June 22 - August 3, 2007

Storage Space

Johnny Coleman (Oberlin, OH), Mark Grote (New Orleans, LA), Young Kim (Greensboro, NC), Fredrik Marsh (Columbus, OH), Benjamin Montague (Dayton, OH), Mark Slankard (Cleveland, OH), The Bridge Club, Blake Williams (East Lansing, MI)

salt and earth

salt and earth  Young Kim | photo courtesy of Jerry Mann/SPACES

Sometimes, a sliver of an image, a hint of a fragrance, a word or a small gesture has power to transcend time and place to a space where intimate collections of buried imagination are stored. In Storage Space, eight artists approach memory as a vehicle for recapturing the essence of a moment, real or imagined.

Through the use of photo-based media, sculpture, video, and mixed media installation, each artist develops a stage for recreating an experience filled with personal, yet often universal themes. Johnny Coleman (Oberlin, OH), Associate Professor of Art Studio and African-American Studies at Oberlin College, creates a visual and auditory experience based on memory. In a mixed-media installation created specifically for this exhibition, Coleman incorporates architectural elements and sound to intersect memory with future. Benjamin Montague (Dayton, OH), Assistant Professor of Art & Art History at Wright State University, translates images from the Iraq War into fragmented, intimate tintypes that reference Civil War imagery. Otterbein College's senior lecturer of art, Fredrik Marsh (Westerville, OH), presents large-scale photographs of abandoned rooms once filled with activity, now left only with often eerie traces of life. Works from Mark Grote (Covington, LA); Young Kim (Morgantown, WV); Mark Slankard (Huntington, WV); Blake Williams (East Lansing, MI); and The Bridge Club (Crusted Butte, CO) are also included in the group exhibition.

About the Artists

Johnny Coleman

Johnny Coleman is a sculptor/installation artist and Associate Professor of Art and African American Studies at Oberlin College. He is from Southern California, and received his BFA from the Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design, and his MFA from the University of California at San Diego. He... go to artist page

Mark Grote

Mark Grote earned his BFA from Dayton Art Institute in 1972 and his MFA from Washington University in 1975 in Sculpture and Painting. He has been Professor of Sculpture in the Visual Arts Department at Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, since 1999.Grote was awarded in 2014 the Edward & Adelaide... go to artist page

Young Kim

Young Kim studied Graphic at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN; and Photography/Mixed Media at the University of Kentucky. She is a professor at Eton University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her work has been shown at Race Street Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI; 1708 Gallert, Richmond, VA; Redux Contemporary Art Center,... go to artist page

Fredrik Marsh

Fredrik Marsh was born in Quantico, Virginia; lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University, earning a BFA in Photography in 1980 and MFA in Printmaking in 1984. His work has been included in invitational, international, national, regional juried exhibitions since 1978. Marsh has taught photography... go to artist page

Benjamin Montague

Benjamin Montague is an Associate Professor in Photography at Wright State University. He received his MFA from the University of Delaware in 2003 and his BA from Marlboro College in 1993. Mr. Montague has exhibited his work widely and is currently represented by Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in Santa... go to artist page

Mark Slankard

Mark Slankard is a Cleveland-based artist whose photographic and video works have been exhibited and screened widely, including such venues as the Rotterdam International Film Festival; Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago; School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Columbia University; Texas Tech University; Visual Studies Workshop; SoHo Photo Gallery;... go to artist page

The Bridge Club

The Bridge Club is a contemporary visual and performance art collaborative consisting of artists Annie Strader, Christine Owen, Emily Bivens and Julie Wills. The Bridge Club's interdisciplinary installation, video, live performance and digital media works are site- and context- specific, and each work investigates specific local histories, populations, contexts, stereotypes,... go to artist page

Blake Williams

A graduate of Louisiana State University and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Blake Williams has shown work at Pottery Workshop Gallery, Shanghai, China; Project Gallery, Standard Ceramics, Pittsburgh, PA; Gallery 114, East Lansing, MI; and Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX. He is a professor at... go to artist page

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