Michael Polomik’s painting exhibit “Golden Hound” on display at Lees-McRae throughout March; Opening reception to be held March 28

March 02, 2016

By Jordan Banta ’16

Lees-McRae College will host a selection of artwork by Michael Polomik throughout March, with the opening reception and artist talk scheduled for March 28 from 5-6 p.m. in King-Shivell Gallery. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

“Golden Hound” references the ideas of glory (“golden”) and analysis (“hound”) and includes pieces that resemble the work of William Blake and Rembrandt. “The ultimate goal in my work is to create romanticized environments that incorporate patterning and diagrammatic markings, as though analyzed by the eye,” says Polomik. “For me, this image glorifies the process of understanding our world based upon studying and experiencing it; processes which I find provide both wonder and contentment.”

Polomik was born in Silicon Valley and raised in North Carolina, where he began practicing art at a young age; “My early drawings were created atop old diagrams of my father’s that he gave me as scrap paper,” he says. “I manipulated these diagrams while drawing, and my imagery gradually evolved to integrate my interests in geometric abstraction and classical realism.”

Since earning his MFA at Western Carolina University, Polomik has had his work exhibited in Chicago, Atlanta, Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and has gained recognition for his use of dramatic landscapes and diagrammatic markings around the human form. Polomik currently lives and works in Raleigh.

For more information, please contact Jason Sabbides at sabbidesj@lmc.edu.

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