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Manifest Creative Research Gallery presents ALL OR NOTHING, The 8th Annual NUDE, A WALK IN THE WOODS: ARMIN MERSMANN, and TO HAVE AND TO

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12 Aug 2016 to 9 Sept 2016
2-7 tu-fri, 12-5 sat
2727 Woodburn Avenue
East Walnut Hills
Cincinnati, OH
North America
T: +1 513-861-3638

Lin Wei

Artists in this exhibition: Michael Bergt, Sally Bousquet, Stephen Cefalo, Matthew Finley, Martha Gaustad, Stephanie Grenadier, Tina Gutierrez, Douglas Malone, Vince Natale, Ruth Owens, Michelle Paine, Courtney Richards, John Troy, Lin Wei, Russ White, Greg Boll, Bryan Florentin, Nichole Maury, John Dixon, Edward Kelley, Kathryn Maxwell, Alissa Neal, Roscoe Wilson, Armin Mersmann, Elizabeth Runyon


8th Annual Exhibit of the Human Form
Drawing Room + Parallel Space

The human body is a popular subject for many reasons, the most obvious being that it is us. Throughout history the representation of the human form has been charged with tremendous energy. Whether it be a religious edict that one should not depict the human form, a taboo, or the glorious opposite, a revelation of mastery over form in the crafting of sensuous and life-like physical human beauty, the art of the body has nevertheless moved us through time.

Through all the permutations art has experienced across history, work of the body persists. We use the human nude to master skill, understand ourselves, and push social and psychological buttons for the sake of expression (sensual, delicate, political, aggressive, and so on). We intend for Manifest's ongoing annual NUDE project to explore how our collective body is used today in art to achieve these goals and more.

For this project, 133 artists from 33 states 11 countries and the United States submitted 412 works. A jury of artists, designers, instructors, and professionals from around the U.S. reviewed and scored the works, which were then curated into this show of 18 works by 15 artists from 8 states and Australia. 

Presenting works by:

Michael Bergt

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sally Bousquet

Hingham, Massachusetts

Stephen Cefalo

Raleigh, North Carolina

Matthew Finley

West Hollywood, California

Martha Gaustad

Toledo, Ohio

Stephanie Grenadier

Halifax, Massachusetts

Tina Gutierrez

Cincinnati, Ohio

Douglas Malone

Royal Oak, Michigan

Vince Natale

Woodstock, New York

Ruth Owens

Metairie, Louisiana

Michelle Paine

Perrysburg, Ohio

Courtney Richards

Union Grove, Wisconsin

John Troy

Glendale, Missouri

Lin Wei
Chippendale, Australia

Russ White

Minneapolis, Minnesota


Works Comprised of Multiple Parts
Main Gallery

Sometimes an artwork is more than a singular thing. Many works are made up of interdependent parts, modules, or pieces meant for holistic examination or sequential viewing. For its final competitive thematic exhibit of Manifest's 12th season, the gallery sought submissions of such works which explore the role of unity in establishing a singular artistic experience or statement through multiple physically disconnected parts. It is important to keep in mind that submissions were expected to represent works of art which are specifically comprised of and dependent upon many components rather than multiple related but non-dependent, separate works.

For this project, 115 artists from 30 states 5 countries and the United States submitted 294 works for review. A jury of artists, designers, instructors, and professionals from around the U.S. reviewed and scored the works, which were then curated into this show of 8 works by 8 artists from 6 states. 

Greg Boll

Indianapolis, Indiana

Bryan Florentin

Dallas, Texas

Nichole Maury

Kalamazoo, Michigan

John Dixon

Cincinnati, Ohio

Edward Kelley

Des Moines, Iowa

Kathryn Maxwell

Tempe, Arizona

Alissa Neal

Tucson, Arizona

Roscoe Wilson

Hamilton, Ohio


Drawings by Armin Mersmann
Central Gallery

Of his work, the artist states:
 My interest lies in how the human eyes perceive, not how a camera sees. The hallmark of photorealism is in capturing distortion and out-of-focus areas precisely how the camera records them; I am aware of these flaws and eliminate most of them. My journey begins with the first look a my model, whereupon the drawing process becomes an all-consuming study. After spending hundreds of hours drawing a person's face, all the while observing the small details that create a “likeness", my understanding of the subject becomes both heightened and very personal. I don't draw just what I see. I delete, enhance, elaborate, exaggerate, alter and reinvent, and I do this by putting my observations through my own psyche. I change what's in front of me not for the sake of change, but because it's inevitable, expected, and filtered through 40-plus years of living.

Armin Mersmann
was born in Remscheid, Germany in 1955, and in 1962, along with his parents he immigrated to the United States.

Mersmann’s works have been shown in more than 150 exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. His accomplishments include scoring highly in the Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition for seven years and coming in fourth in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Other exhibitors include The Mark Gallery in Englewood, NJ, Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA, BBAC in Birmingham, MI, St Frances University in Fort Wayne, IN, Richard App Gallery in Grand Rapids, MI, Eastern Illinois U in St Charles, IL,  Buckham Gallery in Flint, MI, and Baylor University in Waco, TX. He has been included in many publications including the Manifest Gallery Drawing Annuals.

Mersmann has taught drawing and the creative process at The American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL, the Colorado Academy of Art, Boulder CO, Northwood University, Midland MI, The Midland Center for the Arts, Midland MI and countless other workshop within the United States.


Sculptures by Elizabeth Runyon
North Gallery

Of her work, the artist states
To Have and To Hold plays on traditional uses of baskets as decorative and/or utilitarian objects. My artworks ask the viewer to reexamine notions of a basket and why it exists. If it doesnt have a purpose, is it actually a basket?

 Runyon is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Cincinnati living in Oxford, Ohio. She has had solo exhibits at the Eva G. Farris Art Gallery, Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, Ohio, and the Zanesville Museum of Art.

Her works have been juried into many regional shows, appearing in Cincinnati at the Manifest Gallery, Red Tree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, and Kennedy Heights Art Center. She currently has a work in Fantastic Fibers 2015 at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky, and Best of 2015 at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus. Her piece Rocket appeared in the National Basketry Organization’s All Things Considered VIII in St. Paul, Minnesota and Boston, Massachusetts. Her piece, “Leap of Faith” was recently selected for inclusion in After the Pedestal at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland.Runyon is a member of the National Basketry Organization and Surface Design Association.


General Information

Free Public Artist’s Reception
: August 12th 
Refreshments will be served, in-part sponsored by the Echo Restaurant 
(this will be the 99th Manifest reception featuring Echo Restaurant fare!)

Walk on Woodburn
: Cincinnati’s Instant Arts District! Visit galleries, shops, and restaurants all along Woodburn Avenue, all with special events and fare for the evening of August 12th.

Lunch and Learn Gallery Talk
: Thursday, September 1st, 12:15
Spend a few minutes of your lunchbreak getting acquainted with your neighborhood gallery! We'll be giving a 20 minute guided tour of our current show, offering insight into the work and a few behind-the-scenes secrets into how it all comes together.

 Artist Talk with Armin MersmannFriday, August 19th, 6:30 pm
Join us at Manifest for a public discussion led by artist Armin Mersmann, who will be sharing insights into his drawings.

Artist Talk with Elizabeth Runyon: 
Saturday, August 27th, 6:00 pm
Join us at Manifest for a public discussion led by artist Elizabeth Runyon, who will be sharing insights into her sculptural works.

Meet the Manifest Artists In Residence:
 At every opening reception the MAR space and resident artists Ellina Chetverikova and Adam Mysock will be receiving visits, discussion, and hosting a viewing of their recent and ongoing projects for their one-year Manifest residencies. This will be a chance for the public to meet these two artists as they continue their time at Manifest.  

Exhibit Runs Through September 9th

GALLERY HOURS (free admission): Tuesday through Friday 12 – 7:00 p.m., Sat. 12 – 5:00 p.m. or by appointment - school groups welcome and encouraged.

LOCATION: 2727 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
(Just south of Madison Rd. at DeSales Corner in East Walnut Hills.)

PARKING: On street and parking across the street in DeSales Business Parking Lot and in public lot between Myrtle and Madison.

GALLERY PHONE: 513-861-3638


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