Up Close with Making Your Mark — Akron Art Museum

Akron Art Museum
2 min readJan 14, 2021


Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2021

The special exhibition Making Your Mark celebrates the power of surface and craftsmanship in authentic works of art. While these aspects of art are better appreciated in real life, the digital does allow viewers to get closer than you can in the galleries.

Omid Shekari’s detailed drawings are set off by glistening, textural passages. Upon close inspection one sees the surface is composed of metal shavings. Shekari grinds shell casings with a grinder before applying the metal to his drawings.

Erykah Townsend uses modge podge to create her composition. The pixelated still life is composed of squares, each denoted with a letter/ number combinator denoting the color.

Wilhelm photographed slips of paper in her studio and then employed a lithographic process to create this pair of prints. Seen up close, the view can catch snippets of text written in the artist’s fluid script.

Originally published at https://akronartmuseum.org on January 14, 2021.