What should I be doing instead of this?
 
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS?
 
 
by Steven Rosen 03.24.2016 41 days ago
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Matthew Kolodziej's Paintings at Solway Look But Aren't Purely Abstract

Upon first 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.
 
 

CAC Exhibit Pushes Back Against Museum’s Architecture

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
“When people ask me what are my influences, they’re ghosts and magic,” artist and curator Michael Stillion said during a recent visit to his studio in Evanston.  

The Seventh Time Around

Jeffrey Cortland Jones and Paige Williams team up again

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
There are few exhibition spaces in Cincinnati as dependable and consistent in quality as Aisle Gallery. Its current exhibition, Almost Certain, features two series of abstract paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones and Paige Williams. Remarkably, this is the seventh time these two painters have shown together.   

Four Exhibits (Review)

Commonalities among exhibiting artists at Carl Solway Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
It seems possible that the four concurrent exhibitions now presented at Carl Solway Gallery are meant to link abstract artists from the past to two contemporary artists who grapple with abstraction, color, humanity and nature. I wish there were more show-stoppers to see, but the four artists provide ample visuals for consideration.   

Maria Lassnig (Review)

Exhibition of Austrian painter opens new season at the CAC

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
It is astonishing that Maria Lassnig, whose work is presented in an impressive solo exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), is widely unknown in the United States. She is an influential force throughout Europe, working in Vienna for the past few decades.  

Lauren Wells

Inside Artists Heads

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Painter Lauren Wells says, “self-investiga tion is a bi-product of my painting process.” Through her work, she tries to better under stand the motivations behind the external self. “Typically, my stern gaze becomes the focus,” she says.   

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