Opening Reception: November 20, 5 - 8pm Don Pollack in attendance
Don Pollack was born in 1958 in Chicago and received his Masters Degree in Art from Ohio State University in 1984. His paintings are extremely detailed, highly realistic, romantic landscapes, which resemble photographs or 19th Century landscape paintings with their high-gloss finish. Pollack’s paintings however, add an element of uncertainty to the classical representations of nature we are used to. Pollack represents Nature as a force that cannot be contained or defined by human constructs. In his work, nature always manages to insinuate an element of the untamable and the unexpected into human attempts to impose meaning and order on it.
Don Pollack references documentary daguerreotypes in his new oil paintings of man’s environmental urbanization. Pollack is concerned with the validity of painting in a modern world of digital simulations. He is also concerned with returning to a sense of intimacy and history through the handmade act of painting. Pollack cleverly combines his realist, romantic style with conceptualist undertones that more often permeate this post-modern society. Of these undertones, Chicago Tribune write Alan Artner writes,
…it’s still fundamentally different from most conceptually based painting because its visual appeal remains primary and the ideas at work accept rather than question the conventions of representation. Pollack clearly believes his methods continue to be relevant in our postmodern age of questioning, whereas most conceptual inquiries into painting proceed from the premise that representational painting is reactionary if not sclerotic.