BIO - Karen Amy Finkel Fishof
Born in the Bronx, NY, Karen attended Syracuse University where she received a BFA in painting. She studied a year abroad at St. Martins School of Art, London, UK, where she first started creating photograms under the same professors as Gilbert and George and showing her work in New York.
Karen has designed window displays for Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dress Barn Stores and and major music labels, Sony, BMG, Universal, Warner, album art for Ringo Starr, backdrops for celebrity appearances as well as fashioned licensed products for Kraft Foods, Simon Malls, Crayola, Nickelodeon, Imax, Cartoon Network and Gameboy after receiving a second degree in Graphic Design.
“I start with what interests me, not just ideas, but the relationship between ideas. From a pictorial standpoint, compositional organization is paramount. I am influenced by all artistic mediums including interior design, film, music, fashion and social media. I’ve worked in all these areas professionally and draw from their current trends.” The work is thought-provoking, visually compelling and a challenge to norms grounded in integrity.
Karen is active in the Los Angeles art scene, exhibiting frequently and pushing the boundaries of conventional black and white photography producing large scale, life-size, one-of-a-kind photograms, exploring themes of parenting, politics and the intersection of gender and religion, confronting stereotypes and moving between the secular and the sacred. The work engages the viewer to explore the definition of photography as well as examine their pre-existing ideas of the various content.
“An exhibition of large-scale photograms by Los Angeles artist Karen Amy Finkel Fishof at dnj Gallery, Radiate, will engage and challenge you from the get-go.”
- EDWARD GOLDMAN - ART CRITIC, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO & HUFFINGTON POST
Karen has added NFTs to her creative arsenal. Aside from her BFA in painting, she also has a degree in computer graphics and has been working as a graphic designer for over 20 years. She had in the past, used those skills for helping brands promote themselves creating websites, logos, brochures etc. When she got wind of the NFT boom, she immediately went back to her love of color, pop art and a statement about celebrity.
“I’m at a point in my life where I really want to give back. There are so many needy people and so many worthwhile causes that it was hard to decide what to put my efforts behind. I came up with an idea…”
Karen created an #NFT series called #FamousFaces and she’s donating a portion of the proceeds from each piece to a charity that she associates with that person.
The first collection of #FamousFaces (1-10) includes:(1) Notorious RBG – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, (2) Imagine – John Lennon, (3) Dare, The Greta Effect – Greta Thunberg, (4) Dave Stands Up – Dave Chappelle, (5) Let’s Talk About Sex – Dr. Ruth Westheimer, (6) Visionary Elon – Elon Musk, (7) Compassionate Oprah – Oprah Winfrey, (8) Art Takes Action – Ai Weiwei, (9) Girls Just Wanna Have An Education – Malala Yousafzai, (10) Truth, Justice and Nonviolent Resistance – Mahatma Gandhi.
Her second NFT collection, "Hexagon Life" combines photography, with digital designs and balances the play of black and white with color.
MOD WALL ART
“At first I designed the pieces in photoshop and then, working backwards, I hand painted wooden hexagons." Her fabricator who has been mounting her photograms came to one of her shows where she was also displaying some hexagons. He told her she could encase them in museum grade acrylic. They worked together to get the fabrication just right and Mod Wall Art was born.
What’s great about these pieces is that they can scale horizontally or vertically to fit any wall and still fit in a small space for transport. They look like floating glass. Karen has created hundreds of designs, incorporating various colors, patterns and themes as well as utilizing photos from nature, sports, music and the like. They can be created for bespoke, site-specific installations in any shape or size.
“These works allow me to utilize my ‘found object’ skills, while out and about I stop to capture an image as opposed to the photograms which are premeditated and staged.”
The final works are carefully curated and the vault of images she has amassed and have at the ready, permits her to collage the best images together to obtain sensational results.
“Karen’s entire body of artwork is extremely original.”
- PAMELA SCHOENBERG - OWNER dnj GALLERY