Randy Colosky is an American artist, lives and works in Los Angeles and Oakland. He first studied ceramic at Boston University - PIA Ceramics Program from 1983 to 1985, then he transferred to Kansas City Art Institute and received BFA in 1987. Randy's sculptures, paintings, and installations have been shown in numerous locations, exhibitions, and site-specific installations across the country. His works across a wide spectrum of materials and processes, and his material-driven conceptual works range from two-dimensional drawings and paintings to three-dimensional sculptures in a variety of media.
Randy’s recent works historically reflect the austere and rigorous works of the Minimalist Movement. Congruent with the Minimalist movement the pieces take cues from industrial processes, formal geometric composition, and a focus on materiality as an esthetic engagement. His most recent, Optimist Series paintings are visual biographies that use simple line formations to elucidate the intricate personal history of the artist.
"My art practice has historically been about creating ways to push the language of art forward by utilizing unorthodox materials and processes to make large-scale sculptures and murals with the intention of generating discovery, curiosity, and spectral experiences. The Covid Pandemic altered the world so dramatically and I think my reaction was instead to take refuge in what is familiar. I have great interest in the history of art and painting and these works are made from the historic materials of linen, oil paint, and time. The paintings are about meditative work process where the focus is on the brush movement, the viscosity of the paint, breathing and patients. The linen is treated in a way to emulate the chaotic field of the background environment. The painted lines are based on motifs I’ve been working on for decades that related to pipelines, maps, highways spectrum emissions and the ways I navigate through space and time. The Pandemic was a massive world challenge I have learned that troubles are inevitable, but as an Optimist even in the worst of times, beauty and growth can always be found in the aftermath and I think these works are my aftermath." - Randy Colosky