Relaciones Extendidas, Extended Relationships…

April 21, 2017 to June 23, 2017

Elsie Sanchez, Barbara Vogel, Leah Wong
An exhibition that crosses borders and celebrates diversity

(Extended Relationships)

This exhibition that illustrates creativity has no boundaries. Three artists, all women, born in different countries, each with her own mother tongue, find themselves in Columbus, Ohio. Working in three different media- oil paint, cut paper, and photography mixed media, they find common ground in creativity, art making, and processes.

While their work is easily contrasted, similarities in disposition, use of iconography, and subliminal clues found within their artwork run throughout. All of their works offer a duality- the surface and form that greet us, yet each having a much deeper conversation, an undercurrent, found just below the surface.

Sanchez, born and raised in Cuba, immigrated to the U.S. with her parents at the age of 9. Her work involves the use of multiple, detailed layers of oil paint on her canvasses, playing off the fabric’s weave and creating cloth-like compositions which are at once disconcerting and calm.

Vogel, a native of Ohio, is a photographer. Using a digital wand, Vogel uses multiple layers of oils and encaustic over the digital images she produces, creating deep, haunting images that are both beautiful and unsettling.

Wong, born in Qingdao, China, and immigrating to the U.S. in 1993, is heavily influenced by the traditional Chinese cut paper art form. She applies intricate cuts to paper, creating extraordinary paper cutouts and sculptural shapes that demonstrate the strength and vitality of the human spirit.

The interconnectivity of their work gives the exhibit an overall cohesiveness, while each artist retains their unique, individual voice. Each of the three artists have stretched their respective media, though the organic, linear, and color relationships which binds the work together.

Leah Wong’s sketch of the installation she will be creating just for SOMACC!

 

 

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