University of Kentucky Art Museum

Lexington, KY



Henry Chodkowski: Mavros Labyrinthos Series


On November 14, 1999 the University Art Museum will open an important exhibition of paintings and drawings by Louisville artist Henry Chodkowski. As a result of several extended visits to Greece, most recently in 1991-92 and 1998-99, Chodkowski has been inspired by the Minoan labyrinth at Knossos. His richly textured landscapes, acrylic paintings and graphite drawing, often layered with collage, are moody meditations on elemental forms that invoke the modern and ancient landscapes of Greece. Jay Kloner, professor of art history at University of Louisville, writing in the catalogue that accompanies this exhibition, notes that Chodkowski's observations of Crete are "the basis for visual insights." He says: "The degree of feeling for landscape as portent is virtually unique. There is manifest respect for nature's shadow. It is as if old millennial forebodings surface here. While this could be remindful of apocalyptic thought, it is all the more appropriate to our time in positing generative chaos." (right: Mavros Labyrinthos #224, 1992-93, acrylic on Arches paper, 12 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches, Courtesy of the artist)

Chodkowski was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1937 and studied at University of Hartford (B.F.A. 1961) and Yale University (M.F.A. 1963). As professor of advanced painting at University of Louisville, Chodkowski is an influential teacher, known as much for the achievement of his students -- Gaela Erwin, Mark Priest, Guinever Smith, Katherine Fenwick, Mary Newton, to name a few -- as for his own art. The works on view are courtesy of the artist and Heike Pickett Gallery, Versailles, Kentucky.

Henry Chodkowski: Mavros Labyrinthos Series opens on Sunday, November 14, 1999 (exhibition continues through February 27, 2000). The artist will present a slide presentation about his work at 2:00 p.m. and a reception will follow. An exhibition catalogue will be available at the museum.

Henry Chodkowski: Mavros Labyrinthos Series has been made possible by the Richard Florsheim Art Fund and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville. The exhibition, organized by the artist, premiered at the Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio, in September and will travel to the Dishman Art Gallery, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, following its showing at the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

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