Karl K

Hey, I’m Karl K (born Jermaine Conway Jr). Creativity and resourcefulness are traits I’ve possessed and practiced since I had control of my motor functions. I remember my mother buying me a new Mac desktop when I was about ten years ago. During the boring subjects in school I would daydream about the fantastic plots and characters I was going to type up when I got home. My bedroom was overtaken by terrariums I landscaped with silicone, foam and other hazardous materials. Each little world inhabited by something creepy, crawlie or cold blooded; most likely collected from my giant lush backyard in Flint, Michigan. Still I wasn’t too into traditional visual arts. I crafted a mean traced hand construction paper turkey though. Painting in particular didn’t make an impression on me until I was seventeen years old, four years ago. Plagued by boredom fueled depression like many a suburban teen I searched desperately for self help methods and tools. Following a year or so of absorbing every video, article and forum post I decided I should try LSD. I convinced my best friend to join me. He was already experimenting with abstract art. His paintings looked to me like something of skill and value. They certainly impressed me yet I held no desire to try it myself… until the night of our psychedelic experience. Manipulating paint and the colors they held without an end result in mind was a blast. With the morning sun and without a wink of sleep I filled an art supply store shopping cart with cheap supplies: canvases, paint and paintbrushes. I was already obsessed. Within weeks of trying abstract art people were commenting on my work as though I was a real artist. The appreciation fueled me. Documentaries on artists past and present consumed me. I was always a somewhat angry yet passionate person that just behaved clearly differently from those around me. So I clicked with Jackson Pollock off top. As many are I was familiar with his name and style of painting. He was just the splatter guy to me. Learning about him in a more complete manner made his work infinitely more personal, tangible and desirable. Through content and documentation I hope to do the same for myself.

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