ACGT Announces Burns, Donahue, Foote, Vanden Eynden

Posted Oct 25th, 2010 by Michelle Carlson  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


Contact: Michelle Carlson, 419-254-2787 ext 15, www.acgt.org

The Burns, Donahue, Foote, Vanden Eynden Exhibition is currently on display in the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Parkwood Gallery. The exhibition will run through Monday, November 22. The public is invited to a free reception to meet the artists on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery.

This all-photography exhibition features a mixture of vivid photography and interesting and innovative techniques from some of the area’s best-known artists and photographers.

University of Toledo art instructor Seder Burns presents a series of large-scale photographs collectively titled Three Minutes: Short Adventures in Time and Space. Burns’ work challenges the constraints and limitations of the photographic medium to tell a story involving the passage of time within a single picture. “Movement is often recorded as a blur,” he says, “We do not experience movement as a blur. We have only come to recognize blurry images as a representation of movement since the invention of photography.” Burns’ images instead record three different points in time, with three minutes passing from one side of the photograph to the other. The result is a unique and fascinating static depiction of the movement of our lives.

As a Professor of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, Mathew A. Donahue has made a name both locally and nationally as a visual artist and musician. Yet, he is perhaps best-known for his quite literally moving works of art. In Taking it to the Streets: An Art Car Experience – photos by Mathew Donahue, the artist takes viewers on a journey through the creation and display of a handful of the more than 20 art cars he has created since he delved into the medium in the mid-90s. “An art car is when you use an automobile as a canvas to make art on and is sometimes referred to as part of the ‘outsider art’ movement,” Donahue says, “The art car is a way to bring visual art directly to the people on the streets.” Donahue’s cars have been featured in exhibitions and festivals in Houston, Austin, Louisville, Seattle, Baltimore, Columbus, Detroit, Toledo and other cities across the country.

For the past two years, Ruth Foote, associate professor at Owens Community College, has been documenting the trash left behind from previous tenants in the 100-year old brick building she purchased to live and work in. At first perturbed by the mess left for her, she became personally and anthropologically fascinated with the previous tenants, piecing together their story as she sifted through the overwhelming amount of garbage they left behind. As she became more fascinated, she began to photograph certain items that intrigued her. “Collecting and recording the objects gave them new value,” Foote says, “I now have a hard time discarding them myself.”

Bowling Green State University Assistant Professor Jane Vanden Eynden explores the contrast between two environments half a world apart in this series of photographs. In her work, nature and human product interact in ironically vivid and conceptually fascinating ways. Her work points to an interesting discussion about the sometimes combative aspects of humankind toward nature, and vice versa, to how nature responds to human influence. “The flora and fauna that inhabit these areas have devised ways to thrive despite intense competition for the available resources,” she says, explaining the emotional drive of her work’s content.

The Parkwood Gallery is open Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 4:30pm and is located at 1838 Parkwood Avenue, Suite 120 off of Monroe Street in Downtown Toledo.

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio that develops and promotes the arts in the community, serving Northwest Ohio since
1959. www.acgt.org. 419-254-ARTS

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