The Architecture of the Sky (Portrait of Jan Saudek in Blue with Bees), 2001–2014, mixed media on laminated electrostatic prints on paper, brass leaf, polyester film and machine stitching, 36 ½ x 36 in., Courtesy of the artist and Tregoning & Co., Cleveland
Black Hand, Gold Dove, 2008–2013, mixed media, including laminated electrostatic print on film, brass leaf, polyester film, paper and machine stitching, 40 x 25 in., Courtesy of the artist and Tregoning & Co., Cleveland
Portrait of Lara (as Olympia), 2000–June 8, 2008, mixed media, including aluminum leaf and laminated electrostatic prints on polyester film and machine stitching, 25 5/8 x 22 in., Collection of Ursula Korneïtchouk, Cleveland
Installation view, Christopher Pekoc: Hand Made. Image: Akron Art Museum.
Christopher Pekoc: Hand Made
Christopher Pekoc's mixed media assemblages are distinctive among the work of his colleagues in Cleveland and far beyond. At a time when artists are engaging with new media, Pekoc uses humble processes and materials—among them gelatin silver photography, Xerox prints, shellac, sandpaper and punches—in novel ways to create evocative images. He employs stitching to supply content to his compositions, another uncommon approach. Hands in myriad gestures—extending invitation, protecting or playfully balancing balls—recur again and again in Pekoc’s assemblages. These constructions also convey the presence of the artist’s hand in their making, with scarred surfaces as metaphors of our imperfections.
This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by generous gifts from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the John P. Murphy Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.