Melissa Vogley Woods's Grammatical Errors currently occupies the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery handily.
Woods is deeply involved in relationships of what she calls “the form and materials of the common house,” and how those elements in her hands can become “messy, malignant, hazardous and bad." She is a gleeful deconstructionist, accomplishing things one hardly knows the materials are capable of.
The first piece to catch your eye, entering from the Walnut Street door, might be “Tilted Ground, in Position,” in which a house paint skin is essential to the work. A pine table stands on one end, its four legs parallel to the floor, the surface chiseled open to a degree that cancels out any normal function of tables. The tabletop has, instead, become a frame for the pink flesh of paint, set off by a bouquet of real flowers that have been dried and coated with paint layers.
All works in the exhibition were created in 2013 and indicate that Woods is having a fine time dispensing with received notions of materials. Her “grammatical errors” are intended, witty and thought provoking.
Grammatical Errors is on view at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, through Feb. 23. Woods’ gallery talk takes place at 7 p.m. Jan. 29. More information at cincinnatiarts.org/weston-art-gallery.