MANSFIELD – Visual authenticity or visual truth in a work of art has changed in its manifestations over time.
During the Renaissance, authenticity meant that art was one with nature and the representative appearance of figure, objects and landscape. Even within the settings, the performers’ interpretations varied widely. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, artists began to have the freedom to explore other avenues of authenticity in their work.
Visual truth has often been explored on the very surface of works of art and has become a meeting place where the artist finds his own identity truth. The “Authentic Surfaces” exhibition at the Elizabeth T. Black Gallery presents the “truth” of surfaces.
The nine artists representing the works in this exhibition do not claim that their works are anything other than what they are. There is a real authenticity in the relationship between the artistic medium and the surface on which it resides.
Exhibiting artists are John Donnelly and Joshua Eiskamp, painting; Joel O’Dorisio, glass; Todd Leech, ceramics; David Sapp, drawings; Stephen Tomasko, photography; Stephen Yusko and Barry Gunderson, sculpture; and Jennifer Whitten, bead sculpture.
The Foundation Gallery’s “Shush” exhibition by porcelain artist Kimberly Chapman takes audiences on an exploration of the historical abusive treatment of women through porcelain sculptures.
Chapman wants the public to imagine silencing women with iron-faced bridles, separating mothers and daughters who have taken refuge under the evil cloak of assault and rape, grabbing household tools to protect you and your children, from the rage of an alcoholic husband.
These are just a few of the dangers of womanhood. Kimberly Chapman’s 100 porcelain sculpture exhibition showcases a violent side of human nature. Through the female prism, her highly researched stories appeal to emotionally charged socio-political issues.
She uses porcelain, the same sought-after material used by kings and queens for their elegant tableware, to manifest a woman’s worst nightmare. Chapman, a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, says “she creates art to shed light on the injustices that women and children have suffered and continue to suffer.”
These exhibitions will run from June 27 to July 25 at the Mansfield Art Center, 700 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio. The REACH Gallery exhibition “Unmasked” by ED Jasbeck will run until July 10.
The opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the website at mansfieldartcenter.org.