Ink drawings by Andolsek on exhibit at Pollock Gallergy
For some, the kitchen table may be nothing more than a place to eat dinner, but to artist Eugene Andolsek, it was where he created works of geometric complexity.
Armed with a pen, colored inks and sometimes an eye-dropper Andolsek would draw lines and shapes, creating works of art.
The Pollock Gallery on the ground floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center is currently showcasing the amazing talent and sharp eye of Andolsek in an exhibit called “Kaleidoscope: Eugene Andolsek’s Geometric Ink Drawings.”
The show, which began Feb. 1 runs until March 20.
Andolsek’s career spanned 50 years, ending when his sight failed him at age 81.
His body of work included thousands of pieces and has received praise for its intricate designs.
In 2006, he was one of five artists whose work was showcased in the Obsessive Drawing exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.
Andolsek’s art is colorful and detail-oriented, to say the least.
In the Pollock exhibition his prints feature the use of complimentary color pairings such as teal with pink, green with reds, yellow with brown and blue with yellow.
Many of the designs are symmetrical, which adds depth and leaves the viewer wondering how Andolsek was able to create mirroring effects in the images.
His drawings structure may be symbolic of his rigid life.
Andolsek worked for a railroad company and then for the state department.
Later in his life his mother came and lived with him.
There are a few spotlights in the gallery, drawing attention to a few of the pieces.
But for the most part the gallery is dimly-lit, setting the ideal mood to view any art form.
Each wall has two to three prints on it.
According to the Meadows Web site, Andolsek’s work would have remained hidden from the rest of the world if it had not been brought to the attention of Andy Warhol by one of Andolsek’s friends.