Michael Krasowitz Deconstructs the Symbolic Nature of Language


Painting by artist Michael Krasowitz

Michael Krasowitz's artistic work deals with the deconstruction of myth to "reset" the initial inspiration to express archetypal ideas in visual imagery.


Asemic writing is a core principle of Krasowitz's work. The word asemic means "having no specific semantic content". With the non-specificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning, which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret. The open nature of asemic works allows for meaning to occur across linguistic understanding; an asemic text may be "read" in a similar fashion regardless of the reader's natural language.


Painting by artist Michael Krasowitz

"I see the creative process as a means to allow the expression of the archetypal subconscious"

"Early on I was looking for a way to deconstruct my sense of self to attempt to be more in contact with what I considered my higher consciousness."


In 2009 Krasowitz traveled to Africa, it is there that he developed the initial motivation for his series of 'Painting a Day' projects. "I was drawing each day and when I came home I was scanning the drawings". That gave birth to the idea of drawing on the computer which evolved into using social media to create an audience and dialog by producing consistently and sharing these images.


Painting by artist Michael Krasowitz

"The painting a day project is the 4th iteration of making an image a day over the past few years. The first was digital drawings in 2009, the second was in 2012 where I made a monoprint a day and posted on social media such as Facebook and Google +. The 3rd iteration was between 2016 to 2018 where I was doing a line drawing cartoon with words each day. I posted these on Facebook, Google + and Instagram. The most recent is the painting a day work which I began in August of 2018."


Krasowitz also explores painting on wearable clothing. His first project was painting clothing for an opera singer, basically creating the costumes for her performances. "I do not consider what I am doing as fashion. Mostly I paint on second hand clothing."


The basic idea is rooted with similarity to the 'Painting a Day' concept which is shared on social media. The artwork is interjected into normal day to day activities, making it more relevant to peoples natural experiences.


Painting by artist Michael Krasowitz

Krasowitz is located in Long Island, NY. "We have a somewhat lively scene. We have a very active poetry scene, I live close to the Walt Whitman house. The town of Huntington was also the home to many Modernist Bauhaus artists that fled Europe. George Grosz lived here and taught at the Heckscher museum. Leger designed for a house also in Huntington. There are active areas on the island such as Patchogue and Islip where there are opportunities to make a statement and arts organizations that support this."

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