Re: Kes Zapkus works at ARTSITES, Riverhead, N.Y.

      Paintings and Drawings, August 18 – September 16, 2007








            This body of work is an exploration of correlatives in thought, expression, and time. For his own improvisational impetus, Zapkus juxtaposes images of architectural building plans, by several unrelated individuals, simultaneously conceived in the same time period. Using this as raw informational material he freely associates, makes correspondences and transformations for his own expressive ends.


            Zapkus has always been intrigued with analyzing and tracing thought processes in the residual of Art. The thinking which conjures creative expression is especially interesting because of its free and unlimited range of inquiry outside of functionality. As a thinking process resides in a score of a Brahms symphony or a Bach fugue, so too it is discernible in Wright’s building plans for the Guggenheim or Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh. These scores, plans are maps of a wide range of human impulses: analytical, emotional, logical, erratic, and transcendent responses to human questions of being. They are evident and extraordinarily specific mindsets of information. Zapkus uses them to construct evidence of his own mindset in response.


Certain that re-presentation is best done by camera, Zapkus continues his pursuit of a visual meta-language for the Art of Painting. Unlike the traditional, perennial re-imaging of figure and landscape (with a twist) to access human reality, Zapkus tries to mainline experiential reality directly, using mental configurations as the starting point.