Flourish/Fester is a solo exhibition of recent work by mixed media artist K Haskell. Their body of work focuses on connecting the unwanted elements of Brooklyn’s nature to the desirable ones executed through graphic drawings and mixed media collages. Haskell’s making begins with a natural treasure hunt of the world around them. “I often become a watcher, an observer, sometimes feeling like a voyeuristic outsider searching for inspiration that presents itself throughout my path of travel. I am in awe of the things you don’t want to see as well as the items that are considered attractive. Imagery of decomposing animal flesh, rotting vegetation, blossoming botanicals, textures on tree bark and oyster shells; these are some of the components that inspire my visual library.” Haskell uses these specimens and becomes the filter of the unsightly to give their audience an anonymous glimpse of the ugly and beautiful treasures left behind from the city. Flourish/Fester will include a site-specific installation as well as a series of layered resin collages.
About the artist
K Haskell is an interdisciplinary visual artist, draftsperson, and illustrator. Haskell has shown in a variety of venues throughout New York, including The Governors Island Art Fair, The Old Stone House, The Other Art Fair, Sweet Lorraine Gallery and Trestle Gallery. They completed their MFA in Visual Art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2020, and their BA in Communications Design at Marymount Manhattan College in 2005. Haskell was recently a resident at ChaShaMa North Artist Residency and an art handling apprentice in the Crozier Fine Arts Apprenticeship Program. They have self published two books of their Decomposed drawings and are currently working on a book of their Flourished drawings, to be released Spring/Summer of 2022. Haskell will be attending a residency at Vermont Studio Center in May of 2022.
Haskell’s Pronouns are They, Them, Theirs.