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Observed reality painting exhibit opens 2012 gallery season at Ohio Northern University

ImageJanuary—The Elzay Gallery of Art at Ohio Northern University will host The Space Between, an exhibit of paintings by Lenore D. Thomas, on display January 17–February 17, 2012.

Professor Thomas is an artist who grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her artwork has been shown in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Estonia, China, Argentina, and Malaysia.

Prof. Thomas received her MFA in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in religious studies and a BA in fine arts from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She is co-director of Red Rocket Gallery, a virtual gallery space focused on showing the work of emerging artists.

Her newest endeavor, Satan’s Camaro, is a collaborative project with artist Justin Strom. She is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is an assistant professor in the department of studio arts at the University of Pittsburgh.

“My current work is a melding of observed reality with the imaginary,” described Thomas. “In a desire to escape the truth of the everyday world, I create fantastical, abstract environments via the realm of video games, pop culture, television, and contemporary design. By reworking found imagery into a language of mark making, color, and design while allowing the process of chance to alter the art, I compose a personal language that is rooted in a vocabulary of geometry and space. I am in essence allowing viewers a moment to forget about their reality and enter a landscape that transcends their own.”
With printmaking, she can interchange and combine information in a variety of ways to create and identify new patterns and images. “Through painting, drawing, layers of wax, traditional and digital prints,” explained Thomas, “I begin to obscure, alter, and sometimes delete information. Through the process of artificial selection I choose colors and create compositions. Those elements that are selected continue on through an attraction that I have to them. This attraction may be one associated with beauty, ugliness, or nostalgia. In part these landscapes are a formal examination of color and design that are created through the principles of artificial selection, chance, and observation.”

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art & design at 419-772-2160 or art@onu.edu. Visit www.onu.edu/a+s/art for the latest information about times, locations and additions to the schedule.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2011–12 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: This Sunrise Is Like Being in Love (#4), screenprint, intaglio, 2011