February 17, 2018
Julian Stanczak
Visual Art Source, 02/17/2018
Amanda Malloy


Julian Stanczak
Visual Art Source, 02/17/2018
Amanda Malloy

One of the pioneers of the Optical Art movement, Julian Stanczak’s work is geometrically precise, vibrant, and full of kinetic energy. The works in “Dynamic Fields” have been selected from multiple collections, covering several decades. Several pieces here have never been previously exhibited. While the selections offer a wonderful survey of Stanczak’s styles, the collection still feels cohesive. Stanczyk’s paintings are brilliantly rich with color and subtle implications of light. Using grids and sharp vertical and diagonal lines, Stanczak uses almost imperceptible gradients of color to create undulating movement in his work.

The artist’s “grass” paintings are among the most lively of the collection. With an almost electric energy, the paintings incorporate primarily vertical lines of assorted colors to create patterns and movement that are only visible from a slight distance. The “bound box” paintings reveal a similar liveliness, incorporating grids which express movement through gradients of color. The “diagonal construct” paintings are more geometric and draw attention primarily to form and shape rather than movement, yet still incorporate a sense of dynamism. While the sharp lines and composition are impeccably executed in all of the paintings in this collection, it is clear that Stanczak speaks through color. Closely viewing these canvases reveals a subtle texture and slight striations in the lines which refreshingly convey the human hand that created them. While the paintings appear almost mathematical in their construction, they imply representations of natural elements. Calculated but not lacking in emotion, “Dynamic Fields” is a wonderful exploration of color, line and light.

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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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