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.
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' 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.
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.
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.