OHHS Art and Design Teachers Exhibiting New Works!

OHHS Art and Design teachers Steve Groh and Jamie Schorsch have been busy making new artwork for exhibitions around Cincinnati. Both shows opened this past weekend!

“Wax Nostalgic:1994”, which opened at BLDG in Covington, is an art exhibit inspired by pop art and culture. The exhibit features more than 50 local, regional and national artists whose works came together to celebrate the most influential year of that decade. “Wax Nostalgic” was guest curated by Chris Breeden, the general manager of Arnold’s Bar & Grill. You can check out the “Wax Nostalgic: 1994” between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment Monday through Friday, through September 14th.
Below is Groh’s artist statement about his piece:

“Scream Spirit”
Digital Print on Metal

“In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled on a copyright law case that established that a commercial parody can qualify as fair use. That same year, Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” was stolen and then recovered three months later. This manipulated image is a pastiche that uses that iconic image as a springboard for reflecting on some of the notable events that occurred during that equally iconic year”.

Steve Groh
“Scream Spirit”
Digital Print on Metal

The exhibition opening for “Visioning Human Rights” and “25” took place at the Fitton Center or Creative Arts in conjuncture with and Artist Panel Discussion and the Season Launch party with over 1400 visitors in attendance.

“25” is a multi-media invitational group show curated by the Fitton Center’s Director of Exhibitions, Cat Mayhugh, with help from the Fitton Center’s Exhibitions Selection Committee and Staff. The invitational show features 25 artists who are highly engaged with the Fitton Center for Creative Arts’ exhibitions, education, outreach and StreetSpark programs and/or are active players in the City of Hamilton arts community.

The exhibition takes place concurrently with the premier of a new traveling narrative quilt show curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, titled “Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the World’s Conscience”, featuring international artists of the Women of Color Quilters Network and inspired by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The goal of the ” 25″ was to extend the discussion of human rights sparked by Dr. Mazloomi’s timely exhibition by creating artwork in response to the human rights concepts presented in the articles presented in the UN Declaration of Human Rights. You can check out the “Visioning Human Rights” between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., through September 28th.

Below is Schorsch’s artist statement about her pieces:

“Routine Education”
Article 3 Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security and Article 26 Right to Education
Archival Ink, Alcohol Marker, Prismacolor Pencil, Acrylic, and Collaged Materials

“Routine Education” is a commentary on the issue of gun related violence continually impacting American schools. The vultures depicted in the work were selected for their symbolic representation in relation to life events, specifically as signifiers of death. The numbers, compiled through research, are juxtaposed with the vulture imagery to represent the amount of documented shootings, deaths, and injuries that have occurred in American schools from the 18th century until March of 2018″.

Jamie Schorsch
“Routine Education”
Article 3 Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security and Article 26 Right to Education
Archival Ink, Alcohol Marker, Prismacolor Pencil, Acrylic, and Collaged Materials

“Migrant Refuge”
Article 14 Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution
Archival Ink, Alcohol Marker, Prismacolor Pencil, Acrylic, and Collaged Materials

“Mass displacements and exoduses have occurred throughout human history. “Migrant Refuge” addresses the  issues of the acceptance of refugees seeking asylum on an increasingly global scale. Millions of individuals, and families, attempt to migrate and establish new roots but face deportation and entry refusal on many fronts. The sparrows juxtaposed with countries that have most recently experienced mass exoduses are meant to serve as a directive to nurture our fellow humans”.

Jamie Schorsch
“Migrant Refuge”
Article 14 Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution
Archival Ink, Alcohol Marker, Prismacolor Pencil, Acrylic, and Collaged Materials

.Links to articles related to the exhibitions are provided above.

 

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