Zak Prekop

United States

Zak Prekop
United States
September 16, 2014
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Zak Prekop is an American artist who deftly combines distinct shapes and forms with intentional randomness in his fluid abstract canvases. Zak is one of the new groups of painters who have a casual, off-hand aesthetic; he makes challenging paintings with such a deft, light touch that they are often barely discernible. Sometimes called non-paintings, Prekop’s images are like hints or traces—they look visually confused and deceptively thin.

Born in 1979, Zak completed his MFA in 2008 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL  and earned his BFA in 2001 from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

On closer inspection, nearly imperceptible layers of monochromatic paint delineate grid structures and subtle color fluctuations that sometimes generate the illusion of light. Although Prekop’s endeavor may seem half-hearted and tentative, he elegantly captures the uncertainty and disappointment of his generation.

Prekop builds subtle transparency and voids utilising each canvas to varying depths. In Two Grids, Prekop rigorously paints layered patterns, constantly shifting the viewer between fields of perception. In Transparency with drawing, semi transparent marks reveal themselves though the canvas – implicating the materiality of the surface. In a process of collapsing and unfolding of optical fields the paintings become a record of decisions, processes and acts of viewing.

His 2012 included solo exhibitions at Thomas Duncan Gallery in Los Angeles and Harris Lieberman in New York, a presentation for Art Statements at Art |43| Basel with Harris Lieberman and the group exhibitions Modern Talking at The Museum of Art in Cluj-Napoca and I Think and That Is All That I Am at Thomas Duncan. In 2013, Prekop had a solo at Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC and feature in the group show Painter, Painter at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Zak Prekop lives and works Brooklyn, NY.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Colony Room, summer group exhibition Simon Preston Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Solo ExhibitionContemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NCSolo
2013Peter Mandradjeff, Zak PrekopShane Campbell Gallery, Lincoln Park, Chicago, ILGroup
2013Beauty and the BeastRitter/Zamet, London, UKGroup
2013Painter, Painter, curated by Eric Crosby and Bartholomew RyanWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2013Long Instant Short HourThomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012UntitledThomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012Art StatementsBasel, SwitzerlandSolo
2012UntitledHarris Lieberman Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012Harris LiebermanNew YorkGroup
2012Modern Talking, curated by Nicola TrezziCluj Museum, RomaniaGroup
2012I Think and That Is All I AmThomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011UntitledShane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2011Four Rooms, curated by Nicola TrezziCSW Zamek, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2011Tax Day News & SmokeEmily Harvey Foundation, New York, NYGroup
2011Pittsburgh BiennialCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PAGroup
2011Modern Minimal and OpticalConduits Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2011Haley Mellin/Olivier Mosset [and Back Room]IUNTITLED, New York, NYGroup
2011Prague Biennial 5Prague, Czech RepublicGroup
2010UntitledGaleria Marta Cervera, Madrid, SpainSolo
2010UntitledHarris Lieberman, New York, NYSolo
2010It’s All AmericanNew Jersey MoCA, Asbury Park, NJGroup
2010Greater New YorkPS1, Long Island City, NYGroup
2010Shape LanguageNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Process/AbstractionPaul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010What Where, curated by Thomas Duncan,Sutton Lane, London, UKGroup
2010Untitled (Painting)Shaheen Modern and Contemporary, Cleveland, OHGroup
2010Spontaneous GenerationZach Feuer, New York, NYGroup
2009Jon Pestoni and Zak PrekopLisa Cooley Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2009Richard Aldrich, Zak Prekop, Lesley VanceRoger Björkholmen Galleri, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2009Still LifeThe Caribic, Frankfurt Am Main, GermanyGroup
2008UntitledShane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2008Varda Calvano, Matt Connors, Thomas Hylander, Zak PrekopKaryn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Paul Bloodgood, Matt Connors, Ryan McLaughlin, Elena Pankova, Zak Prekop, Michael Wetzel,Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MIGroup
2008Cregswell CragsLisa Cooley, New York, NYGroup
2008Re-presentationsPilsen, Chicago, ILGroup
2008Re-presentationsNew York City, NYGroup
2008Bianca Beck, Josh Brand, Matt Connors, Zak Prekop, Hayley Tompkins, Sue Tompkins, ShaneCampbell Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2008You Are Many, M.F.A. Thesis ExhibitionGallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, ILGroup
2008Bauhaus Art ShowGuertin’s Graphics, Chicago, ILGroup
2008Rotations (One Work): Heather Guertin, Neil Infalvi, Zak PrekopRowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2008Ghost Art Is a Lie: Heather Guertin, Neil Infalvi, Zak PrekopGallery X, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2008No Legs, Curated by Zak PrekopAlogon, Chicago, ILGroup
2007More or Less: Rodney Carswell/Zak PrekopDevening Projects, Chicago, ILGroup
2007The Nature of DisturbanceRowland Contemporary, Chicago, ILGroup
2006HurrayThe Mandrake, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006The Fact Abstract, with HurrayDorsky Gallery, Queens, NYGroup
2006North Drive Press Presents NDP: The Movie, Performance with HurrayThe Kitchen, New York, NYGroup
2006Bring the War Home, with Hurray, Elizabeth DeeNew York, NY/ QED, LA, CAGroup
2005Greater BrooklynCRG Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2005HurrayNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2005KA/VH : RA/AG, Peformance with Hurray and Amy GranatOliver Kamm 5BE, New York, NYGroup
2003Perfect If On, Performance with Peter MandradjieffAndrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NYGroup