograph of a painting on black, square ground. In the center of the work is a grey and white painted shape that resembles a submarine peeking out of the line of water, periscope visible.

Sensor, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A photograph of a painting on black, square ground. The center has an asymmetrical shape made of a dark purple/dark gray color made up of wavy brushstrokes. There a wisps of white and black within the shape as well.

Orpheus, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A photograph of a painting on black, square ground. In the center there is an abstract shape made up of painted dots in red, green, yellow, blue, orange, and brown.

Identify, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A photograph of a painting on black square ground. In the center is a shape that resembles an open metal lock, outlined in red. The lock-shape itself is made in grey and black paint.

In Secret, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A photograph of a painting on black square ground, with a mass of white and grey florets in the center. The shape of the mass of florets are roughly a trapezoid.

Florets, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A photograph of a painting on black square ground. In the center is an abstract composition that appears like a bloated butterfly. There is a yellow mass in the center, with white and red dots. There are a few yellow lines, and dark blue lines that outline a rounded shape.

Angel, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A photograph of a square painting on black ground. In the center of the square is a white shape that appears in the shape of an abstracted conch shell. Toward the bottom-left of the white shape are 2 small yellow dots, and 2 orange lines; in the center are 2 more orange dots and a red line.

Benthos, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A photograph of a painting on a black square ground, with a shape in the center that resembles the back of someone's head. The shape is filled in with colored circles that summon floral blooms in pink, red, yellow, green, and blue.

Kawrnuhkohpeeuh, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A photograph of a painting on black square ground, with a circular shape in the center of the canvas. Within the circle is a green triangle, pointing downward. The circle is otherwise colored with red, yellow, and black, as well as white dots.

The 70's, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A photograph of a painting on black ground, in a square. In the center of the square is a mass of dots in red, orange, white, and yellow. The mass of dots forms a rough circle.

Choice, 2013, acrylic on linen, 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

A roughly circular shape on a black ground. The shape is make with a single line of black paint.

Fountain, 2013, corrugated plastic, acrylic, and water, 48 x 48 1/4 inches (121.9 x 122.6 cm)

Press Release

Callicoon Fine Arts is very pleased to announce an exhibition by Thomas Kovachevich that will inaugurate its new gallery space at 49 Delancey Street, around the corner from the gallery’s current location at 124 Forsyth Street. The exhibition will occupy both spaces from February 23 to March 30. We are pleased to be collaborating with Show Room Gowanus at 460 Union Street, Brooklyn, where an installation by Kovachevich will be on view from February 28 to March 30. This is Kovachevich’s second exhibition with both galleries. 

Collectively titled 2013, these exhibitions across three spaces foreground one year of production by Kovachevich. While functioning as a framework for the artist’s daily practice, the span of time also underscores the importance of duration, often marked in the work by barely perceptible movement or seemingly unexplained phenomena. 

At first it was the ordinary materials that surrounded him when working as a physician—tissues, gauzes—that inspired the making of objects. These objects embodied the intimacy of touch and intuitiveness of thought that also informed his working philosophy as a doctor. For example, one early work involves the careful application of a wide strip of plastic tape to hold together two pieces of tissue paper. The sensibility behind this transformative act of joining extends to Kovachevich’s use of painting, drawing, and forms of sculptural assembly that result in large, space filling volumetric forms. In one group of works corrugated plastic is cut to form wedge shaped constructions, columns, and giant ovular wheels. The semi-transparent shapes in three dimensions gain volume by holding light within them, their shape determined by a scoring gesture analogous to drawing. 

Compressions of time and process are evident in the artist’s series of foot-square canvases, mostly on black grounds. A triptych of large paintings on fiberglass panels, each edged with duct tape, magnify their effect. These works began as references to, or portraits of, painted plastic vacuum-form packaging and have developed into depictions of what could be called “things” but that elude categorization. Perhaps some explanation will come in the future, as when scientists recently discovered that movement of a fibrous material can be triggered by exposing it to moisture and harvested for energy—a phenomenon patented by Kovachevich years earlier and that has formed the basis of his work in performance and installation since he first began his practice as an artist in the late 1960s. 

Thomas Kovachevich was born in Detroit, MI, and lives and works in New York. He has had one-person exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Hotel Wolfers - the Herman Daled residence, Brussels, The Albert and Vera List Center at MIT, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Santa Monica Museum of Art; at galleries such as Farideh Cadot and Berggruen & Cie, both Paris, Francesca Pia, Bern, and Curt Marcus, NY. Significant group exhibitions include Documenta 5, exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, NY and The Detroit Institute of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, COCO Kunstverein, Vienna, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. In May, Kovachevich will have an exhibition at Galerie de France, Paris.

Callicoon Fine Arts is located at 49 Delancey Street between Forsyth and Eldridge Streets, and at 124 Forsyth Street, between Delancey and Broome Streets. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 12 to 6pm. The nearest subway stops are the B and D trains at Grand Street and the F, J, M and Z trains at Delancey-Essex Street.

Show Room Gowanus is located at 460 Union Street in Brooklyn. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 12 to 6pm. The nearest subway stations are the Carroll St. F/G and the Union St. R.

Back To Top