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506 Warren Street
April/May 2008

Ken Polinskie: Griffin's Cats and Other Stories

The Nicole Fiacco Gallery announces Griffin’s Cat and Other Stories, a solo exhibition of recent work by Ken Polinskie (American b. 1952).  In this, his second solo exhibition with the gallery, Polinskie will present paintings and drawings influenced by fables and narrative.  The show will include paintings created from paper pulp as well as ink and gouache drawings on artist made paper.  

Polinskie’s work is highly expressive, with dreamlike compositions that are dramatic in their gesture and color.  In addition to being quite beautiful and idiosyncratic, viewers will respond to Polinskie’s storytelling, which ranges from darkly comic to deeply moving.  Polinskie’s work is disarming, using `lo’ subjects as metaphor, while asking serious questions about the nature of the human condition.   

Ken Polinskie has remained wholly committed to the use of paper as a medium for nearly 30 years and is considered a master papermaker.  He has made significant contributions to the field through his innovative hand papermaking techniques, including his success in capturing representational imagery in his early paper pulp paintings and progressive techniques in print and edition work using handmade paper.  

Ken Polinskie is a founding board member of Dieu Donne Papermill has exhibited in New York City at Fischbach Gallery, Hirschl and Adler Modern and the Dieu Donne Papermill.  Polinskie’s museum exhibitions include Southeast Museum, Brewster, NY and the Corcoran Museum, Washington, D.C.  Ken Polinskie’s work was most recently reviewed in Handmade Paper Magazine (2005), and was previously reviewed in publications including The New York Times, Newsday, ARTnews, Art and Auction, Artforum, and American Artist magazine.   

Ken Polinskie attended the School of Visual Arts and the New School for Social Research, NY, NY.  He currently resides in Claverack, NY and maintains a studio and private paper mill in Hudson, NY.

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