Screaming Voicelessly to a Distant Silence + Sculptural Voyage/2017/Andrew T. Chakalis
Date(s) - 11/10/2017 - 12/23/2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Sculpture Center
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Dual opening reception for the joint opening of solo exhibitions: Screaming Voicelessly to a Distant Silence and Sculptural Voyage/2017/Andrew T. Chakalis
Friday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
The Artist Talks: Andrew Chakalis, 6:15 p.m. in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
The Artist Talks: Paul O’Keeffe, 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery
Paul O’Keeffe produces the most carefully thought out and exactingly made art — enigmatic in appearance and rewarding upon careful consideration. The work is highly cerebral, planned, concise, and extremely sophisticated in concept and visual actualization. His sculpture is meticulously produced; his proportions are beautifully conceived; he plays continuously with open and closed spaces and forms, and positive and negative space. His larger metal pieces are open and airy, contrasting long metal expanses with dense, seemingly unknowable, repeating shapes and even textiles, drawing the viewer around to examine them from every vantage point, each of which is effective. The smaller metal pieces are very tightly contained with geometric asymmetries that also require different view points.
Andrew Chakalis has been making art since the late 1950s, engaging in his ongoing “Sculptural Voyage.” I imagine this voyage extending from the Greek islands of his heritage (beautiful Evia Island in particular) where the ruins of antiquity, always stone and bronze, still dominate the culture, to Cleveland (his birthplace in 1945) with its renowned antiquities collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art and its own stones and metals, to Italy (in 1966) when he studied with a master stone carver and his son in Carrara, at the very quarries where Michelangelo purchased his marble during the late Renaissance. This journey also passes through the truly ancient history of the formation of the beautiful stone – granite, a particularly hard sandstone, and Carrara marble – that Andrew uses for all his sculptures and the relatively recent creation of the Cleveland street grids that are the patterns for his metal components.