Arts: Preview

Holiday Hop

  • “Passion,” by Zach Coneybeer
  • Untitled by Zach Coneybeer
  • “Goddess,” by Ricky Barnes
  • “Exhalation,” by Allison Buenger
  • “Ego Trippin,” by April Sunami
  • “Granada,” by Mollie Hannon
  • “After Arp,” by Jessica Langley
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From the November 29, 2012 edition

Grid

Want to turn off Zach Coneybeer? Get conceptual.

“I really don’t like when artists use art as a machine for something else,” said the Denison University-trained painter. “My approach is art for art’s sake. Ultimately my goal is to really let the audience own what that painting is to them.”

Those paintings juxtapose isolated, cold geometric forms with loose, organic brushstrokes, a technique that plays on the dualism of the controlled and uncontrolled, the calm and the chaotic.

Coneybeer’s 10 new paintings on view at Grid are abstract color fields steeped in process and made from oils, acrylics and sumi ink, an eastern Asian paint used for calligraphy and favored by scholars trying to attain the perfect brushstroke.

“I don’t feel qualified to protest against the man or the machine. I don’t think that’s my role,” Coneybeer said. “My role is to observe and make objects. I’m not trying to change the world. I’m trying to make paintings.”

Coneybeer’s artistic turn-ons: Traditionalism through a modern lens, color, no nonsense.

Ray’s Living Room

The Creative Arts of Women collective’s small works show includes miniature art by nearly 50 of the city’s most talented artists with two X chromosomes. This show also marks the debut of the Painted Lady Feminist Museum, a dollhouse converted into an art gallery.

Roy G Biv

Around 200 pieces of member art that is smaller than 12-inches-by-12-inches comprise this gallery’s annual Small Works show. Among them are paintings by Jessica Langley, a painting instructor at American University.

Lindsay Gallery

The gang of Columbus’ best (historic and current) outsider artists is all here — Elijah Pierce, Joey Monsoon, Amber Groome, Morris Jackson, Mary Merrill and Ernest Popeye Reed. Plus, Ricky Barnes wows per usual with new metal sculptures made from utilitarian objects.