24 Feb On the Art Scene: Todd Kosharek
“We are all here once, as far as we know, and time slips past so easily if you are not careful…When I am painting, I feel like I [am] competing with time. I am capturing it, freezing it in an idea or an inspiration.”—Todd Kosharek
I love living in a town like Jackson Hole because of our access to a world-class community of artists. Todd Kosharek is one of these artists, and in anticipation of his upcoming show at Altamira Fine Art in March, I wanted to share a little bit about him.
Hands down, he is creating some of the most exciting work I have seen in awhile. At first glance, it may seem a bit conventional—landscapes and portraits are easily dismissed as basic—but Todd gives us great reason to take a second look.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
His work is striking in technique, subject matter and tone. It combines Old World concepts (heavily inspired by Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi) with modern simplicity. The result is refreshing.
Several pieces in the Origami Crane Series incorporate stark, nearly empty rooms as the backdrop. The cranes (a symbol of peace) disappear into these rooms as if they were a piece of furniture.
Kosharek sees each room as an expression of a different human need—the attic symbolizing our need for memory, the hallway symbolizing our need to move forward, etc.
I love the idea of showcasing this series in a bedroom or even in a hallway, giving the passerby a reason to pause.
After eleven years of painting portraits in only black and white, Kosharek painted his first color portrait of his son, Weston. These portraits showcase his process, which involves taking hundreds of pictures of each subject. The sense of melancholy and loneliness in each subject truly brings out the influence of Old World Dutch artists.
As these works are incredibly powerful, they deserve a moment in the spotlight, on their own wall with very little to distract. This portrait of his son would be arresting in an entryway, at the end of a hallway, or top of a stairwell.
WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE HIM
One of the things I love the most about Todd is his total lack of ego.
He refers to his work as “50% finished,” and explains that the “artist finishes their canvas with their completed idea, but leaves space for the audience to finish the other 50% with their personal reaction.”
Todd’s pieces are not only lovely, they are also a quiet and welcome break from the constant noise of the world.
Don’t miss his work at Altamira starting March 21, 2016.