Video Art by Cynthia Greig, Rachel Rampleman, Alan Rath
Organized by Michael Solway
Opening: July 27, 5pm – 8pm
Viewable for Memorial Hall Events Through August 24
Michael Solway (Director, Carl Solway Gallery) organizes the first exhibition of moving picture works in the beautifully restored Memorial Hall ballrooms. Native Cincinnatians Rachel Rampleman and Alan Rath join multi-media artist Cynthia Greig in a show featuring works of projection, sculpture and sound.
The work will be on display during the opening exhibition on July 27 (Final Friday in Over-the-Rhine), and some or all of the work will be viewable by patrons of Memorial Hall events through August 24.
Born in Detroit, Cynthia Greig draws from a diverse background in photography, printmaking, filmmaking, and art history, making images and videos that play with visual miscues and the deceptive nature of appearances while examining the impact of visual conventions upon perception and experience. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad, and is held in the public collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, Light Work, Syracuse, NY, MOCA London, Smith College Museum of Art as well as corporate and private collections. Her videos have been screened internationally at exhibitions and festivals such as HarvestWorks, New York, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, LA Freewaves, Disney Hall, Los Angeles, Boston Center for the Arts, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Venice Arts Center, Venice CA, Rencontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin, and Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Greig earned her MFA in photography from the University of Michigan after receiving an MA in art history, and BFA in printmaking from Washington University, St. Louis. Also an independent curator, author, and collector of vintage photographs, Greig has written essays on contemporary art, and co-authored the book, Women in Pants (Harry N. Abrams, 2003).
Rachel Rampelman primarily works with time-based media and her videos explore subjects as varied as gender, artifice and spectacle. She frequently showcases strong female personalities, such as bodybuilders and women in hair metal tribute bands, who challenge common notions of femininity. Many of her pieces exhibit a hypnotic quality characterized by repetitive motion and symmetrical patterning, such as the video to be presented, Bellmer Burlesque. She is a native Cincinnatian who holds a B.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and received an M.F.A from New York University. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn and Esopus, New York. In addition to her artwork, Rampleman is engaged in curatorlal projects in alternative spaces in the New York area. Rachel Rampleman will have a solo exhibition at the Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, April 2019.
Alan Rath’s kinetic sculptures poetically integrate the human and the technological. Many incorporate computer-animated still images of human features, such as eyes, mouths and hands, displayed on LCD screens. These screens are mounted on sculptural armatures and the images are programmed to change in subtle progressive permutations. The screen images often appear to be involved in some form of communication.
To be included in Memorial Hall exhibition will be the sculpture Bostock, 2012, five LCD screens each display an image of a single hand. The hands engage in sign language that translates the lyrics of Jethro Tull’s 1972 album, Thick as a Brick. The title refers to Gerald Bostock, the fictional eight-year old boy Ian Anderson credited with writing an epic poem upon which the album was allegedly based. The lyrics were actually written by Anderson. Alan Rath’s contributions to the field of contemporary sculpture and new media have received significant acknowledgement worldwide. His work is included in such major collections as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Hara Museum (Tokyo). Born in Cincinnati in 1959, he lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Image Credit: Cynthia Greig “Museum Mandala (Detroit Institute of Arts)”, 2018