by Steven Rosen
62 days ago
Posted In: Visual Art
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encountering Matthew Kolodziej’s wonderful artwork at Carl Solway Gallery’s Patch Work: New Paintings show (through
Saturday), you might think he’s reviving the colorfully splattering,
helter-skelter Abstract-Expressionist style of Jackson Pollock. But first
appearances can be deceiving.
He explains, in answer to an
inquiry, that he starts the paintings by putting together photo collages of
places he’s seen that are in a state of transition. He then puts those through
an illustrator program that turns them into line drawings, often with altered images.
These are projected onto a canvas
and traced out with brushes. He uses a combination of modeling pastes and
acrylics applied with putty knives to build up the paintings. He sometimes traces over lines with heavy gels to create a
raised surface where paint can be filled in.
So there are concrete origins,
actual images, to his work — it isn’t non-objective. You can see they’re rooted
in some kind of place, and you can establish a perspective that gives
definition and even a sense of kaleidoscopic movement to the canvases.
This is most clearly and
thrillingly evident in the fantastic “Shanty,” an acrylic painting. As you
study its mosaic-like structure, you begin to sense you’re getting an overview
of a crowded town on a mountainside, like in Rio, with a beltway of trees and
strip of water beyond (at the top of the canvas).
It’s a breathtakingly beautiful
painting, and the show has other excellent ones, too, like “Blaze” and “Diode.”
Kolodziej is an art professor
at University of Akron. One hopes there will be more shows of his demanding,
rewarding work at Solway.
For more information, visit solwaygallery.com.
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Carl Solway Gallery hosts an opening reception for Matthew Kolodziej’s Patch Work: New Paintings,
a selection of work informed by the painter’s interest in materials,
archeology and construction processes.
Peter Waite's new paintings explore the city's strange and famous places
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
In his Cincinnati Series
of 29 paintings depicting depopulated city sites, Peter Waite — a
Connecticut-based artist — neither celebrates nor dismisses what he
Elvis has entered the art gallery with new Paul Laffoley exhibit
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The strange ways we remember Elvis Presley are best
summed up by the lyrics of the late Warren Zevon’s “Jesus Mentioned,” in
which he imagines traveling to Memphis to see the dead King: “He went
walking on the water … with his pills.”
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Carl Solway Gallery has obtained Robert Kushner’s The Four Seasons murals from downtown’s Tower Place mall and is showing them with recent paintings by the New York artist in the exhibit Robert Kushner: Paintings 2010-2013 & The Four Seasons.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Artists have long had an interest in
serial imagery — repeatedly painting or making prints of such objects as
haystacks (Monet), numerals (Jasper Johns) or flowers (Warhol). For the
artist, it isn’t a rote, repetitious action — seeing how color, light
or perspective changes the way you see an object makes one artwork as
different from another as, well, night and day.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
If you want to learn about one of the
biggest and most unusual public-art projects ever proposed for
Cincinnati, see the display related to “The Soap at Baton Rouge” at Carl
Solway Gallery’s current Thanks: 50th Anniversary Celebration.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
At Carl Solway Gallery in the West End,
on a wall by a stairway leading up to his office, is a small but
heartfelt tribute to the British Pop Art pioneer Richard Hamilton, who
died last month at age 89. On the wall is one of Hamilton’s prints:
“Kent State,” based on a photographic image he snapped from his
television set during news coverage of the 1970 killing by Ohio National
Guard troops of four university students on their campus.
Local visual arts venues prepare for another intriguing season
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The fall season’s museum show that has attracted the most advance interest — because of its ambitiousness and its timeliness — is the Contemporary Art Center’s Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, which opens Sept. 23 and continues until an as-yet-not-finalized January date.
Photographer John Coplans experiments with his own body
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
John Coplans: Photographs 1984-2000, on view at the West End’s Carl Solway Gallery through Aug. 13, offers viewers the opportunity to revisit photographs that set a new standard for the use of one’s body in making art and also allows us to consider Coplans’ work in the context of his multifarious careers. The black-and-white photographs on view cover a span of nearly two decades until the artist’s death in 2003.