RENI GOWER (Mechanicsville, VA), GEOmatrix: The Perfect Proof V
ELI KESSLER (Kent, OH), Structural Deviation
March 11 – April 13
Reni Gower cuts paper to into “perfect” forms (circles, squares, and triangles) to create immersive installations. GEOmatrix will create a space where the viewer experiences luminous and contemplative designs that instill a sense of respite and mindfulness. Using sacred geometry referencing Celtic and Islamic forms, Gower explores how these patterns create connectedness across cultures and people and "shared humanity." Gower is retired faculty from the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, a curator for Wylie Contemporary Inc and has exhibited her work across the world. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University, a Master of Arts degree from University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Eli Kessler’s sculptures explore the history of entertainment, technology, and materiality. His sculptures are created from repurposed objects, steel, carved wood, vinyl, and other mixed media examine particular artifacts, rituals, and cultural phenomena. Kessler earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Sculpture and Expanded Media at Kent State University.
Left to right: Reni Gower, Papercuts: DDFive, 2022, acrylic on hand cut paper; Eli Kessler, Anthropocene Hex Sign, 2021, aluminum, printed PLA plastic, LED lights, moths.
KRISTEN LETTS KOVAK (Pittsburgh, PA), Out of Order
JO-ANN MORGAN (Surfside Beach, SC), Comfort Quilts: Remembering the Innocent
April 22 – May 25
Kristen Letts Kovak uses the medium of paint to investigate the precarious states of resolution that is a direct outgrowth of living with a rare chronic illness. With these lushly colored abstract paintings on wood panels, Kovak maintains a threadbare link to her background in her representational art background. She writes, her "artworks investigate connections between visual, perceptual and cognitive patterning....us[ing] surface articulations to explore the interplay of representation and abstraction-- estranging the familiar and naturalizing the non-objective." Kovak is faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, and earned her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Jo-Ann Morgan’s stitched fabric quilts reflect contemporary social issues, including gun violence and immigration. Through the medium, Morgan creates compositions that are “familiar and approachable … to address provocative topics related to social justice and inequality. Art can be a way to process events and experiences that are almost too much to bear.” Morgan is Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Art History at Western Illinois University, and earned her PhD from University of California, Los Angeles. Her quilts have been exhibited across the US and featured in such publications as Fiber Arts Now.
Left to right: Jo-Ann Morgan, Pledge Allegiance: Memorial for John R. Lewis, 2021, stitched fabric; Kristen Letts Kovak, The Situation, 2022, oil and acrylic on wood panel.
30th ANNUAL THE VIEW JURIED LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION
June 10 – July 20
Showcasing both contemporary and traditional approaches to landscape art, The View is an annual, juried exhibition open to Ohio artists working in any medium. Among the topics explored are nature, environmental themes and world issues. Artist awards totaling $1,100 will be selected by the juror and gallery visitors will select a People’s Choice Award made possible through the Joan W. McCoy Memorial Art Fund.
18TH ANNUAL HWD JURIED SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
August 5 – September 14
HWD (Height, Width, Depth) is an annual, juried exhibition of three-dimensional work, featuring sculptors in any medium from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia. $1,600 in artist awards will be selected by the juror.
MICHAEL REESE (Atlanta, GA), Decoding Polaris
CARA LEE WADE (Forte Wayne, IN), Fossil Poetry, lumens
September 30 – November 9
Presented in conjunction with FotoFocus
In this FotoFocus Sponsored event both artists use alternative processes relating to history and the natural world, however - after that, their stories diverge visually in pleasant and powerful ways.
In Michael Reese’s, - Decoding Polaris, he uses large scale cyanotypes to craft visual mapping relating to the North Star (Polaris) in juxtaposition with graphic line elements and the mapping of southern states. These celestial images connect historical references to the directional guides used by enslaved people seeking freedom in the north.
In her series Fossil Poetry, Cara Lee Wade uses the camera-less lumen process to create works that reference the symbiotic relationship between nature and humans. Wade’s images strike a balance of visual beauty and rhyme. Using traditional black and white photo paper, she transforms organic matter into shapes and colors that seem to explode off the page. Due to the fragile light-sensitive nature of the medium Wade scans and prints these images onto archival paper to ensure their vibrancy.
Left to right: Michael Reese, Tennessee Celestial Route 1A, 2023, cyanotype; Cara Lee Wade, Lumen Manor 01, 2020, archival inkjet print from lumen.
MAYUKO ONO GRAY (La Marque, TX), Drawings
ALLYSON J.BARTON (Roaring Branch, PA), The Remembered Land
November 25 – January 4
Mayuko Ono Gray’s large scale charcoal drawings on paper, reference her background, both culturally Japanese and American. This hybridized background influences her drawing practices and aesthetics. Her drawings represent people, animals and still lifes. She then matches a Japanese proverb spelled out with hiragana and kanji characters and intertwines them to create a single line within the imagery.
Barton’s photographs are inseparably linked to nature, memory, myth, and our deep relationship with land and place of her childhood in England. The romanticized landscapes blend tonalism and pictorialism and are rendered in historic photographic practices and old master painting techniques.
Left to right: Allyson J. Barton, Remember the Land, 2023, chromognic silver halide print; Mayuko Ono Gray, 出会いは別れのはじめ_Hello is the Beginning of Goo, 2021, charcoal on paper.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
The Kettering Health Art Gallery at Rosewood Arts Center is sponsored by the City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, with support from the Ohio Arts Council. The Gallery is located in the Rosewood Arts Center, 2655 Olson Drive in Kettering. For more information, call (937) 296-0294 or visit our website playkettering.org/gallery.