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Manifest Creative Research Gallery presents TAPPED | Matt Klos | REGIONAL SHOWCASE | ONE 5 | Robert Kolomyski

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13 Dec 2014 to 9 Jan 2015
2-7 tu-fri, 12-5 sat
2727 Woodburn Avenue
East Walnut Hills
Cincinnati, OH
North America
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Todd Burroughs

Artists in this exhibition: Donald Furst, Christopher Alexander, Scott Sawtell, Sarah Beattie, Todd Burroughs, Marnie Fender, Kelly Jordan, Rafael Cronin, Talbot Selby, Tracy Fish, Hanna Kozlowski-Slone, Shelby Huber, Adrian Hatfield, David Parker, Sheldon Tapley, Eric Theodore, Matt Klos, Damon Mohl, CK Nichelson, Steve Paddack, Nathan Perry, Jesse Thomas, Christina Weaver, Taylor Woolwine, Nicole Pietrantoni, Robert Kolomyski

December 12, 2014 - January 9, 2015
Opening Reception - Friday, December 12, 6-9 p.m.

main gallery

5th Annual TAPPED
Artists and their Professors

The relationship between art students and their professors can be a powerful one. Even when this bond is left unstated, we carry our professors' voices forward in time as we mature as artists and people. We eventually realize that the instruction given by our teachers during our relatively brief careers as students continues to expand within us. We realize that the learning they inspired (or insisted upon) is a chain-reaction process that develops across our lifetime. All of us who have been students carry forward our professors' legacy in one form or another. And those who are, or have been professors, bear witness to the potency of studenthood.

For this exhibit 95 artists submitted 272 works for consideration. Sixteen works by the following 16 artists from seven states and Canada were selected for presentation in the gallery and Manifest Exhibition Annual publication. The artists are listed in pairings to illustrate their teacher/student relationship. Works on view will include several paintings along with a number of drawings, collages, prints, and photographs. The exhibition layout is planned so that each pair of artists' works will be shown side-by-side or in close proximity. Visitors will be able to enjoy the variety of types of works while also considering the nature of influence between professor and student.

Professor | Student
Donald Furst | Christopher Alexander
Scott Sawtell | Sarah Beattie
Todd Burroughs | Marnie Fender *
Kelly Jordan | Rafael Cronin
Talbot Selby | Tracy Fish *
Hanna Kozlowski-Slone | Shelby Huber *
Adrian Hatfield | David Parker *
Sheldon Tapley | Eric Theodore *
* current student

drawing room

A Dozen Years of Interiors
Paintings by Matt Klos

This exhibit of Matt Klos's work provides a mini-retrospective of his investigations of interior space through painting. As we have often found in contemporary perceptual painting, Klos's works echo the sentiment that amongst the mundane, everyday stuff of our lives exists incredible opportunity for eloquence and contemplation. The ten works in this exhibition offer impecable painting, and imagery that anyone can relate to. The tranformation of the subjects into works of art through paint serves as a filter by which the ordinary becomes sacred.

Klos will discuss his work, background, and ideas about painting at a free public gallery talk on Friday evening, January 9 at 6:30pm.

Of his work Klos states:

"These works chronicle a dozen years of paintings that depict my views of the city, the suburbs, and studio environments where I have made art. These interior paintings share qualities and yet each environment offered me different opportunities for investigation. The resultant paintings display both my personal creative vision and pictorial anecdotes that were born by enacting a creative process within a definitive space. The latter aspect of the creative process, those aspects of each environment that imprinted upon my creative work, is the impetus for this exhibit.

Painting the interior continues to be my chief interest although I have painted landscapes and made constructions that diverge from perception in recent years. Interiors encapsulate many of my core interests in painting, namely complex lighting constructs, opportunity for a long duration of observation, geometric structure, a human element and implied narrative (mystery), varied color, conveying a mood, a modicum of control (not too much and not too little), a rich history, and the magical experience of looking with a discerning eye."

Matt Klos is a painter of interiors and plein-air landscapes that have taken him to Stonington, Maine, New Brunswick, Canada, and the Brittany region of France. His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and he was awarded Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2008 and 2012. His work was selected for a solo exhibition award at the Prince Street Gallery in Chelsea, NY in 2011 and he received an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2001.

Klos teaches drawing and painting at Anne Arundel Community College and took a sabbatical in fall 2013 to work on two projects: to create paintings of dozens of dilapidated buildings at the Fort Howard Veteran's Facility in Edgemere, Maryland and to curate an exhibition entitled A Lineage of American Perceptual Painting, highlighting the works of the great American painter Edwin Dickinson and the subsequent generations of painters whom he influenced and inspired. The exhibition will be on view in spring 2015 at the Mitchell Art Gallery at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.

Klos's work has been exhibited at Manifest in numerous group shows and is also included in Manifest's International Painting Annual 3 receiving third place award.

parallel space

Paintings from Ohio & Indiana

In its first ten seasons Manifest's projects included works by artists in 50 states and 37 countries. Starting with its 10th season Manifest launched a new ongoing series of exhibits focusing on works by artists living in its own three-state region. Season 11 continues that series, and adds projects focusing on definable regions outside our own.

Our Regional Showcases are intended to complement the ordinarily very wide geographical makeup of most Manifest exhibits with a closer look at what's being done here, now, in our own backyard.

Manifest was founded, and continues to be operated by regional artists, so it is fitting that the organization should offer the Regional Showcase series. We feel this is important for the artists of our area and the public living within reasonable driving distance of the gallery. It will give each a chance to show and share, and to gain perspective on our region's creative wealth as it relates to the broader art world.

Manifest's several-member blind jury process reviewed 290 works by 102 artists in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Seven works by the following 7 artists from Ohio and Indiana were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

Of particular importance in this exhibition is the fact that, due to its nature and the proximity of entrants to Manifest, our jurors were deliberately selected from four states outside the OH, KY, & IN tristate, as well as from one European country in order to maintain a purely objective, outside judgment of the works submitted. This having been done, the jury resulted in both current Manifest Artists in Residence* having works included in the exhibit. We are proud of the fact that this process served as an independent verification that Manifest is attracting some of the very best artists in the region to its programs, and supporting them in further pursuit of excellence.

Presenting works by:

Damon Mohl, Crawfordsville, Indiana
CK Nichelson
, North College Hill, Ohio
Steve Paddack
, Indianapolis, Indiana
Nathan Perry, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jesse Thomas, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Christina Weaver *
, Cincinnati, Ohio
Taylor Woolwine *
, Cincinnati, Ohio

central gallery

The 5th Annual Manifest Prize

The $1500 award goes to:
"Precipitous" by Nicole Pietrantoni
Inkjet on Awagami Inbe Thick, folded and bound into 5 accordion books (each 22 pages) that expand to create a panoramic image
168" x 72" x 12"


All of Manifest's calls for entry are competitive. The stiffness of the competition has increased in proportion to Manifest's growing reputation, multi-faceted mission, and international reach. Our mission to stand for quality, to create a system whereby works are judged with objectivity as a primary aim, and assembled with as little subjective curatorial agenda as possible has gained the respect of thousands of artists from all over the world, and a vast following of arts lovers, patrons, and supporters.

We respect the creative principle of reduction (the jury process) as it is employed to achieve an essential conclusive statement for each exhibit we produce. This is what has led to the high caliber of each Manifest exhibit, and to the gallery's notable reputation. We believe ompetition does breed excellence. With this principle of reduction in mind, we have been inspired by the intensity of jury after jury to narrow down a collection of entries to a strong end result. Therefore we determined five years ago to launch the Manifest Prize in order to push the process to the ultimate limit—from among many to select just ONE work.

Manifest's jury process for ONE 5 included multiple levels of jury review of 487 works by 163 artists by a total of 18 different jurors
. Each level resulted in fewer works passing on to the next, until a winner was reached. The size and physical nature of the works considered was not a factor in the jury scoring and selection.

The winning work is entitled "Precipitous" by Nicole Pietrantoni of Walla Walla, Washington. It will is the recipient of the 5th annual MANIFEST PRIZE, and will be presented in the Central Gallery from December 12 through January 9, 2015. It will be accompanied by several juror statements and the artist's statement.

About the artist:

Nicole Pietrantoni’s artwork explores the complex relationship between human beings and nature via installations, artists’ books, and works on paper. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Fulbright to Iceland, a Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Grant, the Larry Sommers Printmaking Fellowship, and the Elizabeth Catlett Fellowship. Nicole has been awarded artist residencies at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the SIM RES in Reykjavik Iceland, among others. Her prints and installations have been featured in over 70 national, international, and traveling exhibitions, and are held in private and public collections around the world.

Nicole received her MFA and MA in Printmaking at the University of Iowa and her BS in Art History and Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she teaches printmaking and book arts.

Five semi-finalists will also be featured in the season-documenting Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEAs11). These are works by Ryan Buyssens (Orlando, Florida), Jesse Berlin (Tucson, Arizona), Patricia Bellan-Gillen (Burgettstown, Pennsylvania), Joomi Chung (Oxford, Ohio), and Adam Niklewicz (North Haven, Connecticut).

north gallery

Paintings by Robert Kolomyski

This solo exhibition of six of Robert Kolomyski's paintings is one of eleven selected from among 199 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's current season.

Robert Kolomyski's large, engulfing paintings do exactly what he says they are meant to—balance the edge between the idea and the physical, notion and substance. At the same time, while remaining coyly untitled, they suggest strong references to art historical paintings, baroque or otherewise—things we're sure we've seen before but discern now only in a half-state. They leave us feeling perhaps as if we share in this liminal circumstance, meeting the work half-way somewhere in a gallery, someplace in time. Their power and scale will energize Manifest's North Gallery and beam a vibrancy through the window, across the sidewalk, and onto Woodburn Avenue. Passersby will not be able to refuse their insistence.

Of his work Kolomyski states:

"I am interested in engaging the language of modernist painting, specifically gesture and materiality, with the contemporary collage space. I hope to convey the sense of tension and uncertainty of this transitional stage of painting's history, where unity and variety bump heads in poetic jumbles of image, mark and surface.

This particular group of paintings will explore the slippage of the material into the virtual. When does such a bodily thing such as paint, a thing so much like us in the world in its range of surfaces and temperaments, become a thing of the mind, an image, a memory? And conversely, what is the point at which something as virtual as a feeling or notion body itself into the world? My work explores these slippages between states of being, seeking out a liminal state between category and cacophony."

Robert James Kolomyski is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Inver Hills College in St. Paul, MN. He received an MFA in painting in 2007 from Michigan State University. Over the last several years, Robert has shown at several national and international galleries and museums including the Soo Visual Arts Center, in Minneapolis, MN, the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts, TX, the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei, Taiwan, the Da Xiang Art Space in Taichung City, Taiwan, Ever Gold Gallery in San Francisco, CA, The Lexington Art League in Lexington, KY, The Foundry Art Center in St. Louis, MO and Max Fish Gallery in New York City, NY. Kolomyski's work has also been selected for inclusion in several major publications including the Manifest's own International Painting Annual, Weak Painting" (Exhibition Catalog), by Garden City Publishing Taipei, Taiwan, What is Weak Painting?, Review by Tzu-Chieh, Jian, Garden City Publishing, Taipei, Taiwan, and Studio Visit Volume 8, by The Open Studio Press Boston, MA. A polymorph of everyday fragments and painting's grand tradition, Kolomyski's work achieves hard-won images of timeless and poetic worlds.

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