THE RAW PRECISION OF YEHONATAN KOENIG
The art of Yehonatan Koenig is a subatomic soiree, every mark-making molecule involved in contributing to a higher purpose along the way.
There is form and structure revealed here, an elegant point in the digressions of a thousand or more marks, each its own act of lending to the whole. This is an art of celebrating the chance to be part of something so much larger than one’s self. The result of the effort is image, subject, liberated form, universal connection, take your pick, the artist is fast at work at either a unified field theory of everything or a discombobulation of ordinary expectations. And with each drawing, perhaps both.
Koenig’s art is a melange of influences too discrete to unearth and then piece back together. In his most recent work, I know I am not alone in seeing the influence of the great abstract master Mark Tobey. There was a point where the abstract expressionists diverged in whether thought or nature were the underpinnings of a great painting. Tobey was on the side of nature; perhaps Koenig’s drawings are taking what Tobey’s elegant calligraphic compositions accomplished and merging it all with the precise tension of Bridget Riley and the universally appealing geometry of Victor Vasarely. The result of this unites possibilities of thought, of the cerebral, with natural, raw form, an achievement wrought from the marriage of discipline and desire, an art of the complex in service to simplicity.
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Yehonatan Koenig is a multi-talented artist and creative professional with a diverse background in art, technology, and entertainment. Born in Israel and raised in New York City, Koenig received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1989 and an MFA from Hunter College in 1992. For the past 30 years, he has been at the forefront of the digital arts scene, working as an art director, entrepreneur, engineer, inventor, and immersive event producer. His impressive list of clients includes Disney Interactive & Imagineering, Microsoft, Juniper Networks, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Sony, and Vivendi-Universal. In 2014, Koenig's work was recognized by AD Week NY, winning the Best Mobile Creative award at the Mobile Media Summit.
Koenig is a true polymath, combining his passions for art, technology, and music to bring innovative and immersive experiences to life. Whether he's designing computer games, creating real-time rendering technology, or producing themed events, Koenig's work is always grounded in his deep love for creativity and exploration.
I stood at the threshold, between the known and unknown
Where the thing and the no-thing met
And I saw sublime beauty born, and then it was gone
In the fleeting moment of their greeting
I found myself at the event horizon of creation and destruction
In a state of Knowing-Not-Knowing
A meditation on the impermanence of all things
And the wonder and awe they bring