Exhibition preview: Kyle Franklin and Greg Ponchak artist talk easily a weekend highlight

By Columbus Alive
From the January 23, 2014 edition

ROY G BIV Gallery’s current exhibition contains plenty to consider and discuss, making Saturday’s artists talk at 2:30 p.m. with Kyle Franklin and Greg Ponchak ideal for introspection.

Franklin’s work challenges the stereotypes of masculinity by using symbols and objects from the sports world.

By using what are traditionally thought of as male icons (a football, baseball bats), Franklin is attempting to “knock down traditional gender roles and bridge the perceived chasm between homosexuality and heterosexuality.”

The piece “Interference” uses the coarse texture of a football and transforms it into a delicate and intimate work by using it as the base for a graphite rubbing.

Ponchak’s sculptures are presented in both digital prints and installations, offering a compelling juxtaposition.

The untitled digital print (pictured) shows a hand-crocheted balaclava covering the face of a model. Ponchak retrofits the exposed eyes of the model with a digitally-rendered polygonal face.

The adjacent (and accompanying) print moves the balaclava to a new position on a different model exposing more of the polygonal face for a more dramatic effect.