January at DVAC: Zachary Armstrong and Beth Holyoke
The Dayton Visual Arts Center welcomed 2014 with two back-to-back exhibitions of local artists. In a “Super-Short Show,” Dayton painter Zachary Armstrong‘s works recontextualize pop culture iconography including the Elder-Beerman logo, the children’s book Goodnight Moon, and generic imagery–such as dinosaurs or sheep–commonly found in commerce’s youth products. Guest curator Austin Radcliffe wrote: “Reproducing the childhood sheets and wallpaper this year is an appreciation of patterns, and a reflection of his own childhood.”
Zachary Armstrong at Dayton Visual Arts Center, January 3 – 4, 2014
Ceramic artist Beth Holyoke created a series of imaginative characters exploring narrative, individuality and experimentation. Her process begins with wheel-throwing the form and concludes with the painterly application of underglazes to define each portrait. Holyoke’s exhibition coincides with the annual Dayton-wide symposium R.E.A.C.H. (Realizing Ethnic Awqareness and Cultural Heritage), founded in 1993 by Dayton artists Tess Little (professor, Department of Art, Sinclair Community College) and Willis “Bing Davis (artist, founder, EboNia Gallery), dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and education between communities in the Miami Valley.