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Artist Statement

Kip Pasta

I like to work with paint and wood. I have had creative ideas using other media, but wood has become the most useful expression. I have named my pieces “Construction Sculptures” to separate them from what most think of when referring to sculptures. Because of their architectural feel I introduced the term “construction” to give them some identification. The linear cohesiveness of the space and shapes takes on some aspects of architectural design.

Imagining one of my pieces in a particular environment is the genesis for a new idea. Keeping that environment in mind as I build, helps to keep me focused on the work. When I created “Cityscape”, I envisioned this piece in an entryway, concourse, or foyer of a municipal building. The large size of the work, and the softness of the wood, would produce an interesting relief from the hardness of marbled walls or the coldness of concrete. “Opus #6” was designed with the idea of being placed in a music room with a piano dominating the space.

Enhancing a space, and eliciting some response from the viewer is always on my radar. The pieces have an almost kinetic value that can change (for the better) the whole environment that they are in.

I am self taught, and continuously learn. The more work that I do, the more confident I become. This confidence leads to more risk taking and better creative end results. It's very rewarding when you are sure handed with your tools, and you know exactly what you want to accomplish.

I do not do sketches of my work prior to constructing. If I did, I believe that I would be limited to a blueprint. I take a mental snapshot of each phase of a project. When I complete that step, the linear movement of what has been completed dictates the next portion. When the piece is done, it is done. I don't need to add anything else, or take anything away…it's just right.

Artist's Resume

Kip has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University.

His work was selected for the grand opening of the Chicago Artists' Coalition gallery in Chicago.

Nominated as an “Artist to Watch” by the Chicago Artists' Coalition. (Featured article in the CAC December, 2009 issue.)

His work cited in Paul Klein's “Art Letter”. (6-5-2009).

“Opus # 6” was featured at the River East Art Open, Chicago, 2010.

A two-man show of his work was exhibited at the Burning Bush Art Gallery in Wheaton, Illinois. (February, 2010 and Feb. 2012)

Two-man show was exhibited at the “Pop-Up” Art Gallery at 23 E. Madison Street, Chicago, July – August, 2010. (Juried)

“Cityscape” won the Hard Rock Hotel Award at the Chicago Art Loop Open, 2010, where it was on display throughout 2011.

”Cityscape also was selected for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series national art contest. 2012

“Stairway To Heaven” was an Art Slant showcase winner, 2011.

“The Daniel Blaim” was an Art Slant showcase winner, 2012.

Exhibited at the Whistler Gallery, Chicago, Oct. – Nov., 2011.

Exhibited at 22 Berwyn Gallery, Feb. 2012.

His work is also on display at LaGondola Italian restaurant in Chicago.

He has won numerous merit awards from the DuPage and Naperville Art Leagues.

Published articles: Chicago Art Magazine, Aug., 2011; Chicago Artists' News Dec., 2011.

Featured Artist – Pocket Entertainment, May, 2011.

“Stairway to Heaven” and “Cityscape”, as artwork for Treeheart Greeting Cards.

Member of the Chicago Artists Coalition, Elmhurst Art Guild, DuPage Art League, and Naperville Art League

“The Daniel Blaim” won Best of Show at the Naperville Art League, July, 2012.

“Limitless Possibilities” won Best of Show, Naperville Art League, August, 2012.

An architectural miniature is on loan at Warrenville Historical Museum.

Commissioned work for private collections.

  • The Zhou B Art Center- Feb. – Mar. 2012. (Chicago).
  • Jackson-Junge Gallery - 2012. (Chicago). (Gallery representation)
  • Warrenville Historical Museum - Mar – April, 2012.
  • North Riverside Mall - May –June 2012.
  • Harold Washington Chicago Public Library - Nov.1 – Dec. 31, 2012.
  • Chicago Arts District – One-man show January – Feb., 2013 18th & Halsted.
  • Addison Center for the Arts June, 2012.
  • New Wave Art Salon, September, 2012.
  • Elgin Historical Museum July, 2012.
  • Virtual gallery representation at Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, Ariz. 2012.
  • Green Arts Show, Noyes Gallery, Evanston, September, 2012.
  • Design Cloud Studio, October, 2012.
  • Galleria Art Gallery, August – November, 2012, Addison, Il.
  • Art Talk – Harold Washington Library, November 10, 2012. 2:00pm.
  • Art Talk – Addison Art Guild, January 10, 2013. 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
  • Art Talk – DuPage Art League February 18, 2013. 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
  • One Man Show – Orland Park Library -May, 2019
  • One Man Show – Addison Center for the Arts – Oct., 2019
  • Art Talk – Addison Center for the Arts, (as part of Arts Dupage Month) Oct., 2019

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Photography by Daniel Blaim