The teen and twentysomething artists of After the Fall, Women Representing Women are just beginning to explore what being a woman means. I’m twice their average age, but I can relate. I
am still sorting out questions of feminine beauty and identity.
Plodding feet and murmuring voices mingle
up the gallery stairs. Students Alvin, Ben, Chad and Matt have arrived
from local community building organization Starfire and settle in front
of laptops loaded with their digital photos as another day of art
education begins at Prairie Gallery.
It’s appropriate that Project Obscura at
Northside’s Prairie Gallery opened before FotoFocus officially kicks
off Oct. 5. After all, the camera obscura (Latin for “dark chamber”) led
to the modern camera.
a lost fledgling in my backyard. He blunders about on big feet and his
bleating mouth asks to be fed or put back in the nest. I do not speak
bird, but I know who does. I call Sheida Soleimani, artist, violinist
with the band Marmalade Brigade and Cincinnati’s unofficial avian intermediary.
Never before have I seen such a menagerie in an art gallery. An iridescent blue peacock, its feathers spreading at least 8 feet, stands in full glory near the entrance to Prairie gallery in Northside. Artists have long looked to nature for inspiration, but with his exhibition Meddling with Nature, Jeremy Johnson takes this tradition to another level. He observes, preserves and presents animals that once flew, ran and roamed about our natural environment.
The ancient device known as a camera obscura (from the Latin for "veiled chamber") was an indispensable art-making tool for centuries. A new exhibition at Northside's Prairie Gallery tries to continue its relevance for contemporary artists.
David Rosenthal, talking in the bare-bones middle room of his new Northside gallery, says, "I'm hoping to provide a place where photography can be done by lots of people and can reach into different areas in lots of different ways."