My installation entitled LEVEL (BE-017) continues my exploration with surface, materials and process within a modular context. 

The Built Environments exhibit provides the perfect vehicle for revisiting the grid as a subject in my work. The installations define the space on both the vertical and horizontal planes, a landscape born of and for this specific site.

I enjoy the interplay between positive and negative space and blurring the lines between media: I see the wall slabs of layered birch plywood functioning as both  painting and sculpture. The plywood wall pieces and stacked floor pallets alternate between raw surfaces and encaustic-coated black.

My aim is to create a rhythm within the work through layered slabs and various surface treatments. I hope the viewer will engage with this rhythm while experiencing the textures and materials present in the work.

About the artist

Jorge García Almodóvar was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1972. He attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and also studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

He currently lives in Kansas City, MO, where he received the Charlotte Street Visual Art Award in 2008. His work has been on display in various galleries throughout the Kansas City area. In addition to his gallery work, he has also been involved in public art, including a permanent sculpture in Lee's Summit, MO.

In 2014, his solo exhibition entitled, En Bloc opened at the UMKC Gallery of Art. It earned him great praise by art critic Alice Thorson of the Kansas City Star.

He currently has new work in Built Environments, curated by Heather Lustfeldt at the Epsten Gallery in Overland Park, KS. Built Environments is a group exhibit comprised of past recipients of the Charlotte Street Awards, which celebrates its 20th year anniversary this year.

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