Suspension, 20 x 15 inches, ink on paper, 2010

Portland, Maine-based artist Joe Kievitt’s abstract works are what he describes as “drawings with ink and acrylic on paper.” I call it colorful patterning at its best. He uses tape that he cuts at various widths with a custom-made tool to isolate areas for ink and paint washes to be applied. The patterns in each piece are perfectly imperfect (which happens to be my favorite kind). The asymmetrical works are done by hand and become an anxiety-ridden process due to working with unforgiving mediums such as ink and liquid paint. The outcome, however, is well worth it.


Suspension III, 20 x 15 inches, ink and acrylic on paper, 2011


Obstruction, 20 x 15 inches, ink and acrylic on paper, 2011


Obstruction II, 20 x 15 inches, ink and acrylic on paper, 2011


Lines behind L Shapes, 20 x 15 inches, ink and acrylic on paper, 2011


Repeating Steps II, 14 x 11 inches, ink on paper, 2012


Suspension IV, 36 x 48 inches, ink on paper, 2010


Partial Obstruction, 15 x 20 inches, ink and acrylic on paper, 2011


Crossed II, 10 x 10 inches, ink on paper, 2010


Untitled, 8.5 x 8.5 inches, ink on paper, 2009


Untitled, 450 sq. ft. mosaic activating and interacting with 2400 square ft. of wall space, glass tile mosaic, 2009, Collins Center For the Arts, University of Maine, Orono


Building Fundamentals, painted mural activating and interacting with 1,800 square ft. of wall space, 2011, Great Falls Elementary School, Gorham, Maine, collaboration with Andrea Sulzer, Meghan Brady, Karen Gelardi