Sometimes we take movement for granted. The fact that the Earth is rotating at 1000 miles per hour, or hurtling through space around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour goes practically unnoticed by everyone, except perhaps when one stops to appreciate just why the sun rises and sets, or why we experience seasons. Yet everything about our lives, and life on Earth, is inextricably linked to movement of one form or another.
In honor of the phenomenon of transitioning through space, relative location, and action (and reaction), Manifest invited artists, designers, and engineers to submit to this competitive juried exhibit works which incorporate literal movement (kinetic in one form or another), as well as non-moving works that depict or are clearly about physical movement.
For this exhibit 139 artists from around the world submitted 274 works for consideration. Ten works by 6 artists from Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog.
This is quite possibly one of the most unusual exhibitions ever presented at Manifest. In a spare museum-like layout, including three works which actually do move, four video-based works, and three non-moving works which are nevertheless generated by or are about movement, visitors to the gallery are offered ample space and time to enjoy each individual work. From a sofa which balances itself on one leg, to a sequence of 'real-life' marching matchstick men, to a three-dimensional realization of a live-animation based on images by Albrect Durer, to an image generated by wind data, the exhibit provokes curiosity and intriguing insight into how these six artists approach the theme of movement in art.
Featuring works by:
Ryan Buyssens Charlotte, North Carolina
Pablo Garcia Chicago, Illinois
Sam Nichols Asheville, North Carolina
Mark Nystrom Boone, North Carolina
Kate Shannon Mansfield, Ohio
Jacob Tonski Oxford, Ohio
Fictive Portraits: prints by Dennis Olsen
This solo exhibition of more than 20 of Dennis Olsen's intaglio prints is one of six selected from among 150 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's ninth season. Manifest is proud to turn its Parallel Space into Dennis's 'village' for the four-week duration of the exhibit, and to share the works of this notable printmaker and professor with visitors to the gallery.
Dennis Olsen is professor of printmaking, drawing, and digital media at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He received his M.A. degree from UCLA in 1967 and in that year was awarded a Fulbright grant to study printmaking in Italy. In 1970 he co-founded the Santa Reparata Graphic Art Centre (now Santa Reparata International School of Art) in Florence, Italy. and served as Director of classes and Professor of printmaking until his return to the United States in 1981. He is now president of the SRISA Board of Directors.
Olsen has given workshops and lectures on his work on over 90 occasions in the U.S.A., Italy, Canada, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Peru, Turkey, Estonia, and most recently, Finland and Russia. His work in printmaking, painting, drawing, and ceramics has been exhibited in more 160 exhibitions during the last 40 years, including more than 30 one-person exhibits. In the past two years his Fictive Portraits have received seven purchase awards from national print competitions, and in 2011 he was awarded a three-week residency at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium. His work appears in several books on printmaking and most recently was included in the 'A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking'.
GALLERY TALK: The sixth of the new Manifest Curatorial Talks to be led by Tim Parsley will be held on Sunday, April 28th at 3:00pm. These once-per exhibit free public events will not be ordinary art historical 'lectures' per se, but rather will provide a guided experience and discussion of the exhibitions on view through the point of view of the philosophy of the Manifest organization. This will give the public new in-depth insight into their neighborhood gallery for the world, nine times each year.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 19, 6-9 p.m. during WALK ON WOODBURN (refreshments will be served, sponsored by the Echo Restaurant)
ONE OF THE FINAL CHANCES TO MEET THE MANIFEST ARTIST IN RESIDENCE (MAR): At every opening reception, the MAR space and current Resident Artist Ty Wilkinson will be open for visits, discussion, and viewing of his recent and ongoing work in his one-year Manifest residency, which concludes in mid-June.
CURATORIAL GALLERY TALK by Tim Parsley (free to the public): Sunday, April 28th at 3:00pm. The Manifest curatorial talk series is new for season 9, and will occur once for each of Manifest's nine exhibition periods throughout the season.