When did you begin collecting?
We started collecting art together 10 years ago. We both did
some collecting before we met, but our union helped us both
enjoy buying art together, and we ended up with a collection we
both really like.
What is the first thing you look for when roaming through
an art fair?
We generally look for art that has a certain cleverness, deeper
meaning, or sardonic wit to it. For us, art has to elicit an emotional
or visceral response. We like Eric Zener from Gallery Henoch and
Liliana Porter from Carrie Secrist Gallery. Both artists are playful
and illustrate some of the strange peculiarities of life through their
lens. Liliana Porter uses little common figurines she finds in flea
markets and elsewhere to capture the weird aspects of life.
Is there a favorite artwork you purchased from the Dallas
We bought a large work at the Dallas Art Fair from Carrie
Secrist Gallery by Angelo Musco. Angelo uses pictures of naked
people that he gets to volunteer to be photographed, and he works
with the images to capture intricate parts of nature using thousands
of nude photos arranged just so. Angelo Musco’s history is
particularly interesting in how he became fascinated with nature,
and his use of the naked human body to capture nature is striking.
It is weird, beautiful, and clever. When art unravels life better than
real life, it is usually interesting. The irony of inanimate artwork
telling a deeper story than real life is I guess what we love most
What is the first thing that has impact with viewing art at a
fair? Is there a particular piece of art this has happened with?
John Marriott's Light Show (Silence) is a good example of a piece
that definitely inspires a gut reaction, as a kind of "quiet” work of
art that appears effortless yet relays a great deal of information.
It is playful yet somewhat haunting in a way as the tubing does
not light up. At first glance, it provokes the idea of smart phones
and the "silence" of friendships now, as we used to actually speak
to each other instead of texting. The same is true of our family
while dining out. Everyone looks down at his or her smart phones
the first second that we are seated. Silence. That type of silence
is maddening. Silence and its definition are also very calming.
Working in silence at the office, even driving in the car in silence
without music—there is definitely a range of layers with this
Another good example is Nathan Green, who is a local artist
that we met through Kenny Goss. Nathan's work feels youthful,
fresh, fun, spontaneous, curious, and happy... Spring literally jumps
at us and may be one of our favorites of his abstract pieces. His use
of colors and the playfulness of the geometric shapes are fantastic.
Jennifer Karol was the co-chair for the 2013 DMA Art Ball alongside Catherine Rose. Tom Karol is active in politics and shares Jennifer’s interest in the Dallas
civic community. They love the collecting endeavor as a joint effort.
Clockwise from top: Liliana Porter, Forced Labor (holes), Man dressed in blue, 2014, painted wood, figurine, 4. 5 x 7. 5 x 3. 5 in., Courtesy of Hosfelt Gallery; John
Marriott, Light Show, glass, 4 x 18 x 2 in., courtesy of MKG127; Nathan Green, XT (Spring), 2015, Latex on canvas, 66 x 54 in., Courtesy of Barry Whistler Gallery.
Opposite: Jennifer and Tom Karol; above the staircase: Angelo Musco, The Hadal Project, 2009, C-print mounted between aluminum and Plexiglas, 132 x 288 in. (Ed. 3)