Alumnus Joe Karlovec Exhibits Solo Show in Myrtle Beach
About the exhibition: Karlovec's interest and background in architecture, painting and landscape architecture inspires his recent body of work, which consists of 12 large-scale textile installations featuring photographic details of architectural spaces, landscapes and paintings. As Karlovec states, “I make textiles about landscape urbanism and postmodern architecture.” Using a jacquard loom, Karlovec is able to weave his photographic images into textiles. He then hand cuts his fiber imagery and reconstructs them into multi-layered fiber collages that seemingly undulate with a maze of interiors, facades and outdoor areas that form a large and winding, visually stunning space – albeit some of the objects and spaces often contradict one another. Beckoned by the towering scale of the textiles to explore the picture plane, the viewer may find themselves considering their own relationships with the places in which they live and work, as well as their surrounding environments.
Joe Karlovec currently works as the Production Manager at Farano Fine Art in West Palm Beach Florida. He received his BFA in Interior Architecture from the Cleveland Institute of Art and briefly studied Landscape Architecture at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University before receiving an MFA in Painting from Kent State University.
Image: Joseph Karlovec, "Eviction Notice," jacquard textile, cotton, hand-cut, 6 piece installation, 2020.