Darren Haper, Colleen McCulla and Tres Roemer
May 6-June 18, 2016
The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) presents Stunt Show, an exhibition showcasing three Miami Valley artists working with collage and paint to create cutting-edge personal narratives. This show opens May 6th and runs through June 18th, 2016. Each artist has a personal approach to their art making.
Darren Haper’s work, according to the artist, explores materials and mark making while developing a narrative. “As I begin the process, each mark directly affects the next,” said Haper. “There is a frantic, almost manic start to my paintings. The images engage the viewer to become part of the narrative while disparate elements converge creating a playful vision. I like the psychology behind juxtaposing these ideas.”
Colleen McCulla’s work focuses primarily on found-image collage. According to the artist’s statement, “Collages are a tapestry of vaguely familiar images that have been set free from context and come together to create a moment that is freshly relevant in present. I collage to juxtapose images from our mass produced visual past in order to create daily, thought provoking pauses in our lives. I’m influenced by our dependency on technology and the vast amount of visual stimuli we experience daily.”
Tres Roemer, a designer and illustrator by trade, appreciates the medium of collage because it challenges the artist with “the responsibility to honor and balance context and potential. Minimal techniques of manipulation bring forward deceivingly simple visual and conceptual considerations for the viewer to process.”
Collector’s Preview: May 6th, 5-6 p.m. at DVAC (for DVAC Collector level members and above)
Opening Reception: May 6th, 6- 8 p.m. (free and open to the public)
This exhibition is supported by Education & Public Program Sponsor Dr. Bob Brandt, Jr.
The artists in this exhibition were selected through DVAC’s 2014 Biennial Call for Exhibitions by jurors Jason Franz, Founding Executive Director & Chief Curator, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati; John Kortlander, Professor, Drawing & Painting, Columbus College of Art and Design, OH and 2012 DVAC Biennial Call Artist; and Liz Maugens, Co-Founder & Director, Zygote Press, Cleveland. The exhibition was organized by DVAC.