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Manifest Creative Research Gallery presents KINGDOM | THREE MINUTES | DRAWN

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19 Apr 2014 to 16 May 2014
2-7 tu-fri, 12-5 sat
2727 Woodburn Avenue
East Walnut Hills
Cincinnati, OH
North America
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Seder Burns, Detroit Kennel Club 2012 Dog Show #1, 2012
Archival Inkjet Print
32.25” x 37.75” x .875"

Artists in this exhibition: Curtis Bartone, Barbara Blacharczyk, Ingrid Blixt, Ryan Buyssens, Hannah Cameron, Michael Felber, Adrienne Ginter, Ally Glowacki, Kimberly Kersey-Asbury, Lou Krueger, Paul Loehle, Beauvais Lyons, Kathy Mcghee, Douglas Miller, Kay Myers, Gail Simpson, Ezra Tucker, Roscoe Wilson, McCrystle Wood, Ted Zourntos, Seder Burns, Harry Ally, Tamie Beldue, Eric Brennan, Sue Bryan, Joomi Chung, Chris Day, Alexandra Emberley, John Gaunt, Mark Hanavan, Takayuki Hara, Melanie Johnson, Chris Laporte, Zachari Logan, Taylor Mazer, Armin Mersmann, Nina Pascal, Elena Peteva, Janvier Rollande, Sheldon Tapley, Mary Wagner

KINGDOM: the animal in contemporary art

Opening Reception: Friday, April 18, 2014,  6-9pm
Exhibit continues: April 19 - May 16, 2014

Main Gallery + Drawing Room

Images of animals in art have existed parallel to those of humans for as long as images (and objects) have been made by people. Our social, creative, and psychological evolution is inextricably tied to our relationships with animals. Whether it be the taming of the wolf, resulting in 'man's best friend', the tethering of the horse which magnified the power and geographic reach of humans, or the domestication of herd animals which contributed to the establishment of cities and large concentrations of people (and the growth of culture), they are all part of the trajectory of humanity to this point in time. All have been documented, explored, and deified throughout the long process by images and objects featuring animals.

But this isn't just history (and pre-history). The animal remains a powerful subject in contemporary art. So Manifest has chosen once again to feature an exhibit which will reveal the state of the animal in contemporary art. With this we called for artists working in any media to submit works that in some way feature or address animals, real or imagined.

Kingdom is a playful, quirky exhibit, rich with whimsey and irony centered on the animal world.

For this exhibit 411 artists submitted 935 works for consideration. Twenty-five works by the following 20 artists from 13 states and Canada were selected for presentation in the gallery and Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

Curtis Bartone
Savannah, Georgia

Barbara Blacharczyk
Chicago, Illinois

Ingrid Blixt
Lansing, Michigan

Ryan Buyssens
Charlotte, North Carolina

Hannah Cameron
Athens, Ohio

Michael Felber
Port Townsend, Washington

Adrienne Ginter
Wilmington, Vermont

Ally Glowacki
Tempe, Arizona

Kimberly Kersey-Asbury
Greenfield, New Hampshire

Lou Krueger
Bowling Green, Ohio

Paul Loehle
West Chester, Ohio

Beauvais Lyons
Knoxville, Tennessee

Kathy Mcghee
Galloway, Ohio

Douglas Miller
Louisville, Kentucky

Kay Myers
Madison, Wisconsin

Gail Simpson
Stoughton, Wisconsin

Ezra Tucker
Monument, Colorado

Roscoe Wilson
Hamilton, Ohio

McCrystle Wood
Cincinnati, Ohio

Ted Zourntos
Toronto, Canada


photographs by Seder Burns

Opening Reception: Friday, April 18, 2014,  6-9pm

Parallel Space

Exhibit continues: April 19 - May 16, 2014

This solo exhibition of Seder Burns' photographs is one of six selected from among 165 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's tenth season.

While dwelling on rural pastimes in Michigan and Ohio, Seder Burns' photographs provide a fractured view into the photographic medium itself. Using straight-up film photography and hand-made devices, Burns explores how time itself is a potent subject for art. This intimate exhibit continues Manifest's commitment to exploring image making in art across all media.

Of his work Burns states:

"This series of surreal photography of rural Ohio and Michigan pastimes is meant to question our perception of time and the veracity of photography. Taken with a unique homemade camera, similar in design to those that produced the first images from space, Ferris wheels in motion look like candelabras and people look like cardboard cutouts. These distorted images are created in camera and are not manipulated afterward. My photographs represent a different approach to recording time and space.”

Seder Burns is an artist and professor of art. Most of his work is lens based, but he also works with a wide variety of mediums from paper-craft to 3D animation. He is currently a Lecturer of photography at the University of Michigan. He received his M.F.A. in Digital Arts in 2009 and M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education in 2006 from Bowling Green State University.

Burns' photography is also included in Manifest's International Photography Annual 1.


1st Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing

Opening Reception: Friday, April 18, 2014,  6-9pm

Central Gallery + North Gallery

Exhibit continues: April 19 - May 16, 2014
Facebook event (Opening):

Manifest was founded in-part to stand for the importance of drawing as a process, skill, and discipline, and as a continuing viable product of the creative fine art and design fields. Since its inception the organization has continued to incorporate drawing-based programming, including education (Drawing Center), publications (INDA), and gallery exhibits into the broader spectrum of its projects. The students and professors who formed Manifest in 2004 knew that despite their diverging career paths (architecture, art history, painting, industrial design, photography) they were brought together through their connection to drawing and their mutually intense but multi-faceted pursuit of this fundamental discipline.

In honor of the original spirit of the founding ideals of Manifest, the gallery has chosen in its 10th season to launch DRAWN as a new annual exhibition. Each year DRAWN will seek to survey and present the broad scope of drawing being made today. This gallery exhibit is completely separate from but will complement the annual INDA publication project.

DRAWN called for artists to submit works of drawing in any media relevant to the practice (including non-traditional approaches), any style, and any genre (fine art, illustration, design, conceptual, realism, etc.). The exhibit is a tour-de-force collection of works that shows just how incredibly strong the drawing discipline is as a vehicle for image-making and expression today.

For this exhibit 340 artists from 44 states, 15 countries and Washington D.C. submitted 858 works for consideration. Twenty-two works by the following 20 artists from 11 states, Canada, and England were selected for presentation in the gallery and Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.


Harry Ally
Troy, Ohio

Tamie Beldue
Black Mountain, North Carolina

Eric Brennan
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Sue Bryan
New York, New York

Joomi Chung
Oxford, Ohio

Chris Day
Brighton, Illinois

Alexandra Emberley
Calgary, Canada

John Gaunt
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mark Hanavan
Middletown, Ohio

Takayuki Hara
London, England

Melanie Johnson
Prairie Village, Kansas

Chris  Laporte
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Zachari  Logan
Saskatoon, Canada

Taylor Mazer
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Armin Mersmann
Midland, Michigan

Nina Pascal
Floral Park, New York

Elena Peteva
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Janvier Rollande
Orr's Island, Maine

Sheldon Tapley
Danville, Kentucky

Mary Wagner
Chicago, Illinois

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