Birke Art Gallery to open spring semester with mixed media experience


The Birke Art Gallery will open the spring semester Jan. 11 with Façade, a mixed media English garden brought to life from a collaboration of artist Jordan Tate and the artist duo Future Retrieval.

Tate, with Future Retrieval’s Katie Parker and Guy Davis, employed 21st-century technology to produce 2D scans of 3D images. The flattened images are combined with sculptures, collaging typically divergent elements.

Facade_Hedge.jpg“These sculptures continue to play with function in the face of façade, referencing ideas of process vs. product,” according to the group’s artist statement. “The topiary forest moves back and forth – a cardboard cutout made from a three-dimensional object photographed, flattened, and duplicated. An 8-bit Minecraft-esque hedge conceals a 2D plastic neoclassical fountain that continually pours water into a very real Greek attic-style urn. An altered mold of Michelangelo’s David sits in front of sampled wallpaper by Zuber.”

The three Cincinnati, Ohio artists will describe their works during an opening reception, from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Birke Art Gallery, located in Smith Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Façade will be up until Feb. 19, and can be viewed in the gallery weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Photos: (Above) “David and Zuber” is an altered mold of Michelangelo’s David sitting in front of sampled wallpaper by Zuber. (Below) In “Hedge,” the topiary forest — a cardboard cutout made from a three-dimensional object photographed, flattened and duplicated—moves back and forth.