Featured Visual Artist: Frank Kreacic
In the heart of downtown Raleigh, Frank Kreacic combines his passion for art with passions for science fiction, history, comic books, and film to create a new art form: Resin-ance. Working at Moore Square Middle School as an art teacher, his background as an artist extends back to 2004 when he pioneered this Resin-ance painting style.
“By combining; printing separation strategies and the technologies of photo editing software and 3D Chromadeph glasses, images are captured (trapped like bugs in amber) with clear resin and paint. The physical layering of the paint off the wall creates movement as you walk by (Parallax). Warm colors are pulled forward, cooler tones recede and images resonate off the wall.”
Using printing separation strategies and his graphic design expertise, Frank layers resin and paint to create a 3D image featuring abstract forms from recognizable imagery. When a viewer wears 3D glasses, they are able to lose themselves in the artwork and see the depth the resin creates within the piece.
Most of Frank’s inspiration comes from popular culture, with influence from artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rouschenberg, Nobu Fukui, Banksy, and Shepard Fairey. Frank starts with a particular subject in mind, followed by research – a critical part of creation. History drives his creative process, and many times artifacts are incorporated into the artwork, such as old maps from World War II or street maps from Durham in the 1920’s. It can take hours or weeks to finalize the digital sketch before color is added to the poured resin.
Frank’s work has been featured at Oak City and Bull City Comic-cons and is currently featured in the July national-juried exhibit, “The Art of Fandom” at Imurj Raleigh. The dedication and hard-work that goes into his pieces is worth seeing the reaction of a viewer with 3D glasses for the first time. Seeing Frank’s work is truly an experience in and of itself. Frank’s goals for the future include larger 3D installations in downtown Raleigh, large scale mural art, and the hope of a commissioned piece for Marvel Studios.