Exhibit preview: Anthony Luensman’s TAINTvariations is another power collection of avant-garde works

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From the June 12, 2014 edition

The current exhibition at Angela Meleca — by multi-media artist Anthony Luensman — is another powerful collection of avant-garde works. Luensman has worked in a number of new-media fields, and is exhibiting photography, video and installation pieces for “TAINTvariations.”

The Cincinnati native has received international acclaim, exhibiting extensively across the Midwest, while also working in residency and participating in both group and solo shows as far as Taipei, Taiwan and Japan.

The photography Luensman creates often incorporates the use of lights (in sculpted forms or simply as an accent to the subject matter), and the result is an interesting conception of the human form — best described as beautifully bizarre.

The video installation “Eggwine” (pictured) is a strong example of Luensman blending the unusual with captivating visuals. The video shows wine-making, using the foot-stomping technique, with eggs in lieu of grapes; the sounds and visuals are slightly disturbing, but intoxicatingly so.