432 Commercial Street

Provincetown, MA 02657

phone: (508) 487-0915

Kristen Gossler



    It is integral that this body of work, which I have titled Quixotic, embody a quality of perturbation. The primary definition of perturbation describes: a mathematical method, which may give an approximate solution to an equation that cannot be solved or proven absolutely. Each of my paintings must pose a question, but may not supply an absolute answer. It is imperative that my art engage the viewer. It is my goal to never put a period at the end of any painting. In this way I am allowing the viewer to develop a personal understanding and connection with my work. The Quixotic series then serves as a catalyst for thought-provoking questions and, through this interpretation of the role of art, will allow the painting to grow.


    I build each composition with a cacophony of marks and layers of color and texture that ultimately are resolved by my minimal aesthetic of symbolism. The freneticism of the armature of the underpainting is always ultimately answered by an organic unity. When successful, this aesthetic at once defines complexity and simplicity, i.e., mathematically defining a complicated system in the context of a simpler one. This allows me to express the images that have become fixed forms in my psyche. Because these forms are represented by the natural world, through repetition and invention in society, the viewer is subliminally and instantly familiar with my visual language. This creates a sense of comfort for each viewer, thus allowing an associative value and a personal truth to be formed. The unconscious use of these symbols is not art--it is the cognitive filter of the artist that gives these paintings relevance and meaning as a body of work. The work must be self-referential and intrinsically expressive.



    1965, Pawtucket, Rhode Island



    1985-1986 Connecticut College

    1986-1989 Rhode Island School of Design, BFA



    1990-1996 RISD Board Member

    1994-1995 RISD Review Board


    1989 Woods Gerry RISD, Providence, RI

    1990 RISD Alumni Exhibition, Providence, RI

    1992 RISD Alumni Exhibition, Providence, RI

    1998 Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA

    1999 Convergence Providence, RI

    1999 Watermark Contemporary Art, Providence, RI

    2000 RISD Alumni Exhibition, Providence, RI

    2001 Hay Gallery, Portland, ME

    2001 Convergence, Providence, RI

    2003 Watermark Contemporary Art, Providence, RI

    2008 Watermark Contemporary Art, Providence, RI

    2008 Juried Exhibition, Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA

    2009 Women's Works 2009, Crystal Lake, IL

    2009 Solo exhibition, Hutson Gallery, Provincetown, MA


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