at the Park National Bank Gallery in Batavia is an astute comment on
the flux of daily life. In a series of polished 48-by-40-inch collages,
artist Jonathan Gibson positions figurative references beneath a torrent
of corporate detritus.
This Saturday witnesses the inaugural exhibition of Cincinnati’s newest non-commercial art space. Located in Brighton, Third Party Gallery will present Reductio Ad Absurdum, a group show offering works that investigate, critique and assess the artist’s relationships with a series of extra-aesthetic concerns surrounding the practice of art in contemporary society.
Nothing foreshadows calamity quite like small children in close proximity to valuable artwork. “Look but don’t touch,” the routine admonition of parents, is the standing order behind many of life’s public activities. This prohibition on physical contact — a sense crucial to our relationship with the world — is the subject of a new exhibition at Manifest Gallery.
Traveling the dusty passageways and crumbling facades of Mozambique, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guy Tillim’s Avenue Patrice Lumumba is a striking photographic journey. On view at the Contemporary Arts Center downtown, these images explore the effects of 50 years of false starts, broken promises and nationalist visions on the African landscape.