Opening October 5, 2018

What The Living Know

Mixed media paintings created by Mandi Caskey
Inspired by the writings of Set to Music a Wild Fire by Ruth Awad

On view during 934 Fest

Opening Reception: Friday, October 5, 7 – 10 pm

934 Fest: Saturday, October 6, 1 – 11 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 – 8 pm

On View: October 5 – 19, 2018

"What the Living Know" is an exhibit of mixed media paintings created by Mandi Caskey, inspired by the writings of Set to Music a Wild Fire by Ruth Awad. 
The exhibit is a reflection of memory, death and estrangement presented as mixed media depictions of detailed, priceless artifacts. Animals, insects, and mundane objects fill the sense of emptiness between words so elegantly whispered in the lines of poetry. 

Mandi Caskey is a painter who reflects on the curiosity of life’s forgotten moments. A muralist, gallery artist, and community activist, Caskey chooses to place her attention on creating things that will directly affect outsiders. Using an array of different mediums, the artwork pulls itself away from the artist and takes a life of its own; Caskey allows the work and creative process to take the lead. In 2016, creation of a mural in the Rhodes State Office tower gave Caskey the official position as the state of Ohio's first artist in residence. The painting now overlooks the city of Columbus as a permanent installation. In 2017, Caskey created a 90-foot x 25-foot mural for the Open Air Museum at the Inn at Honey Run, another painting that exists as a permanent relic of Caskey’s growing movement. At the age of 25, the artist is now expanding her scope and exploring the world of gallery art, with many murals in progress and on the horizon. Caskey is excited to announce her first solo exhibition at 934 Gallery in 2018. 

Ruth Awad is a Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press 2017) won the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry and the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and she won the 2012 and 2013 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Rumpus, The Missouri Review, Sixth Finch, Crab Orchard Review, The Adroit Journal, BOAAT Journal, and elsewhere. Her work also appears in several anthologies, including Bettering American Poetry Vol. 2. 

She doesn't think poetry will save you but it might make living easier.

Set to Music a Wildfire is available for purchase on Amazon.

Funded in part by a Project Support Grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Coming November 2018

painting and installation by
Vincent Haynes, Anna Nero and Malte Stiehl

Opening Reception: Friday, November 9, 7 - 10 pm 

Viewing Hours: Saturday, November 10, 12 - 4 pm 

Artist Talk/Closing: Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 - 8 pm

Anna Nero is a current artist in residence of the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s exchange programme between Columbus and sister-city Dresden.

German artists Nero, Haynes and Stiehl have been working together for several years and organised various joint exhibitions including a show in Detroit in 2016 and an Art Lab in Yangon, Burma earlier this year.

934 Gallery's 2018-2019 programming calendar is funded in part by a Project Support Grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.