Category Archives: Past Shows
Join us on January 9th at 7:00 PM for the opening reception for the Great Camera Build-Off!
OSU photography students prove that digital sensors and expensive lenses aren’t necessary to produce high quality, thought provoking photographs.
The Great Camera Build Off features OSU student work created this fall during a course called ‘Alternative Camera Systems,’ taught by Department of Art Lecturer and STEAM Factory member Stephen Takacs.
During this upper-level photography course, undergraduate and graduate students explored an a-typical amalgam of photographic systems, including pinhole cameras, plastic lens cameras, and peel apart film.
Every artist participating in The Great Camera Build Off was tasked with creating a new camera using a piece of obsolete equipment distributed by Takacs, in part or in whole. The resulting exhibition features both the handmade cameras (many of which are quite sculptural) and the images produced by each.
Although all of the cameras and images were created using analog (ie. film-based) materials, the output varies and includes digital inkjet prints, as well as those made in the darkroom.
Takacs, whose room-sized camera obscura project Brownie In Motion recently toured the country, hopes that the students in his course leave empowered by the DIY mentality, and armed with the knowledge that it’s the artist who makes an image, not the device.
University of Cincinnati Exchange Exhibition
November 14th-29th, 2014
Opening Reception November 14th from 5-7 PM
Featured Artists: Matthew Jones, Mary Clare Reitz, Leigh Johnson, Aaryn Combs, Rick Wolhoy, Sunni Zemblowski, Sophie Neslund, Christine Kern, Amanda Bialk, Abby Mae Friend
Whenever Agnes used the dishes, someone else washed them for her. Joe began thinking about what kind of food he would serve on them, exploring new recipes and indulging his creativity. Jen carried hers into the street and showed them to Melvin, a homeless man, and invited him to share a meal. My dishes sat on the coffee table in our living room for the month of October, a goad to staying true to my participation in the project and a reminder of the people I had eaten with.
All four of us were participating in Project Share, a social practice art piece that Jeni was creating, and that ran concurrently with the Concurrent show in the EASE Gallery. Like all of the artists in that show, Jeni is a ceramicist. A few years ago she went to see a social practice piece in Philadelphia, and was underwhelmed. The piece was about serving tea to people, but the cups and teapot used were mass produced, and the tea was generic. She began to wonder about the power of objects, not just whether the specificity of a given object could enhance social practice work, but whether it could be the engine of the work itself. She’s undertaken many projects to explore this question, one of the most notable being Project NOLA, which took place last Spring. She was interested in what the men who lived under a bridge in New Orleans ate, so she created more than fifty ceramic plates and passed them out, along with disposable cameras. She got four of the cameras back, and one of them contained a food journal that one of the men had kept. Our project, Project Share, was about creating shared meals among strangers. Jeni gave each of us a set of plates and cups, and asked us each to invite a stranger to share a meal.
Social practice art has thrived in Europe for decades now, and has recently begun to grow in the United States. It is art that has a social conscience, that is deliberately trying to marry aesthetics with justice. More than that, it’s art that is intent on creating community, and exploring the questions of community creation during a time in American history when many of our old forms of community are falling apart. Being a member of one of those declining institutions, the church, I am more than interested in Jeni’s experiments, and what they can teach us.
The project was not a complete success. Last night we had a final dinner, to which we were asked to invite the strangers whom we’d eaten with throughout the course of the month. Neither of the people I’d met could come, and I wasn’t alone in this. Only two of the dozen or so guests at the meals we’d held attended. The rest were kept away by work and family conflicts, or by the fact that they’d been met, and then eaten with, in other cities, as we traveled throughout the month. At this point in American life we’re a transient people, and the busyness of our day to day existence means that we look for community within the domains of family and work life, and that any other form of community is a secondary concern at best.
And yet, for those of us who participated, it was a distinctly beautiful experience. The plates Jeni gave us were glazed white with a crescent of turquoise, and a quarter circle fringe of black, molded clay. They were wonderful to look at and to touch. Having them in my living room, and laden with food on the table of a restaurant as I ate with a stranger, made me think of the uniqueness of objects. I have other unique plates and cups in my house. But they’re not charged with experience in the same way – I can’t look at them and remember a certain time in my life, and the people with whom I ate off of them. To use an object for a particular purpose is to gift it with memory, and there is grace in living a life that allows certain memories to remain distinct.
You can visit the Project Share blog by clicking here.
In true potluck fashion we have invited 12 members of the art department’s adjunct faculty to come to a party and bring something to share- In this case it’s a sample of their recent work. All are welcome. No casserole required! September 12th – October 4th. Reception and opening on September 12th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Featured artists are:
Heather F. Wetzel
Francis Richardson, Kathleen Richardson, and Virginius Hall have been painting together for years. Their exhibition (August 11th – September 6th) focuses on the gifts that a community of artists can give to each other. Subtitled “Tell me what’s wrong with my tree,” the show examines the benefits of mutual learning and playful critique. The opening will be on Thursday, August 28th at 7:00 PM.
June 13 – July 11, 2014
Lying On The Horns is a visual and multimedia art exhibition that features works by Queer artists from Central Ohio. Inspired by the rhetorical idiom “on the horns of dilemma”, the works presented in this exhibition utilize painting, sculpture, illustration, screen-printing, mixed-media and video art to challenge the existing margins of Queerness.
Jesse James Johnson
We’re so pleased to have Jacci Delaney back with her second show in the EASE Gallery – “The Specter of Sentimentality.” The opening was on Friday, April 11th at 7:00 PM. Show closes this weekend.
Agnes Burris’ “Theories for the Consequences,” Opening Reception May 10th @ 7:00 PM. Show Closes June 14th.
In her latest body of work, Agnes Burris investigates the premise that dedicated repetition eventually breeds something new. Using stickers her paintings create vibrant systems from repeated forms.
We had a wonderful time when artists and writers gathered to share work on the theme of Wildernesses: Physical and Spiritual. You can get a paper copy of the chapbook that accompanies the show by stopping by the gallery, or you can download a .pdf of it here.