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Thinking of Pinturicchio (While Looking out Sol LeWitt's Windows) by Stephen Berens
LeWitt Still Lifes by Elizabeth Bryant
September 7-November 3
Thursday October 18, 5 pm–8 pm
Elizabeth Bryant and Stephen Berens created their works in 2010 during residencies in Sol LeWitt's studio in Spoleto, Italy. As the late artist’s primary workspace in Italy, the studio remained largely untouched from his death in 2007 until their arrival three years later. Bryant’s discovery of nine Giorgio Morandi etchings in LeWitt’s living room led her to ongoing research into traditional still life painting. Choosing LeWitt's environment for backgrounds and arranging fruits, vegetables, and bottles, she created a series of five still-life photographs. She sees the final images as an interchange between her work and that of LeWitt and Morandi. Two etchings by Morandi accompany her photographs in the exhibit. Berens photographed through the doors and windows of LeWitt's studio using the architecture to outline the sky. Berens shares the incorporation of architectural space with LeWitt and the Renaissance painter, Pinturicchio. Editing the images into sets containing the sky without clouds and sets containing cloud formations, he later devised an elaborate color system for the backgrounds. He arranged the variations in grids, a visual device favored by LeWitt. 280 digital images on vinyl panels are on display.
Founded in 1962, the Carl Solway Gallery currently celebrates its 50th year in operation. The gallery occupies 12,500 square feet of space in a historic warehouse in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood. The Carl Solway Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, graphics, and new media incorporating video and electronics. Gallery activities include fabrication of large-scale sculpture, publication of print editions and multiples, organization and circulation of museum exhibitions worldwide, and corporate collections consultation and installation.