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Community to Help Select Dublin’s Next Public Artwork

Community to Help Select Dublin’s Next Public Artwork

Posted: Friday, October 3, 2008 10:28 pm

DUBLIN, Ohio— (Oct. 2, 2008) Titration2: Park Fiction, Dublin Arts Council’s latest on-loan outdoor sculpture exhibition, will be dedicated Mon., Oct. 20 from 5 to 7pm with informal artist talks and a self-guided public tour in Dublin’s Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway in Dublin. The tour originates from the park’s centrally located Pavilion.

Park Fiction is brought to life through four groupings, each ranging in size from three to more than 50 sculptural elements. The Park Fiction theme illustrates the whimsy and human connection to the outdoor recreational spaces in our midst. The exhibition remains on view through September 2009.
           
Artist Danielle Giudici Wallis of Alameda, Calif., will be on hand to shed light on her “Peep Boxes,” three unassuming-looking wooden and synthetic material structures that, upon closer inspection, contain miniature reflections of suburban park spaces, accessed visually through a peek-hole.
          
La Grange, Ky., sculptor and performance artist Todd Smith returns to Coffman Park to describe his process and inspiration for “Shell People,” four life-sized fiberglass and marine resin human likenesses which have been installed in trees around the park.

Hiroshima, Japan-born sculptor Daisuke Shintani will travel to Dublin from his Allentown, Pa., studio to discuss his artworks, two separate installations of cast bronze leaves with poured glass which have been affixed to a wall of the Dublin Community Recreation Center and also through the entrance and interior lobby space of the Dublin Municipal Building.

The fourth Park Fiction artist, Jeppe Hein of Berlin, will be unable to attend the dedication in person to interact with guests, but Dublin Arts Council (DAC) hopes to bring the artist, creator of “Modified Social Benches,” to the park via live Internet connection or a pre-recorded artist’s message to the community.

Co-curators Jesse Levesque Bishop, a public art curator from Louisville, Ky., and DAC Executive Director David Guion will also attend the dedication. They created the thematic Park Fiction exhibition to portray objects associated with leisure, while sensationalizing one’s typical city park experience.

DAC is again involving residents and visitors in voting to inform the selection of at least one sculpture to remain as a gift to the City. Voting will begin at the park during the dedication and will continue through Nov. 30 at various in-person locations around Dublin, including: Dublin Arts Center, 7125 Riverside Dr., Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd., Dublin Municipal Building, 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitors Center, 9 S. High St., and in the Dublin Branch Library, 75 N. High St. DAC will also be collecting ballots via an online poll at www.dublinarts.org.

“By involving residents and visitors in selecting a sculpture, we are truly engaging the community in aesthetic response and appreciation of the role of art in our daily lives,” says Guion.

According to Guion, “The Titration exhibition series reflects the fluid properties of its name in the figurative sense: our changing community, Dublin’s growing collection of public art and Dublin’s sense of cultural identity.”

Titration is a common laboratory method used to add a measured quantity of a reagent, called a titrant, into an unknown reagent, called a reactant, to produce a chemical reaction.

For more information about any of Dublin Arts Council’s classes, programs, exhibitions and events, call (614) 889-7444 or visit www.dublinarts.org. Dublin Arts Council (DAC), now in its 25th anniversary year, is located at 7125 Riverside Dr. in Dublin, Ohio. Hours are Tues., 10am-7pm; Wed./Thurs./Fri., 10am–5pm; and Sat., 11am-2pm. DAC is supported in part by the City of Dublin’s Hotel/Motel tax endowment and the Ohio Arts Council. DAC engages the community, cultivates creativity and fosters life-long learning through the arts.
Posted 10.3.08

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