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“Prismatic Vision:  The Paintings of Aiden Kringen”

Essay by Richard Speer

copyright 2017

A kaleidoscopic fantasia—crystalline planes floating in space, nestling together like immaculate puzzle pieces—abstract nebulae, human figures and faces enveloped in swirling fields or particles of energy—these number among the images evoked by the hauntingly enigmatic paintings of artist Aiden Kringen.  Within this worldview a mysterious network of interlocking planes becomes visible to the beholder:  mystical fields of unknown substance revealed as the building blocks of our bodies and semblances, surrounding, cocooning, perhaps even protecting us.  It is a vision verging on the mystical, which Kringen portrays through a distinctive style:  a fractured, cubistic mode of consciousness in which multiple dimensions or perspectives assimilate into an ecstatic whole.  The artist deploys this style in opulent and seductive portraits as well as abstract tableaux whose optical signature is magnified by compositional dynamism and deeply layered surfaces.

Born in Los Angeles in 1992, Kringen lived variously in the American West and Mexico—Sebastapol, Jalisco, Portland, Flagstaff—before settling in the hill- and vineyard-dotted environs of Sonoma, County, where he is now based.  In these very different environments, each of which possesses a uniquely picturesque natural beauty, the artist began from an early age to develop his aesthetic approach.  He has always had a keen eye for detail, grounded in a gift for looking closely at the human experience.  “I’ve always been interested in observing people,” he recalls, “and in the details of how we interact with one another.”  He put this natural ability to task when he began working on illustration and graphic-design projects while in high school.  From his mother, an artist and graphic designer, he learned the fundamentals of composition and typography, the nuances of positive and negative space and the relationships between them.  Using sheets of Letracet—a system for transferring typeface—proved particularly instrumental in developing a methodology for layering and collage, which continue to inform his works on canvas and paper.  He learned old-school techniques, hands-on and mechanical, in keeping with a Bauhaus-like appreciation for perfectionism, integrity, and hard work.

Kringen began painting at 14.  Then as now, drawing was central to his approach.  He studied vintage anatomy atlases and drew meticulously in his journals, working through myriad permutations of bones and skin, angle and pose, muscles in motion.  Honing his natural talent for figuration through long and exhaustive study, he arrived at an understanding of the figure that is both intuitive and virtuosic.  On acrylic and mixed media on canvas, Kringen lays down linework with a Micron pen in ever-more-complex compositions, often with the addition of gloss mediums to bring out the layers’ reflectivity and prismatic character.  In some pieces he incorporates gold and silver leaf to heighten drama and luxuriance, recalling the mosaic-like work of Gustav Klimt—who, along with fellow Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele, stands among Kringen’s most prominent influences.

It was in 2011 that he began painting in the style with which he is now most associated:  a technique fusing drawing and painting, line and brushstroke, with fragmented shapes undergirding the imagery.  Notably, this is not simply a stylistic conceit, but more a way of perceiving reality.  “Ever since I was young,” Kringen notes, “I’ve spent most of my time observing people:  trying to break people down, in a visual sense, into small categorizations of their features, their mannerisms, the way they twitch their nose…”  His hypersensitivity to likeness and gesture is key, for this is what distinguishes his portraits from those by artists who strive to depict idealized beauty as an end in itself.  Yes, there is an undeniable beauty to Kringen’s subjects, but it does not follow strictly conventional paradigms.  There is an individuality, a capturing of idiosyncracies and eccentricities, of optimism and fatalism, light and dark, in his work.  He is not painting archetypes, but rather illuminating the essential characters of real people in a highly refined genre of psychological portraiture.  The fragmented linework, the grids of planes he uses as lenses to focus these characteristics, is sui generis but never gimmicky; above all it is a tool for defining and refining the features of the face, adding depth and definition.

In his abstract work he uses similar techniques, paring the fabric of perception itself down to bare essentials of form, color, and texture.  The abstract pieces are simultaneously elegant and complex, combining the sweeping gesturalism of Abstract Expressionism with the rigorous structure of geometric painting.  Across the breadth of his output Kringen balances technical and thematic polarities into bracing integrations of sensuality and grittiness, inviting contemplation into the nature of opticality and the infinite possibilities of the seen and unseen.

—Richard Speer is a contributor to ARTnews, Artpulse, Visual Art Source, and Surface Design.  His essays and reviews have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Post, The Oregonian, Salon, Newsweek, and Opera News.  He is the author of “Matt Lamb:  The Art of Success” (John Wiley & Sons), the biography of Outsider artist Matt Lamb, as well as catalogue essays about many of the world’s leading contemporary artists.

Adelman Fine Art is pleased to represent Aiden Kringen and share his talent with collectors worldwide.

Q & A Interview:
AFA: Do you have anything that you collect?
AK: “I love collecting books that I then never read.”
AFA: What 5 words best describe your work?
AK: Fractured, fragmented, abstract, mosaic, realism.”
AFA: What is the most important tool in your studio that you cannot seem to live without?
AK: “The micron pen.”
AFA: Where is your happy place?
AK:  “With my wife and my two sons, out in the forest, wandering.”
AFA: Which of the (art) masters are you most inspired by?
AK: Those of the Baroque period; Bernini, Caravaggio, Rubens are probably the main ones. They created work that was so extravagant and other-worldly during that time. I love the ornateness and boldness of the paintings that characterize Baroque. But on the other side of that, I can’t help but be inspired by early abstract expressionists; Franz Kline and Joan Mitchell were visionaries of course.”
AFA: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
AK: I could easily eat chicken parmesan until the end of time.”
AFA: What part of the creative process do you most enjoy, and in which area do you face the greatest challenge?
AK: “Starting a painting is usually the most wonderful part of the process. Then finishing the piece tends to be the most difficult. I’m impatient, but also a perfectionist when it comes to painting, and those two things don’t mix entirely well. I want it to be done, and the piece may be 90% complete but it needs the last finishing touches and I’m ready to move on the next idea. So I force myself to finish it, and am always glad that I did…so I can start another.”
AFA: What was the last concert you attended?
AK: “I think it was either Cold War Kids, or Tool, at some point last year. I enjoy an eclectic mix.”
AFA: If you could purchase one piece of artwork at Adelman Fine Art, which would it be? 
AK: “‘Part of Something More’ by Jennifer Hannaford is absolutely beautiful. I would purchase that one.”
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