Four exhibits open at the McDonough

Four exhibitions open Friday at the McDonough Museum of Art.

Internationally recognized Columbus artist Ken Rinaldo will present a new installation and giclee prints featuring his Seed Series in “Scatter Surge.”

“Something to Believe In” is an exhibit of drawings and sculptures by acclaimed Cleveland artist Kristina Paabus.

The Emerging Artist series introduces the work of Kimberly Chapman, who produces porcelain sculptures that balance the beautiful and the macabre in “hush.”

And the Red Press Collaborative celebrates 10 years of printmaking in the Decennial Celebration.

Rinaldo is a contemporary artist recognized for his interactive art installations that develop hybrid ecologies with humans, plants and animals.

The “Scatter Surge” exhibition consists of two series. “I Pluripotent” is a worldwide premiere installation of microbiome and holobiome portraits. As visitors enter the galleries, infrared sensors hooked to microprocessors switch on collection units and filter the air. The cell samples collected on these filters will be grown in sealed Petri dishes, as holobiome-snapshots, collected in present time. “The Seed Series” are post-nature portraits of phantasmagorical seeds.

Rinaldo heads the art and technology program of the art department at The Ohio State University. His works have been commissioned and displayed at both national and international museums and galleries.

He will give an artist lecture at the McDonough at 5:10 p.m. Feb. 3.

Paabus examines the systems that we use to control our surroundings — as well as the structures that try to control us. “Something to Believe In” spans the past seven years of her multidisciplinary creative practice through drawings and sculptures.

An associate professor of reproducible media at Oberlin College, Paabus has exhibited her work throughout the United States, Europe, and China. She will give an artist lecture at 5:10 p.m. Jan. 30.

Chapman’s eerie, delicate porcelain sculptures shed light on dark topics. Her artwork calls upon past experiences as well as emotionally charged sociopolitical issues for their content. By exploring topics like school shootings, the silencing of women, the plight of refugees and domestic violence in “hush.,” Chapman gives viewers the opportunity to contemplate these issues that are so much a part of our contemporary culture.

As part of the Scribe literary collaborative, this exhibition will be accompanied by journals created by Youngstown State University students. The booklets will contain written and visual art inspired by themes presented in the artist’s work.

After a 25-year career in marketing, Chapman recently graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art to pursue her dream of being a full-time porcelain artist. Since graduation her work has been accepted in over a dozen Ohio exhibitions and awarded Best in Show at the BAYarts Annual Juried Exhibition.

She will give an artist lecture at 5:10 p.m. March 4.

The Decennial Celebration Exhibition is the culmination of 10 years of printmaking by the Red Press Collaborative, designed to promote fine art printmaking at YSU and in the Mahoning Valley. On display are limited edition prints that were created in a collaboration between visiting artists and YSU art students. Artists who have participated in the program include, Charles Beneke, Susanne Slavick, Sean P. Morrissey, Anita Jung, Michael Barnes, Janet Ballweg, Matthew Hopson-Walker, Humberto Saenz, Kristin Powers Nowlin, Nicole Hand and Sarah Marshall.

All four shows will be on display through March 7 at the McDonough, 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown. An opening reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, and admission is free. For more information, call 330-941-1400.


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