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'Metrics' exhibit focuses on patterns, repetition

'Metrics' exhibit focuses on patterns, repetition
Work by Cody Prysecki will be displayed at the Carroll Arts Center's Metrics exhibit starting Thursday.

They say practice makes perfect, and for the artists in the Carroll County Arts Council’s newest exhibition, “Metrics,” it is this repetition that drives their work.

The exhibit features work of three Baltimore artists, Minas Konsolas, Cody Pryseki and Jarek Sparaco, with each piece featuring and dedicated to repetition, patterns, and sequences of colors and lines that coalesce in the final artwork.

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Konsolas and Sparaco’s work takes the idea of metrics and order in an abstract direction, while Prysecki depicts real-life patterns with representational pieces.

Konsolas said the work he is exhibiting is part of his “Sequence” series of paintings, based on the friction between chaos and order. In creating them, he applies paint onto a roller and rhythmically takes it across the canvas.

“It creates this sequential, mathematical order in things like the distance between marks of paint,” Konsolas said. “The overall piece can have an energy, that somehow you can see. It’s a sort of chaos and order in some ways.”

Prysecki’s work, by contrast, depicts urban landscapes, with all of the grid-like style and repetition that such a subject demands. His work features repeating shapes of bricks and stonework, creating depictions of familiar vistas but abstracted so they become something new.

Work by Jarek Sparaco will be displayed at the Carroll Arts Center's Metrics exhibit starting Thursday.
Work by Jarek Sparaco will be displayed at the Carroll Arts Center's Metrics exhibit starting Thursday.

His work is created through the impasto technique, where oil paint is applied in thick layers, adding three-dimensionality to the painting.

Sparaco’s art is based around abstract patterns that guide the eye in different directions and seem to vibrate on their own. His work includes pieces created in paint, paper, ink and glass and aims to create a meditative state in the repetition of lines and colors.

Sparaco said he started doing art seriously in high school, where he focused on figurative and representational art, including portraits, nature, landscapes and more. When he started studying illustration in college, he took a course on illusionism which focused on trompe l’oeil — or trick-of-the-eye — work which changed his interest entirely.

“I became more interested in the abstract and in using patterns to achieve something that was much more simple but also more effective than considering light and shadow and doing this kind of protracted work,” Sparaco said. “I like to fool the eye and create a visual effect. It becomes more and more interesting to me over the years.”

Similar to Sparaco, Konsolas said he also found himself transitioning from working in representational art to something based more around energy and feeling.

“I was painting a series of works that had to do with motion, pieces of runners and dancers and objects or figures moving through space,” Konsolas said. “At some point, I decided to be the moving object myself. The way to record that motion was by transferring the motion into the paint roller itself.”

Work by Minas Konsolas will be displayed at the Carroll Arts Center's Metrics exhibit starting Thursday.
Work by Minas Konsolas will be displayed at the Carroll Arts Center's Metrics exhibit starting Thursday.

Konsolas said patterns hold a special power and can be a unique experience for viewers.

“I’m always looking for a specific energy and a specific abstraction,” Konsolas said. “The symbols are in the color palettes and in the energy. It’s up to each individual to connect with the work and find the beauty within it.”

In Sparaco’s work, the pieces change depending on where they are seen by the viewer.

“Up close it’s a bunch of lines or colors that intermingle,” Sparaco sadi. “When you get far away it creates something more complex, that’s more together and more nuanced. You get multiple experiences at once.”

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