Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Exhibitions to Open October 9 at Carl Solway Gallery

Erwin Redl
Pascal Dufaux: Vision Machines
Rachel Rampleman

PASCAL DUFAUX: Vision Machines



October 9 – December 23, 2015

Opening reception
Friday, October 9, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Erwin Redl and Rachel Rampleman in attendance

For the fall season, Carl Solway Gallery presents three solo exhibitions of artwork incorporating light, motion, video projection and various forms of technology.  Erwin Redl’s exhibition, featuring work from 2010-2015, will include an installation composed of digitally controlled LED light sculptures, kinetic sculpture, drawings and prints.  Rachel Rampleman’s exhibition will consist of two experimental projected videos: Busby Berkeley 2.0, from 2014 and Water/Light Study, from 2015 and another looped video on a traditional monitor.  Pascal Dufaux builds kinetic sculptures incorporating video cameras, ceramic, metal and glass that he refers to as Alien Forms.

Erwin Redl, an Austrian-born artist based in Bowling Green, Ohio and New York City, is best known for large-scale light installations for art museums, public buildings and corporations. His work transforms the medium of light into immersive, tangible experiences for viewers.  His architectural environments translate complex mathematical algorithms and other methods inspired by computer code into contemplative, minimalist spaces further activated by his use of motion and rhythmic sequencing. 

His exhibition at Carl Solway Gallery will include work in various media from the last five years.  The light installation, Benchmark, composed of grids of LEDs, continuously changes density and color.  Three new light sculptures titled Dial white-red, white-blue, a new edition published by Carl Solway Gallery, will be shown for the first time.  The kinetic sculpture, Ascension (line 24), features glass tubes, LEDs and ping pong balls, creating a humorous sound and light event.  Redl also produces two-dimensional work and the exhibition will include a suite of drawings and several prints from the series CNC Palimpsest.  These prints are made by inking the horizontal bed of the CNC Router machine that the artist uses to fabricate much of his sculpture.  Redl treats this machine bed much like a printmaker treats a lithographic stone or etching plate.  The resulting prints trace the schematic evidence left behind by the machine’s milling path.

Cincinnati viewers were introduced to Redl’s work In the Spring of 2015, when he developed the installation Cincinnati Swing for the Contemporary Arts Center.  Composed of hundreds of swinging LED lamps, the installation covers the entire “urban carpet” of the Zaha Hadid building, from the lobby up to the sixth floor.  His work is internationally exhibited and permanently installed in locations in San Francisco, New York City, West Hollywood, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto and Istanbul, among others.  His installationMatrix VI lit the face of the Whitney Museum of American Art during the Whitney Biennial 2002.  Public collections include the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Milwaukee Art Museum; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Erwin Redl was born in 1963 in Gföhl, Austria.  He studied composition and electronic music at the Music Academy in Vienna.  In 1993, he moved to the United States and in 1995 he earned an M.F.A. in Computer Art from the School of the Visual Arts in New York City.

Pascal Dufaux builds what he refers to as “Vision Machines”, rotating kinetic sculptures incorporating video cameras and projections.  Their roving “eyes” record the world around them in real time and then project the imagery onto the surrounding walls.   The exhibition will include Vision Machine #5: Probe,three pieces from the series Vanities and a group of small works titled Alien Forms.  Vanities consist of video surveillance cameras enclosed in biomorphic sculptural forms.  Glass and crystal chandelier parts hang in front of each camera lens.  The point of view of the camera is then displayed on a mini flat screen.  Mixed-media, small-scale sculptures comprise the series Alien Forms.  They are displayed on a shelving unit, forming a cabinet of curiosities.

Dufaux was born in France and resides in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  He studied set design and the visual arts.  His work has been presented in venues across Canada, Mexico and Europe including the exhibition Paranoia, which was shown in Creteil, Maubeuge and Lille, France; Instants Video in Marseilles; Mapping Festival in Geneva; and the International Digital Arts Biennial in Montreal.

Rachel Rampelman primarily works with time-based media and her videos explore subjects as varied as gender, artifice and spectacle.  She frequently showcases strong female personalities, such as bodybuilders and women in hair metal tribute bands, who challenge common notions of femininity.  From a series of videos titled Burlesques/Showgirl Studies, Busby Berkeley 2.0 transforms and abstracts the bird’s-eye views from an example of Busby Berkeley’s cinematic choreography. Water/Light Studyfocuses on the more reflective and contemplative side of her work.   Many of her pieces exhibit a hypnotic quality characterized by repetitive motion and symmetrical patterning, such as with Bellmer Burlesque.

This spring, CEPA (The Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art) in Buffalo, New York presented a major survey of Rampleman’s work titled Baby’s on Fire.  Her work has been shown and screened in numerous New York locations including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Governor’s Island Art Fair and The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.  Internationally, her work has been shown at the Shanghai Biennale (Brooklyn Pavilion); JAM in Bangkok, Thailand; throughout Europe at Art Cinema OFFoff; and the Secret Cabinet in Berlin. She is a native Cincinnatian who holds a B.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and received an M.F.A from New York University.  She currently lives and works in Brooklyn and Esopus, New York.  In addition to her artwork, Rampleman is engaged in curatorlal projects in alternative spaces in the New York area.
top to bottom:
Erwin Redl, Dial white-red, white-blue, 2015, Light painting: 16 white, 8 red & 8 blueanimated LEDs on white board with stainless steel frame, microprocessor, 58 x 58 x 10 inches, edition of 10
Pascal DufauxVision Machine #5: Probe, 2014, bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, motor & LCD monitor, variable dimensions
Rachel RamplemanBusby Berkeley 2.0, 2014, one channel video projection
Carl Solway Gallery
424 Findlay Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214

Monday – Friday 9-5 pm
Saturday 12-5 pm

Friday, September 25, 2015

Carl Solway Gallery Participates in The Print Club of Cleveland's Annual Fine Print Fair

Michael Solway in the Carl Solway Gallery Booth at The Print Club of Cleveland's Annual Fine Print Fair on view this weekend at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Carl Solway Gallery Participates in The Print Club of Cleveland's 31st Annual Fine Print Fair


The Print Club of Cleveland’s 31st Annual Fine Print Fair

September 24 - 27, 2015

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Ames Family Atrium 
11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH  44106

John Altoon
Lynda Benglis

Harry Bertoia
Jay Bolotin
John Cage
John Coplans
Merce Cunningham
Mary Beth Edelson
Buckminster Fuller
Allen Ginsberg
Nancy Graves
Ann Hamilton
Al Hansen
Jean-Pierre Hébert
Channa Horwitz
Allan Kaprow
Corita Kent
Joseph Kosuth
Tom Marioni
Nam June Paik

Yoko Ono
Eduardo Paolozzi
Marcus Ratliff
Robert Rauschenberg
Allen Ruppersberg
Pat Steir and John Yau
Peter Saul
Ben Shahn
Cy Twombly
Tom Wesselmann

What Is A Print?, 2000
9 color lithograph hand printed on Rives BFK
27 X 36 inches
Edition of 20, 15/20

A Prints of A Party
Thursday, September 24
6:00 - 9:30 pm
Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cash bar.
Tickets required in advance.
7:00 pm, Curator’s Choice tour of booths with Dr. Jane Glaubinger,
Curator of prints, the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Fair Hours:
Friday, September 26, 11 am - 6 pm
Saturday, September 27, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, September 28, 10 am - 5 pm

The Fine Print Fair benefits the Department of Prints at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It is sponsored by the Print Club of Cleveland, a nonprofit Friends Group dedicated to strengthening the museum’s print collection, with support from Key Private Bank.


Carl Solway Gallery
424 Findlay Street | Cincinnati, OH 45214
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Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday 9:00-5:00
Saturday noon-5:00pm

Ann Hamilton Receives National Medal of Arts

President Obama to Award 2014 National Medals of Arts


Medal of Arts
The National Medal of Arts, designed by Robert Graham, and awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States.
Washington, DC — President Barack Obama will present the 2014 National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. ET in an East Room ceremony at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend. The event will be live streamed at
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "Ranging from literature, theater, and visual arts to arts presentation and philanthropy, these artists and organizations have broadened our horizons and enriched our lives. I join the President in congratulating them and celebrating what the arts do for America."
OFFICIAL CITATIONS: These citations will be read by the President at the awards ceremony. The citation is followed by the medalists’ current place of residence.
John Baldessari for his contributions as a visual artist.  His ambitious work combines photography, painting, and text to push the boundaries of image, making him one of the most influential conceptual artists of our time. (Venice, CA)
Ping Chong for his contributions as a theater director, choreographer, and video and installation artist. Mr. Chong’s innovative performances explore race, history, technology, and art to challenge our understanding of humanity in the modern world. (New York, NY)
Miriam Colón for her contributions as an actress. Ms. Colón has been a trailblazer in film, television, and theater, and helped open doors for generations of Hispanic actors. (New York, NY)
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for supporting creative expression across the country. With generosity and a bold commitment to artistic risk, this foundation has helped artists, musicians, dancers, and actors share their talents, enriching the cultural life of our Nation.  (New York, NY)
Sally Field for her contributions as an actress and filmmaker. The dignity, empathy, and fearlessness of her performances have touched audiences around the world, and she has deployed those same qualities off-screen in her advocacy for women, LGBT rights, and public health (Los Angeles, CA)
Ann Hamilton for her contributions as a visual artist. Ms. Hamilton uses time as process and material, and her work demonstrates the importance of experiencing the arts first-hand in the digital age. (Columbus, OH)
Stephen King for his contributions as an author. One of the most popular and prolific writers of our time, Mr. King combines his remarkable storytelling with his sharp analysis of human nature.  For decades, his works of horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy have terrified and delighted audiences around the world. (Bangor, ME)
Meredith Monk for her contributions as a composer, singer, and performer. Renowned for her groundbreaking vocal techniques, Ms. Monk has reimagined the instrument of voice with her innovative work. (New York, NY)
George Shirley for his contributions as a tenor. The first African American tenor to sing in a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Shirley has captivated audiences for more than 50 years with his masterful performances.  As a pioneer and as a teacher, Mr. Shirley has paved the way for generations of aspiring African American opera singers. (Ann Arbor, MI)
University Musical Society for presenting the performing arts to communities in Michigan. For over a century, the Society has brought world-class orchestras, dance ensembles, jazz performers, and theater companies to Michigan, while supporting the study and creation of new works. (Ann Arbor, MI)
Tobias Wolff for his contributions as an author and educator.  His raw works of fiction examine themes of American identity and individual morality. With wit and compassion, Mr. Wolff’s work reflects the truths of our human experience. (Stanford, CA)
PHOTOGRAPHS: Photos of each medalist with the President will be available for download from this page shortly after the event.
Join the conversation on Twitter at #ArtsHumanitiesMedal.
MEDALIST CONTENT: Tobias Wolff is an NEA Big Read author with his book Old School and appears in a video interview discussing his life and his work. The NEA has podcasts with Ping Chong and Meredith Monk.
The 2014 National Humanities Medals will be presented at the same ceremony. Among the recipients is author Jhumpa Lahiri who is also an NEA Big Read author for her novel The Namesake.
The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government. It is awarded by the president of the United States to individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States.  Please see additional information on the NEA website.  
The National Endowment for the Arts manages the nomination process on behalf of the White House. Each year, the Arts Endowment seeks nominations from individuals and organizations across the country. The National Council on the Arts, the NEA’s presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed advisory body, reviews the nominations and provides recommendations to the President, who selects the recipients.
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Two New Exhibitions Include Photographs by John Coplans

I'm so pleased to let you know that John's work will be included in two upcoming exhibitions: ME at Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York City and Tyger, Tyger: Lynn Chadwick and the Art of Now at The Berman Museum in Pennsylvania.  If you're in New York City this fall, or near Philadelphia, I hope you'll be able to see these two engaging shows.


John Coplans at Ricco Maresca Gallery

ME: Photographic Self Portraits Group Exhibition

September 17, 2015--October 24, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6-8pm

ME presents a collection of 144 vintage and contemporary self-portraits, featuring works by Pierre Dubreuil, Constantin Brâncuși, Edward Steichen, André Kertész, Berenice Abbott, Weegee, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Francesca Woodman, Vivian Maier, Kaia Miller & Sara Salaway

From the press release:

"Not only can they bring down the powerful, caught in scandalous intrigue—Anthony Weiner, for one—but there are a number of stories about people who, in effect, fell off the cliff. The original self-lover, Narcissus, was so enthralled by his reflection in the water that he drew too close and drowned.There are also contemporary narcissi, like Xenia Ignatyeva, the 17-year-old Russian girl who lost her balance and tumbled off the side of a railway bridge, and 21-year old Oscar Otero Aguilar, from Mexico, who tried to take a selfie of himself posing with a gun and, well, you can work it out.
Making and sending pictures of your lunch, your outfits and giant body parts: your boobs or package all plumped up… The world has gone mad; it’s the moral apocalypse. At least we will have the photographic evidence.
Blame the Australians. Google tells us that the first use of “selfie” as a word came from down under a dozen years ago in an Internet forum. Further back, in 1839, we can credit Robert Cornelius for making a daguerreotype of himself, this was apparently one of the first images of any person, let alone a self-portrait. The process, for Mr. Cornelius, was so slow he could uncover the lens, run around to get into the picture and then go back to close it. Nowadays he could probably post it simultaneously.  
In many respects, the original selfies were the amazing Photomatics: spontaneous photo booth snapshots in individual metal frames, especially popular between the World Wars. A remarkable collection of 144 of these works will be presented in ME. Photomatics originated from a contraption invented by Anatol Josepho (born Josephewitz in Siberia), who opened the “Photomaton” Studio on Broadway and 51st Street in 1925. "Within 20 years there were more than 30,000 booths in the United States alone, due largely to World War II soldiers exchanging photos with their loved ones,” writes Mark Bloch in From Behind the Curtain: A History of the Photobooth."
—© W.M. Hunt, 2015.

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Top: John Coplans, Back and Hands, 1984, Gelatin Silver Print, 24 x 20 in.
Above: John Coplans, Interlocking Fingers No. 12, 1999, Gelatin Silver Print, 24 x 20 in.

Ricco Maresca Gallery
529 West 20th Street. 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

Gallery hours: 11am-6pm Tuesday – Saturday

John Coplans at the Berman Museum of Art

“Tyger, Tyger: Lynn Chadwick and the Art of Now”

September 29-December 22, 2015
Opening Reception: October 17, 4:00-7:00 PM

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania presents an exhibition of works by British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914–2003) juxtaposed with drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs made by international contemporary artists, including David Altmejd, Nick Cave, John Coplans, Louise Despont, Anya Kielar, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, and Ruby Sky Stiler.

The Berman Museum of Art
601 East Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426

From top: John Coplans, Body Parts, No. 6, 2002, Gelatin Silver Print, 34.5 x 47 in.
John Coplans, Body Parts, No. 9, 2002, Gelatin Silver Print, 34.5 x 47 in.

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