ROY G BIV Gallery presents work by Nate Ricciuto and Gabe Michael Kenney. The work of both artists is on display August 6–27 at 997 N High St. Admission is free.
Artists’ Talks and Closing: Saturday, August 27, at 2:30 pm
Nate Ricciuto’s Surrogate Activities: Ricciuto’s installation of curious devices blurs the distinction between internal psychology and external reality. His work considers the ways that optical devices and technology have utilized glass to shape human perception of the world. Ricciuto’s exhibition centers around the concept of “surrogate activities,” a term coined by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski in his 1996 manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future. “Surrogate activities” are pursuits directed toward achieving artificial goals that provide reassurance in what otherwise may be confusing times.
Ricciuto is an artist living and working in Columbus, OH. He earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and has taught as Adjunct Faculty at both Temple University and the Ohio State University. His work has been featured in the Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Review. In 2016, Ricciuto was the recipient of a fellowship at the WheatonArts Creative Glass Center of America and was selected to be an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School.
Gabe Michael Kenney’s Test Zone 9: Kenney’s installation quarantines the gallery with plastic sheathing and florescent lighting. Complete with didactic maps, charts and geometric designs, the installation will present new age ideologies and abstract visions of the future. During the opening reception, the artist will perform in character while inside his fabricated space. Kenney’s work propels themes of self-awareness, social reform and global connectedness.
Kenney hails from the Laurel Highlands in southwestern Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in Columbus, OH. He received his MFA at Pennsylvania State University and his BFA from Western State Colorado University. Kenney recently completed artist residencies at Arteles Creative Center in Haukijarvi, Finland, and at RAIR: Recycled Artist in Residency in Philadelphia.