For the first time this decade, faculty artists within The Ohio State University gather at the OSU Urban Arts Space, compiling a compelling display of sculptures, paintings, photography, and audio/video installations.The OSU Urban Arts Space in the historic Lazarus building in downtown Columbus is currently presenting The Ohio State University Department of Art Faculty Exhibition through Saturday, January 10, 2009. This is the first time since 1990 that the entire faculty has exhibited together, all in one place at the same time. Joe Houston, former Associate Curator for Contemporary Art at Columbus Museum of Art, guest curates. An opening reception is scheduled at the OSU Urban Arts Space on Thursday, November 6, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
The exhibition includes work from all regular faculty, among whom are Guggenheim, Heinz, and Graham Award recipients, including Mary Jo Bole, Carmel Buckley, Malcolm Cochran, Alison Crocetta, Robert Ladislas Derr, Ann Hamilton, Richard Harned, Rebecca Harvey, Scot Kaplan, Laura Lisbon, Charles Massey Jr., Tony Mendoza, Michael Mercil, Ardine Nelson, Ken Rinaldo, Suzanne Silver, Todd Slaughter, Sergio Soave, John Thrasher, Steve Thurston, Ed Valentine, Pheoris West, and Amy Youngs.
The exhibition boasts video installations, sculptures, paintings, photography, and sound installations that challenge our ways of thinking about the visual arts and their roles in everyday life through conversation, making, and experimentation. In the video installation, "Why Look at Animals", viewers can capture video images of animals on a furry, handheld animal-shaped screen. The videos were collected from various animal webcams over the course of a year and compiled into a quilt-like conglomeration that continuously streams in a loop. Creator, Amy Youngs states, "I was inspired by the essay, Why Look at Animals? by John Berger, in which he considers how human-animal relations have changed since the 19th century."
Recent Guggenheim recipient, Ardine Nelson, describes her photographic images: "This new body of work is quite simply my formal observations of ceilings. The buildings are older structures with layers of paint and generations of changing electric, water, walls, and ceiling finishes. The images are both recognition of significant form and exercises in formal design."
Artist Laura Lisbon challenges our ways of understanding perception. "Instead, questions fundamental to perception appear, such as the relevance of absence to presence. In this case, the work is centered on residual traces of the object or fabric, which is used in the spray process but ultimately removed. Can a work construct itself out of a series of absences?"
Also, Chair Sergio Soave brings forward the ideas of visual and narrative structures through his work: "In the field of mathematics, matrices are used to record data that depend on multiple parameters. They can be added, multiplied, and decomposed in various ways. This definition is a meaningful correlation to my current work that investigates complex web of visual connections and narrative structures."
The Department of Art Faculty Exhibition is presented in tandem with two other exhibitions this fall at the OSU Urban Arts Space - Sid Chafetz: Engaging the World, which runs through Oct 25, and Alan Crockett: Mark Making, Nov 7-Jan 24. All three exhibitions are in collaboration with Objects of Wonder from The Ohio State University, on view at the Columbus Museum of Art through Jan 11, 2009. For more details on this exhibition, visit their website, columbusmuseum.com.