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Presents "Along for the ride" - paintings by George Kocar "

Continuing its 2017 series of member-curated exhibitions, the Ohio Art League presents a freewheeling commentary on modern life by Cleveland area artist, George Kocar. The exhibition of Kocar's paintings runs from September 8th through the end of October. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 8th, from 6 to 8 PM in the OAL X Space, 400 W. Rich Street, Columbus. X Space receptions are scheduled to coincide with the monthly "Franklinton Fridays."

Describing the exhibition, the artist says: "My work will take you on a madcap odyssey, a grotesque comedy, a barbed commentary on the human condition. I combine numerous art styles with a touch of “day of the dead” imagery to create a cartoon madhouse. I want to take my audience on a visual ride, a crazy critique on guns, violence, war, politics, art, a stream of conscience romp, a free wheeling, painterly jaunt.

I hope you will enjoy the trip."

A previous exhibition of Kocar's work in Columbus was held at Gallery 831 in November 2015 (http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2015/11/15/1-bold-hues-satire-define-works-by-cleveland-painter.html). As noted in reviews at that time: "To view the paintings of George Kocar is to risk a sensory overload. ...he favors a bold, broad style that suggests cartoonist R. Crumb. Yet there’s method in his madness." The upcoming X Space exhibition is a new body of work along the same theme lines.

Kocar, a native of Cleveland, received his BA from Cleveland State University and his MFA from Syracuse University. He has had over fifty solo shows, and has exhibited in over five hundred invitational or juried group shows. Among the many exhibitors of his work are: the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; Erie Art Museum (Pennsylvania); Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri; Montserrat Gallery and Gallery Alexi in New York City. He is listed in Who's Who In American Art.

Images of the artist's latest work are available on request.


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