Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Zep Up with Michael Stillion!

Opening Final Friday October 29th, a reception with the artist 6-11 pm is: Zep Up: New Work by Michael Stillion.

In Zep Up Michael Stillion brings a new show of evolution, deconstruction, crude love, and creation to the fall season at 1305. This time 3 years ago Michael was installing his first show at the gallery: Man-Made. We begged him to come back after his recent residency in the Southwest and regional exhibitions! Stillions new work is delightfully disconcerting, fixed and wavering, lovely but disturbing, and all things that 1305 Gallery looks for in an artist's work.

Within his paintings and paper collages there is an immediate sense that objects hold no fixed place, that they are in a constant state of coming together and falling apart. Beyond that the subjects go straight from birth-to adulthood- to decomposition- and even to taxidermy, sometimes all in one piece. It's a surreality that Stillion's delightful application of paint permits the viewer to enter at will.

There is a balance in the paintings between his loose, free, and expressive use of the media and the tighly rendered and controlled objects that struggle to make up some undefinable yet wholly present construct. They are playful and inviting, while encasing an ever present sense of gravity, humanity, animal scent, and magic. Many of these elements are new to Michael's paintings since his last show here, demonstrating how prolific painting and experience have molded his work since 2007.

Stillion's work transports you to an invented but remembered place, something both otherworldly and extremely familiar. You want to touch them but you're also afraid you might get too close. Come see.

Hours & Dates:
Tuesday- Saturday: 11-4 (or by appt.)
October 29th- November 20th, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

twenty three @ 1305

Opening Final Friday, September 24th with an reception from 6-11 pm is: twenty three, painting, photography and installation by Chad Sines.

Calling Cincinnati home now, and formerly from Newark, Ohio, Sines reflects upon our city's struggle to understand itself through different media in the first show of our fall/winter season @ 1305.

Twenty three is an exhibition about identity in an urban community. Diaspora in inner cities and culture clashes is not only felt but seen. Portraits of our city are drawn out line by line over time on the sides of buildings, strung across busy streets, and echo within the hallowed halls of vacant buildings.

The lack of understanding between people in the same block, same street, and same culture creates feelings of adversity- adversity perpetuated often by class divisions. The feeling of a need to rescue something that might not need rescuing victimizes the city. Who are the perpetrators then if the city is the victim?

Progress is often defined solely by commercial investment, property value, and demographics. Moving the "problem" out of the city. Displacing people- buildings that housed 50 people housing less than 10. Thinking that a city is something other than a collection of people, that the parts are interchangeable.

Respect for oneself and where one came from must coexist with respect for other individuals in a community. Taking ownership of who you are and where you live while respecting who you share that space with and who occupied it before you is difficult. A city that feels sorry for itself and feels as though it needs redemption is one that is not looking honestly into its past, present, or future. How can art help social change in this way? What does the human condition in our cities look like? How do we make our mark in the world?

If you're a bit lost on the subject you need to come see this show. Chad Sines' exhibition twenty three is one person's attempt to ask these questions in a way that will translate visually.

The artist will also offer prints for sale to benefit at-risk youth in the city of Cincinnati.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Camille Cier Update

On Friday August 6th and on that day only, the French photographer Camille Cier will present her last work on abandoned houses named “ABANDON”.
After her work on the poem of Henri Michaud “Le Grand Combat” which was almost abstract, Camille is coming back to the documentary form to illustrate the empty and abandoned places and the past life that these places are still carrying.
After 3 years in Cincinnati and her work shown in galleries (1305 Gallery and Marx Gallerie) and in shops (MICA, Nvision or Elgin Retro), Camille Cier will leave the city at the end of August for a year travelling around the world. Before leaving, Camille will show her very last work that she did in abandoned houses of the Smoky Mountains.
This will be a one-day show only in an empty place on Vine street (1216 Vine street, next door to the Senate restaurant). It’s Friday from 5 to 10pm.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Paradise: Paintings and Collaborations by Bill Ross

Opening Final Friday, July 30th, is Paradise: Paintings and Collaborations by Bill Ross

Bill Ross is a social-worker and artist who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1999, while supporting people with developmental disabilities in the area, he began to come across artists with disabilities creating incredible works. Raymond Thunder-Sky was the first artist he worked with, and this initial meeting led to Ross and Keith Banner co-founding Visionaries & Voices, a studio for artists with disabilities, in 2003. In 2009, he and Banner developed Thunder-Sky, Inc., a non-profit arts organization and gallery dedicated to archiving the works and maintaining the legacy of Raymond Thunder-Sky, as well as offering a chance to exhibit to unconventional artists in the area.

Paradise surveys works from the last decade. Ross’s paintings in “Paradise” depict a candy-colored universe that is both seductively sweet and jarringly violent. In each of his works, Ross uses storybook visual cues (cute but demented animals and creatures populating a Day-Glo forest with cupcake-covered hills beneath an orange-pop sky) to undermine the phoniness of fairy-tales, while somehow maintaining the innocence and humor. In 2004, Ross began a series of collaborations with a variety of artists labeled with developmental disabilities (many of whom attend V&V), including Dale Jackson, Becky Iker, Michael Weber, Kevin White and the late Donald Henry. These collaborative works (usually paintings) are about dislocating notions of who is an artist and what art can be and do, and feature Ross’s signature phosphorescent style merged with the signature styles and obsessions of each of the collaborators.

The exhibition runs through August 21st, including a reception with the artist Final Friday, July 30th from 6-11 pm.

Don't miss it: Gallery hours Tues-Sat: 11-3, Second Sundays 12-5, Final Fridays 6-11

Friday, March 19, 2010

Friendly Fire and Chad Cully

Opening Final Friday, March 26th, is Friendly Fire. This exhibition features new sculptural glass work by local artist and educator Chad Cully.
Friendly Fire continues through May 22nd, with regular gallery hours Tuesday- Saturday: 11-3 for the run of the show. 1305 Gallery will host a catered reception with the artist and his work for the opening, March 26th, from 6-11 pm, and then again on April 30th from 6-11 pm.

Friendly Fire:
Not unlike much of society, Chad Cully has been observing the recent cultural obsession with our impending doom as a civilization. Between fears of global warming, more natural disasters, 2012's hearkening, and the ever lurking alien attack, people have been corralled into a frenzy awaiting 'the end of the world.'

Nestled somewhere between apocalyptic satire and a childlike interpretation of our ultimate demise sits Cully's new body of work. In Friendly Fire the artist furnace works, sculpts, blows, and fuses soda lime glass into aliens, bunnies, rocket ships, a UFO, and even a mutant/robotic penguin and pig. They are characters in a humorous interpretation of our last days on earth.
One beautifully sculpted glass alien is both evil and quirky in his posture, for he seeks to kill the cute vessel-like bunnies who are ultimately representations of the innocent.
Massive glass rocket ships with fused representations of earthly things attached to their hulls are the arks which will carry the bunnies and bits of life and culture off to space to find a new home. One is perched on a welded steel base which helps the piece to so perfectly remind us of the cartoonish representations of rockets from our childhood.
Robotic oracles and a mutant pig and penguin seem to hover on the edge of the sinister, but they must somehow be trusted to free the bunnies from being devoured by the aliens!

Come act out the apocalypse with these beautifully intriguing and insanely well made glass characters and invent your own ending to the story!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Michael Stillion update!

Michael Stillion is showing his work currently at Linda Warren's Project Space in Chicago. If you're up there in the neighborhood please check out his new work and let us know how happy you are to see him showing in such a great space!
We hope to have Michael show here at 1305 again soon, as anyone who saw his exhibition here or knows his work can agree!
Check out the gallery's site at:


Go Michael!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Winged": @ 1305

Opening Final Friday, February 26th is Winged, new work by local artist Kelly Frigard.

The exhibition opens with a catered reception hosted by 1305 Gallery and the Artist on February 26th from 6-11 pm. The show runs through March 21st, with gallery hours Tuesday- Saturday: 11-3, or by appointment.

Winged, Kelly Frigard's second exhibition of new work at 1305 Gallery features pieces showcasing her masterful use of fiber and ceramic media to create delicate and whimsical forms. In her February 2006 exhibition, Wish, Frigard combined hand dyed and felted wool with hand embroidery to create wall-mounted scenes and figures that were both melancholy and warm. The resulting exhibit proved ideal for a winter show.

Now in February of this year, Frigard continues to work in traditional methods of hand felting and hand embroidery, also employing her training in ceramic sculpture and prepared animal skins and furs. These media mix to create soft, fragile, idyllic forms that are at once pulled from nature and taught between our world and that of the natural and unstained. It is a delight to once again showcase her talent in the gallery, bringing a little corner of warmth to our frozen city.

Please join us on Final Friday for the opening of Kelly Frigard's exhibition Winged, and that of 1305 Gallery's 2010 exhibition year.

Remember: There's always plenty of Good Food, Good Friends, and Great Art when you come to Final Fridays at 1305!