Untitled, 2013. Deconstructed, hand-painted, and woven canvas, red fir, acrylic, artist’s frame, nails, aluminum clips, screws. 72 x 48 x 2 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Madison, WI


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. 


Gabriel Pionkowski received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2013. He has held a number of teaching assistant positions at UW–Madison and has won a number of grants and awards. His work has been shown extensively in the Midwest. He participated in Stretching Painting, a group show organized by the LeLong Galerie in New York in 2012. The exhibition received favorable notices in ArtForum, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.