The Ohio State University at Marion


Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery

The Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery serves the The Ohio State University at Marion students, faculty, staff and Marion community. The Kuhn Gallery is located off the main lobby at the east entrance of Morrill Hall located at 1465 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion, Ohio 43302. The gallery is free and open to the public. Normal hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., September through May, and 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June through August. Hours may vary depending on the exhibit.


PREVIOUS EXHIBITION

Alice Avenue by Fritz Kappler

"The work I have included in Alice Avenue" consists of projects I have undertaken over many years. Included are oil paintings on canvas and shaped wooden panels, a mixed media construction and one drawing. The work is figurative and reflects continuing interests of mine and includes portraits and narratives. I draw my inspiration from several areas. Often I am influenced by the vague residue of early childhood memory: illustration from story books, Saturday morning cartoons, toys, and the graphics associated with them as well as events such as birthday parties or trips to the circus. These are manifested in the composition of the pictures, the bright color choices and the exaggerated expressions of the faces. This nostalgia also comes across in a number of pieces based on found images that I have selected and re-imagined in new contexts or manipulated to express different, more contemporary ideas and issues such as power, narcissism and objectification. I generally choose a visual style that best suits the subject at hand. Old films, vintage Indian devotional prints, 60's commercial design, even a jujitsu manual from the 30's have found their way into me visual sensibility. Many of the works include or feature portraits. I read avidly and draw upon the subjects as vehicles to integrate into my work. Some of the portraits are based on people I am close to and provide a foundation upon which to experiment and explore visual ideas. While some of my paintings are stand-alone pictures, I generally work in series. Whether this manifests as the reworking of the same image or subject using similar formats while depicting different subjects, there is a thematic link. I like to juxtapose images and allow a commentary to develop between them. However, it is important to me that each piece is strong enough to work alone and is created with the intention of doing so. The setting for my work is frequently flat and up front as if on stage or I have eliminated the background altogether and shaped the support to fit the images rather than shaped the image to conform to the support. I suppose this is an effort at directness and immediacy and allowing the image to exist without the baggage of specific place or context and also speak directly with the viewer on its own terms. As for the choice of media, I work mostly with oil paint when working on solid supports and a mixture of inks, watercolors, acrylics and ballpoint pens when working on paper. I aim for clarity and flexibility and these tools provide the least resistance between what's in my head and what kind of picture I want to produce."


FORMER EXHIBITION

The Subtle Sea by Agnes Burris
Open to the public October 31 - December 5, 2015

The Subtle Sea portrays the hidden world of contemporary oceanic shipping in the context of the histories of Western art and the advent of global trade. From Turner and Géricault to the nameless sea-monster specialists of 16th century Amsterdam's cartography boom, The Subtle Sea makes references and seeks patterns to make meaning of an invisible, integral aspect of daily life - the ships that supply our way of life.

Agnes Burris is an artist currently living and working in Columbus, OH. Originally from rural Mississippi, Agnes studied anthropology and art at Columbia University in New York, NY. She went on to earn a master's degree in anthropology from Mississippi State University in 2006. In addition to her active studio practice, Agnes serves as the curator for the non-profit art space and community organization, EASE. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.