Make sure to bring your flashlight when you head to the 1305 GALLERY (1305 Main St., Over-the-Rhine) for a look at MATTHEW SHELTON's latest exhibition, Lightboxes. A series of lightboxes and photographs, Shelton's creations use geometric symbolism and altered photographs to convey his meaning, which is one of uncertainty, even mystery. The lightboxes offer a microcosm of his world, told with cosmic imagery. The gallery is in perfect form to showcase lightboxes: windows blacked out, lights turned off and the artwork plugged in. Avid gallery-goers might have also seen Shelton's work at The Comet in Northside or at Semantics gallery in Brighton. But you only have a few more days to catch his precise craftsmanship at 1305, so don't delay. Closing reception is 7-9 p.m. Nov. 19.
While you're on Main Street, make a stop at the ENJOY THE ARTS GALLERY (1338 Main St.) to reflect on the ever-changing work of artist (and CityBeat contributor) JACQUELYN VAUGHN. Vaughn's abstract paintings, which vary in scale and media, focus on shifts of color that occur within the color field.
Make sure to bring your flashlight when you head to the 1305 GALLERY (1305 Main St., Over-the-Rhine) for a look at MATTHEW SHELTON's latest exhibition, Lightboxes.
While you're on Main Street, make a stop at the ENJOY THE ARTS GALLERY (1338 Main St.) to reflect on the ever-changing work of artist (and CityBeat contributor) JACQUELYN VAUGHN. Vaughn's abstract paintings, which vary in scale and media, focus on shifts of color that occur within the color field. Initial inspection of her pieces shows extremely subtle changes -- almost unnoticeable, really. But a closer look reveals changes in texture, brush strokes and technique that give the unfocused look of the paintings an air of quiet warmth and -- sometimes -- reassurance. This exhibition also includes Vaughn's first foray into photography, which complements her abstract paintings. Get there quick: The exhibition closes on Friday. ...
Make sure to stop in the Art Academy's RUTHE G. PEARLMAN GALLERY (1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine) for the artistic interpretation of the "She Said, He Said" concept. Husband-and-wife artist team MARY MAGSAMEN and STEPHAN HILLERBRAND present He Said, She Said: Video Works, an exhibition that combines performance, self-portraiture, video installation and digital photography into its own anomalous art form. With such a variety of techniques, one might expect the work to focus on an obtuse subject, but quite the opposite is true. Magsamen and Hillerbrand explore the concepts of the everyday -- daily occurrences, actions and interactions. Their ironic and humorous take on relationships, which reference specific genres of art history, film or pop culture, transforms the ordinary into larger-than-life images, offering an unexpected viewpoint. This exhibition promises to be more than just talk, so be among the first to see it when you head to the opening reception at 6:30-9 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 15. ...
INKTANK, the creative writing and literacy center dedicated to connecting people through the power of words, seeks artists to illustrate writings from their various writing programs and workshops. TEXTURES, Ink Tank's magazine publication, will feature the selected illustrated writings in the next issue. Interested artists will meet at InkTank Headquarters (1311 Main St.) to discuss the process and read through selected writings from InkTank programs, then decide which writings they're inspired to illustrate or interpret. Create artwork on personal time, then submit it to InkTank for publication. If you'd like to see a copy of the first issue of TEXTURES or if you are a visual artist interested in illustrating writings from InkTank's writing programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 30.
It's not often that I get the chance to view a show before it opens, but when I do, I take the opportunity. Make sure to check out the WESTON ART GALLERY's (650 Walnut St.) east gallery. Memebiotics features prints, drawings and video art by ANDREW AU. Memebiotics is a blend of scientific examination based on cultural ideas. The work centers on Au's continual fascination with the supernatural and the surreal. The work has a very scientific feel to it, and the immense detail given to each piece lends itself to the likes of exquisite diagrams for grandiose, futuristic machines. Each piece inspires awe, and it's rare to see an exhibition where each piece feels like an absolute success. Continues through Jan. 13. (Jacquelyn Vaughn) Grade: A
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