Andrew Jilka
Class of 2017
Salina, KS Brooklyn, NY

Andrew Jilka is an interdisciplinary artist drawing on the imagery and ambitions of his working-class upbringing. Born and raised in Salina, KS in 1986, Jilka received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Kansas in 2009. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

<p>My practice examines the symbiotic relationship between optimism and futility. It is rooted in imagery that values outward expressions of perceived success. The work centers around the banality and ubiquity of images and activities that demand we press on. I am interested in how these representations function as placeholders for our hope and aspiration - the fleeting moment when the unfathomable becomes a reasonable expectation.</p>
Andrew Jilka, class of 2017

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