The BOX Gallery in downtown Akron is hosting two solo shows from June 2 through July 1: “Keep Your Eye On The Donut Not The Hole” by Breanne Trammell, and “Graphic Thrills” by Alex Strader. Both shows will focus on pop culture, and the artists will attend an opening reception Friday, June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the BOX Gallery.
Breanne Trammell is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in printmaking. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been an artist-in-residence at the Women’s Studio Workshop, the Wassaic Project, Endless Editions, the Kala Institute and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati.
In her work she explores objects and icons from popular culture, the confluence of highbrow and lowbrow, and mines from her personal history. It presents common experiences and awkward memories that we come to terms with, and commemorates these experiences through humor and playful formalism—like a giant papier-mâché paper clip or letterpress-printed Twitter posts. Objects, observations and inescapable memories that may seem unimportant but are significant and make us who we are.
Alex Strader works with both mixed media and digital work, often with original characters. His work is loosely based on real life experiences with a mix of dreams, music, fiction and pop culture. He also explores themes of suffering and the expanding neuroticism of 21st century society, albeit in a humorous and often abstract way. He graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2012 and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2017.
“I’ve always been interested in characters, both real and imaginary. Everyone has a personality they craft over time, just like a drawing or a painting. The best part is, the variations are endless. For me, I’m just happy I found a balance of using both my art training and the sensibilities I crafted as a child. I feel like I didn’t waste my time reading MAD Magazine, studying more than anything. I think that’s what people ultimately look for in life.”
The BOX Gallery, located on the third floor of Summit Artspace (140 E. Market St.), will also be open on Saturday, June 3 for the Akron Artwalk from 5 to 9 p.m., in addition to its regular hours. Admission is free and open to the public.
In 1978, Artists of Rubber City (AoRC) was founded by a group of University of Akron art students looking for places to display their work and for a way to stay connected. AoRC is a member-based visual arts nonprofit with the mission to advocate for contemporary artists and Ohio art. The group promotes the appreciation and ownership of art created by contemporary artists as one facet of the rich culture to be found in Northeast Ohio. Members have diverse backgrounds in visual art including painters, photographers, printmakers, fiber artists, ceramicists, media artists, graphic artists, sculptors, and jewelers.
The BOX Gallery is an artist-run gallery owned by the Artists of Rubber City. It opened in October 2009 on the third floor of Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., in Akron. Gallery exhibition proposals are open to the public and can be acquired at the gallery or at ArtistsofRubberCity.org. Accepted artist and curator proposals have the opportunity to be featured in two exhibition spaces: the Big BOX and the small box. As a part of the AoRC mission to promote regional contemporary art and artists, membership is not a requirement for gallery shows or exhibitions.
The BOX Gallery is FREE and open to the public during exhibitions on Friday and Saturday from 12-5 pm, during Friday art openings, and during the Akron Art Walk, the first Saturday of each month from 5 – 9 pm.
Happy Earth Day, Breanne Trammell