September 2018

Between Everything
works by Dana Lynn Harper

Between Everything
work by Dana Lynn Harper


Opening Reception
Friday, September 7, 7 – 10 pm
 

Artist Talk
Thursday, September 20, 6:30 – 8 pm


On View: September 7 – 21, 2018



Between Everything is an exploration of traveling from one place to the next. For the past five years, I have been creating large dreamlike installations using light, color and reflective materials. In this exhibition, I translate this passage between two worlds into imagery of portals and fuzzy horizon lines; seen in the Rainbow Portal mural as well as the two dimensional works. Bloom Bloom, a dripping ceiling of color and light, illustrates one world fading into the next very literally. In the works Cosmic Glimmer and Super Cluster, I use Iridescent and translucent materials to mimic the soul as it leaves the body, in transition to the next world.

I touch, cut and fold each piece of material in my studio, creating intimacy between myself and the medium. Using simple repetitive techniques, I fold labor into my work by hand. These time consuming processes are necessary to create delicate and cloud-like arrangements, with minimal structure or solidity. I imagine that installation is in a constant state of growth, made of many pieces that interchange and fluctuate in composition, each one malleable and in flux. Nature, both micro and macro, influence my decisions about composition and form.

I leave room for endless references, empowering the viewer to use their own experience and imagination. Using multiple sources of visual inspiration, I make new places to exist and be, spaces that belong to everyone.

 

Harper holds a BFA from The Ohio State University in 2009.  She was the recipient of The Bunton Waller Fellowship from Penn State University, where Harper received her MFA in 2013. Harper was awarded an ArtPrize Seed Grant, ArtFile Emerging Artist Grant and a Ringholz Foundation Award. In addition, Harper was awarded an NEA studio grant to attend an artist residency at Women’s Studio Workshop. She has also been an artist in residence at Sculpture Space, Teton Art Lab, ArtSpace Raleigh, ARC Chattanooga, Kutztown University, Bunker Projects and Second Sight Studio. She has had solo exhibitions at Front/Space Gallery & Museum, Manifest Gallery and ROY G BIV among many others. Harper is currently living and working in Columbus, OH.



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


Coming October 2018

What The Living Knows


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
 

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.