Len Klikunas was born in 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. Klikunas constructs altered three dimensional canvases and paints them to modify experienced reality through visual perception. The "Blocks" series is a mix of art and architecture, hovering between minimalist painting and sculpture. It employs shizen (自然): the Japanese concept of naturalness, absence of pretense or artificiality.
He explores how to articulate the tension of materials and limits of multi-dimensionality in sculptural paintings. Material is stretched over a supporting three-dimensional framework, like a tent, and coated with paint. The works explore a dynamic and graceful movement through the use of protruding forms, textured surfaces, and masterful shadow work.
The "Strata Pattern" series combines a minimalist arrangement of thick textured linear patterns on open canvas that requires a systematic process to form. The work is characterized by “mindful artlessness” and simplicity and is understated and subtle. A simple black line frames these works.
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