Manifest Creative Research Gallery presents SUSTAIN | SCHEMA | VITAL
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"Consumption Nation - Landfill 16" by Gordon Lee
Works about Sustainability
Sustainability is about endurance. Four domains comprise the organizing principles of Sustainability: ecology, economics, politics and culture.
The present cultural dilemma around the topic may be the fulcrum on which our specie's fate rests. As public and scientific awareness about the state of the planet has grown ever more poignant, and as the relationship of civilization to the fate of the biosphere have grown more clear, so too has our methods for expressing concern, conveying cultural imperatives for better action, and explaining the situation and potential solutions in compelling ways.
For this project, 64 artists representing 25 states and 4 countries submitted 193 works for consideration by Manifest's rigorous jury process. 11 works by the following 10 artists from 8 states and India were selected for presentation in the gallery and MEA publication for season 13.
Presenting works by:
Takoma Park, Maryland
C. Matthew Luther
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Studio Third World Collective
Liberty, South Carolina
Traditional and Non-Traditional Self-Portraiture
In art, creating self-portraits is an old familiar genre. Such self-images are often quite different from other portraits, because they reveal the artists’ of engagment with their own image. For this exhibit Manifest is gauges not only how this happens in the art of today, but how artists address the wider concept of self-image, what it means to be aware of “I” and the experience of being an individual.
For this project, 271 artists representing 43 states and 10 countries submitted 193 works for consideration by Manifest's rigorous jury process. 23 works by the following 20 artists from 14 states and Canada were selected for presentation in the gallery and MEA publication for season 13.
Presenting works by:
Bowling Green, Ohio
Grass Lake, Michigan
Andrew Glenn (AWG)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Woodhaven, New York
Peterborough, New Hampshire
Morgan Ford Willingham
Installation by Margaret Smithers-Crump
Manifest is proud to present the works of Margaret Smithers-Crump in VITAL, an exhibition of glass-like installations expressing the vulnerability and complexity of the natural world.
About her work, the artist states: "Through its inherent associations to life, death, and renewal, Vital explores water as the source and resource for all living beings and by extension, the vulnerability of the oceans. Acting as metaphors for a fragile existence, the glass-like artworks in this exhibition underscore the vital necessity of water on our planet.
Each installation is made of hundreds of unique hand cut, painted, and chemically bonded units of primarily recycled plexiglas. Individually formed and shaped by heat, these translucent pieces become both membranous and organic. As glass is easily shattered, each of these plexiglas installations reminds us of the fragility of life on Earth and of the importance of water to its survival.”
Artist Bio: Margaret Smithers-Crump is a Canadian artist based in Houston, Texas. She received her BFA in Painting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1973. For the last twenty years, Smithers-Crump has been exploring the creative potential of Plexiglas in both painting and installations. Smithers-Crump has had a series of solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas and the United States including her recent one person exhibitions at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Galveston Art Center, Galveston,TX; Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences, Rocky Mount, NC; Penn College of Technology - Penn State, Williamsport, PA; and Lawndale Art Center, Houston,TX.
This exhibition of Margaret Smithers-Crump’s work is one of 8 selected from among 137 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 13th season.
Free Public Artist’s Reception: November 11th Refreshments will be served, in-part sponsored by the Echo Restaurant
(this will be the 102nd 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 November 11th.
Lunch and Learn Gallery Talk: Thursday, December 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. No need to skip out on lunch either - pre-order your lunch from Kitchen 452 by Tuesday, November 29th at 11:00 am and pick it up at the front desk after your visit! Kitchen 452 will offer a 10% discount on all pre-ordered lunches.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/360881510937390/
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 December 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.
CONTACT: Jason Franz, Manifest Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
GALLERY PHONE: 513-861-3638FOR MORE INFO: www.manifestgallery.org