An exhibition entitled “Recent Works” presents multimedia pieces by visiting art teachers at the Hopkins Hall Gallery.
Located at 128 N. Oval Mall, the gallery serves as a venue for Ohio State students and faculty members to exhibit their work in various exhibits, as well as participate in design, research, and Creation. The “Recent workthe exhibition features Dionne Lee, Illya Mousavijad and Christopher Stackhouse. Lee, a post-MA fine arts lecturer and visual artist from Oakland, California, said there is a connection between her art, nature and history.
“Much of my work explores my relationship to nature and the outdoors and reflects on how our relationships with spaces have been formed through ancestral traumas and historical systems such as segregation,” Lee said.
One of the main pieces Lee presented to Hopkins was a short video segment titled “Castings,” which depicts a stick — Y-shaped, moving across the floor — as a divination tool, she said.
“So you charge this stick to tell you where the water is, so I was drawn to this symbol as a casting tool or a navigational tool,” Lee said.
Mousavijad, Visiting Assistant Professor in Art and Technology with an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, said he was presenting two plays related to his Iranian heritage.
Mousavijad’s first piece contrasts a poem about the pain of friendship, written by Iranian Kurdish singer Shahram Nazeri, and an animation of the Iranian flag and the American flag fluttering directly against each other in the wind. Mousavijad said he used the poem to describe “precious pain” between two countries that once had friendlier relations.
“I took that a bit out of context and tied it to the relationship between Iran and the United States, which is quite extreme,” Mousavijad said.
His second piece, “A Night at the Pottery Shop”, once again opposes poetry to a new artistic medium: a voice recording. The recording relays a conversation between Mousavijad and a Jordanian friend whose immigration status expires as they discuss the ideas of Middle Eastern poets Elyas Alavi and Omar Khayyam.
“We understand the temporality of life and also the nonsense of the kind of class and race identity boundaries that we have in life,” Mousavijad said. “When we die, we all merge into the same ground.”
Stackhouse, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Art, has a background in art that has taken him from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and San Francisco to New York. He said his time in New York directly influenced his work featured in the exhibit.
“These are images that were on a set of four film canisters that I shot in 2014 and 2015, and they were all shot in my apartment in Brooklyn,” Stackhouse said. “And on those rolls, there were pictures of my kids and pictures of the city of different things. I took all kinds of pictures, but all 35 [millimeter] movies and all at different exposure speeds.
Light plays an important role in the pieces he chose for his Hopkins Hall show, Stackhouse said.
“If you focus on what photography is, which literally means ‘light writing,’ that’s kind of what it is,” Stackhouse said. “It’s about capturing very private, meditative moments where the light just becomes a part of that.”
The exhibition “Recent works” is to be discovered until Thursday. Those interested can register online to see the exhibition on the Espace Arts Urbains website. Time slots are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.