Friday, January 22, 2016

Matthew Kolodziej Exhibition Opens at Carl Solway Gallery on January 29th

Matthew Kolodziej 
Patch Work: New Paintings  

January 29 –  March 26, 2016

Opening reception
Friday, January 29, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Carl Solway Gallery presents a selection of recent paintings by Matthew Kolodziej. At first glance, his paintings appear to be dazzling, complex abstractions. Upon more careful observation, multi-layered fragments of architectural details emerge creating a sense of places in a state of change. The locations seem to be simultaneously under construction and demolition.

The artist has titled the exhibition Patch Work. To quote Kolodziej, “A patchwork is something made up of an incongruous variety of pieces. Patching connotes use, repair and replacement. … Architectural sites in flux provide the foundations for these paintings.”

Kolodziej photographs industrial spaces, and through a sophisticated process of computer manipulation, projection, tracing and paint application creates commanding images and surfaces that demand to be seen firsthand. To quote an essay by the painter and writer Joe Fyfe, “Kolodziej’s paint handling seems to both counterpoint and magnify aspects of the fragmented imagery.  His subtly playful color, mixed with gel – laid down in delicate, squiggly, linear re-tracings and pours -- at once builds and dissolves the pictorial structure.” His slightly dimensional surfaces catch light and glisten.

Matthew Kolodziej lives and works in Akron, Ohio where he is Professor of Art at the University of Akron. He earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1988 and an M.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1993. He has been exhibiting his paintings since the mid 1980s.  Kolodziej is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and a Fulbright Scholar. His work has been featured in over 70 exhibitions including The Cleveland Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, Rose Art Museum, RISD Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and Painting Center, New York. Permanent collections include the Akron Art Museum. David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University and the Swope Art Museum.

top image: Blaze, 2015, acrylic on panel, 38 x 31 inches  
bottom image: Diode, 2015, acrylic on panel, 38 x 31 inches

Upcoming Exhibitions 
Kirk Mangus · Ceramic Sculpture and Drawing
February 26 - July 9, 2016
Opening reception
Friday February 26, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Carl Solway Gallery is pleased to announce
representation of the Kirk Mangus Estate.

Matthew Kolodziej · Patch Work: New Paintings  
continues through March 26, 2016

Tom Marioni · Dry Fresco, Drawing and Bronze  
April 1 - July 9, 2016
Opening reception
Friday April 1, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Artist performance: TBA

Elsa Hansen · Buffy thru Buffy
April 1 - July 9, 2016
Opening reception
Friday April 1, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Best Art Exhibits of 2015 in Cincinnati City Beat

The Best Art Exhibits of 2015

By This River, Weston Art Gallery — For this multi-artist multimedia show, curator Michael Solway chose art that directly related to the show’s aquatic theme. The work was thus accessible, yet without being obvious in its depiction of a waterway. Standouts included works by Benjamin Patterson, Jacci Den Hartog and Steve Roden. 

Daniel Arsham: Remember the Future, Contemporary Arts Center — Astonishing is the best word for this show, curated by Steven Matijcio, in which Arsham used unconventional materials — including volcanic ash — to cast some 3,000 media-related objects and then present them like a rubble pile. He made us think about the temporality of our priorities as well as our addiction to things.

Enduring Spirit: Edward Curtis and the North American Indians, Taft Museum of Art — This traveling exhibit presented glorious prints in various photographic mediums of Curtis’ early-20th-century quest to document the North American Indian tribes because he feared they would soon vanish. One can argue about how he went about his task, but he produced unforgettable images.

Field Guide: Photographs by Jochen Lempert, Cincinnati Art Museum — Brian Sholis, photography curator, showed his daring in not only giving this contemporary German photographer his first major U.S. museum exhibition, but also in presenting it so unconventionally. That approach works perfectly for black-and-white prints that can loosely be called “nature photography” but often have a strangely compelling cosmic consciousness. (Through March 6.)

John James Audubon: Birds of America, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Main Branch — The library has had a rare intact copy of Audubon’s four-volume folio set Birds of America since 1870 — it paid $1,000 then, and it’s now valued at $12 million.But in November, new display cases were installed in the Cincinnati Room that enabled all four volumes to be displayed simultaneously. (On permanent display.)

Light Strikes, Kennedy Heights Arts Center — Kudos to curator Jonathan Sears of Northside’s nonprofit PAR-Projects for organizing this exhibit in which five artists/artist groups used a dimly lit 8,000-square-foot space to present installations that made you think about the importance of light even as you sometimes struggled to see where you were going. Contributors included Intermedio, Sean Mullaney, Karen Saunders, Team B and Rob Wolpert. The show was part of the celebration for the art center’s new annex.

Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, CAC — Curated by Adam Lerner of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, this retrospective of Devo co-founder Mothersbaugh’s obsessively multi-faceted, weirdly imaginative and constantly pleasurable visual art has made him a culture hero all over again, as he was in Devo’s “Whip It” heyday. It’s a large show filled with great pieces. (Through Jan. 9.)

Masterpieces of Japanese Art, CAM — The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Asian art curator, Hou-mei Sung, spent years researching and preparing the Japanese objects in her collection for this engaging and beautiful show, which was so popular it had to be extended into 2016. (Through Jan. 3.)

Rachel Rampleman, Carl Solway Gallery — Originally from Cincinnati and now Brooklyn-based, Rampleman made her debut at Solway with three videos that sometimes manipulate existing footage in ways that are hypnotic. One piece, “Water/Light Study,” effortlessly conjures abstracted images of those two substances/conditions in ways that make it hard to tell light from water.

The Total Look and High Style, both at CAM — These two separate traveling fashion exhibitions, both brought here by Cynthia Amneus, curator of fashion arts and textiles/chief curator, showed how 20th-century fashion can have just as visionary and avant-garde an agenda — in the hands of a Gernreich, Charles James or Elsa Schiaparelli — as painting or sculpture. And you can wear it! (High Style is up through Jan. 24).