Gabriel Pionkowski begins each painting by deconstructing the ready-made canvas thread-by-thread in order to defuse the blank slate. In the process of hand-painting the threads and reassembling the canvas on a traditional hand-weaving loom, he is able to redefine the material as part of the painterly surface. The physicality of Pionkowski’s paintings transcends the inherent qualities of the medium and shifts the works into the realm of poetry. The structural confines of the paintings collapse into themselves to reveal the void behind art as an object. Pionkowski asserts himself into the lineage of artists who break the surface and acknowledge the limitations of materials.