Gallery Talk: Perpetual Ephemera: The Works Of Preston Buchtel,

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Our Fall gallery schedule begins with Perpetual Ephemera, a group show featuring the work of four area artists -- Preston Buchtel, Ryn Clarke, Hadley K Conner, and Raheleh Mohammad – creating mixed media pieces and assemblages incorporating a variety of photographic processes. The new work in the show represents challenges for each artist, both in content and process, combining traditional and alternative photographic techniques with a variety of other media to further explore their personal iconographies.

Preston Buchtel primarily works in painting, collage, and photography, often combining them, creating mixed media works. In this exhibition, he is showing small collage/mixed media pieces drawn from work made over the past twenty years. Through the small works, he is able to explore new possibilities for the visual creation, destruction, and manipulation of space, time, form, meaning, narrative, perception, and materials, which in turn informs his larger work. (www.prestonbuchtel.com)

Ryn Clarke is a visual artist and photographer exploring the image-making process using a variety of photographic processes, including hand-coloring, photopolymer gravure, handmade papers, printmaking, and encaustics. This new work focuses on an ever-changing natural world – beautiful, even in its decay. The subjects of her work are caught between permanence and ephemeral, fruition and decay, vitality and vulnerability of nature. (www.rynclarke.com)

Hadley K Conner works exclusively with film, generating images in the darkroom using traditional and alternative photographic processes. The subject matter in this show stems from an ongoing investigation of those who embrace both the past and a sense of theatricality within designated spaces, specific events and their daily lives. The inclusion of ephemeral objects in mixed media collage with photographic imagery (which is often deemed ephemeral), allows her to further manipulate the narrative aspect of her pieces. (www.retroactivephotography.com)

Raheleh Mohammad, born in Iran, currently lives and works in Ohio. Photography for her is a visual experience, which allows her to capture moments that could either convey a narrative or a fading reality in poetic interpretation. Her focus in this exhibition is "distance" and its perception in the broadest sense. Whether it is physical distance, metaphorical, or even one of illusion. Distances with impacts perpetually imprinted in our souls, no matter how ephemeral they appear to be. (www.rahelehmohammad.com)
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