“Absolute: Rest” Painting Selected for OAL, Carnegie Gallery
by Daric Gill
It’s my pleasure to announce that Absolute: Rest has been selected for the Ohio Art League Fall Juried Exhibition. This year it will be held at the Carnegie Gallery, a brand new exhibition space in the newly remodeled Columbus Metropolitan Library. Exhibit is free, open to all, and feature the best work of both emerging and established artists.
October 12, 2017 – November 17, 2017
Absolute: Rest is an oil painting on reclaimed Honduran Mahogany. A black handmade envelope is painted above a translucent geometric ‘X’. On top of the envelope is a leaf from the ZZ plant. Its green flesh is held down by a smooth stone. Each of these elements are symbols taken from the short story, Bricks to Stones. You can watch how it was made below and read the full story talking about this piece here.
Columbus Convention Center Purchases Large “Absolute” Painting: Places In Marvelous Glass Atrium
By Daric Gill
Back in September 2015, the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) began a $125 million rejuvenation and expansion project, which includes a 37,000 sq. ft addition of exhibit space. With the majority of the renovations finished in July, 2017, it totals a whopping 336,000 sq. ft of contiguous exhibit space, making it one of the largest exhibit spaces of its kind. Also part of the expansion, the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authorities (FCCFA) has embarked on a series of pedestrian advancements. A number of covered air walks, walkways, and widened hotel corridors joins the Arena District to several blocks of the Short North Arts District. This makes the walk between events, garages, and hotels a comfortable all-weather activity. With all of this new space makes for plenty of walls to fill with artwork.
Most exciting (at least to me) is the $3 million art investment that has made the convention center and neighboring connections the largest collection of contemporary artwork in Franklin County. I’m quite grateful to be included in this permanent collection. Among the purchased artwork is “Absolute: Graft”, a 3 ft x 4 ft oil painting on maple. Read the original post about the thought process behind the artwork here. Watch how it was made and see the whole exhibit space below.
Where Greater Columbus Convention Center walkway meets the Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
It is good to look inward with an absolute silence, to find solace during those cacophonous times. For Absolute: Rest, I took a major departure from my normal idea gathering process and instead developed the painting along side a short story I wrote.
Absolute: Rest is an oil painting on reclaimed Honduran Mahogany. A black handmade envelope is painted above a translucent geometric ‘X’. On top of the envelope is a leaf from the ZZ plant. Its green flesh is held down by a smooth stone. Each of these elements are symbols taken from the short story, Bricks to Stones.
“So afraid of a falling shelter, Man spent all his energy grinding bricks into stones and bones to dirt. These are materials more suited for a garden than a shelter.”
[Process Video, Short Story, & Full Image Gallery Below]
Introducing my latest painting, Absolute: Insulation, an oil painting on reclaimed cherry wood.
A leafless branch is vignetted in the center of the undulating patterns of the wood below. The top half of the branch, sheathed in a coating of white, reaches outward and upward. The base of the branch fades into the background wood. Look close enough and you can see dried remnants of moss on the twig. A deep red-brown color envelopes around the center; its rich color coursing through the wavy cherry wood grain. Read more below…
[Process Video & Full Image Gallery Below Article]