Woods Unknown, Katarina Janeckova Walshe, Malone, Painting, Photography, K Space Contemporary

MALONE & KATARINA JANECKOVA WALSHE

AUGUST 6 – SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

OPENING RECEPTION:

AUGUST 6, 5:30 – 9 PM

WOODS UNKNOWN

K Space Contemporary is excited to present Woods Unknown an exhibition of collaborative works by painter Katarina Janečková Walshe and photographer Malone. The two artists recently returned from Slovakia, Janečková’s home, where they presented their first exhibition together. Woods Unknown is divided in two parts – Corpus Christi and Slovakia. Before and After. What WAS, and what IS, creating the space for what COULD BE. 

Born in 1988 in Bratislava, Slovakia Katarina Janečková Walshe received an MA in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava in 2013. She now divides her time between Corpus Christi and New York City. Inspired by the roles of masculinity and femininity, the wide availability of sexual content, and challenging the male gaze through sexual liberation, Janečková Walshe uses playful colors and characters to direct and discover the role of sexuality in the modern world. No stranger to representing dichotomies in her work, Katarina flirts with a fantastical world based on her honest interpretations of the life she has experienced.

As a European in America, Janečková Walshe is fascinated with the eccentricities of what she has witnessed from American life in Southern Texas, exploring gym culture, American masculinity, and the Southwestern landscape. With the birth of her first child and residing in a new country so different from her own, Katarina tackles the beautiful and surreal moments of day-to-day life with work that reflects these new adventures. Janečková Walshe has shown internationally with a large following around Europe, Asia and North America.

Malone (Aaron Rodriguez, 1989) is a self-taught photographer. In the last two years, he has spent the majority of his time examining and documenting the seemingly mundane qualities of life around him in the city of Corpus Christi. Subjects include, but are not limited to, people living their daily life in a port city where waves come and go, to abstract compositions of the land and city buildings. Color play and symmetry mixed with the endless changes of light and weather provide a plethora of images to witness and capture. Always looking for new and intriguing combinations of people, color, pattern and texture, Malone finds value in even the most overlooked moments and captures them forever in photographs. This body of work stands as proof that one slight change of angle or time on any given day can describe one moment 100 different ways. Malone has exhibited in Slovakia, Europe, Corpus Christi and is currently working on his next show in Austin, Texas (2022). 

Katarína (a European living in Corpus Christi, TX) and Malone (a native Texan) met fishing – one with a harpoon and the other with a fishing rod – and discovered one another‘s artwork. As she searched for her painterly relationship to Texas, Katarina became inspired by Malone’s view of the city and its ever-changing light. Fascinated with the melancholy nature and sensitive attention to light in Malone’s photographs, Katarina discovered aesthetic qualities that she had not found before in Corpus Christi.

The two artists have a similar tendency to find something poetic and beautiful in emptiness. It was inevitable that they would form a creative alliance. Malone captures an observation without interfering, and Katarina’s vivid and juicy painting complements his silent shots with her spontaneity but does not overpower them. In Woods Unknown, Malone and Katarina merge their differing perspectives, styles and media to create works of art that express the atmosphere of Corpus Christi and Slovakia.

“In our friendship, common exhibition always seemed to be the peak of the mountain we were trying to reach while observing each other’s ways of practice, and continuing having conversations about how to pursue what we dream of. As we traveled and opened our first collaborative show in Bratislava, Slovakia, our roles switched. This time it was me who was “at home”, while Malone found himself in an unknown environment, guided by new habits, sceneries and cultural differences, all fast paced while trying to fully understand. To me, looking at Malone’s work from our trip, painting into it, knowing where the pictures were taken and focusing on my own thoughts about my life in Slovakia feels like a very important part of the process to establish what HOME really means to me-US.

This new body of work is starting to come to life from this experience, leaving us feeling that inspiration is endless and has no borders. These are the WOODS UNKNOWN, meant to be explored.” – Katarina Janečková Walshe