January 24 – March 13, 2020
Dual opening receptions, Friday, January 24 at 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. with Lisa Walcott
The Artist Talks: Lisa Walcott, 6:15 p.m. in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
The Artist Talks: Nate Ricciuto, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Gallery
Informed by an exploration into both the desire to imagine different worlds and the myriad strategies for achieving them, these works seek to uncover and reinterpret motives for operating outside of the status quo. Engaging playfully with materiality, craft, and historicity, I create objects and experimental sites that expose both the subversive qualities and escapist tendencies of fiction. Working in iterations, I repurpose media and components to build divergent narratives that move between actions and documentation. Objects, both found and made, serve as imperfect artifacts that become means of negotiating this reflexive process. My projects consider the ways that glass constitutes an elusive interface between ourselves and the physical environments and digital spaces that we occupy, and I examine this phenomenon in reimagining legacies of design, architecture and invention. These situations and environments are often models for operations once performed or yet to happen, or diagrams of absurd systems implying elements of participation. Drawing on sci-fi imagery, countercultural narratives and outsider ideologies, my work explores the potential of delusion and speculation in opening up spaces that conspicuously resist simple classification, and possibly promote unfamiliar kinds of empathy.
Nate Ricciuto is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is preoccupied with the peculiar ways that technology continually transforms and confounds our social conditions, systems of belief, and ideas of self. His recent projects have been exhibited at the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), Practice Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), S12 Galleri (Bergen, Norway), ICEBOX Project Space (Philadelphia, PA), Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), Roy G Biv (Columbus, OH), and the Islip Art Museum (Islip, NY). He holds a BFA from Ohio State University (2008), and an MFA from Tyler School of Art (2015). Nate has been an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, a Creative Glass Center of America Fellow in New Jersey, and was the recipient of a 2017 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. He lives in Columbus, OH, where he is currently a lecturer at Ohio State University and instructor at Columbus College of Art and Design.
Visit Nate Ricciuto’s website.
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