February 25, 2015
Op Art pioneer Richard Anuszkiewicz’s dancing colors are like Red Bull for your retinas
Orlando Weekly, 02/25/2015
Richard Reep


Op Art pioneer Richard Anuszkiewicz’s dancing colors are like Red Bull for your retinas
Orlando Weekly, 02/25/2015
Richard Reep

Almost singlehandedly, Richard Anuszkiewicz swept away the Abstract Expressionists like yesterday's burger wrappers and laid the table for Color Field artists. His highly disciplined approach made him a founder of the movement called Op Art, named for its optical effects of intense color, and it resonates with special meaning in today's digital world. The Museum of Art – DeLand has mounted a terrific retrospective of this artist's work, contributing to the conversation about what art and color really mean.

The Downtown Satellite of the Museum of Art is upstairs, in a clean, loft-like space illuminated by diffuse sunlight. Anuszkiewicz's work, familiar to any art student, is much more powerful in person than it is online or in textbooks. Here, you get the full experience. Stand and gaze at a painting, and eventually the colors jiggle. Nicknamed the "dazzle effect," this chromatic vibration is your mind, dancing around. Take your eyes off the painting, and your vision is filled with the opposite colors for several beats. The effect is addictive, causing viewers seek another and another as they enter a sensory relationship with color that is utterly unique.

In the 1990s, Anuszkiewicz began an experimental series called Translumina, adding thin wood strips to a canvas in rigid, careful spacing. They look like the flutes of classical columns, and this architectural reference wasn't lost on many viewers. Several of his transluminae are in this museum, and these transform color into motion. A square made of four different sets of flutes, each painted in a different color, appears to spin on the wall like a wheel.

"Mardi Gras," a giant canvas painted only a couple of years ago, shows his sustained commitment to this line of inquiry. A tiny pink square in the middle is surrounded by magenta bands, then mint stripes, and then cobalt blue. Step back (these paintings require viewers to dance too, just a bit) and the intense hues positively shimmer and oscillate. There's a real party going on somewhere in your own brain.

Anuszkiewicz is almost a cult figure in today's digital-art world, acknowledged for having created a sort of Red Bull for the retina. He paved the pathway as a direct ancestor of pixilation and digital art. In 1970, he said, "You can never create any new art unless it's created by the human mind." Still going strong at 85 years old, Richard Anuszkiewicz has kept true to his vision and continues to create optical effects that remain locked in the mind long after the show is left behind.

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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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