2011 W2S SERIES
2011 W2S EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW THROUGH MAY
January 14 – February 26, 2011
Joshua Parker and Jenniffer Omaitz initiate the 2011 W2S series as outstanding representatives of the art schools of Northeast Ohio. Parker is a BFA graduate and former teaching assistant from Kent State University. Omaitz is a BFA graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, MFA graduate of Kent State University, and currently adjunct professor at the University of Akron and Youngstown State University.
Parker and Omaitz make art that makes you think about habitation, building stuffs, architecture, engineering, and damage to the contemporary urban landscape and human psyche. Parker's gets you completely inside and thinking hard about getting out; Omaitz's keeps you outside and considering a try to get in. To galvanize your senses Parker has built, with reclaimed material and cardboard, a facsimile of a structure. He writes, "My goal, and the only real rule that I strictly follow, has always been to create things that I would want to encounter...I want to experience the unknown." Omaitz has created installations, varying from room to ruler size, to provide "ideas of interior and exterior, construction and destruction, physical and psychological landscapes." Meticulously made of a multiplicity of found manufactured materials, objects, and a preponderance of architectural models, the pieces are suspended within the galleries' spaces, hurtling through their walls, and ever expanding through stuttering shadows. Both artists' works evoke the disasters, uncertainties, perplexities, and ever present paranoia that have most recently overtaken our world, locally to globally.
Joshua Parker: Humans are the only species on the planet that create trash, one good turn deserves another and the worst part about dying is that you can only do it once - but don’t worry, the water’s still fine here
Joshua Parker was born in Cuyahoga Falls in 1979, to a family with a strong artistic background. From an early age he had a compulsion to be an artist, often forgoing other schoolwork in order to create screen-prints, drawings, and clay models. He recently received his BFA in Sculpture from Kent State University where he was twice awarded Best in Show at the Annual Juried Show. He recently finished a two year teaching assistantship in sculpture at Kent State and has plans to go to graduate school in the fall of 2011. Parker, whose work has been shown often in Kent, OH, has most recently exhibited at SPACES, Cleveland, OH, with Sometimes an Entrance is Actually an Exit, and his individual sculptures were featured twice in the annual juried exhibitions of The Sculpture Center.
Jenniffer Omaitz: Shadow Structures
Jenniffer Omaitz is a nationally exhibited painter and installation artist who has been exhibiting her work in Cleveland and Denver since 2002. Her most recent exhibitions include a site-specific installation commissioned for the 2010 Biennial of the Americas in Denver, Colorado. Trained as a painter, Omaitz blends practices of painting, drawing, and sculpture in her installations. Her work confronts ideas of interior and exterior, construction and destruction, physical and psychological landscapes. Born and raised on Cleveland’s East Side, Omaitz currently lives and works in Kent, Ohio.
March 11 – April 16, 2011
The Sculpture Center announces the Opening of Qian Li: No Matter How Hard I Yell and Daniel McDonald: Reluctant Redemption
Exhibition dates: March 11 – April 16, 2011
Qian Li’s mixed media installations of sculpture and projected video incorporate memories, dreams, and visualizations of her troubled childhood and traditional Chinese background. She constructs a world of desperation, mental and physical pain, anxiety, and restlessness. Three different works will examine separate traumatic instances that have shaped her expression through art. These works take on a therapeutic aspect for the artist but the brutal emotional honesty of the pieces confronts the viewer directly.
To add another dimension of meaning and response to the artwork of No Matter How Hard I Yell, composers of FiveOne, Cleveland’s new music ensemble, are writing original music for solo instruments for each of Li's pieces.
Qian Li is an artist working with video, interactive installation, and digital print. Born and raised on the northeast coast of China, she was educated at the Central Academy of Art and Design (now the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University) in Beijing. She earned her MFA in 2003 at Umass Dartmouth where she started to introduce digital processes to her artwork. Qian has worked in a variety of media including video, digital print, interactive art installation, 3D/2D animation and web. She has exhibited frequently in the US, Europe, and Asia. Her work was recently shown at the 20th International Video Festival Bochum in Germany, the Boston Cyber Art Festival, the Festival Miden in Greece, the 12th International Video Festival Videomedeja in Serbia; Transhift in Tennessee; SIGGRAPH; Kinetic Image in Virginia; the International Video Festival in Indonesia; the Electronic Language International Festival in Brazil; and the International Symposium of Interactive Media Design in Turkey. Awards include the Individual Excellence Award and Grant from the Ohio Art Council 2008 and Best in Show from the “Eighth Annual Image Ohio” in Columbus, OH. She is an associate professor in Cleveland State University’s Art Department.
Daniel McDonald’s sculptures give form to the internal dilemmas he feels from the overlap of his spiritual upbringing and cultural convictions. Never quite comfortable in the socio-cultural environment of his Mormon childhood, McDonald’s works are partially cathartic but he also seeks to relate to the viewer by addressing broader social concerns such as stereotyping, manipulation and self-evaluation. His three sculptures in Reluctant Redemption examine what he deems “faith-promoting” stories, those which are fed to masses in order to create motivation through unconquerable goals and situations. By creating a dialogue with the work, McDonald hopes to create some resolution for his personal fixation while also scrutinizing the correlations and differences between expectations and eventualities.
April 29 – June 4, 2011
Annie Strader: Locating Eden
Annie Strader, born and raised in Columbus, OH, earned her BFA from Ohio University in 2002 and MFA from the University of Colorado in 2005, and holds the position of Assistant Professor at Sam Houston University in Texas. Strader’s installations, combining sculpture, video, and performance, explore personal notions of longing for love, truth, and understanding, using historical, mythical, and contemporary archetypes of feminine desires. “Longing is a state that is usually satiated or conquered rather than embraced or examined. Yet in the untraceable distances between knowing and not knowing, having and not having, and seeing and being blind, I find an uncomfortable beauty.” By manipulating and transforming ordinary objects the artist creates complex relationships that examine social and psychological questions through tangible materials.
Elaine Hullihen: Declarations of Truth
The only way that we can work together in this world to make it the best for all people is through the communication of ideas. This includes being fearless in your ideas. And being open and empathetic in your minds. And really listening to what others have to say, good or bad, right or wrong. Let’s start this discussion. Let's speak our minds.Declare and Listen.
Elaine Hullihen, artist
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