Dittmar Exhibits

WAR GAMES

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Upcoming Exhibit

By: Céline Browning

War Games began in 2014, the same year that 12 year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police while playing with a toy gun in a public park. This tragedy and the national conversation surrounding it sparked a series of unsettling realizations. While childhood play is often seen as a safe space, it is clear that real violence and play violence overlap and influence one another, creating a murky line between safety and danger.

Each work of art in War Games combines children's toys with state-sanctioned violence, commenting on the insidious ways that threats of violence impact American domestic life. The surreal toys presented here seem disconcertingly new, disturbingly familiar, and vaguely threatening. A question hangs over the work - what will keep us safe?

Exhibit Dates: February 20th to March 25th

Reception Date: February 22nd, 5pm - 7pm

SOCIAL REGARD

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By: Paula Henderson

In Paula Henderson's "Social Regard," one branch of these works is concerned with gender specific social constructs shaped by the ubiquitous commercial and cultural representations of women internalized in the development of our sense of worth.

Dissimilarly, Henderson's regard is echoed in the second series in this exhibition, Groundwork(s), wherein her interest in abstraction is in its post-modern possibilities. In contrast to the self-contained formalism of modernist abstraction, she focuses on prosaic, schematic patterns of visual appeal, that operate simultaneously as social signifiers.

Exhibit Dates: January 11th to February 13th

See a video preview of the 'Social Regard' exhibit here.

YOU PROMISED ME POEMS

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By: Chris Kienke

Ideas about representation, citizenship, and sexuality are represented by images, which are themselves reflective of race, class and gender. These ideas and images shape our beliefs about what American values are, who is represented in those beliefs and who gets to share in those values. What people watch or listen to; music, news channels and radio stations, newspapers, social media and images on television and film have a strong influence in shaping common belief.

Chris Kienke is especially interested in images that express ideas about cultural identity and who exactly those images apply to and to whom they don’t apply to. The continuing discussions about these issues filtered through social media, film and television in the United States are a dialogue that demands visual rendering.

Exhibit Dates: October 25th to December 13th

IMPLICATION OF COLOR

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By: Elisa R. Boughner

Color has always played a part in the depiction of the human spirit. It has been found to express spirituality and affect emotion. You can see the use of this in churches through the use of stained glass windows. Artist Elisa Boughner’s goal is to inspire those who view her work, to look more carefully at the  world and to discover beauty in everyday objects around them.  She creates objects within her paintings  that are recognizable and imperfect.

Elisa uses color as a vocabulary of feelings and encourages the viewer to have a physical emotional reaction to the piece. Although she starts with some type of concept in mind the work builds into a character and a personality of its own. When it is finished it keeps on changing according to the state of mind of the viewer. Elisa believes that color reveals the soul of the artist and can affect the viewer in a similar way.   

View a video of this exhibit here.

Exhibit Dates: September 17th to October 18th