‘Intangible’ debuts at LeSoWritten by Jay Hathaway | | firstname.lastname@example.org
LeSo Art Gallery will display the works of Toledo artist Ian Welch during a three-week exhibition. “Intangible” will commence with an opening reception 7-9 p.m. June 21. Refreshments will be provided.
LeSo, located at 1527 Starr Ave., will host gallery hours noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays throughout the run of the exhibition.
“Intangible” will close July 12, with a reception and artist talk from 7–9 p.m.
Welch, a recent Bowling Green State University fine arts program graduate, described his work as having elements of Eastern landscape painters, but with a Midwestern perspective.
“I enjoy the [Eastern] aesthetic, but I also understand that I have to paint what I know,” Welch said.
Welch said that his artistic interest manifested early in his life.
“I’ve pretty much been drawing my entire life,” he said. “My mother has an arts background. She always did a lot of painting and drawing when I was younger, and she always encouraged me to get into it.”
More than a dozen pieces of Welch’s work will be displayed for “Intangibles,” mostly created with ink and graphite, featuring some experimental drips and spray techniques.
“The work hints at seemingly familiar spaces yet absent is a sense of place, leaving the viewer with an intangible sense of the unknown,” said LeSo Director Amber LeFever in a news release for the exhibition.
Welch added that the pieces range greatly in size, from mere inches to 7 feet tall.
“I typically like to work larger, but LeSo also demands smaller works as well, because it’s such an intimate space,” he said.
Welch has also shown his works for Art Walks and with the Launch Pad Cooperative, of which he was previously a member.
This fall, Welch will move on to Northern Illinois University in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts. Welch asserted that though he is taking his work elsewhere, he wishes to keep roots in Toledo.
“I definitely want to get my work out there as much as I can, [but] I’m a staunch advocate of being a Toledo-based artist, not just a Toledo artist,” he said. “I really think Toledo is on the cusp of doing some great things with the arts. I’ve seen some really amazing work and some really amazing galleries popping up.”