THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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Jun
24
Thu
Cassie Marie Edwards: Objects of Affection
Jun 24 – Aug 7 all-day

Exhibition Objects of Affection will be on display from June 24, 2021 –  August 7, 2021

“One of my earliest memories was in my great-Grandmother’s house. She had an entire wall filled with shelves of figurines. I was fascinated by these tiny porcelain objects that were strange and exaggerated versions of the animals they represented. My family moved often throughout my childhood and my possessions became a much needed source of stability in my constantly shifting world. I began collecting small porcelain horses and unicorns from garage sales and secondhand shops that I frequented in Milwaukee with my grandmother. I have always been interested in the past lives of the objects in these places – and enjoyed scouring the remnants of peoples’ possessions for these mass-produced treasures.

In recent years, my desire to collect figurines was rekindled, which led me to begin using them as subjects for this series of paintings. I was interested in playing with the boundaries between the genres of still life and portraiture, and high and low art. I am also interested in exploring the limits of representation. Making this work is like a visual telephone game – they are paintings of painted porcelain objects. Many of the figurines
are so distorted and exaggerated that sometimes it becomes hard to determine the animals they originally reference. I am intrigued by our ability to discern what these abstracted forms represent.

Within my paintings, I focus on subtly shifting color, composition, scale, and light within the still lives I paint directly from until I am content with how they impact the personality of the figurines. The figurines I am most drawn to are strange, comical, and sometimes slightly discomforting. In some of these works I intend to heighten the personalities of the figurines, and at other times I’m looking to completely alter the inherent qualities of these inanimate objects.” – Cassie Marie Edwards

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Heidi Jensen: Everything Is For You Until You Discover You Are For It
Jun 24 – Aug 7 all-day
Everything Is For You Until You Discover You Are For It by Heidi Jensen

Exhibition will be on display from June 24 –  August 7, 2021

Heidi Jensen has a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has won numerous awards for her unique artistic style.

For more information about the artist visit her website HERE!

Aug
12
Thu
Emily Joy Zeller: Permutations
Aug 12 – Sep 25 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from August 12, 2021 –  September 25, 2021

An artistic experimenter and educator from Ohio, Emily Joy Zeller is interested in new technologies and the near-future. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art and the Studio Arts Technology Specialist at Kenyon College, where she teaches classes in web media, photography, digital imaging, and creative coding. She also oversees digital fabrication within the department, and makes all of the technology behave. Her work has been exhibited at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Georgia, and as part of The Wrong Biennale in Valencia, Spain. Her artistic pursuits range from photography to microcontrollers, joining digital and analog, and exploring the uncanny valley. Zeller received her MFA in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

“In Permutations I explore and exploit the ability of a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) to become something of a virtual scientist. The network is trained on archetypal photographs of specific objects to learn how they’re supposed to look, and then I use it to create images with calculated amounts of many different objects. The results meld together to form something that doesn’t exist, but at first glance seems like it could in a near-future environment. Aspects within the image may be familiar, but still inherently alien to what we interpret as a “real” space or object. From a distance the images may evoke deep-sea creatures, plant life, and insects, but up close they become painterly and abstract. Characteristics of the source images may or may not be readily apparent, depending on the number of “genes” in the piece, and the ratio between them. The GAN and I collaborate, determining what of the physical world can be joined, and how those hybrids might appear based on what it’s learned. Through this, I play with the idea of what makes us interpret photographic representations as authentic, mixing the real and the fantastic.” –Emily Joy Zeller

Tai Lipan: Architecture of Light
Aug 12 – Sep 25 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from August 12, 2021 –  September 25, 2021

Tai Lipan is an Indianapolis based artist working as a painter, Director of University Galleries, Co-director of the Jeeninga Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology and Associate Professor of Art at Anderson University. She received her MFA in painting from Western Carolina University in 2006. Lipan actively exhibits her work with latest exhibitions including the Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, and solo exhibits at the Bubbler in WI, Skyes gallery in PA, and Marion University in Indiana.

He used light as a metaphor for vulnerability, inevitability, commemoration, and celebration. Many of the paintings symbolically depict the dramatic collisions of weather, light and the landscape. Beams of light illuminate vulnerable trees and fields, while impregnated clouds loom closely, threatening or spilling over in tear-like drops.

In other works, light rains down in celebration as manmade explosions illuminate the night sky. The fireworks commemorate freedom while triggering smoke reminiscent of war and loss.

The painterly play between the drawing lines of the horizon and the compression of the symbolic elements, in all of the work, is strengthened through the relief process. Color, light and form dance between illusionistic and literal layers enhancing the dynamic.

For more information about the artist click HERE!

Sep
30
Thu
Joan Lobis Brown: Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms
Sep 30 – Nov 13 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from September 30, 2021 –  November 13, 2021

Joan Lobis Brown is a visual activist whose portrait and landscape photographs have been widely shown in group and solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. She had seven solo exhibitions scheduled for 2019–2020. In the last six years, she has been selected for more than 100 international juried competitions. Her work has been published online and in print magazines such as The Huffington Post, ZekeMic.com, Hyperallergic.com, The International Photo Review, Featureshoot, POZ and others.

 “Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms” is a portraiture series— accompanied by text culled from interviews with the subjects— that focuses on American baby boomer women of diverse ethnicities, races, religions, sexual identities, professions and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

American baby boomer women—– women born between 1945 and 1964—were the first generation to expect that they could “have it all”: equality, family, careers, fitness, health and prosperity.  Now, as these women enter their mid-50s, 60s, and 70s, they face a unique set of challenges brought on by the demands of growing older while continuing to enjoy those same meaningful and evolved lives.

Women have been, and still are, the targets of sexism and ageism. Older women are often invisible, remaining largely unseen by members of a youth-oriented society and underrepresented in popular culture and imagery. When they are visible, they are often and euphemistically described as being “of a certain age,” as though an acknowledgement of maturity might be taken as an offense. Even worse, older women are sometimes thought of and depicted as crones or witches. As a child, I believed these depictions to be true; as an adult, and a baby boomer woman, I now know them to be false.

Since 2015, I have photographed and interviewed 39 unknown yet outstanding baby boomer women who have shattered stigma, dismantling stereotypes to become extraordinary women launching new careers, achieving physical goals, overcoming adversity and making society a better place for all of us. Their stories cover a wide variety of accomplishments. They are athletes, scholars, activists, businesswomen, artists, immigrants and sur­vivors. They are role models all. These amazing women are a testament to the character, courage, vitality and spunk of American baby boomer women. –Joan Lobis Brown

For more information on the artist click HERE!