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Jacob Kassay’s practice is concerned with experimental and conceptual method and making. Hovering between painting, sculpture and interactive installation, his work is conceived as a response to space. The arrangement of an exhibition and how his pieces interact with the surrounding architecture – and ultimately their audience – is key to understanding the essence of his work. Kassay’s paintings interrelate and form multiple dialogues: with each other, with the space around them and with the viewer. His silver paintings, for example, oscillate between absence and presence. Made using an electroplating technique that references early photography, they are like blurry mirrors that reflect the world around them. The movement of colors across their surface, and changes in the light, subtly and continuously alter the appearance of the works throughout the day. The language of materials is important to Kassay, who pays great attention to form, surface and physicality. Although lacking marks that could be conceived as gestural, a close inspection of his seemingly blank or monotone paintings reveals traces of their making – small incidental marks, or burnt edges, for example. Jacob Kassay’s practice also encompasses film and sculpture.


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2019        Footage, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

2018        Other Mechanisms, Secession, Vienna, Austria

2017        OTNY, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2016        H-L, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

2015        Fitzpatrick-Leland House, Los Angeles, CA

                From Minimalism Into Algorithm, The Kitchen, New York, NY

2014        Mississippi, curated by Sam Korman, GAMeC, Bergamo

2013        IJK, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

                Expo 1, MOMA/PS1, New York

                Untitled (disambiguation), The Kitchen, New York, NY

                Lʼapparition des images, curated by Audrey Illouz, Fondation Ricard, Paris, France

2011        Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK

                L&M Arts, Los Angeles, CA 

                Prague Biennale, section curated by Nicola Trezzi, Prague, Czech Republic

                Tableaux, Magasin- Centre National dʼArt Contemporain, Grenoble, France 

2010        Meet Me Inside, Gagosian, Los Angeles, CA

2009        Eleven Rivington, New York, NY 





Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar

Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy

FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France

Gemeentemuseum, Haag, Netherlands

Museo Di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rovereto, Italy

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC