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I took a long road trip to my undergraduate home of Western Kentucky University where I hung
a show of my own work, but like all trips, I actively seek out galleries, past associates, and new
artists. This trip I ran across Yvonne Petkus’ lushish paintings, the theatrical photographs of
George Vitorovich, and the seismic art of Craig Dongoski .
figure, reimaged and reworked over and over in different poses of movement. Her backgrounds
almost wisp away the figure in a fast moving paint that pushes across the canvas like a storm.
Petkus’ subject seems to distort like she is underwater. Body parts are out of proportion and
seem to fluctuate in each painting, though the hips tend to be overly large in relationship
to the smaller head. Petkus uses paint to express all the emotional content whereas the
face of her subject has the same ambiguous expression of possible grief or maybe concern.
These paintings are very strong paintings and very compelling.
Yvonne Petkus - Watchers
32” x 32”, oil on canvas, 2012
With such a short trip, I attempted to drop by George Vitorovich’s studio, but the stars were not
aligned so I missed him, however I am so familiar with his work I have to mention it here. Vitorovich
creates scenes that look like a long forgotten circus, rusted out industrial site, or an abandon
home. He further pushes the photos toward the look of decay through his use of browns
and muted colors. Any figures are like ghosts, reappearing but disconnected to the present
decay. These people act as if nothing has changed. I also see his work very cinematic, with
much of the work showing visible horizontal lines cutting the scene, you pause briefly before
moving to the next section. Vitorovich’s vision is apocalyptic and sublime.
Out of the blue, right before I left for Kentucky I got an email from Craig Dongoski. I showed with
exploded out of him and is on display at the Tinney Contemporary in Nashville, Tennessee. His
art is dueling with the cloudy abstracts of Pam Longobardi. Dongoski will work on top of an image
with marks that resemble waves of energy. He has added a kind of abstract language that
resembles a proto Asian language.
I also missed my artist friends C. David and Kim Jones. Back when I ran a no-prof gallery called
I hope to see them, along with George Vitorovich, Yvonne Petkus, and Craig Dongoski in
September when I have another show in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Skypac fine arts center.