EXHIBIT | DUBLIN ARTS COUNCIL Variations on a theme offer food for thought Sunday, May 23, 2010 2:58 AM
BY AMY DAVIS
FOR THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
"Inside/Out" highlights work by 16 artists from the Dayton Visual Arts Center.
The center, founded in 1991, was formed as a way to forge connections between the public and Dayton's artists. Those represented in "Inside/Out" span from emerging artists to those who have shown nationally and internationally.
Each work, whether two- or three-dimensional, expands upon the title theme, playing with the relationship of the visible and the hidden, both literally and as a vehicle for emotional expression.
In Amy Kollar Anderson's Abuela, a grandmother stares placidly ahead. Dressed in a floral suit and seated against a paisley background, the woman begins to mingle with the patterns. The paisley enters the foreground, crawling over her shoulders and reflecting in her skin. Yet the result isn't scary. Instead, the patterned swirls seem emitted from her strong, steadfast personality.
See Yourself in All Your Glory by Willis "Bing" Davis is created out of found objects. What appears to be a welding mask is painted to look like a traditional African mask. Mounted on the front is a mirror, which reflects the viewer's face into the piece.
In Edd McGatha's untitled digital inkjet print, space becomes a series of veils and layers. Light behind a clear-paned door allows the fuzzy outline of a man to appear. He presses at the door frame, just about to enter and reveal himself fully, but remains ominous and mysterious.
A Body of Wisdom by Rebecca Rose Skydancer merges sculpture and ceramics. The hybrid vase/sculpture depicts a fertile female body, clearly associating her with being a vessel. The work has a Brancusi feel yet is also entirely functional as a vase or a pot. Thus, through beauty and function, it becomes a homage to the many facets of a woman.
Tom Keen's untitled sculpture created from cherry and walnut is another vessel, quite literally concerned with inside and outside. The cherry pedestal holds a walnut vase, slit down the side so that the inside is visible as the outside is observed. The result is beautiful yet unusable. What can a split vase hold?
Each piece in the exhibit thoughtfully considers the theme, creating dichotomies that exist in different degrees of tension. Ranging from paintings to prints, installations and ceramics, these are thought-provoking works, challenging and delighting the viewer by turns.