As an art student from Otterbein that is finishing up her last year, I am intrigued by artwork that surrounds conceptual ideas that provoke thought or a type of experience. Concepts of interest pertain to the subjective reality of identity and how we project our sculpted identities that are then perceived by others. My preferred mediums are photography and integrated digital media. In contrast to my digital media concentration (which is primarily video) my heart lies in the realm of large format film photography.
Walking around the gallery space, noticed is the repetitious use of lines and the color pink. The artist explains in her statement that her goal is to point out the cloudiness between social structures and to encourage the audience to look at the division between social constructs by forcing the viewers to move throughout her work. Lines are often used to create a type of division, but in this exhibition, the pronounced lines are placed upon the walls and upon her paintings, or above the potential area that a viewer may stand to view her systematically hung strands of braided twine. She uses lines to erase divisions between the audiences through experience. Her use of bright chromatic pinks grabs the viewer’s attention, stressing a type of urgency. The placement and design of her three-dimensional sculpture allows a fluid glance from the viewer as he or she moves around the space. Titles such as “Paintings are like People” suggest that people are simply outlining boundaries to the discourse of their culture.
Artist Megan Mosholder // Curated by Amy Leibrand
January 3 – 28, 2013
Megan Mosholder, A Tale of Two Bridges, Savannah, GA, 2012
Delineations is a visionary exhibition created in response to the Ohio Art League gallery space. The installation, constructed with paintings and three-dimensional sculptural drawings, intends to bring attention to the opacity between social classes in our culture. Scrutiny of social division is encouraged as the viewer moves in and around the sculptural drawings built out of braided mason twine and light.
Artist Megan Mosholder uses a hands-on approach to examine spatial elements through site-specific visual research. Delineations is a multi-sensory, participatory experience; lines expand and contract in a visually manipulative manner, engulfing the viewer. Indirect paintings were created using the non-traditional method of applying paint indirectly to raw canvas. Created in reaction to the sculptural drawings, the paintings provide an unspoken dialogue between the space and the participant.
An example of her interest in spatial and social research, Mosholder’s recent MFA thesis exhibition, A Tale of Two Bridges (Savannah, GA, 2012), explored old conversations about city planning, race and power, city history, and the more current social and political climate in Savannah. Such site-specific work reawakens for a moment the simple intrigue of “looking” and creates a visual dialogue about movement, time, and dimension. These elements are reflected in her paintings, which Mosholder considers to be a continuation of her spatial exploration. The end result is a pictorial and ephemeral representation of our current socio-political climate intended to inspire and encourage individual investigation.