Joey Versoza’s new solo exhibition, at West End’s Aisle gallery through June 24, is titled Do You Make Work? He answers his own question with just five pieces consisting of a number of digital prints, a projected video and two installations that make use of the gallery spaces and fixtures in conjunction with found objects.
Everything initially appears casual, unassuming. And were you to spend a great deal of time in the show, it wouldn’t cease to be either of those things. Yet there is an undercurrent connecting all of the work that contemplates weakness, defeat, failure and loss.
It’s rare to come across such a light-handed exhibition fueled by such dark stuff, but Versoza is not afraid of his own shadow. Actually, he invites those insecurities into the ideation of these works. The art of what Versoza does is in offhandedly recognizing how found objects, pop-cultural detritus or fleeting moments he witnesses might be linked to a weighty inner dialogue.
Versoza was born in Marquette, Mich., and currently resides in Covington. He holds a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and did course work at University of Illinois at Chicago. His work regularly appears in galleries in Cincinnati and Chicago, but this exhibition starts off a busy summer that includes an artist residency at Harold Arts, a nonprofit organization in Chesterhill, Ohio, and inclusion in LOL: A Decade of Antic Art at Baltimore’s Contemporary Museum.
Do You Make Work? is on view through June 24 (with a closing reception 6-9 p.m.) at Aisle on the third floor of 424 Findlay St. in the West End. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. Go here to read Matt Morris' full review.