Hutchinson Artists’ Exhibit Shows Beauty in Imperfection

News Date: 
Wed. 12/07/2011

When you walk into Riney Fine Arts Gallery between Nov. 28 and Dec. 18, be prepared to be a bit uncomfortable while viewing artist Aaron Frondorf’s intaglio printmaking exhibit.

“I want to make those who are comfortable, uncomfortable; those who are uncomfortable, laugh; and those who are already laughing, comfortable through the validation of their shortcomings,” Frondorf said.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery. There will be an artist reception in the gallery at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

Frondorf hails from Hutchinson, and his works include mainly graphite and charcoal drawings, intaglio printmaking, and digital illustration.

“My intention with this body of work was to examine fear and discomfort as a means to communicate uneventful nature of day-to-day life, and the human fascination with the macabre. However through the process of creating the work I’ve found it speaks toward a more direct human element, imperfection,” Frondorf said. “So rather than focus on the surface ideas of repugnance and gore, I let those features retreat into the mind of the viewer. I, then, focused more on the delicacy of the image and tried to convey the imperfections of each character.”

Frondorf says he wants the viewer to see something of him or herself in his creations, so they can relate to the character in the image and “hopefully have a moment of self-discovery.”
“His work is about personal reflection and inquiry,” said Adam Achey, adjunct professor of art at Friends University. “Frondorf invites viewers to think about themselves, creating opportunities for introspection. From the obvious understanding of the technical aspects of print process, to his compositional structuring, to the articulate use of tonal and textural variations, Aaron Frondorf proves in his first Wichita solo exhibition that he is well on his way to becoming a master at manipulating the possibilities of marksmanship.”

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