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opprairie.com Life & Arts The orland park prairie | April 12, 2018 | 23 Kip Pasta reveals his abstract work at OP library Laurie Fanelli Freelance Reporter Abstract, organic and architectural — the art of Glen Ellyn’s Kip Pasta inspires intrigue with complex yet visually effortless designs. Stories unfold in angles and lines with each of his multi-dimensional pieces, which he refers to as “construction sculptures” because of his departure from the aesthetics of classic art sculptures. Pasta’s work is on display at the Orland Park Public Library this month, and the artist himself stopped by for a special meet and greet the evening of Friday, April 6. Outreach Assistant Duke Phelps explained that the structural elements of Pasta’s work inspired library staff to display the artist’s collection. “We were very interested in showcasing someone more sculptural this month, and I think Mr. Kip Pasta represents that in what he does here,” Phelps said. “He has a sculptural effect, along with other elements mixed into the pieces. There’s something very different and unique in what he creates.” Though Pasta works in three dimensions, he counts American painter Jackson Pollock as one of his greatest influences. “Jackson Pollock’s paintings were called splatter paintings — they are very abstract; I was inspired by him,” Pasta explained. “I thought, ‘Can I translate that type of abstract work into something three-dimensional?’” With his sculptural pieces, Pasta pairs childlike wonder with a mathematical mind. Each element is scrutinized to perfection before being placed into the piece in a way that connects with the creativity of viewers. “It’s interesting,” Pasta said. “When little children see my work, they seem to be the most fascinated by it. There’s no hidden agenda with children. They look at it, and they’re very excited about it. As an artist, you want to get those emotional or inspirational responses from someone.” Pasta takes great care to perfect his creations, at times spending hundreds of hours on one sculpture. “I take my time, looking for space, dimensions and lines,” he said. “There’s always a relationship in the work from one piece to the next. Negative space has a big value. That’s all thought out to enhance the work. I’ve spent hours sometimes figuring out where one or two pieces will go in the sculpture. That’s all part of the process. “When the work is done, you can look at it and — to me — it’s flawless. If the viewer is looking at it, and the work has the ability to draw their eye from part to part in a comfortable fashion, you’ve achieved one of your goals.” Throughout the artist meet and greet, Pasta said he enjoyed chatting with library patrons as they discovered their own interpretations of his art. He was open to sharing the background of his process, but when it came to a piece’s specific meaning, he thinks that is best decided by each individual. He explained, “I love abstract art because the viewer’s imagination enhances the work. An artist can paint a rose, and 100 people will look at it and see a rose. If you do a piece of abstract art, 100 people look at it and Kip Pasta shares insight into the inspiration behind his “construction sculptures” Friday, April 6, during a Meet the Artist event at Orland Park Public Library. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media Orland Park residents Nettie and Tom Grudowski check out the work of Kip Pasta. you’ll get 100 different responses. It’s like a treasure hunt of the imagination.” To learn more about the art of Kip Pasta, visit www. outsidethegallery.com. Several of Kip Pasta’s “construction sculptures” are on display on the first floor of the library.