Live(In) Gallery opens its doors in the Brighton district of Cincinnati with its inaugural exhibition, The Residents.
March 1 - 31, 2014 Opening reception: Saturday, March 1st, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
In its first exhibition, Live(In) Gallery, presents The Residents, a group show, featuring work by Molly Donnermeyer, William Hutchinson, Matt Morris, Patricia Murphy, Brett Price, Eric Ruschman, Amy Scarpello, and Michael Vallera. Spaces, homes, hallways, bedrooms all have a history, Live(In) Gallery is no exception. Situated in a building established in 1850, in the historic Brighton neighborhood, this space has served many purposes over time, some mysterious, some less so. In 2006, after an extensive renovation, it became home to artists. Since then it has continued to house and host a parade of creatives; their pets, their passions and proclivities, each time gathering some new layer of dust, hair, and secrets to be shared. Each of the artists included in The Residents are linked by place, domesticity, and craft, having lived and created while sheltered in the same walls. The works included in this maiden exhibition vary from photography and installation, to performance and auditory. Live(In) Gallery is an alternative arts space in Cincinnati, Ohio. Live(In) exhibits emerging and established artists with an emphasis on experimental, ephemeral, and collaborative works presented in a domestic setting.
(Dedication page from "Historic Brighton: Its Origin" by Max Mosler.)
Molly Donnermeyer is a visual artist whose work consists of photography, found object installations, and sculptures. Her work often strikes at the relationship between rituals, performances, and process-based art. Subtly iconoclastic and feminist, the figures depicted in her images find themselves occasionally in the throes of crises in mundane domestic settings that call for physical reactions to both internal and external tensions. She is a graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati holding a BFA in Fine Arts. She has participated in exhibitions at local venues such as ArtWorks Gallery, Chidlaw Gallery, CS13, semantics, Creative, U · turn Art Space, Thunder-Sky, and Hobohaus. She was a founding member of the now defunct art venue U · turn Art Space in Brighton. As well as mounting gallery exhibitions, Donnermeyer has also been published as a photojournalist in publications such as The Messenger and Sparklezilla. She is currently in the process of earning her MLIS at Kent State University. Molly moved to Brighton in 2011 into the apartment that is now Live(In) Gallery.
William Hutchinson currently lives and works in Missoula Montana. He studied at The Art Academy of Cincinnati where he received his BFA in Drawing in 2007. He came to Montana to complete his MFA in sculpture at The University of Montana which was received in 2012. Will is currently an adjunct faculty member at UM Western in Dillon Montana. He spends his summers working in the woods as a wild-land firefighter which informs much of his current work. Will lived in this apartment with Brett Price between the years 2006 and 2007. They were the first to inhabit the apartment after a huge renovation, and this remains the longest Will has ever resided in one place. www.willhutchinson.org
Matt Morris is an artist and writer who uses photography, installation and other interventions into spaces to articulate the cultural positionality of the queer political subject within imbricated systems of control. Through tropes of both subtlety and excess, Morris renders visible the complex erotics that underlie social landscapes. He has presented work in Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Memphis, TN; Reims, France; Cincinnati, OH; San Antonio TX; and Baton Rouge, LA. His writing has appeared in regional and international publications including Artforum.com, Art Papers, Sculpture, Newcity, City Beat (Cincinnati, OH), Alice Blue Review, and Aeqai, as well as numerous exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. He is a transplant from southern Louisiana who currently lives and works in Chicago. He holds a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and earned an MFA in Art Theory + Practice from Northwestern University, as well as a Certificate in Gender + Sexuality Studies. He currently teaches in the Sculpture as well as the Painting and Drawing departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Patricia Murphy is a native of Northern Kentucky. She graduated with a BFA from The Art Academy of Cincinnati in Sculpture in May 2010. Murphy collaboratively ran and lived in a loft behind U·turn, an alternative art space on the first floor of 2159 Central Avenue in the Brighton district of Cincinnati. After U·turn, she and her fellow collaborator and friend moved into the apartment on the third floor of the 2159 building which has a long history of occupation by artists and friends. She writes poetry and belonged to the group Important People, organizing poetry events for a year and a half. Murphy said goodbye to the beloved apartment in 2159 and to the ever generous community of the Brighton neighborhood and is currently residing in McCalla Alabama, a quiet rural area nestled between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa where she is preparing for an extended journey through South America with her two best friends.
Brett Price lives and writes in Brooklyn, where he serves as manager for Ugly Duckling Presse. With Ed Steck and Natalie Häusler, he co-created and edits the small press, American Books (americanbooksusa.wordpress.com)
Eric Ruschman makes paintings and objects with which to indulge in sentimentality and process guttural responses to everyday experiences. Utilizing color, pattern, arrangement, and, often, images of cats (the artist’s own and others), he is on the hunt for the multiple ways that meaning can be embedded into formalist painting vocabularies. Ruschman graduated with a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2007. He was a co-founder of U.turn Art Space (2009-2011) and has worked with numerous other alternative and not-for-profit venues. His work in the arts is not limited to his own art production, and he maintains a consistent curatorial practice as well as a stance as an arts facilitator. He is currently Gallery Manager at Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago, IL.For more information, please visit the artist’s website atwww.ericruschman.com
Amy Scarpello spends her time making art, listening to Janet Jackson, and recently, learning Spanish for an upcoming adventure. She recently moved to the Brighton neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is a resident of Live(In) Gallery. In 2010 she received a BFA in Sculpture from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where she now works in the Admissions Department. Michael Vallera is a visual artist and musician. He is one half of the duo Cleared (with Steven Hess) and has performed alongside such artists as David Daniell, Oren Ambarchi, and Rhys Chatham. His visual work primarily makes use of the photograph to explore relationships between formalism, personal narrative, and found structures in the landscape. He received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the spring of 2010.
Please come celebrate the opening of The Residents and the grand opening of Live(In) Gallery on March 1st! For more information, please contact the gallery by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org **GENERAL INFORMATION** Live(In) Gallery is located at 2159 Central Avenue in Brighton. Gallery is free and open to the public, with street parking in front of the space and on nearby streets. Gallery hours are by appointment. Mission Statement: Live(In) Gallery is an alternative arts space located in the Brighton neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Live(In) exhibits emerging and established artists with an emphasis on experimental, ephemeral, and collaborative works presented in a domestic setting. Live(In) is run by Molly Donnermeyer and Amy Scarpello, who also reside in the space.