Abstract artist Field Kallop is primarily interested in complexity—specifically, how natural forces such as the planets, seasons, and cosmos impact and augment our daily lives. At her studio on Second Street, in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, Kallop reveals a group of paintings that will be presented later this year at her solo show with the Voltz Clarke Gallery at the Marfa Invitational. Comprising symmetrical, grid-like structures, they are created with tessellated layers of thin paint, each composition so precisely calibrated that it’s impossible to imagine that a battery of rules and compasses was not involved.
Kallop grew up on New York City’s Upper East Side. As a student, she excelled in math and science along with art, but she settled on her métier early on, thanks to her mother, who began taking her to the Metropolitan Museum of Art when she was a toddler. “I really fell in love with those paintings,” she recalls. After studying art history at Princeton, Kallop pursued a curatorial path, working at the Museo de la Nación, in Lima. Upon returning to New York, she decided to try her hand at painting. While assisting Chuck Close and interning at the Museum of Modern Art, she rented a studio space and began assembling a portfolio of work, which earned her acceptance into the M.F.A. program at the Rhode Island School of Design.