Matthew Kolodziej
American, born 1967, Charlottesville, Virginia; lives Akron, Ohio
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Good Neighbors, 2009
Acrylic and ink on canvas
102 in. x 144 in. (259.08 cm x 365.76 cm)
No frame
Museum Acquisition Fund
The transitory quality of space and perception is a central theme for Matthew Kolodjiez.  A professor of art at the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron, where he co-founded the Center for Biomimcry Research, Kolodziej also draws upon his experience working in theatre production and the video industry. At a distance, Good Neighbors appears abstract; closer inspection reveals representational elements. The painting originated with photographs Kolodziej took of construction sites. He digitally combined some of these photographs into a photo-collage, which he then translated, or compressed, into linear drawings using a computer program. The artist projected the resulting “map” onto seven canvases that he had fastened together.  Kolodjiez traced its lines with markers, all the while adjusting and refining the composition. He then squeezed lines of acrylic paint onto the canvas using tubes designed for icing cake instead of brushes. The patch of blue paint at the upper left corresponds to an area of blue sky in the artist’s initial collage; to create pools of color, he placed the canvas flat on the floor and poured liquid paint onto its surface.  Kolodziej’s use of multiple canvases to comprise one painting echoes his layered process, resulting in a network of line, color and texture that is inherently dynamic and creates a sense of dislocation.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, commissioned Kolodziej to make Good Neighbors for a large wall in its 2009 exhibition There Goes the Neighborhood. The Akron Art Museum purchased the painting while it was on view there.  
A related work at the Akron Art Museum
Philip Guston
American, born 1913,  Montreal, Canada; died 1980, Woodstock, New York
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Untitled, 1964
Oil on paper adhered to board
30 1/8 x 40 1/8 in.
Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Bequest from the estate of Musa Guston  1994.3