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Carnegie Gallery Opens with New Exhibits, Format

The Carnegie galleries promises four exciting and diverse shows with the new 2017-18 season that opened Friday with new exhibits and a new format: along with traditional changing shows, two season-long exhibitions will be on view in the upstairs galleries through July 1.

“The exhibiting artists are a cross-section of some of the most compelling artists in this region and beyond,” says Carnegie Exhibitions Director Matt Distel.  “The exhibiting artists are a cross-section of some of the most compelling artists in this region and beyond.”

The new formats, says Distel, is to “test how all of the galleries fit together and can be used to create new connections.

“The exhibitions open and close in such a way that we have difficulty developing programming around our shows. The goal is that the season-long shows will be dense enough to reward multiple visits and, importantly, allow for other ways to engage such as curator walk-throughs, performances, artist talks, related screenings or events” and more.

The Other Thing opens the Main Gallery season. Organized with painter Michael Stillion, it highlights artists who are bending disciplines and moving between sculpture, drawing, painting, film/video.

“These artists are all seeking to upend expectations and subvert how artistic media behave, explains Distel, and offers two examples.

Northern Kentucky artist Joey Versoza’s work, says Distel, “crosses a lot of genre boundaries. Among other things in his installation, he is looking at video game clips as paintings and making paintings that double as props and sculptures.

“The most direct example in the show in Heather Braunlin-Jones. She is becoming a well-known quilter but approaches her work as both a painter and as a craftsperson. Her quilts look like modernist paintings and her paintings look like contemporary quilts.”

Also on view this autumn is Text & subtext & big deal on view in the Hutson Gallery. Visual artist Diana Duncan Holmes and the late poet Timothy Riordan created text and photo-based art both individually and collaboratively.

Text & subtext & big deal documents the last collaboration before Riordan’s death in 2015. Based on Riordan’s 60-page poem simulacrum, which addresses impermanence and constant change, Duncan Holmes, Wendy Collin Sorin, and Casey Riordan Millard reimagined and rearranged the poem into 120 artworks and an audio recording accompanied by a reading of the poem.

Also opening are two season-long exhibitions that continue through July 1:

Andrey Kozakov: Trading Room features Cincinnati-based, Ukranian-born artist creating a fantastical, interactive environment in secret rooms that expand into more rooms and compartments that hold curios and surprises.

My Arms are Like Joy Joy Joy! is curated by visiting artist Derek Franklin. The Portland-based curator structured the exhibition on a series of studio visits with artists from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The show will examine prevailing themes that emerged from those visits combined with work from artists he has selected from outside the region.

Exhibiting artists include: Amanda Curreri (Cincinnati), Rob Halverson (Portland/ LA), Kristan Kennedy (Portland), Ramondo Love (Cincinnati), Lydia Rosenberg (Cincinnati), Jason Carey Sheppard (New York), Sayak Shome (Cincinnati), Rebecca Steele (Cincinnati), Emily Weiner (New York).

The Other Thing/Text & subtext & big deal,  through Nov. 19. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. Gallery hours: 12-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 859-491-2030 and www.thecarnegie.com.

-Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts

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