You Know What Happens Next
November 7th through December 30th, 2017
Opening Reception Friday, November 10th, 2017, 6-9pm,
Artists’ Talk 7pm
Artists: Thomas Lucas, Robert Robbins and Kathy Weaver
Contemporary art does not leave us alone. It exists, in part, to confront us with those questions we are best at avoiding: Do we have a right to be here? Are we subdued by our own invention? How does anything remain precious? Kathy Weaver, Robert Robbins, and Thomas Lucas create extraordinary work that focuses our attention directly at those things which wrinkle the mind. Weaver’s collaged images dare to recall the beauty of our planet alongside the apocalypse we foment, while Robbins’ paintings and Lucas’ prints insist our sentimental past is threatened by an untethered present. This thoughtful, focused exhibition forces us to acknowledge that without accountability, you know what comes next.
Kathy Weaver’s work is a rare convergence of collage, drawing, stitching, burning, and multi-media painting, all in consideration of “the emergent relationships between robotics and humans.” As she explains it, “The robots I draw and airbrush question the status quo, examine the environment, and challenge the industrial-military complex…They grapple with the tragedy of war for soldiers and refugees…The robots are novel and divergent models for the human condition in the 21st century.” Yet, contrary to robotic mass-production, this work engages precisely because we see how essential is the human hand in creating it. Weaver’s selection of mixed media encourages the viewer to look closer, and, says Weaver, “the cropped nature and macro scale of the airbrush, gouache and charcoal on paper increases the intimacy of viewpoint.” Weaver recently completed the exclusive Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency in Saratoga, WY. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, and she enjoys an avid collector base in the city of Chicago.
Artwork by Kathy Weaver
Thomas Lucas explains that in his printmaking, “I am concerned with the formal organization of pictorial space: the interrelationships of line, shape, color value, texture and space, developed in a manner that gives my work both an analytical and an emotional quality. I am also interested in duality: rational/intuitive, urban/rural, planar/spatial, abstract/concrete, mechanical/natural.” Through his use of automotive images, we are readily seduced into Lucas’ fascination with cars. “I was curious about how cars worked, and why some people have their cars fixed by others, while some choose to fix their own. I attended drag racing events with my family, and, over time, I came to better understand the relationships people have with their cars.” Through Lucas’ prints we see “that in one way the car is a common utilitarian object with a specific function. Then, in another way, it becomes a platform for self-expression, creativity and invention.” Lucas is the Founder and Master Printer at Hummingbird Press Editions. As a Master Printer, he has published the works of Kerry James Marshall, William Conger, Richard Hunt, Willie Cole and Barbara Jones-Hogu, among others. Lucas’ own work is included in numerous private and public collections, exhibited nationally and abroad. He teaches at Chicago State University and Harold Washington College.
Artwork by: Thomas Lucas
Robert Robbins is an internationally exhibited visual artist who explores issues of social, political and environmental conflict through landscape as subject. His art, which often takes the form of large scale paintings, may, at first, appear straight-forward, “but upon closer inspection, it leaves the viewer in contemplation of their position in the world.” Like a masterful Rorschach Test, we experience a visual duality placing us simultaneously in a wooded forest and along a super highway; at a window, outside looking in or inside looking out? Robbins’ facility with oils offers photorealistic scenes, blurred to stir the memory, yet sharp enough to reveal the minutest details. We ask ourselves why one image dominates the other, what it reveals about personal perception, and how it exposes our priorities. Robbins received his MFA from Yale University. His work has been awarded fellowships from the Macdowell Colony, the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His work has been exhibited at the Butler Institute, Springfield Museum of Art (OH), Sears/Peyton Gallery (NY), Carnegie Center for the Visual Arts (KY), Maryland Institute of Art, among others. His work is included in the collections of the Nord Family Foundation, Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Ohio State University. Robbins is a Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department at Miami University, Ohio.
Artwork by: Robert Robbins