Chicago-based painter Wesley Kimler arrived at Aurobora without a preconceived idea as to what or how he was going to approach the printmaking process. Kimler relied on his abstract expressionist vocabulary to complete a suite of monotype assemblages thematically connected to his paintings.
Reluctant at first to use the press, he began drawing large forms with black acrylic ink. After a few days into his residency, Kimler began printing on large sheets of Lana paper, using multiple passes through the press to build rich and colorful painterly surfaces. After accumulating a sizeable pile of work, Kimler began the final process of construction. Cutting forms and tearing the paper into desired shapes, he carefully positioned select pieces until he achieved a desired result. The finished compositions combine bold colors and rough forms to give Kimler’s assemblages an energy and strength that earmark these works on paper as a significant contribution to the artist’s oeuvre.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Capitol Development Board, State of Illinois; US Embassies Art Collection; Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Hope, ID; Kraft Corporation, Glenview, IL; Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL; Capitol Group, Los Angeles, CA; The Haskell Collection, Florida; Capitol Group, Los Angeles, CA; The Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL