MANSFIELD -- Visual authenticity or visual truth in a work of art has changed in its manifestations over time.
During the Renaissance authenticity meant art had to be one with nature and the representational appearance of the figure, objects and landscape. Even within parameters, artists’ interpretations varied widely. In the late nineteenth and early 20th century, artists began to have the freedom to explore other avenues of authenticity in their work.
Visual truth was often explored in the very surfaces of works of art and became a place of encounter where the artist finds his or her own truth of identity. The exhibition “Authentic Surfaces” in the Elizabeth T. Black Gallery presents the “truth” of surfaces.
The nine artists representing work in this exhibition do not pretend their artworks are anything more than what they are. There is a genuine authenticity in the relationship between artistic media and the surface on which it resides.
The exhibiting artists are John Donnelly and Joshua Eiskamp, painting; Joel O'Dorisio, glass; Todd Leech, ceramics; David Sapp, drawings; Stephen Tomasko, photography; Stephen Yusko and Barry Gunderson, sculpture; and Jennifer Whitten, beadwork sculpture.
The Foundation Gallery exhibition “Shush” by Kimberly Chapman, Porcelain Artist, takes its audience through the exploration of historic abusive treatment of women through porcelain sculptures.
Chapman wants the audience to imagine shushing women with iron face bridles, separating refugee mothers and daughters under the evil cloak of molestation and rape, grabbing household tools to protect yourself and your children from an alcoholic husband’s rage.
These are but a few of the perils of womanhood. Kimberly Chapman’s exhibition of 100 porcelain sculptures showcases a violent side of human nature. Through the female lens, her heavily researched narratives call upon emotionally-charged sociopolitical issues.
She uses porcelain, the same sought after material used by kings and queens for their elegant dinnerware, to manifest a woman’s worst nightmare. Chapman, a recent graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art says “she makes art to cast light on the injustices women and children have had and continue to confront.”
These exhibitions will run from June 27 through July 25 at the Mansfield Art Center, 700 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio. The REACH Gallery exhibition, “Unmasked,” by E.D. Jasbeck will continue through July 10.
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