This is a Last Call to see a wonderful if small showing of great art at the Harris-Stanton Gallery, located at 2301 W. Market St. in Akron. Until the 6th of December you can see the multi-layered paintings of Andrea Joki, whose work is a cacophony of intuitive and imbalanced allusions to binary relationships and free exuberance. It’s simultaneously dark and light and tempered and troubling.
Then there are the blown and carved glass works of Robert Coby. These pieces are, at first glance, almost crude in their simplicity, like the artifacts after which they are modeled (and named). Coby’s eye for detail and the delicacy of his vision has yielded a collection of glass sculptures that must be seen.
But perhaps the best reason to get down to the gallery is the installation of work by Matt Kolodziej. I’d like to name my favorites, but they’re too many. From the entire “Out of Synch” series, to “Reflex”, “Revel”, and “Barn”, Kolodziej manages to make the ordinary extraordinary and the extraordinary ordinary. His is a keen eye for the detritus of our lived experiences, as well as our near-obsessive collective and individual material culture. Kolodziej’s work challenges how we see, not just what we see, especially the relationships between space and perception. It’s all a bit disorienting, really, with all the chaos and dislocation between what is real and what is imagined.
So, take a break from your holiday shopping and pop round the Harris-Stanton Gallery to take in the great works on display.
FRIDAY: 10:30am – 5:30pm, SATURDAY: 10am – 4pm
Dawson Steeber holds an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Akron. His writings appear or are forthcoming in MUSE, TONGUE, quickly, Rubbertop Review, and elsewhere. You can reach Dawson at dbs7@