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Kasey Ramirez and Michael Arrigo at Rosewood Gallery

May 20, 2019

Rosewood Gallery’s most recent solo exhibitions by printmaker Kasey Ramirez and video artist Michael Arrigo, presented complex global issues in contrasting bodies of work. Ramirez’s prints and drawings are darkly atmospheric reflections on climate change; Arrigo scrutinizes technology and ethics through his time-based media.


Kasey Ramirez, Monument, 2017, woodcut

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Dayton’s 2018 Top Ten Visual Arts

December 22, 2018

Dayton’s visual arts scene is abundant with compelling exhibitions and activities; selecting ten was a challenge.  Enjoy this review of my top ten favorite visual art exhibitions in 2018!

Connie Campbell, Archetypes
Rosewood Gallery
November 26 – December 28, 2018

Connie Campbell’s sculptures are created through mathematical references to the golden ratio, with intricate formulas to create each shape, curve, and line. Made with aluminum, copper, and wood, the sculptures echo animal skeletons and snares. Learn more about the exhibition and the artist here.

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Akram Zaatari at CAC

October 22, 2018

The photograph may capture a split second, but the image can live on in so many new ways – darkroom process, photograph material, image context, the interpretation of an artist. These possibilities are remarkable in The Fold – Space, time and the image, an exhibition of work by artist Akram Zaatari. The Fold includes works by the artist, as well as works Zaatari selected from the archives of Hashem El Madani (1928–2017) and the Arab Image Foundation (AIF), which he co-founded.


Akram Zaatari, Bodybuilder 35 mm negative strips (detail), 2011. From the archive of Studio Shehrazade/Hashem el Madani

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Mickalene Thomas Muse at DAI

October 21, 2018

In Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs at the Dayton Art Institute, large-format photographs of beautiful women connect eyes with the viewer, surrounded by 1970s patterns and palettes. Both monumental in scale and also in linking contemporary subject matter to art history, Muse is a marvelous journey through Thomas’ photographic body of work, and the dual influence of photographs with her paintings and collage that initially brought her acclaim in the contemporary art world.


Mickalene Thomas, la leçon d’amour, 2008, c-print

Organized by the Aperture Foundation, Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs is held in conjunction with Cincinnati’s FotoFocus Biennial.

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Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives at Herndon Gallery

September 30, 2018

Artist Migiwa Orimo explores the politics, trauma and events that forever changed the world following the 1945 atomic bombing of Japan in a new series of work titled Proofs of Burden. Orimo’s work is presented in the new exhibition Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives in conjunction with FotoFocus Biennial at the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College.

Migiwa Orimo, detail from “Rosy Invisible” installation, 2018

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Ann B. Kim at Dutoit Gallery

July 23, 2018

On view at Dutoit Gallery, Ann B. Kim’s exhibition Time Cycles, but Never Back to Now is a study on the artist’s experience living in two locations at opposite points on the globe.

Ann B. Kim, “Time: The earth moved, the sand moved, the water moved, and I moved” (detail), 2018, mixed media


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Women to Watch 2018

June 24, 2018

Featuring ten artists working with metals, Women to Watch Ohio – 2018, was curated by Matt Distel and Ann Bremner and is on view at the Riffe Gallery through July 7, 2018. Included are artists  Mary Jo Bole (Columbus), Carol Boram-Hays (Columbus), Carmel Buckley (Cincinnati),Susan Ewing (Oxford), Tracy Featherstone (Hamilton), Llewelynn Fletcher (Cincinnati), Leila Khoury (Cleveland), Kelly Malec-Kosak (Columbus), Marissa Saneholtz (Bowling Green), and Olga Ziemska (Cleveland).

Llewelynn Fletcher with Amanda Curreri, Shield for Queer Kin: Protection, 2018, Shashiko embroidery, soot-dyed cotton cover over patinated steel, cedar.

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