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Ross Art Museum's 'Personal Visions I' Showcases Central Ohio Artists

January 30, 2003

[ Ross Art Museum Gallery Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- In celebration of the art and artists living and working in central Ohio, Ohio Wesleyan University presents Personal Visions I, the first part of a two-part show, exhibited from Jan. 19 through Feb. 23 in the Richard M. Ross Art Museum at Ohio Wesleyan. As museum director Justin Kronewetter explains, the variety of the show's works of art is a distinctive strength.

"We have everything from carefully crafted drawings to almost primitive representation of the natural human form, to more tactile, abstract images," says Kronewetter.

Curator of these exhibitions, OWU fine arts professor Marty Kalb, selected the six artists for Personal Visions I, and seven artists for Personal Visions II. He explains that he has known the artwork of many of these central Ohio artists for a long time.

"I also selected individuals new to central Ohio whose work I believe will have the staying power and impact on this art community and others for years to come," Kalb says. Featured in the first show, Personal Visions I, are:

Aminah Robinson » Currently on view at the Columbus Museum of Art, her mixed media work is inspired and grounded in her sense of place and on everyday events that we share with others. She portrays her life as an African American growing up in Columbus, the people, and their stories of joy, sorrow and celebration. Robinson uses mixed media techniques, and rich colors which complement the stories, evoking a range of emotions in her viewers. Robinson's work reveals values we all share.

Malcolm Cochran » His installation sculpture in the form of ten shiny, colorful baby-sized bath tubs, is the product of a residency he had at Kohler Industries and his interest in washing practices with which he became familiar during a residency in the Netherlands. The circular arrangement of "tubs" creates contrasting references to childhood, growing up and death. Cochran's artwork connects to much contemporary art that presents simple yet challenging arrangements of ordinary forms and common objects.

Lowell Tolstedt » The "Dean" of draftsmen, Tolstedt's graphite and color pencil drawings are composed of things of no special importance -- a wrapped mint, a cherry, or other common objects. It is the exacting attention to detail, the objects' thoughtful placement in the composition and the way they show us what light does to their surfaces that is so fascinating to the viewer. Though the objects he depicts may be mundane, the effort that goes into Tolstedt's work makes us more aware of the beauty in the fleeting ordinary moments of our lives.

[ Ross Art Museum Gallery Photo ]Pheoris West » His paintings combine many techniques that are visually arresting and images that attract and hold our attention. His works are rich in vibrant colors and geometric design elements contrasting with factually real portraits. The unique quality of these works that draws us in and holds our attention is that the faces of the women reveal rather than mask personalities, exhibiting stylish fashion and engaging personas.

Christopher Daniggelis » In his prints, sometimes embellished with real objects or collage, Daniggelis makes visual connections with disparate images through formal compositional devices. Viewers will be impressed at the discipline involved in his drawings of historic typefaces and elaborate decorative designs, juxtaposed with moth wings, photographs and push pins.

Andrew Scott » His steel sculpture evokes the color and presence of fresh-turned earth. His works have a weighty presence that remind viewers of monuments formed by past cultures. Scott's sculptures are inspired by skeletons and animal body types and movements hug the ground, arch back, hang, or appear ready to leap. His work retains its feel for realism while seeking connection with life forces and timeless spirituality.

"As an educational institution, Ohio Wesleyan has an opportunity and obligation to bring to the attention of our students, knowledge of the great art of the past and a realistic understanding of the interests and issues faced by living artists," says Kalb. "Having worked as an artist in Ohio for more than three decades, I know from first-hand experience, that there are many very talented artists living in this region whose work is not seen enough. Our goal is to make the museum a regular showcase for great art created by artists living in Ohio."

The Ross Art Museum is free and open to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 740-368-3600.