March 3, 2014
Press Release - Julian Stanczak "Lineal Pathways"

Lineal Pathways

March 14 - April 19, 2014

Private in-gallery dining event and reception on Saturday, March 15, 6:00 - 9:00 PM 

David Richard Gallery
Railyard Arts District
544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
p 505-983-9555 | f 505-983-1284

David Richard Gallery will present paintings by Julian Stanczak that explore color relationships and visual perception using reductive color palettes and parallel lines. The gallery’s third exhibition for Stanczak, “Lineal Pathways”, will be presented March 14 - April 19, 2014 with an opening reception on Friday, March 14, 5:00 - 7:00 PM and a private in-gallery dining event and reception on Saturday, March 15, 6:00 - 9:00 PM as a fundraiser to benefit (call to purchase tickets) all at the gallery located on 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone 505-983-9555 in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.

“Lineal Pathways” features paintings from Stanczak’s “Crest” series, which are very different from his “See Through” series and “Grid” paintings. The “Crest” series is less geometric, more organic, and continues explorations Stanczak began in the 1960s. These paintings are created with many fine parallel lines that run from one edge of the canvas to the other with points of constriction that cause either subtle or immediate directional shifts. The effect is a topographical illusion, a ghostly blanketing of underlying objects and hills. The parallel lines with their subtle undulations and shifts create equally potent color effects. Many of the paintings alter spatial relationships and depth perception as seen through color. The reduced palette in these paintings is powerful because the adjacency of the lines and alternating colors creates an almost third color and/or monochrome effect in many of the artworks.

Stanczak, a student of Josef Albers, exploits his knowledge of colors not operating independently, but instead, interacting in concert with and perceived in relationship to neighboring colors. His focusing on color and using it to create the illusion of other colors makes the “experience” of color more important than the actual lines or geometric shapes used to contain it. 

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 approximately 80 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.

David Richard Gallery specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric and hard-edge painting, Op Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminism and Conceptualism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1950s through the 1980s on both the east and west coasts. The gallery also represents artist estates, emerging artists and offers secondary market works. 

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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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