"My work releases color into the third dimension where it gathers light as it crosses space and becomes ethereal sculpture. It is unlike two-dimensional painting where color is constructed on a single surface and becomes a bonded unit of layers of glaze, paint, or thickly applied impasto. It is not mixed media where color is part of a mix of painting, drawing, collage, or object. Instead, the color I pursue is that which resides independently in the third dimension. This is color unchained from a single surface where the mix of colors has reached a destination and rests undisturbed. It is color that can mingle first with one color and change hue, and then mingle with another and change hue again.
Although my work begins with a two dimensional base layer of painted canvas, the color from the canvas soon enters the third dimension. The medium that makes this possible is mesh—woven strands of metal or fiberglass that serve as a support for pigment. The space between the strands of mesh is the magic that unlocks the doorway to the third dimension and permits color to flow both in and out. With an open doorway, light also enters, bathing each strand and each layer of color with the vibrancy of reflecting and refracting light. At times, the shimmer of iridescence arises, not produced with opalescent pigments but as a naturally occurring phenomenon.
The use of mesh as a medium gives rise to another natural manifestation, moiré patterns. I find these patterns of particular interest for they bring added independence to color in dimension. I can choose the colors of the layers of mesh and the color of canvas. I can manipulate the patterns that arise into various configurations: water marks, grids, and diagonals. But what is beyond my control is the process by which the moiré effect breaks apart my blend of any number of colored layers into only two distinct hues, and from these forms a geometric structure. This disassembly of a mix of colors does not occur of its own accord in a painting, or on any two-dimensional surface, or in any overlay of solidly colored translucent objects.
My work is a deconstruction of painting. It releases the layers of a painting into the void where each layer can perform independently within a shower of ambient light. As the mixing of color breaks free from a single surface and expands into another dimension, color itself becomes sculpture."
Konkel's work has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions including the Renwick Gallery; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of Women in the Arts; and American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC. Konkel was a participant in the Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, Paris, France and in Albania.
Gallery Exhibitions include:
- A Gallery Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
- Course Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
- Gallery 555, Washington, DC
- Gallery Siano. Philadelphia. PA
- Gloer Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
- Heineman Myers Contemporary Art. Bethesda, MD
- Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, GA
--Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, TN
- Long View Gallery, Washington, DC
- Louisa Gould Gallery, Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
- M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
- Nikki Sedacca Gallery, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
- Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC and Chevy Chase, MD
Solo Shows include:
- 530 Burns Gallery, Sarasota, FL
- Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA
- Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
- Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
-MFA, Sculpture, George Washington University, Washington, DC
-Studies, The Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC
-MA, BA in Fine Arts, San Francisco College for Women at Lone Mountain, San Francisco, CA
Exhibitions and Museums
- Celebrating Anni Albers, the Renwick Gallery, National Museum of
American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
- The Dishman Art Museum. Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
- Suffolk Museum, Suffolk, VA
- Benefit Exhibition, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
- Benefit Exhibition, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC
- Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, Paris, France.
- Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, Albania
-Steptoe and Johnson, LLP, New York, NY
-Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
-Maslow Media Group, Washington, DC
-AdvantEdge Business Centers, Washington, DC
-ING/Clarion, Tysons Corner, VA
-ING/Clarion, Chevy Chase Pavilion, Chevy Chase, MD
-KSI, Reston, VA
-Venable LLP, Washington, DC
-Pierce Atwood, Washington, DC
-Bean Kinney Korman, Arlington, VA
-Kaiser Permanente Baltimore, MD
- 48 foot.mural. National Association of Home Builders, Washington, DC, 2004.
- Medimmune, Gaithersburg, MD
- Acme Packet/Oracle, Bedford, MA
- Kaiser Permanente,
Reviews And Publications
-Jim Magner, Hill Rag, February 2012, pp 100-101.
-E. Ashley Rooney, 100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic, 2011, Schiffer, pp. 192-193.
-Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, Lifestyle, “Industrial-age skills and sensibilities
Interactive Low-Relief Sculptures". Spring 2008
-American Art Collector. April 2006 Edition.
-Debora Martin. "Gallery Siano. METALLURGY (Joan Konkel)."
Nov. 4-26, 2005
http://www.phillygalleryguide.com/reviews.htm (search Konkel)
Awards And Honors:
The National Endowment For The Arts,
Albers Designer Award.
Mention. International Dishman