MANSFIELD – The Mansfield Art Center presents two new exhibitions, “Authentic Surface” and “Shush”.
Visual authenticity or visual truth in a work of art has changed in its manifestations over time. In the Renaissance, authenticity meant that art was one with nature and the figurative 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.
Present the “truth” of surfaces
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 us through the exploration of the historical abusive treatment of women through porcelain sculptures.
The perils of femininity
Chapman wants viewers 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 themselves and her children from harm. rage of an alcoholic husband.
These are just a few of the dangers of womanhood. Chapman’s exhibition of 100 porcelain sculptures 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 “makes 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 Ave. The REACH Gallery exhibition, “Unmasked”, by ED Jasbeck will run until July 10.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit mansfieldartcenter.org.