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The Art of Julian Stanczak: Through the Looking-glass
Kelvin Smith Library's exhibition series continues with Julian Stanczak's Through the Looking-glass. The exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, December 5 from 4-6 p.m. at the KSL Art Gallery.
Through the Looking-glass features a highly original and technically challenging group of Stanczak's prints on metal from the 1970s. With a rigor worthy of a philosopher, Stanczak explores how the mind interprets what it sees. Inspired in part by Stanczak's teacher at Yale, Josef Albers, the prints present austere linear forms, which initially seem simple, but can be interpreted in multiple ways.
The exhibit will be on display through Friday, January 31, 2014, and is free and open to the public with valid photo ID during the library's regular business hours. Two subsequent exhibitions of Stanczak's work will be featured at KSL throughout the year:
• Substance and Illusion — Feb. 4- March 28
• Pushing the Envelope: New Dimensions of Color — April 3-June 6
More About Julian Stanczak
Born in Poland in 1928, Stanczak was imprisoned in a Siberian labor camp during World War II. While there, he permanently lost the use of his right arm before his escape at age 13. Eventually making his way to a Polish refugee camp in Uganda, Stanczak was able to take his first private art lessons and learn to paint and write with his left hand.
Stanczak moved to the United States in 1950 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) and Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. His meticulously crafted Perceptual Art—layered patterns of color with effects of transparency and light—represents a conscious decision to leave his wartime experiences behind him. His substantial body of work has all been produced in a modest house and studio in Cleveland, where he and his wife Barbara, also an artist, have lived since 1964.
Stanczak’s work has been extensively exhibited internationally and is represented in more than 85 museums and 100 public collections. Also a distinguished educator, Stanczak began his 38-year teaching career in 1957 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati. In 1964, he became a professor of painting at CIA, a position he held until retiring in 1995.
Posted by Hannah Levy on November 21, 2013 09:17 AM