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John Andolsek
Blythe Projects
September 18, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Defining My Generation

Baby Boomer defines his generation with iconic images from his legacy.  Andolsek's current exhibition at Blythe Projects contains paintings, mixed-media objects and installations pertaining to his Boomer existence.  There is an image of "Dad" at the barbeque grill, an installation with actual US currency and images of the US flag.  However, one of the indelible connections that all Baby Boomers have is the day President Kennedy died.  Andolsek parallels an image of a blurred dollar bill in "Black Dollar Bill" 2010 with a painting of a photo clip of the Zapruder film ("What's Puzzling You...(after Zapruder film still #312).  Both paintings represent a sense of loss that happened in an instance and changed several generations forever.  The blurs in the paintings are equal to bold brushstrokes, intentional marks that have a history of their own.

Additionally, Andolsek comments on "911" in one of his paintings which is part of our current lexicon of grief.  He also includes a lighthearted observation of "bling" (jewelry) with a painting containing imagery of stars.

As an audience we bring our prior experiences to the artwork before us.  As a Baby Boomer, I gravitated to the Zapruder film painting and made adjustments as I traveled throughout the exhibition.  Like Cy Twombly and Max Ernst that reveled in the gesture of the "smudge", Andolsek reminds us of how our lives can change with a metaphoric brushstroke.

Posted by Sandra Vista on 9/28/10

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