International Exhibition, ‘Cartas de Cuba – Letters from Ohio’ Currently On Display
by Daric Gill
In an ongoing partnership with our dear artist friends in Cuba, Cartas de Cuba – Letters from Ohio is an international joint exhibit of work by Cuban and Ohio artists. This exhibition features original artwork created by artists in Cuba and Ohio that showcase freedom of expression, robust dialogue, and vibrant talent intersecting through different art mediums. The artwork in this multi-location exhibition can be currently seen at three Columbus galleries. In addition to the Columbus stops, Cartas de Cuba – Letters From Ohio will travel to venues in Cuba and New York City. My work can be currently seen at the Columbus Museum of Art along with many others starting August 4, 2022. Each gallery displays a different group of artists. You are encouraged to visit all venues to experience the entire body of work. There are 2 receptions; dates, and directions are listed below. Read on for more.
The Quiet In “Absolute: Stillness”, New Painting From Europe
by Daric M. Gill
It might sound weird, longing for stillness after 3 years of isolation in a tiny apartment. But after a few years of small spaces, digital experiences, recycled days, and turning around in the same stimuli, there developed a vibration in my soul that amplifies to this day.
Some artists need to make artwork or they go crazy. I’m not like this. My love affair isn’t with the art-making process or even the final art object. No. My primary love for creating art is all about idea-making; the journey of curiosity and problem-solving and the adventures before the artwork has even started. The creativity that comes out of my fingers is my way of digesting the vibrancy of life. Without remarkably different narratives to explore and no tangible place in which to share them, I was an adventurer with no expedition and a storyteller with no audience. And that, for me, produced a frequency of such amplitude that it compounded and ricocheted.
“Absolute: Stillness”, is the quiet calm feeling that washed over me as I finally made my way back to the adventure. In this case, back to Europe. Below you’ll find several vignetted stories describing some big-small memories, along with a full gallery of images. Read on for more.
“Absolute: Allegory” is a visual poem; a softly lit bedtime story of the sun and moon, a meandering journey, an example of the importance of life beyond the current moment. A sprig of crimson winter berries hovers to the right of a 2-pronged branch. The left side of the stick weaves through the circular voids in the pastel background. Subdued yellow and blue geometry hint at the celestial themes of this piece. They are purposeful nods to the interplay between crescent and full moons, an eclipse and the full sun, and daylight and nighttime views through an arched window. Like most of the work in this series, this painting is a story within a story. Read on for more.