by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
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FotoFocus-related shows overlap and then close in October that it’s hard to get
to them all or even write about in a timely fashion those that I do get to see.
But I didn’t want to let Manifest Gallery’s Neither
Here Nor There juried group show of photography and video work and its separate
but related Leigh Merrill video installation, both of which closed Oct. 24, to
go unrecognized. For Neither Here Nor
There, the quality was overall quite high and some of the work has stayed
with me now for several weeks long after I’ve forgotten other shows.
York-based artist Gloria Houng won the $1,000 Best of Show prize for her
“Standard Double (Feet),” one of a series of eerie shots made in a bedroom that
in some way incorporate images of an apparently absent person’s presence into
the scene. The results cause a double-take among viewers, but the work is too
elegant to be jokey or gimmicky. She infuses the commonplace with mystery.
London-based Emma Charles, whose short films explore “the dialogue between time
and the city,” contributed the mesmerizing, 17-minute Fragments on Machines. Short sequences, some with poetic narration,
take us out on the streets and sidewalks of the city and up close to the
exteriors and (most ominously) interior infrastructure of buildings. There is
beauty and alienation, especially as we look closely at the rows of servers
that power modern office buildings. You can watch it here.
Merrill’s video installation Drive Thru
is a deadpan looping look at the flat barren architecture of suburban sprawl, except
the places were created by her digitally assembly of parts from individual
photographs and images. The result highlights the strangeness — and questions
what draws us as people to seek or support such development in the first place.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Manifest Gallery's current Regional Showcase exhibition presents high spirited works of art crafted by artists in the Tristate region.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Restrictions can be a powerful impetus
for creativity — parents whose bedtime rules are questioned would agree.
Artists never lose their sense of questioning, but resort to fresh
approaches when boundaries are imposed.
Manifest Gallery welcomes its first artist-in-residence
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Manifest’s latest addition is the
Manifest Artist Residency. Annually, beginning in July each year,
Manifest will host a working artist in the studio facility inside the
Martha MacLeish’s work in Manifest show a multi-dimensional wonder
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Martha MacLeish's art, whether two- or three-dimensional, is concerned with “aspects that raise questions and create tension,” according to her artist's statement. The thing she doesn't mention is the joyful sense of life these works convey, a bursting, vibrant delight of echoing forms and interacting colors.
Manifest show explores the state of the animal in contemporary art
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 17, 2010
'Bestiary' sweeps through all three rooms of Manifest Gallery in a lively embodiment of the kind of show the East Walnut Hills gallery has to a degree pioneered and does well. An idea (in this case "animals") is thrown out worldwide thanks to the Internet, and a stringent jury/curatorial process sifts the keepers from what is usually a heady number of submissions.
Area museums and galleries offer cornucopia of exhibitions this fall
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Over the next few months area museums and galleries are presenting a variety of outside-the-box fare, including quilts, wedding dresses, motorcycles and even an installation made of trees. The Taft Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, Country Club, Manifest Gallery, Carnegie Center, Weston Art Gallery, Carl Solway Gallery and Thunder-Sky Inc. are pulling out all the stops for patrons.
Manifest Gallery offers fully exposed, playful, revealing show
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Looking for the right kind of art show to fill East Walnut Hills' Manifest Gallery during the hot days and nights of August, chief curator Jason Franz has decided to go NUDE. The show, an addition to the planned original season of eight exhibitions, opened Friday and continues through Sept. 11.
Telling stories through narrative art
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Manifest Gallery delights in throwing out an idea and seeing what it might reel in. The current show explores a concept that's as old as art but has been unfashionable in recent years: storytelling.