5/13/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery will hold an exhibition titled “Natural Tendencies,” which will feature a group exhibition of seven artists from the Cleveland area exploring the tendencies of our minds and emotional states with a vocabulary centering around the natural world.
The “Natural Tendencies” exhibition opens on Friday, May 20, with a reception from 6 to 7:30 pm and the event is free and open to the public. The reception event coincides with the Ashland Regional Ballet & Opus II Dance Studio’s 34th Annual Spring Dance Concert titled “The Little Mermaid” at 7:30 pm at AU’s Hugo Young Theatre.
The “Natural Tendencies” exhibition will run from May 20 to June 18 in the Coburn Art Gallery and the works on view will range from painting, stitching, ceramics, and kinetic sculpture to photography, printmaking and chalk pastel.
The exhibition features the following Ohio artists: Jeff Yost, Christine Mauersberger, Melissa Daubert, Judith Brandon, Dana Oldfather, Mark Yasenchack and Christi Birchfield.
“Although there is a common thread, each artist has a completely unique and intriguing approach to their creative process.” says curator Jessica Wascak, of Lakewood, Ohio.
Wascak provided some information on some of the artists:
· Judith Brandon pours her intent out through hidden text scratched into the surface of the paper and then proceeds to cover it in layers of drawing, watercolor and finally pastel. Her works, such as the tumultuous "Blue Adversary," start with private thoughts running through the artist's head but end up connecting to the masses with their universal language.
· Mark Yasencheck taps into the more ancient, ritualistic qualities of the natural world - ones that speak to our core with their obscure religious references. His materials are literally of the earth and his intricate process brings order and calm to the chaos of our fragmented world.
· From Dana Oldfather's dense build-up of color and form, to the simplicity and silence of Christine Mauersberger's single stitch, each of these process-oriented artists have a way of bringing out an awareness in the viewer of their own natural rhythms and at the same time the collective state of human nature.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 am to noon Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public. For more information about the opening reception or the exhibition, call 419.289.5652 or visit the gallery on Facebook.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###