Smile in the face of adversity

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“The geologist must be able to re-create a bygone world from the evidence of a few samples of rock. The artist creates previously un-dreamt worlds from bits and pieces of his own reality.”

Ohio Art League artist Tom Baillieul‘s extensive training and experience in the Earth Sciences have shaped the way he perceives the physical world – giving him the ability to think in four dimensions, the three spatial dimensions and “deep time.”

CS Gallery of Cobenick Studios will host Baillieul’s latest exhibition, Put on a Happy Face, from August 29 through September 29, 2014. Don’t miss the Opening Reception Friday Sept. 12 from 6- 9 in the evening.

Put on a Happy Face places the ubiquitous yellow “smiley” face in a variety of ambiguous or contradictory situations, from garment workers in an Asian sweatshop, to dementia patients in a nursing home, to a woman learning to walk with an artificial leg.

I want viewers to stop and consider that their own values, their own perspectives may only be one of several possibilities. I hope to inspire questions. What does it mean? Why is it there? How should I react?”

The smiley face has been used as a symbol of joy, friendship and good times since the 1960s; although there are indications that it may have appeared well before then. More recently, it’s been used to promote low-priced consumer goods imported from overseas. In this exhibition, Tom Baillieul imposes new meanings onto the friendly symbol.

Click here to see more of Tom’s work and his exhibition schedule.

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