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Manifest Gallery

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By Julie Bernzott · August 30th, 2006 · Look Here!
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It should come as no surprise that the fall season is chock-full of fascinating art and artists -- and you can see it right here in Cincinnati. Of course, there will be much more than I can include here as summer fades to fall, but I've included just a few sneak peeks. MANIFEST GALLERY has announced its third season schedule, which sounds fantastic. Kicking off its season on Sept. 29 is The Silent Object, which will feature two exhibitions of still-life works: one by Cincinnati native Cole Carothers and the other by painter Benjamin Shamback from Mobile, Ala. The theme "silent object" explores works with the potential for energy, but that are mostly devoid of action. Manifest plans to showcase these works to emphasize that, although silent, they're brimming with narrative, his

tory and a palpable sense of life. I'm looking forward to this new take on a traditional subject matter.

The ART ACADEMY'S RUTHE G. PEARLMAN GALLERY is also a spot you'll want to visit. Sept. 22 marks the opening of Canadian artist Wendy Deschene's WYSIWYG Cincinnati exhibition. Her large-scale paintings contain imagery that's part Pop Art and part childhood fantasy, and that explore her version of the history of art. Deschene's exhibition is followed up by Remote Control, featuring artists Robert Ladislas Derr, Mary Magsamen and Stephen Hillerbrand, who offer three different video installations, including an interactive performance from Derr.

It should come as no surprise that the fall season is chock-full of fascinating art and artists -- and you can see it right here in Cincinnati. Of course, there will be much more than I can include here as summer fades to fall, but I've included just a few sneak peeks. MANIFEST GALLERY has announced its third season schedule, which sounds fantastic.

Kicking off its season on Sept. 29 is The Silent Object, which will feature two exhibitions of still-life works: one by Cincinnati native Cole Carothers and the other by painter Benjamin Shamback from Mobile, Ala. The theme "silent object" explores works with the potential for energy, but that are mostly devoid of action. Manifest plans to showcase these works to emphasize that, although silent, they're brimming with narrative, his

tory and a palpable sense of life. I'm looking forward to this new take on a traditional subject matter. ...

The ART ACADEMY'S RUTHE G. PEARLMAN GALLERY is also a spot you'll want to visit. Sept. 22 marks the opening of Canadian artist Wendy Deschene's WYSIWYG Cincinnati exhibition. Her large-scale paintings contain imagery that's part Pop Art and part childhood fantasy, and that explore her version of the history of art. Deschene's exhibition is followed up by Remote Control, featuring artists Robert Ladislas Derr, Mary Magsamen and Stephen Hillerbrand, who offer three different video installations, including an interactive performance from Derr. Husband-and-wife team Magsagen and Hillerbrand uses everyday objects and occurrences to explore relationship issues. The Art Academy has great things happening in their new building, and this season will be evidence of that. ...

Contemporary artist Michael Scott looks to the past for inspiration in the TAFT MUSEUM OF ART's exhibition Farny Fable, opening on Sept. 29. Borrowing and re-casting motifs from great works of art, including paintings by Henry Farny, Scott creates original reflections on the subjects of luck, value and worth. His vivid colors and lush environments provide an engaging tale for the viewer to follow, one which combines 17th-century inspiration with that of 20th-century pop culture. It sounds like an interesting journey, one I can't wait to make. ...

TOM (The Outdoor Musuem) is coming courtesy of ARTWORKS, Cincinnati's arts-based job training and employment program. Modeled after a large-scale exhibition produced by the Florida Holocaust Museum, TOM: Harmony is a series of graphic design representations based on the concept of harmony, created by Artworks' summer apprentices who were mentored by area graphic design firms. All images were juried, and with the help of these 13 local design firms, the images were made into two-dimensional billboards that will travel to five outdoor locations, including the Freedom Center, Berry International Friendship Park, Burnett Woods, Hoffner Park and Eden Park, and all free and open to the public. The exhibition will launch on Sept. 8 at the Freedom Center and will travel throughout the fall. Every year, I'm impressed with the quality and enthusiasm that surround the summer apprentices' project, and this one will be no different. ...

This fall, the CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM offers visitors a glimpse into Japanese history when they open Public Spectacles and Private Pleasures: Four Centuries of Japanese Prints from a Cincinnati Collection on Sept. 2. Over 80 prints spanning four centuries of Japanese printmaking will be on display, allowing viewers to see everything from early black-and-white woodcuts to later, more sophisticated color woodcuts. The prints, arranged thematically, will feature a variety of subjects, including beautiful women, literature and legend, landscapes and more. And not long after, you'll have the chance to experience Waking Dreams: Experience the Enchantment, opening on Oct. 31. Featuring mystery and romance, Waking Dreams leads you through the secret lives and loves of artists who rebelled against Victorian Society. This collection of Pre-Raphaelite art comes from the collection of the Delaware Art Museum. The Art Museum rarely fails to impress, and it looks like they'll do just that with these exhibitions. ...

Lastly, the CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER whets our appetite for things to come with a self-titled exhibition by Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse, opening on Oct. 27. Grosse's technique, which includes using a spray gun to mix and layer colors, blurs the boundaries between walls and canvas: synonymous with crossing barriers between art and life. Grosse will transform the CAC's street-level space into an eddy of soft-edged colors and painted objects, all part of her ongoing investigation into painting within an architectural space.

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