SHE/HER/HERS JURIED ART EXHIBITION
AUG. 21 – SEPT. 26, 2020 | OPENS AUG. 21, NOON
SUMMIT ARTSPACE ON EAST MARKET
She/Her/Hers is a juried art exhibition by artists who are women and those identifying as women in the THREE G Gallery at Summit Artspace on East Market. Juried by award-winning artist Linda Hutchinson of Kent, the exhibition commemorates the centennial of the 19th Amendment confirming women’s right to vote and the complex advancement women have made toward gender equality.
She/Her/Hers opens on Friday, Aug. 21, 12 p.m., and runs until Saturday, Sept 26, 5 p.m. Artist awards will be announced on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m., and can be seen via video on the Summit Artspace YouTube Channel and social media or highlighted in the gallery. See the winners on our website after Aug. 21.
In addition, the show is open starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, and through Artwalk from 5-8 p.m. Artwalk is an art/retail event organized by Summit Artspace on East Market in downtown Akron on the first Saturday of the month.
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SUMMIT ARTSPACE ON EAST MARKET
140 E. Market St., Akron
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SHE/HER/HERS SHOW WINNERS
Summit Artspace announced the winners of the She/Her/Hers Juried Art Exhibition on Aug. 20, 2020 via video on Facebook and YouTube. Here are the works with statements from the artists.
Artist Statement: This piece represents a young woman who entered adulthood with a long-held goal that failed to materialize. After a bout with depression, she rose out of despair to find her true calling and her inner strength. She learned how to be alright – rising victoriously.
Artist Statement: New Glasses is a portrait of my stepdaughter, JoJo. The reference photo was taken at the park near our house- we stopped to play on the playground after picking up her new glasses from the eye doctor. First photo in new glasses.
Artist Statement: This is a painting of my husband and me to showcase how much we have grown individually and together over the past 10 years… I let him pick the title and he insisted on me calling it Tummy Ache Cha Cha. In our vows, on our wedding day four years ago, in front of our friends and family we promised to put up with each other’s bullshit. The gathering that day burst into laughter and that memory constantly reminds us to make sure we are enjoying what we are doing and not taking things too serious, thus I kept the very very silly title for what I thought was a romantic painting.
Artist Statement: In the creation of my figurative artwork, I focus on creating surreal combinations of animals and plants through oil painting, watercolor, and various drawing media. I merge my personal observations of nature, interests in biology, and curiosity about visual composition together to form detailed images filled with various flora and fauna interacting in unusual ways. I intend to combine the expected with the unexpected, such as describing ideas that are simultaneously macabre and peaceful, or lighthearted and serious. My purpose is to express difficult and obscure feelings, ideas, and thoughts through symbolism that can be interpreted as both personal to the viewer, and as a commentary on human nature. A theme that ties each piece together is the change that comes with time; it is something inevitable and necessary for progress but can often be terrifying because of the uncertainty that comes with it. To reflect this concept, my process involves creating layers of media that obscure and overlap each other, and depicts new growth from deteriorated figures. The subject matter of this particular painting features the figure of a multi-legged goat being intertwined and bound by leafy vines. Small insects appear throughout the image and witness the goat’s situation. The vines may symbolize the negative thoughts that can immobilize one’s actions, or prevent one 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 actions.
Artist Statement: This work was inspired by beautiful summers in the Midwest. The subject and colors are taken from the warm feeling of lying down in green fields, the sweet taste of peaches, and the beauty of people. This piece to me is like what you hope every summer will turn out like. I also took inspirations from gorgeous photographs taken by an artist called Bosco Shane.
COVID has given me a chance to experiment with my work and make pieces that I want to make instead of making work to anticipate my customers needs. This piece was a huge risk for me. It was a huge financial investment in raw materials, is cast in an ancient technique which is prone to failure, and also is a safety concern as working on this scale due to the massive amount of heat required to melt large amounts of metals. This technique is cuttlebone casting where the central boney structure of a cuttlefish is hand carved into a two-part mold and molten silver is poured into the carving. The bones are typically smaller than a human hand and are limited by their brittleness. These are one use only molds as they burn when they come in contact with the molten metal. The cuff was creating by casting two separate carvings and then then it was soldered together at the center.
Created as part of my on-going Addiction series, this piece portrays the seemingly beautiful and compassionate yet knowingly toxic and destructive relationship between the Addict and the Addiction/substance. As if in a trance, the Addict is completely unaware of the spell they are under and the stranglehold the Addiction has over them as it squeezes out their last vital breath. Created in loving memory of a dear friend who died of a heroin overdose, Shawn Hanzel Shawn was a beautiful spirit who was clean for 2 years and hand begun helping me with my series by providing me with resources and insight to addiction, the daunting and terrifying life changing aspects of recovery and the loneliness that ensues as a result of abandoning the “life” he once knew while controlled by “the snake”. In his final days, he continued making a difference in peoples lives by attempting to help others who had lost their way to heroin relapse. Although his efforts resulted in his death, he continued to inspire me spiritually and intuitively to continue creating this piece in order to help save the lives of others who have lost their way. May he shine on forever in the hearts of many and may this piece be a reminder to those who struggle with Addiction that you too CAN make a difference – you DO matter. Addicts helping Addicts to LIVE through choosing LIFE without Addiction.
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Show image Self-portrait with Polka Dots by Diane Pribojan.