Category Archives: Past Shows

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SHIFT: yaw

November 6 – November 21; Opening reception Friday, November 6, 7-9.

For a vessel moving through space, to yaw is to deviate temporarily from a straight course. For a vessel, to yaw is to shift along the vertical axis, to turn or be turned by oncoming forces. In human terms, to yaw is to turn on one’s heel to face a new direction. In human terms, this may mean a new course, or simply a new view for one maintaining their center.

SHIFT: yaw is an exhibition of artworks including new directions and new facets of work by graduate and undergraduate students at The Ohio State University. SHIFT: yaw seeks to call attention to the reaction of the student artist to the forces of academically structured influences.

Disillusion by Crystal Tursich

Adjunct Potluck 2015

September 11 – October 3; Opening reception, Friday, September 11, 7-9.

EASE welcomes you back to class with our annual ode to the unsung heroes of the American academic industry, the adjunct.  Come sample the talents of this year’s roster.  And never fear; our potlucks are always botulism-free.

Theo Zanardelli
Diana Abells
Peter Morgan
Rob Thompson
Crystal Tursich
Carolyn Baginski
Material Evidence

Material Evidence

October 9 – October 31; Opening reception Friday, October 9, 7-9.

Ten artists interpret the theme of “Material Evidence” through art that documents experience, explores unusual source materials, or redefines our perception of medium.
Each of the ten artists in this show also took part in a social art experiment called “The Artifact Project,” which seeks to illustrate the universality of human experience through objects that carry memory and resonance.  Mementos with little or no external value are documented and given an elevated life as museum artifacts.
Video screenings of the artist interviews will take place throughout the exhibition. “The Artifact Project” is an ongoing work by Mona Gazala.

Mona Gazala

Dana Lynn Harper
Dustin Nowlin
Jason Schwab
Jeni Hansen Gard
Alena Rosa Reyes
Elizabeth Nelson
Ruth Burke
Forrest Gard
Gabe Michael Kenney
be with the ordinary Esposito

Active Presence

August 8 – September 5 | Opening Reception Saturday, August 8 from 6-8.

‘Active Presence’ explores four artists’ unique perspectives on the role of the meditative. This exhibition presents traditional, performative and digital medias to expand upon popularized contexts of meditation derived from Eastern philosophy. These artists’ deliberate and active collaborations with place and time inspire alternative approaches to artistic production, placing greater emphasis on process and experience. Audiences are invited to witness contemplative and revelatory acts as the artists have situated themselves in derelict buildings, urban traffic, studio environments and rural landscapes. These acts, from solitary mark making to public engagement, shift distant observation to the vulnerability of the immediate.

Featuring Lori Esposito, Siavash Tohidi, Daisie Hoitsma, and Duane McDiamid.

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Rural Colors – Blue Mountain Pennsylvania

On view in the Projection Room  June 12 – July 3; Opening reception June 12, 7-9 pm.
A digital video installation by Matt Swift.
Rural Colors is a series of short poetic experimental films that documents the natural landscapes of the world around us. This film utilizes a tracking shot of the stretch of the Pennsylvania Turn Pike that runs between Blue Mountain, Kittatinny Mountain and Tuscarora Mountain to paint a view of nature that exposes abstract asymmetrical designs verging on an ever changing linear perspective. Timed to music exploiting the brains superior colliculus (the area that connects visual information with audible information) the images become a kaleidoscopic cornucopia of color changing the original documented landscape into an aesthetic experience void of the details that influence our interpretation of such scenic views.


Rarely Viewed: Newfangled readings of a bygone time

July 10 – August 1; Closing reception August 1, 6-8 pm

In this two-person exhibition, Lee Marchalonis and Heather Wetzel delve deep into the archives as they explore the rarefied worlds of libraries and natural history museums.  Through drawings, photography and object-making these artists engage with notions of data collection, representative specimens, and the future of the book in a digital society.


Selections: Sunday Life Drawing with OAL

June 12 – July 3; Opening reception June 12, 7-9 pm

Participants in the Ohio Art League’s Sunday life drawing sessions (hosted at EASE) display the fruits of their labor.  Get back to fundamentals and enjoy the diversity of artists, styles and approaches in this group show.

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Useful Uselessness

May 15 – June 6; Opening reception May 15, 7-9 pm

Since its invention some 6,000 years ago, glass has been harnessed for functional ends. From the core-formed perfume holders of ancient Egypt to the touch screens on the latest smartphone, glass has continually reinvented its purpose, evolving to fit the needs of society. Useful Uselessness presents the work of seven undergraduate students from The Ohio State University’s Glass Department. Throughout the semester they addressed the theme of utility through the lenses of the “Prototype,” “Prop” and “Prosthetic.”

Stone & Zanardelli

Chris Stone & Theodore Zanardelli

April 17 – May 9

Stripped of color and devoid of distraction the works in this exhibition question fundamental constructs of art and society.

Chris Stone’s rude crude figures reference the first humans and suggest a suppressed violence underpins our day-to-day interactions.  Meanwhile, Theodore Zanardelli takes mark-making to a whole new fetish, reducing formal structures of shape and line to their most elemental smudge.

Come plumb these origin myths and more at the opening reception Saturday, April 18, 7 – 9 p.m.


Scroll: An Installation by Elizabeth Nelson

March 20 – April 11; Opening Reception March 20, 7 – 9 p.m.

Everyday we are presented with an overwhelming amount of visual information. Our brains must choose which elements are important enough to acknowledge and which can be left unseen. In an attempt to increase efficiency, our brains train themselves to recognize the visual patterns we observe most frequently. Because of this, we are able to scan more quickly as we fall into the rhythm of the information being presented.

Digital news feeds have been developed to monopolize upon this idea. They allow a viewer to look without seeing everything, to glance rather than inspect. But, with the constant option to simply continue scrolling, what is enough to actually make someone pause?

In her solo exhibition at EASE, Elizabeth Nelson confronts this question with a site specific multi-media installation.