Summit Artspace Gallery OPENS Adorned Spaces is now on display at Summit Artspace through June 14. Gallery hours are Thursdays from noon to 9 p.m. so visitors can take advantage of visiting both Summit Artspace and the Akron Art Museum and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit will also be open for the June ArtWalk on Saturday, June 7 from 5 to 10 p.m.
This unconventional portraiture exhibition shows works that explore our relationships to space and how our environments can transform into imprints of expression. With two very different approaches to this concept, photographers Andrew Thomas Lopez and Marissa McClellan play with their spaces differently, but with clear and precise direction for their intent.
In a project entitled, This Means Something… This is Important, Andrew’s son creates patterns, building spaces imbued with mystique and imagination, and Andrew then acts as a co-creator of the resulting conceptions. The result is a beautiful combination of portraiture and still life.
Marissa has spent several years documenting suburban bedrooms of the mid-west, capturing the essence of many individuals & couples via still life of their most personal space. Part fine art, part anthropological study, the resulting photographs mirror our 21st century lifestyles.
Both photographers are from Akron and have actively participated in many regional group shows, along with solo shows to their credit. Andrew Thomas Lopez received prestigious awards in 2012 from his alma-mater, Columbia College in Chicago and the Juror’s Choice Award for the STILL LIFE Exhibition from the Kiernan Gallery in Virginia. Andrew received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago and Marissa McClellan graduated with her BFA in photography from the University of Akron, Myers School of Art in 2012.
The artists will discuss their work in public talks on May 22 and May 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Summit Artspace. These lecture/discussions are FREE to all and the public is encouraged to attend. McClellan’s talk on Thursday, May 22 entitled, “More Than a Bed”, will provide insights as to how documented images of bedrooms become personal portraits of the people that inhabit and garnish these spaces. Lopez will talk about “Creativity and Autism” as he discusses the history and experience of working with his son Sabas for the project, This Means Something… This is Important. Lopez brings to the forefront the importance of art and photography as a way to engage with a child who has autism; tapping into their strengths and brilliance as opposed to viewing the condition as a deficiency. Representatives from the Akron chapter of the Autism Society will be present at the talk on May 29at 7:30 p.m.
Summit Artspace, a project of the Akron Area Arts Alliance in cooperation with Summit County government, is located at 140 E. Market Street, one block east of the Akron Art Museum. Admission and parking are free.
AAAA is a non-profit advocacy group. Its membership includes 65 arts and culture organizations plus 200 individual artists and arts supporters. It is supported by Summit county, Akron Community Foundation, Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Ohio Arts Council , Burton D. Morgan Foundation, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, GAR Foundation, Summa Foundation and Audio-Technica.