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Gesture Control at DVAC

January 29, 2016

The Dayton Visual Arts Center kicked off 2016 with the group exhibition “Gesture Control,” featuring the work of Midwest artists Wesley Berg, Tyler Bohm, William Potter and Shelby Shadwell, and organized by Patrick Mauk.


Shelby Shadwell, "Untitled," 2016, charcoal on paper

Shelby Shadwell, “Untitled,” 2016, charcoal on paper

Shelby Shadwell’s large-scale renderings of insects in ambiguous environments are dramatic and imposing.  From the press release, “My work fits into the ongoing dialogue that elevates the mundane, the ephemeral, or the vulgar to a higher status,” states Shadwell.

Tyler Bohn, "Portrait of Alan Turing," (detail), 2014, mixed media on Plexiglas

Tyler Bohn, “Portrait of Alan Turing,” (detail), 2014, mixed media on Plexiglas

Tyler Bohm creates optical effects through his use of Plexiglas, exploring technology in his subject matter.  From the press release: “My work serves as a form of creative future studies, a speculation about the imminent that draws on science fiction narratives and past eras’ visions of the future,” says Bohm.


Wesley Berg, “Untitled (Four Wolves),” 2016, charcoal on paper

Wesley Berg’s large scale minimalist animal drawings are heavily rendered in charcoal on a stark white paper.  From the press release, “Wesley Berg’s work focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural world in a society that is constantly pushing us away from nature and towards modernity and technology.”


William Potter, “Untitled,” 2015, encaustic and acrylic on birch plywood

William Potter’s sculptural wall pieces combine saturated colors, textures and abstract forms.  From the press release, “William Potter’s constructed paintings begin with an old sketchbook drawing that is scanned, photocopied, morphed, and through use of the computer, sent to a CNC router where shapes are milled out of plywood. The cutouts move back to the studio where he paints, scrapes and repaints them, until the final product is produced.”

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Mauk focused on drawing as the thesis of this exhibition, stating, “Drawing has significance throughout art history as a means of capturing a moment, conveying a place in time or showing physical movement or spiritual essence.”

“Gesture Control” is on view from January 15 – February 27, 2016. A Gallery Talk, featuring lectures and Q&A’s with the four featured artists, will be held February 25th at 6:15 p.m.  Learn more at

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