December 15, 2014
'Color Color' at the Cincinnati Art Museum showcases digital prints and poetry, 12/15/2014


'Color Color' at the Cincinnati Art Museum showcases digital prints and poetry, 12/15/2014

The Cincinnati Art Museum’s newest special feature, Color Color, showcases vibrant inkjet prints from Ohio-based artist Julian Stanczak with accompanying poetry by Harry Rand. The Color portfolio was acquired by the museum in 1994, but this is the first time this special feature has been on display in Cincinnati.

Although small in size, the art creates a big impact. Twenty of Stanczak’s framed “color experiences” are shown with Rand’s poetry in the Albert E. Heekin and Bertha E. Heekin Gallery on the museum’s second floor.

Stanczak, a previous Art Academy of Cincinnati teacher, is now a resident of Cleveland suburb Seven Hills. He embraces imaging technology to form a new definition of color in his art. His Color portfolio, completed in 1993, is an example of the early use of digital visual art and inkjet printing. Stanczak modified the printer to fit the large format and paper thickness. He used wax to suspend the colors.

Cincinnati Art Museum Curator of Prints Kristin Spangenberg organized the display. “These amazingly vibrant works let us see color in a new way. Even though the art is more than 20 years old, the special feature is a fresh combination of powerful images and words that will resonate with the museum guests who examine them,” she said.

Using brilliant color and dramatic moods, Stanczak’s inkjet prints have intricate value gradients and color juxtapositions that reflect his aesthetic vision. The accompanying poetic suite by Harry Rand creates different psychological states through a variety of voices, tenses and personae. Together, Stanczak’s perceptual art coupled with Rand’s symbolic poetry, form a totality which opens hearts and eyes.

“My primary interest is color—the energy of the different wavelengths of light in their juxtapositions. The primary drive of colors is to give birth to light, but light always changes; it is evasive. I use the energy of this flux because it offers me great plasticity of action,” said Stanczak. “To capture the metamorphoses—the continuous changing form and circumstance—is the eternal challenge and, when achieved it offers a sense of totality, order and repose. Color is abstract, universal—yet personal and private in experience.”

Stanczak immigrated to the United States in 1950 and studied with Josef Albers at Yale University, School of Art and Architecture where he received his Masters in 1956. From 1957 to 1964 he taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He moved to Cleveland in 1964 to teach at the Cleveland Institute of Art, retiring in 1995.

Rand was born and raised in New York City. His poetry has been published since he was seventeen. He has been an important commentator on twentieth century art and artists through his books and catalogues.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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