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Manifest Gallery's FotoFocus Shows Were Powerful

So many 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. New 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. The 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. And Leigh 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.
 
 

Manifest Exhibits High-Spirited Regional Sculpture

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.   

Thinking Small Has Big Results at Manifest

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.   

Open Studio

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 gallery building.  

Shifting Perspectives

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.  

Bestiary (Review)

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.  

Fall Arts Preview: Visual Art

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.  

NUDE (Review)

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.  

Mythography (Review)

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.  

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