NEW/NOW: Karl Lund
February 28, 2015–May 31, 2015
Mary & George W. Cheney, Jr. Gallery
Karl Lund, He Was Mad and Everything and Everyone Would Suffer For It, 2013, Acrylic paint and spray paint on masonite, 24 x 35 1/2 in.
Lund’s exhibition, Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain, features narrative paintings that depict a world where robots fight giant squids and exterminate countless enemies with powerful laser beams.
Lund’s early career as a stop-motion animator often involved the process of creating unique characters for animated short films. Character design is still a passion that has carried over into his paintings. Each painting features an angry robot involved in a battle. In some works, the viewer can see the enemy they are fighting while in others the action takes place beyond the picture plane and one is left to imagine the charred remains of whatever the robot has annihilated. Lund’s earliest influences for his drawings and animations were comics, science fiction, and fantasy books of the 1970s. It is easy to recognize these influences as well as aspects of animation in his work. These brightly colored, action-packed paintings are charged with energy and appear to almost jump off the page.
Early on, Lund was encouraged to create. His mother, also an artist, would let him into her home studio where he would draw and paint as well as fashion works out of cardboard and random odds and ends. ”Most of my work originates out of a spark of an idea that I then roll over in my mind. Once I sketch it on paper or my iPad, it starts to grow and develop,” Lund explains. ”My goal is to tell intriguing stories that are visually and thematically dynamic. I want to capture worlds and events that currently only exist in theory or within the possibility of science fiction.”
Karl Lund is an artist and animator whose subject matter spans across a pop sci-fi ’spectrum of the strange’ with focal points on sky squid, airplanes, angry robots, and psychedelic explosions. His imagery usually leads back to conflicts between the natural and the synthetic.
Karl graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1990 and an MFA in Computer Animation from The School of Visual Arts in 1997. After 16 years in Brooklyn, he currently resides in Connecticut with his wife.