Friday, September 24, 2010

Jonathan Hammer press release

Jonathan Hammer

On view in the Rebecca Ibel Gallery at Miranova

2 Miranova Place, Suite 150, Columbus OH 43215

October 1 – November 12, 2010

Artist Talk and Reception: Friday, October 1, 5-8 pm

The Rebecca Ibel Gallery is excited to present new work by Jonathan Hammer. The exhibition will include a double-sided leather panel, pastel drawings and a suite of etchings. Inspired both intellectually and aesthetically by Surrealism and Dada, Jonathan Hammer utilizes historic, religious, and artistic events as a crucible for exploring and tracing the filaments of the human condition. Three different bodies of work are represented in the exhibition: Genesis, Ubu Roi, and Kovno. While they have diverse historic underpinnings, the works share the same deep conceptual roots and strong aesthetic appeal.

Genesis 2009 Hand-tooled exotic leathers 34 x 28”

Reminiscent in its construction of ancient religious texts ‘Genesis’ is a double panel, made of hand-tooled exotic skins, that reinterprets specific biblical narratives. The recto side is a complex, highly symbolic narrative that explores what Hammer describes as two tangential themes related to the burial of Sara, and the various ancient legends that arose in connection with the themes. The verso side addresses the relationship between Abraham and his servant Ezekiel, particularly the religious and human implications in manner in which the oath is taken, as Hammer views the incident.

In seven pastels Hammer portrays Ubu King, a persona invented by the Dadaist Alfred Jarry. In the pastels Ubu King appears in an anguished state, imagined variously as a dethroned king, a clown, and a vulnerable artist. Hammer’s focus on duality is particularly evident in the Ubu King series, which depicts a once powerful leader who has been sapped of power and now appears to be no more than an empty toy. Like his Dadaist predecessor, Hammer plays on absurdities and contradictions inherent in everyday life, which have greater political implications.

In a suite of twelve etchings entitled ‘Kovno’, Hammer explores the circumstances surrounding atrocities that occurred in a Lithuanian town during World War II. Tens of thousands of Jewish residents were expelled from their homes and sent to a ghetto before ultimately being impounded under German orders. After the fall of Soviet rule, Jews living in the area were openly slaughtered en masse. Amidst this exhibition of the human capacity for extreme and remorseless violence, an unlikely ally intervened on behalf of those being persecuted. Against direct orders a Japanese diplomat named Chiune Sugihara issued some 2,100 visas to refugees, enabling them to escape to Japan. The Simon Wiesenthal Center estimates that approximately 40,000 descendents of the Jewish refugees are alive due to the actions of Sugihara. In 1984 Israel’s official Holocaust memorial named Sugihara one of the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ in recognition of his humanitarian actions during the war.

The Kovno suite originated as Hammer was preparing for an exhibition of his work at the Lithuanian Art Museum. During his preparations Hammer learned that his Jewish grandparents were from the area, and he shared this discovery with the museum. Evidently shamed by the atrocities that had occurred during World War II, the museum abruptly cancelled the exhibition and severed contact with Hammer. After delving into the history surrounding the atrocities and Sugihara’s actions, Hammer created the Kovno etchings, a body of work that is both intensely personal and unmistakably universal in its import.

Jonathan Hammer was born in Chicago in 1960. He graduated from Bard College and studied bookbinding at the London College of Printing with Romilly Saumerez Smith and Monique Lallier. For 20 years, his work has been included in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions around the world and has been the subject of more than 35 solo. His works are included in many private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Jumex Collection, Mexico City; and the Caldic Collection, Rotterdam. Hammer recently completed a cycle of large sculptures in porcelain with the Bernardaud Foundation in Limoges, France. He is the recipient of numerous grants, including the Swiss Arts Council, Zurich; Art Matters, New York; and Miro Foundation, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Hammer lives and works in Barcelona and San Francisco. He has been exhibiting with the Rebecca Ibel Gallery since 1996.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Linda Gall Installation Images at Miranova

Linda Gall's current exhibition "Wanton Surrender" has been very well received with a critical praise and strong sales.
'Rust Belt Rococo' aptly describes her new body of work, as the review title claims in the Columbus Dispatch,

Review in the Columbus Dispatch - click here

To the left is a pan of the Monkey Band pieces that hang as a grouping on the wall. The monkeys play in an old building in Zanesville, that was once a pottery factory. As the factory is in a constant state of decay, the monkeys continue their mischievous ways and dance the nights away.

The show will be on view through September 30.

To see more images visit us on line or call 291-2555 for more information.

Artists' News

Almond Zigmund currently has work on view in two galleries. 'Plane Suite' is an installation at the Harris Art Gallery of the University of La Verne, which has been extended through December. An essay by David Pagel accompanies the show.

Crafting Concept: Oppositions, Connections and the Nature of Form, October 2 - November 20, 2010, at BoxoFFICE. This is a two artist exhibition presenting work that spans the continental USA as well as a wide area of artistic practice.
for more info visit

Zigmund will have an exhibition with the Rebecca Ibel Gallery opening in November.

Matt Magee has an exhibition of new paintings at the Knoedler Project Space. The show will be on view through November 13, 2010.
for further information click here

Stephen Mueller has an exhibition this fall with Lennon Weinburg Gallery which is already gaining critical attention.
This preview excerpt is from blogger Stephanie Buhmann in the Villager.
The solo exhibition of New York abstract painter Stephen Mueller (Oct. 21 – Nov. 27 at Lennon, Weinberg — 514 W. 25th St.) should not be missed. While Mueller has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad since the 1980s, this will be his first local solo show in four years — and his first with this gallery. A vibrant palette and iconic forms that are seemingly floating within infinite spheres characterize his work. Here, structure and focus are carefully balanced to ponder themes of universality and limitlessness. Cosmology, Eastern spiritualism, an interest in symbolism and the color psychology propagated by 19th century Romantics, have had an impact on Mueller’s oeuvre — and yet, his personal synthesis of such influences makes for a unique blend. At first glance, Mueller’s shapes can look flawless, their edges as cut and clear as that of graphic ornaments. Upon close inspection, however, one finds the artist’s hand in each. In many ways, Mueller’s work aims to simplify without looking simple — offering a meditative code to existential riddles. for more - click here

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fall Schedule, News, Reviews and Shows

We have a few announcements, along with a busy fall calendar and an active schedule of our artists.

New Faces
The gallery is excited to welcome new faces to the gallery.
Georgia Ruch ~ Administrative Assistant
Matthew Keida ~ Preparator
Jessica Gordon ~ Gallery Assistant.

New Fall Hours
Please note the gallery is now open later - until 7 during the week.
The Miranova gallery is open Tuesday - Friday noon - 7 pm and by appointment.
The Short North gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 5 and by appointment.


ARTIST TALK - Thursday, September 9, 12:30-1 pm
Linda Gall will be giving a tour of the exhibition and talking about her new paintings.
Join us at Miranova!

Opening October 1
Jonathan Hammer
Mark your calendar and join us for the artist's reception on Friday, October 1, 6-8 pm. The exhibition will feature a new leather panel piece, pastel drawings and a suite of etchings.

Starting Saturday October 2 - Short North Gallery Hop - Collector's Preview - 3-6pm
The first Saturday of every month the Rebecca Ibel Gallery, along with other Short North galleries, will host a 'Collector's Preview', a special event for the art enthusiasts. Join us to meet with artists, enjoying a beverage and preview the exhibition before the crowds of gallery hop descend.

ArtBo 2011, October 21 - 25, Bogota
The gallery is excited to participate in an art fair in Bogota Columbia and will be featuring new work by Rob Wynne, Dion Johnson, Laura Sanders and Kurt Lightner.

Opening November 5 - Tom Chapin
Tom Chapin will be exhibiting a new group of sculpture in our Short North Gallery. The pieces are carved out of rosewood and mahogany and have a dynamic energy.

'On Display 10' - Schumacher Gallery at Capital University, Opening November 12
The gallery will be participating in an art fair style exhibition, along with Keny Galleries, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Art Access Gallery and Brian H. Roberts Galleries.
There is an article about this forthcoming exhibition in the current issue of Columbus City Scene.
Columbus City Scene article on the exhibition - click here


Linda Gall and Julie Taggart will have new work in 'Shared Space', the faculty show of the Columbus College of Art and Design, opening Wednesday, September 8, 5-8 pm.
for more info:

Billy Sullivan is in an exhibition 'In the company of...Andy Warhol' opening September 9 at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT. Jeremy Kost and Rashad Newsome are also featured in this show, open through October 15, 2010.

Robert Harms is in an exhibition curated by Klaus Kertess 'Pastoral' opening Tuesday, September 14, 6-8 pm. The show also includes work by Peter Cain, Carroll Dunham, Susan Hartnett, Dona Nelson, Alexander Ross and Richard Van Buren and will be on view through October 16, 2010.

Karla Wozniak
is an an exhibition 'Rhyme, Not Reason' curated by John Yau opening Saturday, September 10, 7-9 pm, at the Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Brooklyn. The show also includes work by Marilyn Lerner, Laura Newman, David Rhodes and Sherman Sam and is open through October 10.
for information on this show - click here
to view work in the gallery by Wozniak, visit our website - here

Sush Machida Gaikotsu is featured on the website of collector Jean Pigozzi. He has a collection of contemporary Japanese art and is on view at:
for images of this artist on our website - click here