October 1, 2009
Matthew Kolodziej’s “Rumpus" (detail shown) is one of seven paintings in his upcoming exhibition at The College of Wooster Art Museum. Jaime Carrejo will present an installation, titled “Our Own Worst Enemy” Oct. 27-Dec. 6 at The College of Wooster Art Museum.
WOOSTER, Ohio - Matthew Kolodziej and Jaime Carrejo will present solo exhibitions at The
College of Wooster Art Museum in Ebert Art Center (1220 Beall Ave.), Oct. 27 through Dec. 6. Kolodziej, an associate professor of art at The University of Akron's Myers School of Art, will present seven paintings and a wall drawing in the Sussel Gallery, and Carrejo, a former visiting assistant professor of art at Wooster, will present an installation, "Our Own Worst Enemy," in
the Burton D. Morgan Gallery. The opening reception is Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m., with both artists giving gallery talks during the opening; Carrejo at 7 p.m. and Kolodziej at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
In many ways, Kolodziej's layered and agitated paintings encapsulate his varied interests and experiences - from theatre to archaeology - through a uniquely disorienting, almost stop-motion painting style seemingly set on fast-forward. Similar to artist Robert Smithson's use of displaced locations to infer the concept of entropy and composer John Cage's often disconcerting use of found
sound, Kolodziej uses collaged and distorted photographs of construction and demolition sites as a starting point for his paintings.
With suggestive titles such as Revel, Rumpus, and Torsion, Kolodziej's canvases are simultaneously juicy, joyous, clumsy, and awkward. The work in this exhibition represents a shift begun a few years ago when the artist switched from oil to acrylic paint primarily for the latter's synthetic color palette and capacity for sculptural relief. This body of work takes its bearings from both destabilized source imagery and non-traditional imaging and painting techniques in order to impart a sense of impermanence that transcends specificity of time and place.
A member of the faculty at the University of Akron since 2002, Kolodziej received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant this year, and was included in a recent exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago, and his MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Carrejo's participatory installation, titled, " Our Own Worst Enemy," uses Americanized versions of Mexican folk-art iconography in an effort to "play with our understanding of familiar objects" according to contributing essayist, Monica Huerta, a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art department at the University of Michigan. The installation includes an oversized donkey piñata (el burro) pulling a cart filled with white paper flowers (la flor) carrying a wooden crane (la grúa) carrying a wrecking ball covered with the same flowers. A colorful and curious juxtaposition of imagery, Carrejo invites the viewer to participate in his art by writing about an experience of personal transgression, dropping the story into the donkey's back as a way of letting it go, and then taking a paper flower as a symbol of liberation.
"Ultimately, Carrejo sees his role as a conductor of collective experiences," said Huerta. "He creates spaces between complex systems of identification and invites us to engage in our own retrospective analysis. Our own identities - gender, race, class, and sexual orientation - are called in for questioning as we write down our indiscretions and feed them to the donkey...(which we assume will be destroyed) in order to find liberation, for, at times, we can indeed be 'our own worst enemy.'"
Carrejo is currently an adjunct professor of art at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver. A native of El Paso, Texas, he received his BA from the University of Texas El Paso and did post-graduate work at Louisiana State University before receiving an MFA from the University of South Florida.
As an integral part of The College of Wooster, the mission of The College of Wooster Art Museum is to support and enhance the College's goals of teaching, research, and service through exhibitions, scholarship, collection preservation, and public engagement.
The College of Wooster Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. All receptions, lectures, exhibitions, and performances are free and open to the public. Group and class tours are also available. The museum will be closed Oct. 3-6 for fall break. The next exhibition, which runs Jan. 12 through Feb. 28, is titled, "War
Work: Artists Engage with Iraq and Other Wars," and features works by Sandow Birk, Combat Paper, Daniel Heyman, John Reesieuw, Ehren Tool, and Megan Vossler.
For more information, call 330-263-2388 or visit The College of Wooster Art Museum website.
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