Jacob Kassay is active/lives in New York. Jacob Kassay is known for electroplated silver monchromatic canvases.
Following is an online published review by Joseph Wolin from New York Time Out, March 19, 2009: http://newyork.timeout.com/arts-culture/art/32287/jacob-kassay
In his promising debut, Jacob Kassay paints canvases in broad
horizontal strokes of color before electroplating them in silver. The
result: Specular works that are hung on the walls or, in one instance,
stacked on a low pedestal like oversized ingots to create a strange
hybrid of monochrome painting and metallic sculpture.
The plating process scorches unpainted canvas, so the edges of these
works are often blackened. In a few cases, burn marks extend onto the
shiny faces of the panels, fading into golden, tarnish-like smears. Here
and there, hints of the original color show through, and some of the
pieces have strands of unraveled canvas flopping across the front, their
sinuous curves fossilized under paint and silver. Yet the artist
downplays surface incident, and the works appear nearly interchangeable:
A set of rough mirrors that imperfectly reflect their surroundings,
registering color and movement, if not the actual appearance of things.
The way that these thin silver surfaces delicately capture the traces
of whatever stands before them evokes photography, with its
light-sensitive emulsions of metal salts. But film photography as a
technology has now been surpassed by digital—just as photography itself
once usurped the province of painting—making Kassay's metal coatings
feel like bronzed baby shoes, elegies to an unrecoverable past.
Simultaneously paintings made into memorials, sculptures that refer to
photography, and abstractions that speak of the changing regimes of
representation, Kassay's works, while beautiful, are also melancholic,
philosophical objects.—Joseph R. Wolin