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
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The young women photographed in Another Me: Transformations from Pain to Power have
all been victims of kidnapping or outright sale of themselves into sex
slavery. One is as young as 8 years old, none are more than 22. Rescued
and placed in the Sanlaap Shelter in Kolkata, they found returning to a
self they had lost hard going.
Eight interpretations of autumn art
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Because art is a subjective interpretation, you can find inspiration wherever you may look this season — but we’ve broken it down
into some fun and affordable suggestions. Take a ride, behold the
scenery and enjoy the last of the fall weather before things get too
cool for the winter.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Stuart Fink’s Shape to Shape at
Brazee Street Studios’ gallery One One bristles with energy, mostly
dispenses with narrative (who needs it?) and includes paintings as well
as sculpture. Best known as a sculptor, Fink studied to be a painter and
never really gave it up.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Amid busy, vibrant abstract canvases and
panels, the stark simplicity of a paperboard sculpture captures extra
attention at Phyllis Weston Gallery’s Color NOW!, on display through Sept. 1.
1 Comment · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Music of Change: Hymns, Blues & Rock at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center ultimately succeeds in providing a fascinating journey
through the roles black music have played in America’s history,
eloquently showing how African-American music has been celebration,
protest, spiritual uplift, a means of communication and information
sharing … sometimes all at once.
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Former visiting professor at the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Fashion Department Henry Navarro has returned to Cincinnati for Mis-Measured and a site-specific fashion-based public art project inspired by Cincinnati itself.
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Hot on the heels of Monet in Giverny,
this summer the Cincinnati Art Museum showcases the life and legacy of
pioneering African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner in Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit. A full-scale retrospective, Modern Spirit
is a provocative examination of one man’s journey to discover a
pictorial language capable of expressing an intense religious feeling.
by Nolan Shea
painting and graffiti are very similar,” says Matt Treece, 23-year-old local photographer
and light painter. “I realized this when I found myself hopping through a
shattered first story window on the backside of an abandoned factory on the East Side at 2:30 a.m., alone, with my backpack on, creeping around in the
darkness looking for a good spot.”
Treece is searching for that “magical spot.” He doesn’t risk the charge of vandalism
like graffiti artists, but he still risks a trespassing charge with every foray
into the night.
Light painting is a photography technique that involves moving a camera or adding a light source while operating with a slow shutter speed. The resultant images include colorful, swirly lines and other creative effects. Like
graffiti artists, “both of us trespass illegally. Both of us are night owls.
Both of us have explored tunnels, creeks, bridges and abandoned buildings and
have gained such a good understanding about the layout of the city,” Treece says.
it to say, Treece’s understanding of all the nooks and crannies of the city is
far more in-depth than the average daylight city dweller.
his nightly jaunt into the darkness, Treece packs his equipment bag. At first
glance, you wouldn’t think anything is out of the ordinary. Treece stuffs a Nikon
D90 camera, remote shutter release, Nikon SB-600 Flash and two tripods into the
main compartment of the bag. But the smaller compartments receive the stranger
tools of the trade.
reveals children’s toys, ones that light up. Treece begins to stuff light swords,
mini color changing glow sticks, six different kinds of flashlights, laser
pointers, finger LEDs, glow sticks and his custom nine LED light orb tool into
every remaining compartment of his equipment bag.
that’s missing is the party favors. At this point, it’s almost unclear if he’s
going to a rave or going out to light paint.
Treece almost forgets the most important tool: batteries — lots of them.
painting hasn’t always been Treece’s passion, however. “I’ve always been
interested in art, but my interest in light painting started sometime around
May or June of last year,” he says. “I was browsing the Internet randomly and
saw a picture of what looked like a spinning waterfall of sparks. I had seen
light painting prior to this photo, but it really didn’t click that these
[light painters] were using super long exposures and crazy light sources to
create works of art.”
night, Treece spent hours reading up tutorials on the website
lightpaintingphotography.com and a particular online community that called
itself “the light junkies.” There he
learned that it was plausible to make his own contribution to the light
all places are created equal in the light painting community. Living in
Cincinnati is both wonderful and a pain. Clifton Heights, Treece’s main stomping
ground, provides him with an incredible amount of light pollution, which can be
attributed to the area’s attempt to curb crime activity.
still provides an ample amount of opportunity to create. “[Cincinnati] has some
of the most bad-ass tunnels built in the early 1900s. … Cincinnati also has a
creek system, which over time had to be cemented because of industrial waste,” Treece says. “These tunnels and channels have created some of the best spaces for
surreal standing in a tunnel underground in the absolute darkest of dark,
alone, listening to your heart race in your chest, “ he says. “A lot of times
it feels like I’ve entered into another dimension. I truly think light painting
has made me become addicted to the adrenaline rush, just like a base jumper
would feel, knowing I could potentially be injured, hurt or lost forever.
lot of times, I like to think about all the people sound asleep in their beds
as I trudge through nasty underground water in search of whatever adventure lay
in store ahead of me,” he says.
would seem, for many, the risks would outweigh the reward. The risk of injury,
prosecution or even death would turn many away. Add darkness to the mix and a
psycho killer and you’d have a horror movie.
for Treece it’s much deeper than the risk of physical harm or punishment. It’s
about finding a center in his life.
have always loved creating things. I’ve found throughout my life that I have
trouble focusing on many regular everyday things in my day-to-day life,” he
says. “But, when it comes to art, my mind focuses and I get into the zone. Pure
focus and happiness.”
all of Treece’s risk and work, there is a positive outcome. A reward. A magical
moment. A time when Treece steps back and feels a small sense of accomplishment.
my case, I look at my digital screen on my camera and have that moment where I
gasp; lose my breath; tummy tingles; my mouth begins to salivate and yell out
in joy,” he said. “Because when you were ‘doing it’ you’re not viewing it in
the same perspective as you would when you’re fully finished.”
similarities between graffiti artists and light painters reemerge.
both step back, look at what we’ve just accomplished and get the chills,
because this artwork just came through from another place or time,” Treece says.
“It just bursts through your minds and hands and created this whole new thing
that now exists in reality.”
by Jac Kern
Remember last spring when the Square was taken over by environment-conscious art? EcoSculpt will be back April 13-29, exhibiting large-scale sculptures made entirely of recyclables.