Jan 28th 2018

Andrew Falkowski: Flat Earth

@ Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden

32 E Quincy St, Riverside, IL 60546

Opening Sunday, January 28th, from 3PM - 6PM

On view through Saturday, March 3rd

The RAC is pleased to present Andrew Falkowski’s solo exhibition Flat Earth, with an updated opening reception date of Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3-6pm at RAC.

Andrew Falkowski’s newest text paintings riff off pop-culture sources culled from junk mail, commercial packaging, magazines, art history and punk songs. In reproduction, this work reads as smart and wry — a sleek visual stylization of audio aggression. A sustained look at the actual paintings reveals a layered conversation. Meaning is found through the intersection of paint, image and language, combined with playfully loving swats at painted illusion.

This ranges from trompe l’oeil to replication. For example, duct tape: Falkowski seems to use it, but it’s really acrylic paint. He’s cast this from a mold and then applied it to the surface of his painting. The illusion is so convincing that we see none – the cast tape looks just like duct tape. Once we understand the wit behind the process, the experience of the painting flips. The look of jury-rigging becomes painstaking craft. First impressions dissolve into contradictions. Fiction is fact; fact is fiction. In the end, we have work that extends the inherent irony in painting: that surface meaning differs from deeper meaning.

Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms. – Roy Lichtenstein

–Anne Harris

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