May 13 - July 10, 2011


The New Agronomists

Michael Mercil (Columbus, OH), Arzu Ozkal (San Diego, CA), Sara Rabinowitz (Springfield, OR), Nanette Yannuzzi (Oberlin , OH)

Part of R&D

Inventive Men (detail of signboards)

Inventive Men (detail of signboards)  Michael Mercil | 2003 | enamel paint on wood floor moldings |

Covenant (video still)

Covenant (video still)  Michael Mercil | 2011 | video | Courtesy of the artist

Spunlo  Sara Rabinowitz | 2011 | digital image |

Silkworm  Sara Rabinowitz | 2011 | silkworm and mulberry leaf |

Building a Rainbow

Building a Rainbow  Amy Youngs | 2011 | installation piece |

This exhibition will address themes of the production of food and goods through farming, either on a small, personal scale or the scale of large agri-business. The cotton in our t-shirts, the salad on our plates, the corn-syrup in our? everything were originally produced in gardens and on farms. Yet the rustic, romantic view of the lone farmer is a far cry from the reality behind the economic, genetic, environmental and political concerns that orbit usable-plant growth in our country. Artists and farmers will address these issues that affect us each greatly, but often invisibly.

Amy Youngs' residency is made possible in part through support from the National Performance Network's Visual Artists Network. Major contributors are the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

About the Artists

Michael Mercil

Michael Mercil was born in Crookston, MN and lives in Columbus, OH where he is Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. Her received an MFA degree from the University of Chicago in 1984, and his BFA from the Minneapolis... go to artist page

Arzu Ozkal

From"Arzu is a traveler. She has begun her journey in 2002 by leaving Ankara: the city of politicians, bureaucrats and blue collars... Then she started wandering off from one city to the other, allowing new places, people, ideas and experiences to influence her work. As new experiences unfold, she... go to artist page

Sara Rabinowitz

In flux, encountering relationships of all types, my practice mirrors the life cycle of materials. Makers of all kinds participate and relish in the emergence of a complex balance of power in a social space where dialogue determines the development of production. As with the construction of cloth, I utilize... go to artist page

Nanette Yannuzzi

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