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Forum draws attention to global comics, animation

November 13, 2014
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum is set to show that comics are more than just superhero antics. An upcoming event is slated to host an international comic conference featuring a U.S. congressman, a Finnish artist and a local Ohio cartoonist. The International Comic Arts Forum is an annual symposium “devoted to the study of comics in all its varieties,” according to its website. Originally known as the International Comics and Animation Festival when it was started at Georgetown University, the conference aims to introduce North American scholars to comic art and scholarship from around the world. “It has been going on since 1995,” said Caitlin McGurk, a project… Read more

Mail media: Alumni document the creation of postal art in ‘Making Mail’

November 9, 2014
While many are unaware of the existence of mail art, two Ohio State alumni decided to dedicate the beginning of their post-graduation lives to creating a documentary based on the medium. Mail art, also known as postal art, refers to “small-scale works that utilize the mail as a distribution system,” according to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s website. The populist movement subverts traditional art dissemination through ornamentation of envelopes and other found objects. OSU graduates Michael Polk and Seth Radley began production on a documentary of mail art in January 2013. The film, titled “Making Mail,” was released Sunday on their website and via YouTube. The documentary follows the story… Read more

Ohio State exhibit to showcase largest manga collection in US

October 23, 2014
Fans of Japanese entertainment are in for a treat at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum’s upcoming event. Japanese comic books are set to be on display for the public to peruse at the Rare Manga Collection Open House. Only a small portion of the museum’s 20,000 manga materials will be at the open house, but all students have access to the large collection, said Maureen Donovan, a Japanese studies librarian at Ohio State. Donovan said she began collecting manga for the university in the mid-1980s and has a collection that is still growing. The manga that is set be on display come from a wide time-range, and Donovan… Read more

Ohio State alumnus David Rickert continues to draw success from illustrations

October 19, 2014
As a boy, whenever David Rickert visited Ohio State’s campus, he made it a point to pick up a copy of The Lantern. Upon seeing a comic, he knew what he wanted to do. “I knew that if I went to Ohio State, maybe I could do this,” Rickert, an alum, high school English teacher and illustrator, said. Rickert drew a comic strip — called “A Box of Trees” — for The Lantern while attending OSU from 1992 to 1996. Now, Columbus residents can read comics drawn by Rickert once again. He’s being featured in Columbus Alive, published by the Dispatch Printing Company, as part of its “Sketch in the… Read more

Infectious by design: Urban Arts Space gallery magnifies behavior of smallest life-forms

October 17, 2014
Art and science might be divided in its academic curriculum, but one Ohio State exhibition has made biology its focus. Three artists have combined their works to display the cohesion between them in a new exhibition coming to OSU’s Urban Arts Space this weekend. “Repetition Isolation: The Abundance Within,” explores a number of semi-connected organic themes, including the human form, mortality and the smallest of life-forms.   The exhibition is set to include mixed media installations, scultpture and drawings, said Bethany Haeseler, an assistant professor at SUNY Potsdam whose work is in the exhibition. It was Haeseler’s idea to create an exhibition with Molly Burke and Danielle Johns. She has previously… Read more

Columbus Museum of Art to show work of late Columbus artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon

October 16, 2014
An upcoming exhibition aims to expose the artistic results of the adventurous life of Paul-Henri Bourguignon, whose artworks hung in the galleries at the Columbus Museum of Art (then known as the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts) in an exhibition precisely 50 years ago. Bourguignon was born in 1906 in Belgium, and was working as a journalist and photographer in Haiti when he met Erika Eichhorn (now Erika Bourguignon), an anthropologist.  “My husband started painting as a teenager … and began quite early to travel, first outside the city then outside the country,” Erika Bourguignon said. “In the late 20s and 30s, he went to places where there were very… Read more

Opinion: Don’t touch that — Sterile atmosphere at Wexner Center for the Arts puts visitors on edge

October 14, 2014
There’s a reason this section is called “arts and entertainment.” The two have a lot of overlap — in an ideal world, they’d be synonymous: aesthetic and amusement intertwined into one. Too often, the “fine arts” (e.g. ballet, sculpture) fail to entertain the masses. For some, art museums can seem to be full of some elitist snobbery, where the phonies go to become sophisticates. That was a stigma curator Robert Storr was hoping to avoid when he worked on the Wexner Center for the Arts’ new gallery, “Transfigurations.” The collection comes from Les and Abigail Wexner’s personal collection and features the work of Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet and Alberto Giacometti,… Read more

Similar hands yield varied structures in ceramics exhibit ‘Concurrent’

October 7, 2014
Among Ohio State’s colossal campus community, a tight-knit group of nine artists can be found spending their days in the basement of Hopkins Hall, using keen perception and acute dexterity to contrive ceramic works for an exhibit opening Friday. Amid a university population of more than 55,000, a total of 18 students are enrolled in the Department of Art’s ceramics program, with six being graduate students. This allows for a personal environment in which the artists can communicate and analyze each other’s creations — Although their individual approaches span various artistic styles, their works are made simultaneously and from the same medium, which is the theme behind the title of… Read more

Scenes of animal slaughterhouse fuel artist Sue Coe’s activism

October 5, 2014
Since she could think, Sue Coe said she knew she wanted to be an artist and draw animals. Growing up next to a factory farm and slaughterhouse in England gave her that chance. Coe, a political artist and activist, creates work that she considers a form of “visual journalism.” Her bold prints and illustrations often center on animal activism and the atrocities that take place in slaughterhouses, she said, but she has also made several moral arguments through art on topics such as war, AIDS and apartheid. Coe is set to give a speech, “Some Animals are More Equal Than Others,” Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Wexner Center for… Read more

Short North art exhibition aims to subvert the meaning of material

October 2, 2014
Materialism is an oft criticized ideal in the art world, where many artists work to convey an abstract aesthetic. But for two artists whose work is on display at ROY G BIV Gallery, the material has become their muse. Crystal Gregory, an artist based in Brooklyn, N.Y., is one of those artists and takes inspiration from inverting the meanings and stereotypes of today’s society. With material as a key focus, her work delves into the meanings and roles pressed into material by culture. “Material is very important to me. I use material as vocabulary to explore social norms. My interests have been in the commonness and everyday-ness of the materials… Read more