Space 237 celebrates its 10th anniversary with ‘Allegories’Written by Amy Biolchini | | ABiolchini@toledofreepress.com
Space 237 is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the opening of “Allegories,” a collection of submissions that takes a contemporary look at storytelling through visual media. The exhibit opens with a reception with the 10 featured artists from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 15.
Myela Slattery, exhibition coordinator, said that although the artists didn’t collaborate to form the exhibition, there is an overarching story that’s conveyed when all of the pieces are viewed together.
“We did tons of submissions throughout the year and noticed in them a group of artists had similar themes and pulled those ones,” Slattery said. “The title of the show is the theme that we found, that they’re all telling a story.”
The artists range from national to local, including May 2010 University of Toledo graduate Chelsey Hammersmith. The submission committee also found a recurring storytelling theme in the works of Laura Barnhard, Julie Cikra, Mark Dancey, Chris Dean, Clifton Harvey, Lynda McClanahan, Erin Morlock, Robert Sennhauser and Brian Spolans.
Storytelling takes place in numerous ways throughout the exhibit’s pieces and each artist has their own approach. Barnhard places herself as the protagonist in the fantasy world of her work. Sennhauser’s photographs of signs and different visual images of language invite the viewer to make their own assumptions.
According to McClanahan, her oil paintings were inspired by a vision she had on a meditation retreat, this vision has been her muse ever since. Spolan’s mixed media pieces are narrative scenes of his interpretation of many familiar pop culture references.
Harvey places illustrated characters in his photographs of specific environments to convey a moral message. “Allegories” features work from Harvey’s most recent pieces, his “Left Behind” and “The Conductor” series.
Space 237 Galleries & Clayspace at 237 N. Michigan Ave. is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment. The exhibit runs through Jan. 8.
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