Karl Bielik’s multilayered paintings are about themselves, take refuge in their own abstract forms, styles and colours yet whisper to each other, inform each other in an effort to make connections, to find their way through the painting process. Bielik’s work is inherently urban, there is a sense that he’s translating his immediate environment onto canvas through a series of prisms that create geometric forms, that sit uneasily on globs of thick encrusted paint, drippings and loose brushstrokes.
Some of his paintings seem to have been conceived slowly while others are more upfront, in your face, brutal and without subtlety. It makes for an interesting dichotomy. Rough and smooth, hard and soft, geometric and organic. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
Working on a multitude of paintings at a time, Karl Bielik’s brew of abstractions are developed in batches. Irregular canvases cover his studio walls and floors, where he shifts from one painting to another, experimenting playfully with mark making.
Formal lines taken from photographs and diagrams contrast loose oily wounds, thick emulsions offset light glazes and dribbles. Bielik fluctuates between techniques, pushing and challenging the paint until a kind of harmony is met.
In contrast to this emotive imagery, banal solitary words form Bielik’s titles, tempering and balancing the melancholy character of his paintings; the result, a prolific collection of finely tuned sophisticated studies.