Boschian: Beautifully Bizarre Juried Art Exhibition

Juried by Kat Wentz

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    First Place | "The Marks That Made Us" by Katie Burkett
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    Second Place | "False Redemption in the Land of Flesh and Tin" by Andy Tubbesing
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    Third Place | "Floater" by Steve Ehret
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    Honorable Mention | "Sarus Crane (To Have More is to Do More)" by Maria Uhase
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    "2 Paris Idaho" by William M. Bogdan
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    "The Bruegel Seminars - Series Two - Seminar Seven" by Stephen Calhoun
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    "Baby Rattle" by James Edwards
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    "Earth Worm Jim" by Steve Ehret
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    "Fear and Folly VIII" by Mark Giangaspero
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    "Screaming Bowl" by Chris Jackson
  • "Bél Fiji" by Micah Kraus
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    "The East" by Micah Kraus
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    "And We Linger When We Leave" by Matt Miller
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    "The Hedonist" by Ryan Morris
  • "Bathroom Rituals" by Emily Olszewski
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    "Full Moon" by Kit Palencar
  • "Weekender" by Arabella Proffer
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    "Chasm" by Meagan Smith
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    "Bluetech Afterlife" by Anna E. Young

 

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Call For Art

Hieronymus Bosch was a Renaissance painter of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. His work utilizes striking and sometimes seemingly surreal qualities, often depicting tales of morality. Intense scenes by Bosch encompass a sense of humor, sensuality, and grotesque quality. His masterpiece, The Garden of Earthly Delights, teems with fantastical landscapes of disturbing anthropomorphic beings composed in vivid jewel tones.
 
Over 500 years later, Bosch is still a source of inspiration for contemporary artists. Boschian, of or relating to Hieronymus Bosch, is used to describe everything from fine art to high fashion. Boschian: Beautifully Bizarre, invites artists from Summit, Portage, Cuyahoga, Medina, and Stark to submit high-quality art inspired by Bosch.
 
Boschian: Beautifully Bizarre will be a display of curiosities with an appreciation for the surreal, beautiful, and bizarre. Accepted work will be contemporary Boschian creations with the sublime ability to instill both terror and delight. The visual arts component of the exhibition will be juried by Kat Wentz, Collection Manager of the art collection, Hieronymus.
 
Kat Wentz manages a collection of art inspired by the Renaissance master, Hieronymus Bosch. Kat’s experience includes co-curating the Hieronymus collection for the recent exhibition Stranger Beings: Hieronymus Objects & Other Curiosities at the Emily Davis Gallery and managing the pop-up gallery Pish Posh that was on view in downtown Akron in the summer of 2018. Hieronymus has actively loaned pieces from the collection to museums and institutions for exhibitions including Akron Art Museum’s Gross Anatomies and Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose.

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First Place

Katie Burkett
The Marks That Made Us
Blown and hot-sculpted glass with hand engraved markings
20 x 6 x 7 in. | $300.00

Artist Statement: The sculpture, The Marks That Made Us, is an exploration of the female body- investigating “memory-marks” or scars that develop on the female body through her lifetime. While placing emphasis on scarification of the body (in this case, stretchmarks) through carving past the surface of the glass to reveal a rich, bold, and beautiful transparent reddish-pink color I encourage the viewer to review their prior taboos surrounding scars and how they are perceived on the female form. Scars are a sign that the body has lived- without them, our minds would not know the pain, pleasures, and challenges that come with the human experience. These stretch marks are patterned in such a way as to suggest their beauty, to remind us of our own humanity, and to accept that the flesh is nothing to be ashamed of but rather, to appreciate and admire.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatieBurkett/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/burkett_artncraft/

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Second Place

Andy Tubbesing
False Redemption in the Land of Flesh and Tin
Assemblage
20.5 x 13.5 x 13.5 in. | $750.00

Artist Statement: My art tends to be representational – fleeting glances through windows, around corners, or over hills onto otherwise unseen worlds. Onlookers have labeled these worlds somber, ominous, low-brow, cartoony, weird. Who am I to argue?

Our ideologies may have changed in the intervening 500 years, but I like to think that Dürer or Bosch would recognize the lost souls in this assemblage.

Influences include Bruegel (the elder), Doré, Wyeth (the eldest), Wood (both Grant and Wally).

Takeaway thought: Creating art is a perilous enterprise, a trek through uncharted territory on a moonless night. It seems the only thing more difficult is not creating art.

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Third Place

Bosch

Steve Ehret
Floater
Oil
20 x 18 in. | $1200.00

Artist Statement: Self-taught painter Steve Ehret is inspired by the natural world, taking in his surroundings on year-round trail runs. He makes careful observations of moss spreading over a fallen tree, or plants reaching towards the sun. The mental notes of these Darwinian scenes inspire the phantasmal settings of his paintings. His goal is not realism, but rather a sense of gravity, whether working in oils, with mixed media, or on a mural.

Website: http://stevenehret.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monster_steve/

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Honorable Mention

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Maria Uhase
Sarus Crane (To Have More is to Do More)
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 in. | SOLD

Artist Statement: In the creation of my figurative drawings and paintings, I integrate my personal observations of the natural world, studies in biology, and interests in anatomy and physiology. My work involves subjects of nature, with various flora and fauna filling the images as they interact in unusual, surreal ways. I intend to combine the expected with the unexpected, such as describing ideas that are simultaneously macabre and beautiful, or lighthearted and serious.

Through the use of symbolism, I aim to tell stories that can be interpreted both as personal to the viewer and a commentary on human nature. I focus on the theme of impermanence in life, with the hope of coming to accept it and learning to detach myself from things that will inevitably change. I hope my work serves as a reminder to enjoy each present moment as it happens, without feeling overwhelmed by thoughts of the past or worries about the future. To reflect this concept that peace comes when we learn to let go, my process often involves creating layers of media that obscure each other, and depicts new growth from the deteriorated figures.

The subject matter of this particular painting features the figure of a multi-headed and multi-limbed sarus crane being intertwined and bound by leafy vines that emerge from each head. Small insects appear throughout the image and witness the bird as it struggles with the plants. The vines in this situation symbolize the negative thoughts that might immobilize people’s actions, or prevent them from accomplishing their goals. This could be anything from thoughts of self-doubt, personal insecurities, or grief; it is a struggle to overcome internal conflicts that affect external conditions.

Website: https://www.mariauhase.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/muhase72/

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William M. Bogdan
2 Paris Idaho
Woodcut print
32 x 42 in. | $750.00

Artist Statement: There is a road that takes one to Paris Idaho. There is another road and another Paris Idaho. It’s on the other side of reality.

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Stephen Calhoun
The Bruegel Seminars – Series Two – Seminar Seven
Mixed process photograph
32 x 47 in. | $2000.00

Artist Statement: Hypothesis: that a congerie may be transformed into a compelling and evocative order. Driven by the viewer’s natural urge for consciousness to: grasp order, discover shapes and symbols, knit together patterns, and unearth archetypes and narratives, such an order redounds in the viewer’s personal seeking and reflection.

Patterns which bloom from the iteration of unorganized visual signals underlie my visual artworks. Hand-built still-lives conducted out of flowers and found objects provide photographic subjects. Pointed straight down, the camera records the assemblage. The resulting chaotic digital photographs are manipulated using various mathematical, fractal, or generative processes. What results are artworks centered on mirror, or, radial (circular) symmetries.

The former present busy yet coherent totem-like works which beg to be ventured into and explored. The latter present hypnotic and meditative mandala-like circles.

Stephen writes: My art’s aim is to inspire the viewer to seek their own unique discoveries in each image. Every piece aims to provide an experiential, numinous visual encounter and experiment. The sensitive viewer’s exploration and discovery within the current of patterns completes each experiment.

As a self-trained artist I have become keenly aware of the beholder’s time. My art practice hopes to reward attention, curiosity, wandering and wonder. For the sake of those hopes, my artworks are for all ages and for all time.

To steep ourselves in a subject-matter we have first to plunge into it. —John Dewey

Stephen Calhoun is a self-trained experimental photographer and digital artist. Previously he was an avocational painter. From the moment of his one man exhibit in 2016 at the Gallery at Gray’s, The Grasp of Order, his distinctive experiments using set-up photographs, algorithms, Hubble images, original fractals and combinations of these approaches have gained his visionary visual art much attention. In early 2019 his artwork was featured on the cover and inside the CAN Journal. His hobbyist art practice was discovered five years earlier, when he was fifty-nine. He is now a full-time working artist.

His creative practice is deeply influenced by music. Until 2015, Stephen was a composer, instrumentalist, and sound designer. Most of his career was spent in the music industry and, later, in organizational development. He remains a theorist in the field of experiential learning and adult development. Stephen lives with his wife and cats in Cleveland Heights.

Website: https://artiststephencalhoun.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artist.stephen.calhoun/

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James Edwards
Baby Rattle
Cast bronze
2.6 x 1.6 in. | NFS

Artist Statement: Baby Rattle is essentially the physical manifestation of the child that dwells inside us all. Its arms and legs are fully movable, simulating a ragdoll effect. The inside contains tiny metal balls so that when shaken, it makes a rattling sound. In a way, it almost seems to be a child’s toy, but has been tarnished and warped with age.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/backwards_art/

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Steve Ehret
Earth Worm Jim
Oil
24 x 48 in. | $2500.00

Artist Statement: Self-taught painter Steve Ehret is inspired by the natural world, taking in his surroundings on year-round trail runs. He makes careful observations of moss spreading over a fallen tree, or plants reaching towards the sun. The mental notes of these Darwinian scenes inspire the phantasmal settings of his paintings. His goal is not realism, but rather a sense of gravity, whether working in oils, with mixed media, or on a mural.

Website: http://stevenehret.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monster_steve/

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Mark Giangaspero
Fear and Folly VIII
Pastel on paper
51 x 40 in. | $6500.00

Artist Statement: I use the portrait to communicate my ideas.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mgiangaspero/

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Chris Jackson
Screaming Bowl
Blown glass, cast bronze
8 x 8 x 5 in. | $180.00

Artist Statement: Lately my work revolves around different abstractions of the human body. I like to take a look at specific parts of the human anatomy and then use these pieces to transform my work into something different, whether it be fantastical or grotesque in nature. The contrast between the smooth surface of the vessel and the gnarled look of the mouth gives life to a functional form that is distorted into a dark, monstrous figure.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrisjackson_art/

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Micah Kraus
Bél Fiji
Screen print collage
18 x 14 in. | $250.00

Artist Statement:This image is a screen print I created, based on a photograph I took of a woman in Haiti. She was blind due to severe cataracts and corneal abrasions. After I asked her if I could take her photograph, she stood strong and bold with an unwavering gaze. After completing the screen print I tore it into several long pieces and then recomposed it into a recognizable but unsettling portrait.

Website: http://genuine-article.co/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/genarticle/

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Micah Kraus
The East
Archival digital print on heavy weight matte paper
32 x 24 in. | $225.00

Artist Statement:
What was, isn’t.
What was immortal, isn’t.
What was secure, isn’t.
What seemed wise, isn’t.
What was around the corner, isn’t.
What was forbidden, isn’t.
What is, isn’t.
What is, wasn’t.

Website: http://genuine-article.co/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/genarticle/

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Matt Miller
And We Linger When We Leave
Mixed media on paper
17 x 11 in. | $325.00

Artist Statement: This piece depicts the cyclical nature of life. As the tree grows from the remnants of death new life grows as little people fruits from the branches. The snake, a symbol of change, weaves its way through the remains, witnessing the next step in the perpetual cycle of death and rebirth.

Website: http://www.artofmattmiller.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mtmilo/

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Ryan Morris
The Hedonist
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 in. | $600.00

Artist Statement: The painting is no longer confusing once you realize it is meaningless.

Website: http://ryanlloydmorris.bigcartel.com/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/morrisart

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Emily Olszewski
Bathroom Rituals
Oil and latex on canvas
42 x 30 in. | $375.00

Artist Statement: My work, as a whole, explores memory and my own personal narrative, while following an autobiographical schedule. I utilize hyperbole and theatrical scenes, wardrobe, posing and such to emphasize the melodrama of the situation at hand. Focusing through a lens fixated on the past, I hope to depict the initial heightened sensations of physical and mental experience. “Fight or flight”, for instance, adrenaline and racing thoughts divided into individual segments within the mind. Memories remain vivid and dripping in sensory details and are only exaggerated as they are lost through time as we grip to something we are slowly losing. This exaggeration of the senses and feelings at the time of an event are what interest me most, as these are what we are left with as the story itself is lost to time. The irony of flat latex paint against a more realistic handling of he human body and natural world emphasize the abrupt feelings of initial human expression, as well as indicating blank spots within the human memory. The figures themselves are set up in such a way as though they are waiting on the next scene in a play, or captured in a moment of time with the world moving around them. Through these tactics, I hope to bring about a sense of theatrical engagement within the subjects and their situation

Website: http://emilyolszewski.weebly.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilyolzooski/

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Kit Palencar
Full Moon
Acrylic on panel
24 x 17 in. | $500.00

Artist Statement: The moon is an incredibly simple floating space rock, yet the symbolism behind the moon, namely astrology, Roman religion, and mythology, is incredibly complex and fascinating. However, I have never made the effort to study what seems like a never-ending explanation as to what defines how we act or exist. My mood isn’t dependent upon the moon, planets, or the stars. I think of the full moon as a different entity. One that is a little more… naive and childish.

Website: http://www.kitpalencar.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/palenkit/

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Arabella Proffer
Weekender
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 in. | $2000.00

Artist Statement: This series brings together my interests in botany, microbiology, space, disease, and the evolution of cells. I subconsciously explore the relationships between anatomy, biology, nature, and emerging sciences while creating from my own imagination. They, at times, mirror personal metaphysical occurrences, and, at times, contain a slight nod to art history, such as hints of a baroque landscape or decadent still lives through distorted lenses. They are more virtual reality than actuality.

I delve into the practice and alchemy of oil paint dictating the direction, shaping aesthetic outcomes, and transforming emotional impressions as I go. Insects, flowers, human organs all come from the same process at the core, but within these works I am visualizing their fictional evolution at any given stage comes from instinct. I create my own fragile beings and nature within these little worlds; alien forms mesh with what might be seen under a microscope or through a telescope. They are an artificial nature or a nature that is simply unknown to us, scientized and made more delectable.

Website: http://www.arabellaproffer.com/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/arabellaproffer/

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Meagan Smith
Chasm
Cotton, digital jacquard, hand woven TC1 loom, painted warp, hand beaded and sequins
18 x 12 in. | $850.00

Artist Statement: Pattern is created through an emergence of microcosmic happenings. One mark isn’t willing to change the entire field, it consists of multiple parts to create the small camouflages and dissonances. Gestures of beads flock together like populations of people. Similar to a dissected insect becoming analyzed or a landscape revealing the sum of its parts, the true nature of this work dissects the micro and macro topographical happenings of human nature.

Website: http://www.meagsmith.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meaganleggin/

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Anna E. Young
Bluetech Afterlife
Photography
14 x 22.7 in. | $300.00

Artist Statement: What comes next?

Sitting on the floor staring through white lace curtains, ambient blue light sneaks through from the neighbors porch.

It was only for a brief moment that I could stand to think about it. I was filled with extreme dread and sadness. I couldn’t understand why but, I was triggered by that blue haze.

What comes next? How does it feel? What does it look like? How does it feel when everything stops? In that moment I almost forgot to keep breathing. I was so fixated on the idea of nonexistence.

There is nothing that we know for sure, it is all reliant on faith, imagination, and hope. There is an afterlife that could be, but probably won’t be, but who has access to those answers? They say they’ll be there waiting for me. They say it’ll be okay.

The only thing I know, is that I don’t know. It would be be wonderful if it were true, if we could all be together, for the rest of eternity, to live together as a family in our own creations of time and space.

Maybe it will be filled with that beautiful light that I love so much, and maybe it will not.

Website: http://www.annaeyoung.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ayjelly/

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