Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 1983

"Paper exhibit a lively show"

The Cushman Street bridge will never seem the same again after seeing Alfred Skondovitch’s acrylic painting of a giant red sun rolling majestically and humorously along it.

The painting is part of an exhibit entitled "On and of Paper," at the University of Alaska Museum through Nov. 6. Guest curated by UAF professor Bill Brody, the show was two years in the making and will travel to the Alaska State Museum of Juneau and to the Visual Arts Center in Anchorage.

It has some similarities to the show of works on paper held last month at the Civic Center Gallery. That involved three West Coast artists all working with handmade paper and celebrating its unique textural qualities.

The museum show consists entirely of works by Alaskans, with each artist invited to submit two pieces.

Some are collages of special papers and invite close inspection of their fibrous surfaces, while others, including the Skondovitch acrylic, are traditional paintings in which the paper backing itself is not the point.

Some of the work is strong. Ken DeRoux’s "Thunder Bomb & Chopsticks," a collage with a firecracker and various visually appealing but symbolically obscure images, has colors which work together, controlled lines and mysteriousness.

A construction by Ted Gardeline involving cut and painted cardboard, a curving zipper and fluorescent orange paint, unlikely as it sounds, has pizzazz, as does a lively oil pastel by Catherine Zuelsdorf in hot reds, cool blues and forbidding blacks.

"Points to Consider" is a technically polished, complex, and well-constructed, though a slightly dry color lithograph by Tony Rubey.

Other notable items include a paper collage, something between a landscape and a Rorschach test, by Lyric Ozburn; a meticulous photorealist charcoal drawing of an apartment building wall by Mark Marchlinkski; and a tiny purple collage with toothpick, thread and brass snap by Denis Keogh.

There are some trite, tiresome things and some gaudy, garish things too, but I don’t see any point in singling them out. Most of the art is decent and the show collects together in an interesting format many of the most innovative Alaskan artists.