Contemporary Art
john dempcy

matthew dennison

julie gross


michael kessler

jeremiah ketner

alicia lachance

miranda lake

james leonard

sylvain louis-seize

tremain smith

jill sutton

cheryl warrick

kathleen waterloo

rimi yang

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, 1986-87
Ph.D. (Psychology), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1981
B.A. (with High Honors), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1970

Artist Statement
I have long been fascinated by the expressive power of simple geometric shapes. These immutable forms are known to us on a deep level; as such, they evoke memories of time, place and states of being.

In the paintings from my ongoing Composition Series each right-angled shape arises from an underlying matrix of small, same-sized squares. This implicit grid governs the space with its harmonious order: all shapes and intervals derive from it and thus are proportionally related to one another.

From the stability and symmetry of the grid, I develop compositions that are asymmetrical and dynamically balanced. The space is destabilized as similarities and contrasts of color, size, and location create tension and movement among the shapes. With continued viewing, shapes appear to realign and re-cluster into changing networks of relations. A precarious and shifting order prevails, but its rules remain elusive.

Karabenick has exhibited her work widely throughout the Midwest since the late 80s, as well as in numerous venues on the East Coast. She has also curated exhibitions in New York and Philadelphia, and since 2005, is the editor of an online scholarly project called Geoform that documents the use of geometric form and structure in contemporary abstract art. Karabenick’s work is found in many private collections as well as in the American Embassy, Tbilisi, Georgia. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

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