May 2018

Opening: Saturday, May 5 2018 @ 7:00 pm


ROY G BIV Gallery presents the final in a series of four exhibitions highlighting the past, present and future of ROY. This exhibition showcases artists who have exhibited in the gallery previously, as well as some who have previously applied to show in the Short North space. This group of artists will present a variety of drawings and paintings showcasing a range of practices and areas of concentration. 


Exhibition Dates: May 5-26 at 997 N High St. Hours: 1– 6 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.



Aaron Troyer will exhibit a series of abstract watercolor landscapes that defy typical standards and conventions of watercolor landscapes. The spaces depicted are made unfamiliar and moody color palates evade conventional perspectives and add a visually challenging element to a traditional medium.


Troyer is an artist living and working in Columbus OH. He received a BFA from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. He has previously shown his work in numerous venues including, ILLIQ Gallery and 934 Gallery in Columbus, OH as well as Flatcolor Gallery in Seattle, WA.



Boryana Rusenova Ina will exhibit work from her project Against the Constable Skies, paintings that appropriate the work of 19th century painter John Constable, known for his quintessentially English landscapes. In Rusenova Ina’s work, Constable’s sky studies are a backdrop for cardboard boxes, disguised in prints of his skies. Doing so points to the ambiguity of belonging and the plurality of narratives that comprise national identity. The work allows viewers to analyze the hegemonic relationships between the human form and the spaces they occupy.


Rusenova Ina received a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design, a BA from the Glasgow School of Art, and an MFA from the Ohio Sate University with a focus on painting and drawing. She has exhibited work in numerous locations including the Carver Center For the Arts in Baltimore, MD, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, and Patricia Scott Gallery at Ohio University. Rusenova Ina currently resides in Columbus, OH and is a lecturer at The Ohio State University.



Dan Jian will exhibit a series of paintings referencing Chinese ink painting and using old family photos as source material. The work explores an inner world of stored images and reflects on the shifting spaces of landscape, narrative, and memory, based off of her experience as an immigrant. The work weaves together figurative images with non- figurative gesture marks, creating multiple kinds of space
existing at once.


Jian was born and raised in Hubei, China. She came to the United States in 2007 at the age of nineteen. She received her BFA from Temple’s Tyler School of Art in 2011. From The Ohio State University, Dan gained her MFA in May 2016. Right now Dan lives and works in Columbus, OH, where she is lecturing at Ohio State University Art Department.



Luke Ahern will exhibit a series of small paintings and drawings with a wall painting to serve as a backdrop. Ahern’s work deals with the semantics of visual information, signs and symbols that affect our everyday life and selects his materials and tools for painting in accordance with his surroundings. His paintings are used to look closely and carefully, ruthlessly encounter reality, overcome obstructions and recontextualize experience.


Ahern is an artist and educator living in Marysville Ohio. Luke received his MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also holds a BFA from Bowling Green State University. His work has been shown extensively locally as well as nationally. Most recently he has had solo exhibitions at The Denison Museum of Art, Illinois Wesleyan University, ROY G BIV gallery in Columbus, Urban Arts Space in Columbus and at The Neon Heater in Findlay, Ohio. He is currently teaching in the art department at The Ohio State University and Capitol University.



Melissa Vogley Woods will exhibit a series of abstract paintings full of arches and folds. The arches are reminiscent of massive architectural structures, and the folds act as impressions of stacked blankets. Vogley Woods’ paintings pass through moments of figurative representation and landscape-esque scenes flicking between kneeling bodies and views of ancient cities. 


Vogley Woods earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA from the Ohio State University. Recent International Exhibitions include: openhouse Mastul eV Kunstverein Berlin, Germany; Nachbarschaft Verlassen – Neighborhood Gone, Gallery Raskolnikow Dresden, Germany; and upcoming Unter Oberflächen Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig, Germany. Recent national exhibitions include: Belle Isle Public Art Exhibition, Access Arts, Detroit, MI, Craftism University of Wisconsin; Devotion to Thread Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee; Fiberarts International Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.