It is perhaps safest to say that Jacob Kassay is a contemporary artist, although he’s been called a “neo-minimalist” and a “post-conceptual” artist. His output includes a wide array of media including films, books, sculptures, and installation, but he is probably best known as a painter. His early paintings consisted of canvases industrially coated with a silver electroplate material that lay unevenly over the coarse substrate. Imagine a mirror printed onto canvas rather than smooth glass, presenting a softened, obscured reflection that defies clear focus or documentation. Many of Kassay’s works employ similar techniques, engaging various technologies in order to create objects that imperfectly or uncannily “mirror” the biological human senses—but only when encountered in real space. These works intentionally elude accurate documentation and representation, more so than many other contemporary works that claim to be experiential [Image 1].

Kassay is influenced by minimalist musicians and conceptual artists...

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