The Contemporary Dayton Presents Remix May 8-June 20, 2020 - An Online Exhibition Featuring Artwork by Jason Lee, Ry McCullough, and Whitney Sage.
An Online Exhibition Featuring Artwork by Jason Lee, Ry McCullough, and Whitney Sage
The Contemporary Dayton presents Remix, an online exhibition featuring sculptor Jason Lee (Morgantown, WV), printmaker Ry McCullough (from Dayton, currently living in Tampa, FL), and painter Whitney Sage (Detroit, MI). This exclusive online exhibition will premiere on www.thecontemporarydayton.org at 5pm on May 8 and will remain online until June 20, 2020. In addition, videos and interviews with the artists will be posted on website and social media platforms throughout the show.
The artists were selected through The Co’s 2018 Biennial Call for Exhibitions by the Exhibition and Program Committee. The exhibition was organized by Patrick Mauk, Gallery Manager, Annie Kolk, web designer, and the artists as a creative opportunity while the gallery is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting stay-at-home order.
Lee’s bubble-gum colored, suburban skateboard influenced, wood, steel and plastic sculptures are influenced by his experiences in the underground music scene of Punk. Of his approach, he says “What I learned from the DIY culture of the Punk community has forever altered the way I see and approach the world. If you used to be punk, then you never were.” McCullough, also sees his printmaking, creative writing, drawing, sound, and sculpture as a set of conventions that he works against. Formal yet playful, his DELICATESSEN or deli series, includes works that are assembled into improvised delicious structures color and shape, refinement and collapse, form and space; as interchangeable units in an arena of collage and bricolage. Finally, Sage sees her ink paintings of ghostly architectural skeletons and scarred empty plots of land as a personal crusade for a place she loves. Homesickness Series consists of a series of ink paintings modeled after historic tin-type portrait photographs that documents homes and lots in a state of flux; what’s present, what’s absent and what’s no longer knowable.
— Eva Buttacavoli, Executive Director & Chief Curator
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jason Lee is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Foundations Coordinator in the School of Art and Design at West Virginia University in Morgantown. A multi-media sculptor and installation artist, Lee incorporates a wide variety of materials and techniques into his oddly humorous constructions and presentations. In some of Lee's most recent work he utilizes custom fabricated architectural steel elements as well as slip cast porcelain and embossed paper to create his vision of the idealized suburban landscape. Lee received the 2008 SECAC Individual Artists Fellowship and recently had work featured at the J&J Smith Gallery in Syracuse, NY and in the 2016 Tallahassee International at the Florida State University Museum of Art in Tallahassee, FL. Lee was born in Goldsboro, NC, received his BFA from Kent State University and his MFA from University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Image: Jason Lee, Cul-De-Sac, 2016 painted slip-cast porcelain, steel powder-coat aluminum, cast plastic, poplar 54 x 36 x 60 in. courtesy of the artist
Ry McCullough is an artist and educator working in Tampa, FL He earned his BFA from Wright State University, Dayton, where he concentrated in the areas of printmaking and sculpture. Upon completion of his undergraduate work he served as the Director of Sculptural Studies, as well as teaching printmaking at Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton. McCullough received his MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art, Department of Art + Design, University of Tampa. McCullough has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the founder of the Standard Action Press Collaborative Zine Project. In addition to his independent practice, McCullough collaborates on a long-distance conceptual print/performance/publishing project with Tennessee-based artist, Nick Satinover titled Small Bars.
Image: Ry McCullough, No. 9 (turkey and provolone), 2018, screenprint, woodcut and collage on paper 30” x 21” courtesy of the artist
Whitney Sage is a native of suburban Detroit, Michigan. She graduated cum laude with Bachelor’s degrees in Art Education and Painting from Miami University, Oxford, OH; and received her MFA in Studio Art from the Sam Fox School of Visual Art at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. In addition to her professional art practice, Sage serves as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at North Central College, Napierville, IL.
Image: Whitney Sage, Cottage, Homesickness Series, 2017,ink on paper,18 x 22 in. courtesy of the artist
Exhibition & Program Sponsors
Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr., Amelia Hounshell & Brian Albrecht, and Richard Lapedes & Maureen Lynch
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