Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the forty day season of Lent which is set aside in preparation for Easter. The season becomes a true celebration when the reality of Easter’s final triumph pervades it; when our abstinence frames God’s Providence.
Artist Zak Prekop paints abstractions, which begin with random forms without reference to nature or any intellectual system. The many complex layers of paint which then build up the painting’s surface call into question the distinction between foreground and background, between forms and the space around forms, between presence and absence.
Zak Prekop, Untitled, 2014.
“Fasting of the body is food for the soul.” —John Chrysostom
Zak Prekop, Untitled Transparency Red, 2013.
“Be still and know that I am God.” —Psalm 46:10
Zak Prekop (b. 1979) received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His first solo museum show was in Fall 2012 at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina. He had solo exhibitions at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago and Galleria Marta Cervera, Madrid.