Christopher Pekoc: Hand Made
For Release: Oct. 31, 2014
FOR RELEASE: October 31, 2014
Christopher Pekoc: Hand Made On View November 15, 2014 – April 26, 2015
Akron, Ohio, October 31, 2014 – Christopher Pekoc's assemblages are distinctive among the work of his colleagues in Cleveland and far beyond. At a time when many artists are engaging with new media, Pekoc uses gelatin silver and Xerox prints, shellac, sandpaper, punches and other common tools and materials in novel ways to create evocative images. He employs another uncommon approach—stitching, also by hand—to supply content to his compositions, as well as to add visual resonance.
Hands in myriad gestures—extending invitation, protecting or playfully balancing orbs—recur again and again in Pekoc’s assemblages. These complex constructions also convey the presence of the artist’s hand in their making, with scarred surfaces as metaphors of our imperfections. Christopher Pekoc: Hand Made features art works from Northeast Ohio collections that reveal ways the artist has amplified his techniques and themes in recent years. These include subjects and materials Pekoc encountered on an Ohio Arts Council sponsored residency in the Czech Republic in 2001. While abroad, he was introduced to red and blue pigments that are not available in the United States, and photographed Jan Saudek, a renowned Czech photographer Pekoc has long admired.
Threats to nature and environmental degradation have become increasingly important to Pekoc. These themes are reflected in his new work. Pekoc has also undertaken reinterpretations of longstanding subjects, such as the figure of Eve, also represented in the exhibition.
Christopher Pekoc (b. 1941, Cleveland) attended Kent State University and has taught studio art classes at Case Western Reserve University since 1989. His work has been featured in numerous one-person exhibitions, including at the Akron Art Institute (1978); The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (1991); The Print Center, Philadelphia (2001); and Convivium Gallery, Cleveland (2006). The recipient of the 2007 Cleveland Art Prize for mid-career visual artist and five Ohio Arts Council fellowships, Pekoc was awarded a mural commission for the Cleveland Public Library in 1978 and his work is represented in museums throughout the country and abroad.
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.
OPENING RECEPTION - SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23 • 2-4 pm
Join the artist to celebrate the exhibition.
FREE and open to the public.
ART TALK - THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015 • 6:30pm
Christopher Pekoc will give a gallery talk followed by a Q&A about the work included in the exhibition Hand Made.
FREE and open to the public.
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