Jason Thielke’s beautiful imagery navigates the astoundingly complex dynamics of human nature, mixing a hard linear style with soft and fluid emotion. As he puts it, the works explore the “conflict between one’s ability to implement self control and compulsion to manipulate and constantly self-gratify.” The pieces, with their wildly intersecting lines, cosmic-like points of color and seductive subjects, convey this exceedingly well, drawing out many of those emotions in the viewer themselves.
We’ve covered Thielke’s laser etched woodcuts before, which demonstrate a level of precision and attention to detail not often witnessed in such painterly works. Each wood panel has multiple levels of etching with paint applied in the grooves and selectively on the surface. Most of his recent work has stepped away from the laser etching, giving the pieces a softer appearance and a heavier reliance on his finely chosen lines. For more about Thielke’s work, see his website jasonthielke.com or check out his work in person at the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California, May 26th – June 9th.