Launch Pad Cooperative announces six member artists, film screeningWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Launch Pad Cooperative will kick off its 2013-14 fiscal year with six selected artists.
Five of the six artists have art featured in “Between Blisters & Blue Skies,” the gallery’s current exhibition of work curated by co-founders Timothy Gaewsky and Crystal Phelps.
The featured artists were chosen after an extensive review based on a number of criteria.
“We sort of approached the whole selection process almost like curating a show,” Gaewsky said. “We were looking at the work in terms of how one artist’s work would complement another artist’s work and selected the artists based on that.”
Gaewsky said he wanted to have a diverse but cohesive group.
The first display of these artists’ works will be in January at Launch Pad’s 911 Jefferson Ave. location. All the artists are local and bring something different to the gallery, Gaewsky said.
“All of them are in various stages of their artistic career,” he said. Two teach, one has other gallery representations and another is beginning graduate school. “We really wanted to have that, to share each other’s networks and other opportunities.”
Selected artists Jefferson Nelson and Ben Lock will be paired for their exhibit. The two have not yet met.
Nelson said he will probably include sculpture and painting in the gallery. He said he usually doesn’t stick to one medium of art.
“I like to solve problems,” Nelson said. “My work is also an experimentation, trying to see what kind of boundaries I can push with the material, and I have a vast array of knowledge when it comes to fabrication and building and sculpting. So I’m always looking for something challenging to do.”
Lock, who is new to the area, said he will probably display new work in the gallery. He works mostly with metal sculpting.
“I’m interested in learning more about what Launch Pad’s plan is for the member artists,” Lock said. “I’m really excited [to] get more involved with Toledo and the Toledo art scene.”
Another artist, Carrie Day, is excited to have her work featured in the gallery. She works mostly with paint and ceramics. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3-D Studies from Bowling Green State University.
Day said a lot of her work lately is a reflection on her childhood.
“I think I’m at an age where I’m trying to process a lot of what happened when I was young and I don’t have vivid memories,” Day said.
Other artists involved include Casey Smith, Julia LaBay and Hannah Lehmann.
Toledo AV Club Art Movie Night
In collaboration with Toledo AV Club, Launch Pad Cooperative will sponsor viewings of an art-related movie once a month.
“[It] is, quite simply, an excuse to watch really good movies with others in the area that enjoy the same subject matter,” Toledo AV Club founder Mark Troknya said. “These movies may not have been shown in Toledo and may not have made it on everyone’s radar initially. The idea was born after University of Toledo Art History Professor Dr. Mysoon Rizk screened the documentary ‘How to Survive a Plague’ earlier this year, and I thought ‘Someone should do this regularly.’”
Launch Pad Cooperative screened a film earlier in the summer “to much success,” Gaewsky said.
“At this point there hasn’t really been an art film series or a venue that shows artists’ documentaries,” Gaewsky said.
On Sept. 9, the feature “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” directed by Miranda July, will be screened at UT’s Haigh Auditorium at the Center for Visual Arts Museum Campus at 620 Grove Place. The event will be free.
“It’s one of those quirky art films that both Mark and I enjoy,” Gaewsky said.
The movie follows Christine Jesperson, a lonely artist and “Eldercab” driver, newly single shoe-salesman Richard Swersey and 7-year-old Robby, who is having an Internet romance with a stranger.
The characters find redemption in their tortured lives as the film goes on.
“We’re trying to show films that were either directed by artists or documentaries about artists,” Gaewsky said.
Gaewsky said Launch Pad Cooperative is also planning an experimental film festival for November.