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February 10, 2005
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Kean Gallery Director Exhibits Works at New York's Desbrosses Gallery

UNION, N.J. ––Look Back 75-05, an exhibition chronicling the sculptures and drawings of Neil Tetkowski, gallery director and assistant professor in Kean University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, will be displayed through Saturday, February 26, in the Desbrosses Gallery, located at 9 Desbrosses Street #514, in New York City.

The inaugural exhibition at the gallery, Look Back 75-05 is a window into the world of the artist who got off to a roaring start in his twenties and was hailed as the “heir of Voulkos,” the late California master of modern ceramics. Tetkowski’s initial clay works are full of gesture and ripping abstraction, but the similarities end there. Early on, Tetkowski, with great sensitivity, adds color to the visual equation and a feeling of illusory depth that he can call his own.

This exhibition successfully outlines the progression of his early clay sculptures that later evolved in a cultural, ecological and geo-political exploration. Machine Shop, created in 1985, is one of his first works combining metal and fired clay from the American Iron and Steel Series, a prophetic object documenting Rust Belt outsourcing. Also included are two bottle-like forms from the Smoke Stack Mandala Series.

By the early 1990s, Tetkowski is clearly on to a more conceptual track. His works begin to capture a specific happening or moment in time. Handprints of the great violinist, Jacques Israelievitch, form the relief in Concertmaster, a brightly colored orange tondo with a remarkably fired terra sigillata surface. This piece is a shadow of many to come as handprints are the universal image of choice that Tetkowski has repeatedly used.

For further information, please call gallery owner Shuhei Yamatani at (212) 343-3022.