An interview with a famous art critic Peter Frank about the results of the "Rediscovery of Wonder" competition. Peter Frank's critiques "The Young Boy's Fancy" and "Hello Kitty et al Lost in Nivernais".
LARK: "Let's proceed to the Third Place winner – Michael Chomick".
PETER: "He is an assemblagist. I appreciate his heraldic compositions, which are very amusing -- all these little toys and figures placed in architectural constructions in a neo-classical style."
LARK: "Is it also his sense of humor that attracted you to his works?"
PETER: "Yes, although this aspect of his work is secondary for me. I most appreciate his ability to put things together, how he puts all these very different objects into harmonious compositions."
Lark Online Art Gallery, West Hollywood, California
"Michael Chomick's paintings are figurative, expressionistic, referential and definately not meant to hang comfortably over your couch, unless you happen to be Sigmund Freud or Carl Jung.... Are we bearing witness to the artist's vision of some Dantesque Hell that is humanity's destiny? Or a view of the "dog eat dog, chew'em up spit'em out" world that is our own modern reality?"
Jeffrey J. York, former Executive Director of the Art Museum of S.E. Texas, Beaumont
Joan Altabe, Art Writer, Sarasota Herald-Tribune Newspapers
Mary Ann Marger, Times Art Critic, St. Petersburg Times Newspapers
Steve Dildy, Feature Writer, University Press, Lamar U., Beaumont TX
"Skylark" - mixed media - 46 ¼” x 35 ¼” x 6” - 4/1996
"Chomick has recognized that in order to go on explaining himself to those who would listen, the art must be more than a sophisticated, cathartic roar. He understands that timeless, formal concepts of beauty are what keeps an audience engaged with illusions.
He knows that private and public emotions, in particular with sculpture, have to be equalized into each other in the object's construction. What holds sculpture to a higher level of accomplishment is the silent progress it exhibits toward a plastic (three-dimensional) resolution of the inner heart and external mind."
Kevin Costello, Art Beat Critic, Pelican Press Newspapers, Sarasota FL