Fall 2015 ExhibitionS + Events
Suite & Plaza Gallery
August 17 – September 10
Video 101: Dani Levanthal
August 17-September 11
Video artist Dani Levenathal’s 54 Days this Winter 36 Days this Spring for 18 Minutes condenses 9 minutes of each day into a 16 minute video montage of impressions which allow the viewer to create a variety of connections. Or as Levanthal explains, “I complicate and make meaning in editing. I cut two shots together that will provide a third meaning or I lay things side by side according to sound, form, or color.” The film documents the quotidian, on-camera monologues, and performative and expressive vignettes.
Dani Levanthal is an assistant professor in drawing at Ohio State University. She has screened her single-channel videos at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center, MoMA PS1, Cine Cycle, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Union Docs, Views from the Avant-Garde and Anthology Film Archives. Leventhal is the recipient of the Wexner Center Film/Video Residency, the Milton Avery Fine Arts Award, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Visual Arts Grant. Her drawings are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Yale University.
September 17, 2:30pm & October 21, 2:30pm
Archive Fever is a new program at the Dodd Galleries that explores research and visual culture. Part Pechu-Kucha, part image round-robin, 5 students, faculty, and visiting artists will be asked to present 10-15 slides that inform their perceptual, emotional, and intellectual archive.
ART PARTY: September 18, 6-8pm
The Figure 8
September 18 – November 6
This exhibition investigates the ambiguous relationship between the figurative and abstract in the paintings, sculptures, and drawings of New York artist Elizabeth Jaeger, LA artist J. Parker Valentine, and Birmingham, AL artist Amy Pleasant. Each artist configures work that blurs the line between the figurative world of the body and the abstract world of form and color. The title refers to the number 8, a symbol that points to a known quantity and yet remains an abstraction, an arbitrary device.
Gallery talk with the artists Thursday, September 17, 6:30pm
Gallery tour with curator Katie Geha Thursday, October 15 6:30pm
Farrah Karapetian: Step Twice
September 18 – November 6
Karapetian's work in photography and sculptures is a conscious strategy of personal encounter and exchange. Karapetian employs an experimental process rather than a documentary one in her depiction of significant events. In the darkroom, she stages reenactments of human experiences, creating photograms that decontextualize her subjects' memories and refigure them in the present tense of performance. Linked to this process is Karapetian's fabrication of "negatives": transparent sculptures that recreate the objects associated with the subject's memory, functioning in the dark as vehicles for light cast onto the photographic paper. Her photograms are carefully crafted narratives and abstractions that sidestep objectivity. Instead, through the enactment, performance, and an emphasis on the everyday details of life, they are charged with meaning outside of their original formation. The work provokes us to empathetically occupy the physical space she creates; we, as viewers, project our own associates and feelings into the traces and objects she re-presents.
Artist lecture in room S151: Tuesday, September 15, 2pm
Plaza & Suite Galleries
September 18 – October 8
Slagfields features work by Dodd Printmaking and Book Arts MFA candidate Ry McCullough and Findlay, Ohio-based artist Ian Breidenbach. For the past several years they have separately developed studio practices driven by narrative structures and inspired by the tradition of the American landscape. This exhibition is a dumping ground where each artist’s individual stories overlap and fuse to create a hyper-narrative. Culling themes and inspiration from geological phenomenon, Situationist International texts, and oral folk traditions, these two artists create a world of associative potential.
Lunchtime Gallery Talk with Ry McCullough: Wednesday, October 7, 12 noon
September 18 – October 8
In 1999 both Monica Lewinksy and Brandi Chastain were the focus of a complicated national dialogue about women, gender performance and sexuality. After each respective scandal, the media shone a similar spotlight of shame and scrutiny on both women for their involvement in two very different events. The media backlash did not directly point to their “transgressive” behavior but rather discursively and sheepishly highlighted the items of clothing each woman wore – a blue dress and a black sports bra.
Role Models, an exhibition of photography and durational installation, considers female sexuality and gender performance as filtered through mass media outlets and epitomized in specific clothing worn by Lewinsky and Chastain. Dodd MFA candidate in photography, Miranda Maynard and Chicago-based artist Phaedra Call, each claimed in adulthood their separate adolescent obsessions with Lewinsky and Chastain. Seen together, their work underscores the significance of how women are presented in mass media and the extent to which many young women must dig to find validating media representation.
Lunchtime Gallery Talk with Miranda Maynard: Wednesday, September 23, 12 noon
Exhibitions Opening Reception: October 15, 5-7pm
Alex Hodge: Unsung Muses
October 15 – November 5
Unsung Muses is an exhibition featuring a new series of clay works by undergraduate student in ceramics, Alex Hodge. Her work simultaneously references ancient Greek vessels, art historical tropes, as well as contemporary feminist critique. The hand built pots tell the stories of heroic women, angry women, and beautiful goddesses arriving to Earth. Hodge explains “By putting fat women, transgender women, and women of color at the center of the narrative, feminist concerns are woven into beauty in an unprecedented display of splendor.”
Forms of Adornment: Flesh and the Erotic
Plaza Gallery & Bridge Galleries
October 15 – November 5
The nine artists in Forms of Adornment, working primarily in jewelry and metals, explore the body by provoking feelings of desire, humor, and urgency. The works selected for the exhibition explore intimacy in relation to gender and identity as well as the human experience in contemporary culture. The exhibition is curated by Jewelry and Metals MFA candidate, Vivienne Varay, and features the work of Leslie D. Boyd, Sarah Holden, Heidi Jensen, Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro, Jina Seo, Olivia Shih, Lily Smith, Vivienne Varay, and Mallory Weston.
Lunchtime Gallery talk with Vivienne Varay: Wednesday, October 28, 12 noon
Spotlight on the Arts: Zs
November 4, 2015, 8:30pm - 10:00pm
In conjunction with Spotlight on the Arts & Slingshot Athens, The Dodd Galleries presents a performance by New York experimental duo, Zs. The band has been labeled everything from no-wave to brutal-prog to post-minimalist. Their main concern is making music that challenges the physical and mental limitations of both performer and listener. Manipulating extended technique, unique instrumental synthesis, and near telepathic communication, Zs creates works that envelop the listener and unfold sonically over time. Athens-based cellist, Alec Livaditis will play a set at 8:30, followed by Zs.
“Zs is a band; it’s also a perpetual itch, an index of unease around the restrictions of genre in New York experimental music.” - Ben Ratliff, New York Times
“Zs play meticulous, exacting music in which no note sounds accidental or hastily arranged. It’s a fact worth keeping in mind as they also seem compelled to scramble everything that ‘meticulous’ and ‘exacting’ might mean." - Wall Street Journal
BFA 1 November 13 - 20. Opening Reception: November 13, 6-8pm
BFA 2 December 4 - 11. Closing Reception: December 11, 6-8pm