Sculpture Symposium Coming to CCAD

September 9th, 2013 by Katlin McNally
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Martin Kersels, "Dionysian Stage" (2004-2005), mixed media, electric motor, steel; 115 x 156 x 153 inches. Photo: Bruce Morr.

Martin Kersels, “Dionysian Stage” (2004-2005), mixed media, electric motor, steel; 115 x 156 x 153″. Photo: Bruce Morr.

Columbus is seeing a growing interest in public art, and one of the main forms on the rise is sculpture. This year, CCAD will host, in partnership with The Sculpture Center, the 2013/2014 Annual SculptureX Symposium.

The weekend event on Oct. 11 and 12 will be an intensive learning experience that brings in art educators and artists to discuss sculpture in a broad context—and did we mention it is all free?

Friday kicks off with a lecture from poet, curator, and art critic John Yau at 6:30 p.m. in the Canzani Center Auditorium. Yau has published more than 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets.

His talk comes in conjunction with the opening reception of not one, not two, but three exhibitions—My Crippled Friend, Everyday Spectacular, and Let’s talk about love baby.

My Crippled Friend features work from 25 artists and will run through Jan. 10 in the Canzani Center Gallery.

The exhibition investigates the recent history of the intersection of painterly abstraction and the object. It is a collection of work that challenges the definition of an object and can be impossible to label under one medium.

Participating artists include Richard Aldrich, Claire Ashley, Anna Betbeze, Sarah Braman, Tom Burr, Todd Brandt, Tom Burckhardt, Kathy Butterly, Sarah Cain, John Chamberlain, Cheryl Donegan, Michel François, Joe Fyfe, Katharina Grosse, Mary Heilmann, Chris Johanson, Ross Knight, Jim Lambie, Chris Martin, Davis Rhodes, Matt Rich, Cordy Ryman, Nancy Shaver, Amy Yoes, and Tamara Zahaykevich.

Everyday Spectacular will be up through Nov. 9 in the CCAD Broad Street Gallery and will include work from 14 emerging artists including Zimra Beiner, Eli Blasko, Eric Charlton, Lindsey Dezman, Leah Frankel, Fine Arts alumnus Taylor Hawkins (CCAD 2012), Anne Keener, Illustration alumna Ginny Martin (CCAD 1994), Sean Pearson, Paige Phillips, Fine Arts alumnus Greg Ponchak (CCAD 2013), MFA candidate Liz Roberts, Fine Arts alumna Pallavi Sen (CCAD 2011), and Zac Weinberg.

Chido Johnson’s Let’s Talk about Love Baby will also be up through Nov. 9 in the Byers Gallery of Design Studios on Broad. Learn more about Johnson’s interactive installation here.

Then comes the symposium—Saturday will a full day of panels and talks led by art historians, professors, and emerging artists.

The keynote speaker, Martin Kersels, will speak on Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m. Kersels’ body of work ranges from collaborative performances to large-scale sculptures. It has been exhibited at museums both nationally and internationally, including the 1997 Whitney Biennial, the Pompidou Center, MOCA Los Angeles, the Tinguely Museum, Kunsthalle Bern, and the Getty Museum. Kersels is currently associate professor and director of graduate studies in sculpture at Yale University School of Art.

Other speakers include Swiss composer and artist Lilian Beidler; artist and writer Youmna Chlala, from Beirut; Detroit artist Chido Johnson; artist Osman Khan, from the University of Michigan; artist Michael Mercil from Ohio State University; and Terry Smith, professor of contemporary art history and theory at the University of Pittsburgh.

View bios of all the speakers here.

So what are you waiting for? Register now and save your spot for the Annual SculptureX Symposium.


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One Response to “Sculpture Symposium Coming to CCAD”

  1. MendesD says:

    The Martin Kersels “Dionysian Stage” is a very interesting work.