Visual Depiction of the Human Condition

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 11:00am to Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
City Center Gallery, Urban Arts Space

 

Public reception: Thursday, June 20 | 6-7:30PM
Admission is free and open to the public. 

The creative research, unique viewpoints, talents, and experiences of five Ohio State University fine arts sculpture and glass students explores curiosities of human life -- illness, recovery; life, death; internal vs. external -- depicting a cohesive multifaceted view of the human condition. Exhibitors include Moey Mugavin, Margaret Queen, Mark Stursa, Maggie Willis, and Kara Zimmerman.

Inspired by memories of her father’s repurposing/reinventing creativity, Margaret Queen explores materiality of everyday objects by giving them a life in glass using Pâte de Verre (paste of glass) kiln casting. Her artwork inspires curiosity within the viewer and demonstrates relative permanence of objects in relation to fragility of life.

Maggie Willis' glass Pâte de Verre transforms cranes into symbols of yin and yang on “the wheel of life.” Alongside her Buddhas work, which showcase blue copper wire and ribbon in casted glass, these pieces investigate the concepts of life, death and illness, and healing.

Kara Zimmerman’s artwork reflects the struggle to remain strong and internally beautiful while attempting to heal from and kill inner demons (spiders) developed through years of living in a toxic environment. Representing inner layers of a person, the tree's steel rods give the piece ability to sway organically when moved yet withstand the burden of glass ghost spiders. Paper cherry blossoms convey a sense of healing and rebirth from past traumas.

Moey Mugavin’s work of art reflects how our circumstances shape us internally and externally and how others perceive the shape we take. She incorporates metal, wood, and mirrors to define the hard edges of her upbringing, alongside soft fabric to represent her delicate internal landscape.

Mark Stursa’s art reflects mystery of the events to come in our lives. He uses corporeal substances eliciting a sense of the historic, speaking to the fragility, fleeting experience of living. His work evokes mystery of future life events as an unknown amount of salt pours from a plaster vessel through open air into a glass vitrine where salt mounds up in a permanent resting place.

Exhibitors

Moey Mugavin

Margaret Queen

Mark Stursa

Maggie Willis

Kara Zimmerman

 
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