Internationally Renowned Artists Heat Up CCAD Summer-Opening Shows

July 1st, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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Diana Al-Hadid

“Nolli’s Orders” by Diana Al-Hadid. Photo by Dennis Harvey.

Realist/surrealist sculptures, high-gloss paintings, and installations big and small will fill the Canzani Center Gallery this summer as CCAD opens four new solo exhibitions.

Born in Syria and raised in Ohio, sculptor Diana Al-Hadid will headline the new exhibitions with a self-titled solo show opening July 10 and running through Oct. 11.

The internationally renowned artist makes haunting works that convey a world turned upside down. Al-Hadid’s sculptures explore notions of traditional architecture while encompassing elements of painting, stagecraft, and suggestive, open-ended narratives.

“Aesthetically, Diana is a part of so much of what’s going on in the art world right now,” said Michael Goodson, director of Exhibitions at CCAD. “There’s a romantic reverence in her work. It is at the same time hefty and delicate and never shies from ambition and scale.”

Al-Hadid will visit campus Sept. 25 for an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception in the Canzani Center Atrium.

"Schwärmerei" by Erick Swenson. Photo by Kevin Todora.

“Schwärmerei” by Erick Swenson. Photo by Kevin Todora.

Texas-based sculptor and installation artist Erick Swenson’s solo exhibition Ne Plus Ultra will be open alongside Al-Hadid’s.

Inspired by museum exhibitions, set design, film special effects, and model making, Swenson crafts every minute detail of his tableaux, creating resin-cast sculpture scenes that often exceed the ideals of nature.

Swenson first gained international attention when his work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. His work is now in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Saatchi Collection in London.

Swenson will give an artist talk on Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception in the Canzani Center Atrium.

Not to be missed is work by painter Inka Essenhigh. The CCAD Fine Arts alumna and winner of the 2014 Alumni Award for Excellence will have a selection of her current work exhibited in the Canzani Center Gallery from July 10–Oct. 11. She will also be honored during CCAD’s WelcomeFest on Sept. 5.

Essenhigh’s boundary-pushing work and keen awareness of contemporary culture have earned her international recognition. In the past 10 years, the 1991 alumna has had solo shows in cities including New York City, London, Brussels, and Kyoto, Japan.

Inka Essenhigh

Inka Essenhigh

Her paintings “are infused with a dreamlike, surreal sensibility,” said her gallery, Victoria Miro. “With their pristine, high-gloss surfaces and accentuated colors, Essenhigh’s painting style continues to move towards an almost sculptural three-dimensionality in its delineation of forms.”

Large-scale paintings in Ken Nurenberg’s solo exhibition Waiting Room will occupy the Canzani Gallery’s project space, ROOM, from July 10 through Aug. 14.

Full of recycled images and compositions, the paintings serve as a sort of notebook that organizes and confronts a mixture of subtle traumas both personal and cultural.

Nurenberg will visit campus for a conversation on his work followed by a reception in the Canzani Center Gallery on July 12 at 5 p.m. Nurenberg’s visit coincides with the nearby Moonlight Market on Gay Street, a monthly gathering featuring sidewalk retailers, local food and drink, and entertainment that runs 6–11 p.m.

"FULL STOP" by Tom Burckhardt. Photo by Jeffrey Sturges.

“FULL STOP” by Tom Burckhardt. Photo by Jeffrey Sturges.

A little later in the summer, painter Tom Burckardt’s FULL STOP will occupy the Canzani Center Gallery’s project space, ROOM, Aug. 28–Nov. 2.

The installation is a full-scale, highly detailed replica of an artist’s studio made entirely of cardboard and black paint. A blank canvas on an easel sits in the center of the room.

“It is at once playful and painful,” said Jessica Hough at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, “a fresh commentary on a perennial problem.”

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