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Ed Mieczkowski
at LewAllen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Recommendation by Michael Abatemarco


Continuing through May 7, 2012


Ed Mieczkowski’s "Study for Iso, Rounds and Bumpers," is a prime example of Op Art, fooling the eye into perceiving movement and fluctuations that appear to extend beyond — and transform — the frame that holds it. Working entirely in grayscale, the converging patterns and lines in this composition suggest an idea of color (a blue tone) in the center of the painting that isn’t really there. This “study” is a compelling, trippy painting with the impact of sculpture.


The 60s era work on view has a minimalist’s sensibility in terms of color. The consistency from one painting to the next is due, in part from Mieczkowski’s mechanical exactitude in exploring geometric form as well as from the limited palette. In his “Clockwork” the playful configuration of the design belies a certain complexity. One is reminded of Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase” and of the diverting architectural fantasies of M.C. Escher, but Mieczkowski’s work seems more concerned with exploring the dynamics of movement and stasis.

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