Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven, an exhibition opening Jan. 27 in the Canzani Center Gallery, explores the way life is charged with an underlying awareness of the passage of time and marked by residues of our culture. The exhibition will feature 42 works by 17 artists in a wide range of media, including photography, video, painting, sculpture, social intervention, and sound installation.
Participating artists include 2008 Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey, Malcolm Cochran, professor with the Department of Art at The Ohio State University, with a specially-commissioned work, and Dublin, Ireland-based artist Gerard Byrne, who will show part of a work he presented at the 2007 Venice Biennale.
Taking its title from a 1985 album by the British pop band Love and Rockets, the exhibition examines how culture creates and sustains deeply personal connections with past moments. Collective and individual memories are embedded in materials, sounds, and sites. A publication also accompanies the exhibition.
Upon entering the gallery, viewers encounter a video and companion installations that set a slightly innocent, optimistic tone, evoking what viewers might readily conjure upon hearing the word “teenager.” As visitors proceed through the exhibition it becomes increasingly dark and foreboding.
Eight of the featured artists will be in Columbus 6-8 p.m. Jan. 27 for the opening reception, including Dennis McNulty (Dublin, Ireland), Ben Kinsley (Pittsburgh, PA), Lara Kohl (Brooklyn, NY), Jeremy Kost (New York, New York), Alejandro Vidal (Barcelona, Spain), Malcolm Cochran (Columbus, Ohio), and Cassandra Troyan (Chicago, IL). A few will be in residence for a week or more to produce site-specific works. Dublin-based Dennis McNulty, for example, will make a sound and video work called Carbon Dating. It investigates Brutalist modernist architecture and is especially commissioned for this exhibition.
Exhibition artists are Guy Ben-Ner, Joachim Brohm, Gerard Byrne, Malcolm Cochran, Peter Dayton, Ben Kinsley, Lara Kohl, Jeremy Kost, Mark Leckey, Mary Lum, Dennis McNulty, Timothy Nazzaro, Johannes Nyholm, Pipilotti Rist, Cassandra Troyan, Jeffrey Vallance, and Alejandro Vidal.
Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven, curated by James Voorhies, director of Exhibitions and adjunct graduate faculty, is produced by Bureau for Open Culture and funded in part by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. In addition the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Media sponsor is WWCD-FM 102.5.
The exhibition is open through March 12. Information about gallery hours and location is on CCAD’s website.
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