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It Is What lt Is (Subject to Change)

Posted on March 14, 2022

The exhibition It Is What lt Is (Subject to Change) consists of five artists who explore the mutability of video, with approaches ranging from the documentary to the poetic. Diana Duncan Holmes uses a low res, almost primitive video to document a Shaker Village and at the same time answer questions about favorites in life (animals, authors, etc.). Russel Johnson documents the process of turning the sap of maple trees into syrup, boiling something down to its essence. Mark Patsfall inserts myriad video records into static paintings, changing the meanings of both. Charles Woodman collaborates with... Continue

1,000 miles per hour

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1,000 miles per hour; the approximate speed of the Earth’s rotation at the equator. Two milestone projects of design from the 1970s, Voyager Golden Record and Powers of Ten, act as pivot points for a collection of works by contemporary artists that take on the challenge of recording our world.

Throughout this exhibition, featuring artworks from the collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, the vantage points and relative scale shift. Several artworks relate more clearly through a shared relationship to space, beyond... Continue

Collecting and Receiving

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In the exhibition, Collecting and Receiving, the works of Mohammed Kazem and Cristiana de Marchi reflect on the memory of collecting and receiving light in architectural and urban settings across the globe. Internationally recognized in the field, both artists created new works for this exhibition, reflecting on a globally-connected cultural economy drastically altered through the global pandemic. The exhibition also features response artworks by FLAG studio artists Joe Girandola, Jeremy Schulz, Dan Reidy, and Larry Collins. Mohammed Kazem (b. 1969, Dubai) studied painting as a teenager at the Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharjah, and music in the... Continue

Makateewa Dreamscape

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Once among the most polluted bodies of water in the United States, Mill Creek has drastically shifted from the past 50 years of conservation efforts. The creek was originally named Makateewa by the Shawnee of this area meaning “black,” most likely due to the coloration of leaves that would naturally fall and dye the water darker. At the turn of the last century the water ran black again due to industrial waste from meatpacking, tanning, and sewage. There was never a mill to speak of on the creek, but was named that way to attract development. It did:... Continue

Mariquita “Micki” Davis: Pacific Concrete

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Pacific Concrete presents photo-based works by Mariquita “Micki” Davis, a Chamoru multimedia artist and educator based in Los Angeles. Stemming from both the personal (her role as keeper of the family archive) and the public (the 2017 North Korean Missile Crisis), her work interrogates Guåhan (Guam) as a geo-political location while celebrating Pacific Islander culture and identity. Davis notes that when Kim Jong Un’s government was actively testing missiles over foreign waters, US leaders on the continent assured their constituents that they would be safe should the missiles launch, because they would be aimed “in the Pacific.” The artist was... Continue