Monday, June 2, 2008

Good Enough to Eat!

Dennis Wojtkiewicz

One of the most amazing things that art does is to remind us how astonishing the “ordinary world” around us really is.

I can’t think of a better contemporary painter than Dennis Wojtkiewicz to demonstrate this.

Each minute detail that Wojtkiewicz puts into his work is truly revolutionary. His paintings of organic objects are marvels of biological complexity. His canvases are comprised of large, luminous oil paintings of simple-but-complex objects like single flower blossoms or slices of fruit or melons.

The fruit slices are often lit from behind, giving their intricate interiors the appearance of being illuminated from within, and the flowers are bathed in warm light that gives their finely textured surfaces an almost angelic quality. He glorified his subjects by encapsulating the detail that we tend not to see.

“For the past two years, I have been working on a series of images featuring large-scale slices of fruit. When I began these paintings, I was interested in what the inside of the fruits revealed. The seeds and veins, and the translucent flesh and color changes, were intriguing. The more I focused on them, the more fascinating they became.

I soon began to see the works as a metaphorical suggestion of the transitory nature of life. The fruits encapsulate a fleeting moment in time and glorify the unique characteristics of the subject. In comparison to my earlier, more conventional still lifes, the new paintings transcend a technical mastery to elicit more meaningful associations. This gives the paintings a deeper, more engaging resonance. “

Dennis Wojtkiewicz

Light and translucence make his paintings glow, and the perfection of nature’s creation allows them to take on a meditative quality.

Wojtkiewicz is a professor at the School of Art, Bowling Green State University. His work has been in an impressive list of exhibits, collections and publications.

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