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New “Columbus In Cuba” Documentary To Debut In Ohio Before Traveling To Film Festivals

New “Columbus In Cuba” Documentary To Debut In Ohio Before Traveling To Film Festivals

by Daric Gill

CubaIt’s been my extreme privilege to have been included among a group of artists who traveled to Cuba on an artist exchange and again for an international exhibition. Last spring, we were invited to exhibit in the 13th Havana Biennial and ConnectArt in Havana and Matanzas. Among the group of artists were two Ohio filmmakers, Nikki and Matt Swift. Together they created a documentary film that will soon debut in Columbus before traveling to other film festivals.

Columbus in Cuba will make its debut with a free screening at Gateway Film Center on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., followed by a free screening at the Columbus Museum of Art, in conjunction with (my undergrad alma mater) Columbus College of Art & Design, on Thursday, Jan. 16. with a reception at 5:30 p.m., a showing at 6 p.m., and a Q&A to follow. You can book tickets online for film at the CMA (click on their name above to go to their website).

My piece in the gallery

There are so many people that helped make this journey possible. I’m thankful for all of them. Please join us in this celebration of inclusion.

New Painting For “Columbus In Cuba | Cuba In Columbus” Exhibition

New Painting For “Columbus In Cuba | Cuba In Columbus” Exhibition

by Daric Gill

{Feature Video of Painting Process Above}

 

“Absolute: Triumph”
“Absolute: Triumph”: Oil paint on maple. 32 1/4” x 41 5/8”

Absolute: Triumph is my newest (and largest) piece in this series. It was recently delivered to the Columbus in Cuba | Cuba in Columbus exhibition. This show represents an unprecedented, multi-event, multi-venue group of exhibitions showcasing the work of artists from central Ohio and Cuba. In April 2019, five Columbus artists were among the 200 international artists selected to show work in the renowned 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba. An additional 34 Columbus artists showed their work alongside art from Cuban artists as part of a collateral Biennial exhibition, ConnectArt, in Matanzas. From October 1 to November 15, 2019, artwork from the 39 central Ohio artists who exhibited in Cuba, work from additional Columbus artists, and Cuban artists work will be on display at art institutions, galleries, and public venues throughout Columbus as part of Cuba in Columbus.

ABOUT THIS PIECE

Shades of translucent dark green accentuate the patterns of grain in the wood, reminiscent of a topographical map. A painted white cloud looks like a paper cutout with 6 blue strings dangling down. Over that, a red/orange thread hangs and makes a sharp turn. It outlines a distinct pattern on its way to a large origami boat. This pattern is a familiar motif pulled from the rooflines and archways of many of the old buildings in Havana. A berried shrub seemingly grows from the bow of the origami boat. 

This is the sister piece to Absolute: Frequency, a piece that was exhibited during the Havana Biennial earlier this year. Read about it here. Absolute: Frequency stayed in Cuba and is slated to part of the permanent collection in a Contemporary Arts Center in Matanzas, Cuba. As you can imagine, transporting the work from America to Cuba was not easy. The original piece was designed as a triptych in case there was a need to disassemble the painting for more compact travel purposes. The new work adapted a similar triptych form, which permitted me to transport the nearly 4 ft wide wood painting in a backpack between the workshop and my studio. I’m excited and honored to be part of such a multi-cultural partnership. Please check out my work and the works of so many other amazing American and Cuban artists.

More information about the participating artists & galleries can be found at the website ColumbusInCuba.com . A map of all the different exhibition locations here.

Exhibition Info:
October 1 – November 15, 2019
Locations: art institutions, galleries and public venues across Columbus
Opening reception: October 1, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00pm, with opening words at 6:00pm, Hilton Columbus Downtown

Lolo's Art Gallery. Matanza, Cuba

“ConnectArt”: Preparing For 13th Havana Biennial In Mantanzas, Cuba

“ConnectArt”: Preparing For 13th Havana Biennial In Mantanzas, Cuba

by Daric Gill

“Absolute: Frequency”: Oil on maple panel. 21 1/4” x 30 1/2”. 12.11.18.
“Absolute: Frequency”: Oil on maple panel. 21 1/4” x 30 1/2”. 12.11.18.

In December I announced that my latest painting and I will be traveling to Cuba this spring.  I happily dropped off my painting to be shipped a couple days ago. In a few short weeks, a group of extremely talented American artists and I will head back to Cuba for another spectacular artist exchange. This time, we will be part of something bigger! My artwork is currently slated to go to Lolo Art Gallery in Mantanzas, Cuba. It will be a part of “ConnectArt “, a juried international exhibition that is part of the 13th Havana Biennial (Bienal de la Habana 2019). If you’re not familiar with the Havana Biennial, it is a world-renowned celebration of contemporary and community art. For the first time, the Biennial and other satellite art exhibitions will spread to neighboring cities, like Matanzas.

Lolo's Art Gallery. Matanza, Cuba
My visit to Lolo’s Art Gallery. Matanza, Cuba

As with many international ventures, the final details have incubated and flexing for months. I am extremely proud to announce that there are two types of exhibitions happening in Havana and Matanzas:  the Havana Biennial which is being held in multiple city locations in Cuba and two special exhibitions for Ohio artist (one in Havana and one in Matanzas). My work is included as part of the special exhibitions.

Rachel Valdés, “Reality Project. Blue Cube,” presented in the 2015 edition of Detrás del Muro during the 12th Havana Biennial Courtesy Artpulse Magazine

This April, I will be heading back to my Cuban friends during one of the most exciting times to be there! Not only are the people and culture phenomenal, so too are the artists. All included Biennial cities will become thoroughly alive with artwork, spilling from the walls of galleries and museums, into the streets of each community artwork. I’m particularly excited to see the open-air art exhibition, Detrás del Muro (Behind the Wall), a collection of street installations by 71 artists. This year it extends to the Malecón, a beautiful broadway and seawall which stretches for 5 miles along the coast in Havana. You can read more about Detrás del Muro here.

[ Here’s a look into our last artist exchange to Cuba ]

 

Awarded Development & Research Grant; Invited To Cuban Artist Exchange

Awarded Development & Research Grant; Invited To Cuban Artist Exchange, & Other Amazing News

by Daric Gill

I’m incredibly enthused to announce a handful of very exciting developments. A few months ago I was graciously invited to take part in a Cuban Artist exchange. Today, I was notified that I’ve been awarded a generous Artists in the Community Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Professional Development & Research grant from the Greater Columbus Arts. This funding will aid in the travel expenses and research costs for the trip in late August. Read on for more.

Additionally, an art exhibition will be held at the Hilton Downtown Columbus in 2019, which will include work driven by the inspiration from the trip. The overall goal of these efforts are to build a friendship between these two vibrant cultures through exchange of great story-telling. Moreover, there are also prospects of the exhibition traveling to other locations, including an international exhibition in Havana, Cuba.

As my work has developed, so too has the desire for fostering intimate social connectivity through immersive story-telling. I fully expect to chronicle the vibrancy of Cuba as well as document the journey of the resulting artwork from start-to-finish. This documentation will be presented in tandem with the final work I will publish here on my website via process videos, photographs, and a set of narrative articles. These articles will also champion all funding, support networks, and communal partnerships that have aided in the process.

These are simply amazing opportunities! I’m tremendously grateful for such a loving and supportive group of people who have worked to make these types of ventures possible. Thank you dearly.

The Arts Council receives its funding primarily through the City of Columbus’ Hotel/Motel Bed tax. As Columbus encourages people into her city through interesting culture and attractions, a portion of the taxes garnered from the hospitality gets cycled back into that same rich culture. In this way, I’d like to thank the public most of all for your continued interest in Columbus and the arts.

 

 

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