Artwork Exploring Dementia is One of Three UT Exhibits on the Arts Commission 3rd Thursday Loop

Posted Sep 2nd, 2015 by Brian Carpenter  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Events


The University of Toledo Department of Art’s Center for the Visual Arts is a featured stop on the Arts Commission 3rd Thursday Loop on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-9 p.m. There will be three exhibits on view and a public reception featuring the artists. The reception and the exhibits are free and open to all. A group exhibit, “Read to Hand, Present at Hand” is in the main gallery and the photographic work of guest artist Zachariah Szabo is on display in the Clement Gallery.

The third exhibit is of two intriguing works by artist Diane Ramos in which she grapples with the feelings of loss and disconnection she experienced when her grandmother developed dementia. Ramos shares how difficult it was to “process the loss of my grandmother while she was still physically present.”

She adds, “This experience created an internally conflicting situation in which I felt both desperate to maintain the connection I had with my grandmother, but also a self-preserving need to detach myself from the circumstances.” Her work makes that dichotomy visually evident.

Ramos is a visiting guest artist of the Concepts in Studio, Art and Theory course taught by lecturer Brian Carpenter. Her work will be up throughout the semester.

Artist Zachariah Szabo, whose photographs are on display in the Clement Gallery of the CVA, explores his connection to his mother who he lost to cancer. When he was a child, his mother often made clothes and costumes for him, much to his delight. Though he has long outgrown the originals, he revisits them as a tangible way to reconnect with her.

In the main gallery is the exhibition, READY TO HAND \ PRESENT AT HAND. It was inspired by Heidegger’s description of various attitudes toward things and objects that exist in the world: “The nearest kind of association is not mere perceptual cognition, but, rather, a handling, using, and taking care of things which has its own kind of knowledge.”

Each artist included in this exhibition has developed an artistic practice that privileges handmade, hand-­-­constructed works of art and design over production excessively realized by technology. By using unconventional materials in their construction, the resulting artworks speak to knowledge of a specific material’s unique properties as well as to the idea of self and the maker’s intimate interaction with the creation of an object.

Artists featured in this exhibit:
Taryn Cassella
Jack Craig
Mark Dineen
Christopher Schanck
Thing Thing

All of the exhibits will be on display in the UT Center for the Visual Arts Main Gallery at 620 Grove Place, next to the Toledo Museum of Art through October 3. Main Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Clement Gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The 3rd Thursday Loop shuttles art lovers to and from a range of galleries in the downtown Toledo area. Shuttle rides are just a $1.25 per person for the entire evening. Free parking is available in several locations where the shuttle stops. For details, visit the Arts Commission web site.

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