1801 Race St.
Cincinnati OH 45202
September 25–December 31
Artist Talk with Caleb Charland
Friday October 5, 6–7 pm
Art Academy of Cincinnati
1212 Jackson St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Exhibition Reception with Caleb Charland and the Artworks Apprentice Artists
Saturday, October 6, 11 am–1 pm
Envisioned as a constellation of stars, visiting artist Caleb Charland’s installation assembles thousands of handprints to mirror the night sky. Cincinnati Constellation required engagement of over 1,000 local residents. A team of teenage ArtWorks Apprentice Artists set up shop at Findlay Market throughout the summer to engage shoppers and visitors in this artmaking process. Numerous residents became a part of the constellation by having their handprints digitally scanned. The final work, composed of a myriad of handprints, is inverted, assembled, printed on fabric, and suspend ed from the rafters of Findley Market.
Though celestial navigation wanes today and light pollution diminishes most urban perspective of the heavens, constellations continue to represent unlimited possibilities. The stars inspire dreams of places far beyond, and remind us of our common origins and humanity.
Charland grew up in rural Maine and spent much of his childhood helping his father remodel their family homes. These experiences instilled an awareness of the potential for the creative uses of materials and the ability to fabricate his visions. Artist-inventor and backyard poet, Charland teases the marvelous from the mundane. Charland earned a BFA in photography with departmental honors from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2004. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009 and received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Trustees Fellow in 2010. http://calebcharland.com/
Founded in 1996, ArtWorks is a non-profit arts organization that empowers and inspires the creative community to transform our everyday environments through employment, apprenticeships, education, community partnerships, and civic engagement.