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The UC Blue Ash Art Gallery provides the community with a convenient location to appreciate the arts. Celebrate the work of artists from all over the world, and don't miss the next reception!

Next Exhibit

On and Off / Off and On (The Wall)

Exhibit Dates

January 9 – January 27, 2017

Opening Reception

Friday, January 13, 2017 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

*These hours only apply while an exhibit is running. Gallery is closed between exhibits.

Free Admission

The UC Blue Ash Art Gallery has free admission and is open to the public

The UC Blue Ash College Art Gallery was founded to serve the campus community and the general public. We exhibit artworks reflecting the breadth and diversity of cultural and intellectual disciplines that we engage in as an institution of higher education. We are committed to presenting art in a broad range of 2D and 3D media, as well as spoken word, lectures, screenings and performances. 

On and Off / Off and On (The Wall)

Works by Rachel B. Abrams, Monika Meler and Rachel Singel
January 9 – January 27, 2017

Opening Reception on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

An Introduction to On and Off / Off and On (The Wall)

By H. Michael Sanders

This is one of the rare cases in our curatorial decision-making in which the physical forms of the work, and the structural implications inherent within these physical forms, have served as the adhesive to bind together seemingly disparate works into a conceptual framework for an exhibition. All three of the artists included in this show, Rachel Abrams, Monika Meler and Rachel Singel, are deeply concerned with a pervasive and palpable sense of organic, naturally occurring structures. In conjunction with this concern they each focus on the malleable processes of physical growth, the fragility of human observation, and the fog of human memory.

The title, On and Off – Off and On, derives from the fact that this exhibition plays with the conventions of the gallery space as flat, vertical surfaces for the presentation of two-dimensional work, or as an empty cube of spatial containment for three-dimensional work. The diverse collection of artworks in this show certainly clings to the walls of the gallery, but it also dramatically erupts like new forms of life from the walls to inhabit physical space. In the process it permits the inspirational forms of the natural world lurking behind them to assertively assume their original three-dimensional characteristics. This organic, living transformation continues with work that literally cascades off the wall onto other gallery surfaces to suggest the many ways in which the physical world grows of its own volition into whatever it ultimately becomes.

Certainly the physical form that an artwork takes is central to its impact on our senses and ultimately our understanding of it as a meaningful manifestation of human activity. While the content of these works vary widely, ranging from the human assault on nature, the nature of memory, and sensuous responses to natural world, all of these works assume their symbolic rhetoric from the simple physical forms in which they become manifest.

Embarking from inspirational sources lodged in the natural world, Rachel Abrams’ finely crafted work is energetically organic and actively articulates through physical space in the beautifully indeterminate manner of natural growth. Her work is conception aroused to life in surprisingly delicate and fragile forms – conceptions that project the animating breath of life itself. Her forms function like the tentative and twisting growth of persistent dreams bursting from sleep into the space of the physical world.  

In a similar process, Monika Meler, inspired by memories of human-built structures and woven fabrics, provokes her intricate network of flat, interwoven shapes to molt into three-dimensional forms in an organic manner. These objects have simultaneously merged with the milky residue of memory and the blood of creatures with exoskeletons to grow into organic configurations that define themselves without our intervention, and which blithely offer themselves as porous containment vessels for our personal reflections.

In Rachel Single’s work, a persistent fascination with apertures occurring in the natural forms that inspire her coalesces into a labyrinth network of stylized patterns. These linear patterns support and contain the physical weight of our visual impressions. The negative spaces are indeed a source of weight that draw the viewer in, permitting us to visually sink into the image, while an illusory three-dimensional quality simultaneously projects from the beautiful textures of finely wrought lines floating off the surface of the print. 

All of these works actively move beyond the expected habitat of the gallery wall onto other surfaces and spaces in the physical environment of the gallery, as well as into a multitude of perceptual surfaces and mental spaces that we provide for them to occupy. The work radiates externally and internally with the soft light of perceptual memory and the vibrant echo of the forms that inspired them. 

MelerM-10-Building as Language-Lg
SingelR-04-Stones copy
MelerM-08-Watch the Wind-Lg
Meler_ - 1
AbramsR-07-Allowable Residues-Lg
SingelR-02-Stone Tower copy
SingelR-01-Eggs copy

About the Gallery

The UC Blue Ash Art Gallery is in its third year, located at the Annex at 4131 Cooper Rd. The UC Blue Ash College Art & Visual Communication Department and Electronic Media Communications Department have collaborated to bring the community this outlet for the arts.


Directions to the Gallery

The UC Blue Ash College Art Gallery is located inside the Annex Building, across the street at the intersection of Cooper Rd. and Plainfield Rd. The Annex has parking, and for receptions there is extra parking at the campus. Use the map below to generate directions to the UC Blue Ash Art Gallery.

Call for Exhibit Proposals

The UCBA Art Gallery will conduct a juried review of accepted online exhibit proposals for the upcoming academic year. Please review the proposal guidelines and complete the proposal form.

Contact Information

Phone: (513) 936-1712