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    Frankie Westbrook: New & Collected Works

    Artist Frankie Westbrook has been working in and around Columbus for decades.  A street artist in the literal sense, Frankie has lived through periods of homelessness and still found ways to make art.  Often explicitly religious in nature, his pieces powerfully evoke spiritual themes expressive with his own deep theological understanding.  Frankie’s show will open […]

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Trespasses, February 13 – March 7

Supported in part by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, EASE Gallery is pleased to present Trespasses.

A diverse crew of writers, photographers, artists, and filmmakers coalesced and collaborated around the theme of trespass.  This exploration produced odd bedfellows as artists paired with spiritualists and poets partnered with priests.  Boundaries were broken. Velcro was judiciously employed.  And we put it all together in a book.
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The Great Camera Build-Off, January 9 – February 7

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.

 

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[Enjoy] The Show

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