August 23, 2011
Press Release - Julian Stanczak "Tactile See Through"

Julian Stanczak
Elusive Transparencies

September 1 - 30, 2011

Opening reception: Friday, September 2, 2011, 5:00-7:00 PM

David Richard Contemporary, LLC
130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite D, Santa Fe, NM 87501
p 505-983-9555 | f 505-983-1284

David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present Elusive Transparencies, a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Julian Stanczak focused exclusively on his illusory “see-through” abstractions, which have been at the core of his art-making practice for the past five decades. The presentation will feature Stanczak’s various methods for producing optical effects on canvas, including his use of color—contrasting, physical mixing or varying proportions of just one color—in combination with other techniques, such overlapping planar shapes or lines in compositions; defining shapes with hard or diffuse edges; adding vertical or horizontal lines to activate the surfaces; and layering dots, dashes and triangles in contrasting colors on the surfaces to produce vibrational effects. Paintings from 1968 to the present, including his most recent one comprised of 15 separate panels—each 16 inches square—will be exhibited.

Julian Stanczak’s impressive career includes over 90 solo exhibitions in New York, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, London, England, Tokyo, Japan, Warsaw, Poland and Ontario, Canada, among other cities. His artwork has been featured in numerous national and international group shows such as the seminal exhibitions in 1965 that established the perceptual art movement, Vibrations Eleven, at the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York and The Responsive Eye, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Stanczak’s artwork is included in the permanent collections of 76 museums, among them, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.) and Victoria and Albert Museum (London, England). His artwork is also featured in many important public and private collections. Julian Stanczak was born in Borownica, Poland and now lives and works in Seven Hills, Ohio.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by the artist, Julian Stanczak. The catalogue will also be available on-line.

David Richard Contemporary is located in downtown Santa Fe north of the historic plaza and specializes in non-referential abstract art, featuring both historic and contemporary geometric, hard edged, Op, Pop, color field, minimal and gestural abstraction in a variety of media. The gallery represents many established mid to late-career artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1960s through the 1980s. The gallery also represents estates, secondary market works, and several emerging artists.

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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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