Albert Einstein once said that – “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” My fellow artist and friend Jeff Kaplan is an avant garde artist and the embodiment of Einstein’s fish. Jkap was recently selected to have his paintings featured in an Atlanta art show. An interesting fact, however, is that even more recently, J.Kap actually became a painter. Having your paintings selected for an art show before actually painting anything may seem contrary and backwards to the conventions of modern art, and even anger and frustrate many struggling artists, but I believe that circumstances such as these are essential to the avant garde’s role and responsibility in pushing the envelope of artistic convention itself. In a sense, through the eyes of the painter–Jkap was the metaphorical fish in Einstein’s hypothetical tree–taken to the analogous river of paint via exhibitionists.
Albert Einstein once said that – “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” J.Kap is that fish.
When J.kap told me that he was about to embark on his first attempt at painting, I grabbed a camera to document it. Regardless of how one feels about the aesthetic of his paintings, his philosophical approach is undeniably both insightful and inspirational to the spirit of creativity. Thanks for reading, Colin Quinn
OK, not really but On March 9th from 6pm-11pm at the Big House Gallery J.Kap’s work will be exhibited along with that of Jeremy Brown and Russell Dreyer.