Spring Exhibitions: Matthew Kolodziej, Piotr Szyhalski, Donald Black Jr, and Emerging Artist Group

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Date(s) - 02/17/2022
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

McDonough Museum of Art

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Matthew Kolodziej’s paintings explore themes of time, dislocation and forming perceptions using references to architecture and archaeology. The exhibition, Open Storage, is designed to be a form of memory cabinet. Each of the paintings and drawings refer to another while changing scale, perspective or the amount of
information presented.

On March 24, 2020, in direct response to the global coronavirus pandemic, artist Piotr Szyhalski created his first COVID-19: Labor Camp Report. What started as a single drawing slowly morphed into a daily practice, a way to reconcile and record the thoughts, feelings, and change being wrought in the world. These ink drawings and hand-lettered texts were shared daily by Szyhalski on Instagram, poignantly capturing our politically fraught and
painful landscape over the course of 225 days.

Centering the Black child in this photographic series of
ordinary days that are filled with childhood play, imagination, quiet, creative expression, and innocence is critical because of their premature loss of adolescence. Stories of childhood pain and trauma often dominate our memory. These images represent the balance against the mental suffering that takes place when personal trauma overwhelms us. Created in Cleveland, Ohio—a city marked with violence, poverty, grief and trauma—these images carry the city’s gritty, moody and stark living conditions.

There are seams in purgatory is a collaborative exhibition between the five woman-identifying artists that make up Carnegie Mellon’s MFA Class of 2023: Sarah Bowling, Han Diaspora Group, Laura Hudspith, Rosabel Rosalind, and Rebecca Shapass engaging in a cross-disciplinary dialogue that spans sculpture, drawing, painting, installation and performance. There are Seams in Purgatory explores the tension of betweenness as a state of both fullness and flux. Betweenness entangles the fluidity of power, the instability of control, the mistranslation of memory, and the inherent fragmentation and transformation that result in the process of becoming.