Caleb Kortokrax

Region: South

My paintings are an exercise in unlearning and relearning how to see.

My current work is an investigation into human perception and context, and my studio practice is rooted in the interdisciplinary spirit. The recent work builds bridges between disparate painting traditions and time periods. In the process of making a painting, I resample quality material traditions of the past into the current omnidimensional state of imagery. Through combining past and present visual signals in my studio process, I reanimate the painted image—similar to a DJ giving renewed vigor to an old sound sample by placing it in a fresh context. I use the image and the physical surface of the paintings to navigate a way that offers more possibilities and more cross-pollination, not particularly favoring any one style or dogma.