New exhibitions at the Beeler Gallery explore modern challenges
Three new exhibitions at the Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design aim to encourage conversation about how to move forward in times of uncertainty.
The Beeler Gallery now presents “Bianca Beck, Tamara Gonzales, Christina Forrer” by the three artists of the same name, “A Bridge to Uncertainty” by Johnathan Payne and “BLM”, a collection of murals, all of which opened on August 23 and are free to the public, according to an Aug. 5 press release. The exhibits are supported by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, which loaned the collection of murals, and the Ohio Arts Council, said Tim Rietenbach, director of the college’s gallery faculty.
The exhibition “Bianca Beck, Tamara Gonzalez, Christina Forrer”, which runs until November 6, consists of 24 works of art, including sculptures by Columbus-born Bianca Beck, paintings by Tamara Gonzalez and tapestries by Christina Forrer. The exhibit raises the question of how people interact with each other and manage the space between their bodies, Greer Pagano, curator of the exhibit and an Ohio State alumnus with a doctorate. in art history, said.
“I was like, you know, ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting to do a show that talks about our desire and our fear of closeness and intimacy? ”, Said Pagano. “This is really the heart of the exhibition. I think artists allow us to have a space for questioning and a space to look at, and I wanted to create an exhibition that would help us look at these spaces and these bodies and get us to think about how we engage with each other. with the others in this really tumultuous. time.”
Pagano said the exhibit is meant to resonate with the community and inspire residents and students of Columbus.
“We all have a responsibility to understand each other, both physically and culturally,” Pagano said. “An exhibition won’t help, but it will, I hope, give us a moment to pause to reflect on our place, among other things, in our truly tumultuous and frightening world right now.”
Johnathan Payne, the featured artist of “A bridge to uncertaintyis also the inaugural recipient of the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson residency – named after a Columbus-based artist and CCAD alumnus who has since passed away, said Rietenbach. The exhibition will run through October 2, featuring featured artwork created by Payne while living in Robinson’s home and including geometric compositions and paintings, according to the press release.
“His work is in a space in itself, and it’s really tricky,” said Rietenbach. “They cut some paperwork and built some kind of really complicated and very interesting geometric patterns that really engage the gallery walls in an interesting way and play with light and shadow.”
The third exhibit, “BLM,” features a collection of murals that were painted on plywood by various Columbus artists in the summer of 2020 during the George Floyd protests in downtown Columbus, Rietenbach said. Showcasing more than a dozen of the more than 200 #ArtUnitesCbus murals, the exhibit runs through December 11 and seeks to continue the conversation about racial inequality and injustice, with a message of hope for the to come up.
“We ended up stacking them up and sort of creating two really giant murals out of a buildup of a handful of murals on each panel, and so it’s really a really big, big painting that we created at from there, ”said Rietenbach. “They act like, in a way, that marker of that time period as well.”