UC Blue Ash College Art Gallery
October 31 - December 2, 2016
November 4, 2016, from 5:00 - 8:0 p.m.
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.
The UC Blue Ash Art Gallery has free admission and is open to the public
The University of Cincinnati’s Blue Ash Art Gallery was founded to serve the UCBA campus community. We exhibit artworks reflecting the breadth and diversity of cultural and intellectual disciplines engaged on the Blue Ash campus. We are committed to presenting art in a broad range of 2D and 3D media and spoken word, lectures, screenings and performance.
Works by Morgan Craig, Christopher McGinnis, J. Pouwels, Reza Rafiei Rad and Kathryn Shinko
October 31 – December 2, 2016
Opening Reception on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 5:00-8:00pm
An Introduction to Impact!
By H. Michael Sanders
The works in this exhibition have been selected because they all share features that result in pointed commentary on cultural, economic or social issues. There is a fundamentally dynamic relationship between individuals and the societies in which they live, and artists are often at the forefront of questioning our values, intentions and actions. One of the most venerable functions of art and artists in our culture has been to draw attention to social issues that involve such topics as exploitation, economic disparity, gender, and inequality. The impact of these works resides in their persistent suggestion of our collective failings.
Morgan Craig’s work focuses on the ways in which our industrial architecture functions as a marker for the value choices of our society. His surprisingly vibrant imagery of disintegrating factories and other rotting industrial structures offers an unsettling glimpse of the slowing creeping obsolescence of our consumer culture. The fact that he renders these representational works in the classical art medium of oil paint on linen only helps to underscore the their function as documents of a vanishing aspect of civilization.
Inspired by the subject matter of the regionally important economic commodity of coal, Pennsylvania artist Chris McGinnis explores the raw physicality of this substance in his visually striking works, while simultaneously suggesting its economic value and the high environmental and societal costs associated with its extraction and use.
J. Pouwels addresses, in his extended series of works collectively titled Dysfunctional Systems, the growing concerns that we face in relation to accessible and reliably pure sources of clean, safe water. The works sampled from this series that are included in our show were inspired by the continuing crisis in Flint, Michigan concerning safe water delivery systems, and the decisions made by political figures leading to this catastrophe.
Reza Refiei Rad is an Iranian artist whose photographic works have often placed him in legal jeopardy in his home country due to their subject matter. With a persistent and sensational focus on gender and feminist issues in this portfolio, Rad explores male encroachments on the personal sovereignty of women through the surprising and unsettling motifs of menstrual blood and sanitary napkins. The ironically poetic titles of these works reinforce and help articulate the visual impact of the images.
In a similar vein, Kathryn Shinko uses woven tapestries, media conventionally associated with female artists and traditionally domestic craft uses, to unexpectedly explore the violence embedded in the language used to title pornographic videos. Superimposing these decontextualized obscene phrases culled from the internet over the innocuous landscape imagery of postcards, Shinko shocks us into recognition of the debasing quality of the language in a manner that is both poetic and alarming.
The collective impact of the work in this exhibition is intended to provoke a pause in our thinking about topics we often find ourselves able to circumvent or ignore. The purpose is to stimulate dialogue between the artist and the viewer in the rarefied environment of the art gallery, and conversation with one another when we find ourselves back in our everyday environments.
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.