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Sculpture exhibit integrates aviation concepts and art form

Feb 7, 2018

“Flight of Obscurity XV,” a sculpture installation by Nathaniel Foley, is currently on exhibit in the Elzay Art Gallery at Ohio Northern University through Feb. 23. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. during days when classes are in session.

Nathaniel Foley received his MFA in sculpture from Miami (Ohio) University, and he currently teaches at Tiffin University and Owens Community College. Having grown up in a family of pilots, he was inspired by the imagery of flight and airplane model-building from an early age, and he often utilizes the techniques of aviation construction in his sculpture.

“I communicate concepts rooted in aviation history through a visual language that references both travel and warfare by hand fabricating dynamic and iconic forms of flight,” Foley explained. “These sculptures consist of cones that are integrated with spires and held together under tension, supported by utilitarian containers (crates). This fragile relationship of forms exposes the delicate balance between grace and imminent danger, similar to the fleeting ballet of courting birds or the hostility felt between foes engaged in a dogfight.”