The UC Blue Ash College Art Gallery presents On and Off – Off and On, a new exhibition that overflows across the boundaries of the gallery space. It will be on display from January 9 – 27, 2017, with an opening reception planned on Friday, January 13 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the art gallery (4131 Cooper Road in Blue Ash, Ohio). The reception is free and open to the public.
On and Off – Off and On plays with the typical convention of the gallery space as a series of flat walls on which images are displayed, perceptually and physically erupting into space and onto other surfaces in the gallery. This group show features three accomplished artists: Rachel Abrams from Brooklyn, New York; Monica Meler of Stockton, California; and Rachel Singel, who is based in Louisville.
The artwork consists of intaglio prints, relief prints, and collage and sculptural objects. All three of the artists included in this show are deeply concerned with a pervasive and palpable sense of organic, naturally occurring structures. They also focus on the malleable processes of physical growth, the fragility of human observation, and the fog of human memory.
“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,” says H. Michael Sanders, chair of the Electronic Media Department at UC Blue Ash and co-curator of the exhibition. “The work radiates externally and internally with the soft light of perceptual memory and the vibrant echo of the forms that inspired them.”
Abrams has an extensive exhibition record and has been awarded numerous international artist residencies. Her work is inspired by sources in the natural world and it often mimics the indeterminate processes of natural growth. Meler, whose work explores the fragility of memory through prints and paper cuts inspired by constructed physical forms, is an associate professor of art at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Singel, an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, is a talented printmaker who is also inspired by the organic forms of nature.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. A full-color print catalogue of the exhibition is available in the gallery. More information about the exhibition, including the exhibition catalogue in PDF format, is available on the UC Blue Ash College Art Gallery webpage at www.ucblueash.edu/artgallery.