9 Cincinnati artists visually discuss the gender quandary; how we assess it, assign it and incorporate it into identity. Meet artists Kurt Grannan, David Laug, Paul Loehle, Maurice Mattei, Ruthie Myers, Jamie Schorsch, Mica Smith, Nicole Trimble and Matthew Zory and join the discussion at the Opening Party, March 4th, 5-8p. All welcome (minors preferably with adult guidance). On exhibit March 4-26 (Th, F, Sa 5-8p).
Jamie Schorsch: Artist Statement
My own work is a heavily autobiographical intrinsic and extrinsic evaluation of the concepts of the self, and can be divided into two areas of focus:
1. Deconstructing concepts of ascribed identity through societal expectations, characters from literature, mythological and occult elements. Psychology, religion, literature, history, and film inspire the conceptual and visual development for artworks focusing on the relationship of the construction of identity through narrative. Works range from the depiction of characters synthesized with the individual and translated into a more modern interpretation and concept to depiction of characters integrated with text. Mixed media pieces are generated on fibrous papers through digital imaging to call to mind parchment, or vellum, from medieval bookmaking as well as the interwoven nature of stories and characters in the construction of identity.
2. Analyzing the events that impact the construction of identity and contribute to a personal lexicon rooted in symbolism. Numbers and numerology are integrated to symbolize specific dates related to life events, ages, or countdowns through tribulations. Accompanying the images are elements of personal narrative, the creation of my own story that describes the significance of events and how they have come to define me as a person.
Narrative, symbolism, mythologies, migration, transition and patterns; the resulting repertoire of images created illustrates visual, social, and spiritual explorations in relation to modern societal standards and events that become ingrained in your DNA and impact individual development of identity.
“The Reconfigured Hierophant”, Digital Image, Ink, Acrylic, and Graphite on Stonehenge with Found Objects
In addition to my work on exhibition at Engendered Identify: LGBTQ (and u) at Wash Park Art, I will be exhibiting work at the Malton Gallery as a part of the DAAPmade Exhibition.
The Malton Gallery invited DAAP alumni, faculty and students to submit artwork for consideration for DAAPmade: the exhibition at Malton Gallery, a showcase of the talents within and the alumni of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (UC DAAP).
This curated exhibition of contemporary artwork displays works by DAPP Alums, professors, emeriti, and graduate students using diverse media and techniques with a focus on innovative trends in Contemporary Art.
DAAPmade: The Exhibition opens March 17 and runs through April 16, 2016.
5:30 – 8 p.m.
EXCLUSIVE Exhibition Opening Reception for UC DAAP Alumni and affiliates.
Visit www.maltonartgallery.com for more information.