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“In Jankowiak’s output the tightly controlled optic effect, the perceptual, is crucial to the viewer becoming receptive to what the artist communicates, the spiritual, whereas the historic Op Art movement seemed to settle with mere visual stimulation. As the color combinations and shape come up against the support, whether that is wood or a wall, the form of the thing itself is dissolved; panel, canvas, and architecture become less stable. At this moment there is both a sense of uncertainty and of possibility. These things are no longer their constituent materials. They are no longer just tape and paint, or drywall and canvas. They are something else. They have been transformed into Art. This is a fundamental duty of serious art as this writer and critic perceives it, to suggest or create a new awareness in an individual that can point towards the potential for change. If base materials like drywall, tape and paint, can be made into something wholly different, something better, perhaps you can too, perhaps today is the day you start.”
-Abraham Ritchie
Abraham Ritchie has previously worked as the editor of ArtSlant: Chicago, and the deputy editor of FlavorPill: Chicago. He currently works for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and is an independent art critic.