Manifest Creative Research Gallery presents TAPPED | MARKING TIME | ONE 4 | REGIONAL SHOWCASE: WORKS ON PAPER
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Mike Bale, Andre, 2013
charcoal, wax, pastel, and gouachege/pjp
48" x 30"
main gallery + drawing room
An Exhibit of Works by 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.
Out of respect for this student-teacher bond, and in honor of professors working hard to help their students tap into a higher mind relative to art and life, we offer TAPPED, an annual exhibit that presents works of art by current or former professor/student pairs.
For this exhibit 145 artists submitted 305 works for consideration. Sixteen works by the following 16 artists were selected for presentation in the gallery and Manifest Exhibition Annual publication. The artists are listed in pairings to illustrate their teacher/student relationship.
Professor / Student
John Ferry / Sondy Bojanic
Jessie Fisher / Amy Erickson*
James Ibur / Ruth Reese
Tim Kennedy / Neil Callander
Marc Leone / Mike Bale
Mark Pomilio / Rossitza Todorova*
Todd Reynolds / James Oberschlake
Dennis Wojtkiewicz / Jessica Summers*
* current student
Drawings by Doug Navarra
This solo exhibition of over a dozen of Doug Navarra's drawings in gouache, graphite, and ink on antique found paper is one of six selected from among 165 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's tenth season.
Manifest is proud to showcase an intimate look at this veteran artists's recent work. Navarra's book-sized drawings are reminiscent of Christian and Islamic manuscripts, Indian Mughal painting, and perhaps Medieval cartography. With a nod to graphic design combined with a pinch of postmodern appropriation his works mesmerize, seeming purposeful and systematic, mysterious and whimsical, and at once vandalous and playful.
Of his work Navarra states:
"I have always defined drawing as making marks on a surface, which leaves the door open for what is a mark and what is a drawing surface. In my case, I have chosen to work on old 'found paper' documents. Being more than 100 years old, I inherit a history of mark-making circumstance on these found documents in regards to stains, tears, smudges, folds, color of paper, design elements, stamps, gesture, and a narrative, just to name a few. It is a vocabulary of preordained aesthetics that I must react to, develop a relationship with, choose to enhance, delete, adopt, or obliterate, while imposing new layers from my own time and interval of space. In a sense, it becomes a metaphor for how we deal with our past and our collective history, whether we choose to ignore it, change it, embellish it, and/or bring its more important components into the light of day."
Doug Navarra received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 1976 and an MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1979.
His awards as a visual artist include a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship (1980), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1985), two Pollock-Krasner Fellowships (1999 & 2012), and an Adolph Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship (2003). He has also been Visiting Artist at The Museum of Art and Design in NYC (2010). His work as been included in exhibits around the U.S. including OK Harris Gallery (New York City), Oktabec Gallery (Los Angeles), Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design (New York City), among many others. His work is featured in the collections of Maine Artists' Space - The Danforth Collection, Los Angeles County Art Museum, Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, Muskegon Museum of Art, Rutgers University, Washington Square Partnership, and the Brooklyn Museum.
Navarra lives and works as a visual artist in upstate N.Y.
The Manifest Prize
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. Competition 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 suitable end result. Therefore we determined to push the process to the ultimate limit - from among many to select just ONE work. This work will be the recipient of the fourth annual MANIFEST PRIZE, a cash award of $1000 to a single work selected by our rigorous jury process, and presented in a gallery all to itself as the highlight of the competitive process, an honor to the artist, and a poignant statement for gallery visitors.
Manifest's jury process for ONE included three levels of jury review of 441 works by 197 artists by a total of 19 different jurors. Each level resulted in fewer works passing on to the next, until a winner was reached. The size and nature of the works considered was not a factor in the jury scoring and selection.
The winning work is a painting entitled "Self-Portrait with Worn Wall" by Erin Wozniak of Canton, Ohio. It will be the recipient of the 4th annual MANIFEST PRIZE, and presented in the Central Gallery from December 13 through January 10, 2014. It will be accompanied by juror statements and the artist's statement.
Erin Wozniak was born in 1980 in Canton, Ohio and received a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design where she was named Outstanding Senior in Fine Arts. While pursuing her BFA, she was awarded a summer fellowship to study at Yale University at Norfolk. After graduating, Wozniak continued her studio practice abroad, living in New Zealand where she won the Goldwater National Art Award. She went on to study Art Education after returning to the U.S. and is currently teaching visual art at Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio. Wozniak is a twotime recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and has had work included in national and international juried exhibitions. In both 2009 and 2012, she had a painting selected to tour the United Kingdom as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award and Exhibition. In 2012 and 2013, Wozniak had work selected for the Art Renewal Center’s International Juried Salon, winning second place in drawing. Her work has also been selected for the 8th International Drawing Annual (INDA 8) and the 4th International Painting Annual (INPA 4) to be published by Manifest Press.
The Manifest Prize is an annual offering, and with anticipated increased sponsorship the prize amount will grow in coming years.
Five semi-finalists will also be featured in the season-documenting Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA). These are works by Daniel Dallmann, Matthew Davey, Marshall Harris, Damon Mohl, and Janvier Rollande.
WORKS ON PAPER
from Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana
In 9 seasons Manifest's projects have included works by artists in 49 states and 37 countries. Starting with its 10th season, and as a result of its recent gallery expansion by 66%, Manifest is launching a new ongoing series of exhibits focusing on works by artists living in its own three-state region.
This is 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 only fitting that, with more space in which to program, the organization should offer the Regional Showcase series. We feel this is important for the artists 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.
To launch the series, which will change in theme and scope from show to show, with three or four installments planned each season, we opted to survey the region for works on paper. The only criteria beyond being works on paper of excellent quality was that they were made by artists living in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana.
Manifest's several-member blind jury process reviewed 261 works by 102 artists. Thirteen works by the following 11 artists from all three states were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.
Presenting works by:
Kelly Jo Asbury
Cold Spring, Kentucky
Bowling Green, Ohio
South Bend, Indiana
Yellow Springs, Ohio