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Color of Energy Gallery Presents “You Are Here,” First Friday Opening Reception


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DAYTON, OHIO – September 15, 2008 ‐ You Are Here presents artists from Dayton and from Austin,
Texas, whose paintings, photographs, and video each seek to capture points of view inspired by their
surroundings.

Conceived as an exchange of ideas by Mike Elsass, Color of Energy gallery owner, and artist Eva Buttacavoli, guest curator and Director of Exhibitions and Education at the Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, the exhibition includes four emerging Dayton artists and four up‐and‐coming Austin
artists whose works will be presented at the Color of Energy, a gallery and project space in the historic
Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio. The exhibit runs from October 3 – November 2, 2008.

Denise Prince, Vibrating Bed, 2004, Photograph, 30 x 30”, Courtesy of the artist

Denise Prince, Vibrating Bed, 2004, Photograph, 30 x 30”, Courtesy of the artist

The artists seek to grasp the sense of a place – their “here” – a continually expanding nexus of their personal culture, history and iconography. It is landmarks such as our own backyard, the local church, a dilapidated parking lot, or the picturesque banks of the nearby river – and the connection to these places – that really form the backdrop of our lives. Our hopes and dreams, as well as our greatest fears and nightmares, are inextricably linked to the place we live.

These eight emerging contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds – living and working in two different cities, Dayton, Ohio and Austin, Texas – offer intimate views and fresh perspectives on their surroundings and how they reflect upon the larger personal, social, and political issues of our time. Inwardly focused contemplations of “place” are the subject of several artists’ works.

Austin photographer Yoon Cho explores what defines one’s identity – is it where one lives or is it a set of biological data – the sum of our parts?

Austin painter Nathan Green takes children’s‐drawing mainstays – a house, a church, a row of flowers, a sun ‐ and turns them inside out, creating smash‐up paintings of the familiar and the imagined.

Austin filmmaker Gabel Karsten’s sequential 10‐year “home movie,” presents her home, her life, her circle – an intimate self‐portrait of her “place.”

Rich with both personal and universal symbolism, Dayton photographer William Murdock’s stunning portraits present the fear of the loss of our identities.

The natural world provides literal or imagined landscapes for contemplation and connection of “place” as well. Dayton painter Darren Haper’s psychologically‐charged paintings are inhabited by machine-like creatures that seem to be on the verge of spontaneously disassembling – and disturbing their other-worldy landscapes.

Austin photographer Denise Prince’s cinematic photographs capture a dislocation of time and place – evoking a quiet narrative . . . or a distant memory.

Dayton painter Adam John Mitchell’s exquisitely painted divisionist landscapes are invaded by menacing robots, innocuous‐looking cartoon characters, or Nordic myth‐like creatures which disrupt their refined surroundings.

Dayton sculptor Shon Walters presents a new series here, reinterpreting his sensuous wood furniture elements into strange new environments, re‐imagining them as miniature characters in playfully mysterious rough‐hewn dioramas.

Throughout history – and underscored in today’s economic and election‐year climate – we sometimes find our “place” bound by the disconnect between national perceptions and how we actually perceive ourselves. The rich variety of art media, styles, and subject matter shown here attests that artists are seeking to re‐claim a wide territory of personal, social, and political landscape as distinctly their own, no matter where they reside.

Oct 3 – Nov 2, 2008

Location and Times:
Preview Party: Thursday, Oct 2, 5:30-8pm
Opening Reception: “First Friday,” Oct 3, 5-10pm
Curator’s Walk-thru: Saturday, Oct 4, 11am

Color of Energy Gallery
16 Brown St., Dayton, OH 45402
www.colorofenergygallery.com
(located across from Thai 9 in the Oregon District)
Gallery Hours: Friday 5-9pm; Saturday 3-9pm; and by appointment by calling 937.266.3491 or 937.367.4850

Generous funding for You Are Here by Dr. Mike Ervin, Dayton. Additional support by Patrick Martin,
Dayton. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated “postcard book” with brief writings on each
artist by Eva Buttacavoli. For more information, please contact the Curator or visit the Color of Energy
website at www.colorofenergygallery.com.

About the Curator

Eva Buttacavoli is a curator and educator who lives in Austin, Texas. She currently serves as Director of Exhibitions and Education at the Austin Museum of Art and previously served as the Curator of Education at the Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL.

Contact the Curator:
Eva Buttacavoli
Director of Exhibitions and Education
Austin Museum of Art
823 Congress Ave., suite 100
Austin, TX 78701
512.495.9224, ext. 231
ebuttacavoli@amoa.org
www.amoa.org

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