‘Frameworks’ features abstracts in Akron

A Youngstown State University professor is one of three artists featured in an exhibition opening Saturday at the Akron Art Museum.

“Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew Kolodziej” presents abstract works created between 2015 and 2018. The artists utilize painting to explore the complex relationships between time, memory and place. They’re especially interested in how the influx of images and information in the digital age affect those interrelationships.

Each artist takes a different approach to exploring the concept of time.

Crnjak, an associate professor of painting at YSU, views paintings as an important foil against our addiction to moving images.

For her paintings in “Frameworks,” Crnjak distorts photographic images of embroidery patterns from her native Serbia by crumpling the paper and then Xeroxing the crumpled image. She then projects the distorted images onto canvas and traces them in paint. Layering the fragmented patterns with crisp, geometric lines, Crnjak’s compositions appear to recede and advance at the same time.

The artist will also create a wall-sized environment within the gallery, drawing directly on the wall with charcoal and adding to the rich texture and dimension of the entire space.

Kolodziej, a professor of painting and drawing at the University of Akron, photographs construction and demolition sites. After assembling a photomontage from those images, a computer program translates it into a line drawing that forms the basis of his multifaceted, architectural paintings.

Alongside his paintings, Kolodziej will create a drawing on the wall that will envelop viewers in a contorted aerial view of one of his construction sites. Expanding viewers’ sight lines beyond the confines of his canvases, Kolodziej will project a line drawing onto the walls, manipulate it in response to the gallery architecture and trace it in paint.

Based in Cleveland and Los Angeles, Joki creates paintings that meld sensory experiences of landscapes, people and places. Her work shifts from loose, spontaneous brushstrokes to precise, hard-edged lines, sometimes combining both in a single composition. Those co-existing impulses result in veiled prisms of splattered paint that seem to undulate and flicker.

“Frameworks” will be on display through Sept. 9 at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., Akron. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call 330-376-9185.

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