“Nocera + Reno: A Print Show”
For a Clinton Reno and Nicholas Nocera exhibit, there’s possibly no better theme than music. So the artists using some of their favorite songs and lyrics for graphic presentations, often incorporating lyrics with illustration, is exciting to say the least.
Both Nocera and Reno (illustrators mainly focusing on screen-printing) have designed gig posters, receiving local and national notoriety. And music plays a big role in their creative endeavors and personal lives.
“I’ll sit in the studio and listen to music constantly while I work, and there are certain songs … even specific lyrics where I think, ‘Man, it’d be fun to capture that visually somehow,’” Reno said in an interview at his home. “Even if it’s a very literal translation of something that should not be taken so literally, I still want to put it on paper because I would hear it so much in my head. So a lot of [these prints] probably are really personal.”
For Nocera, music isn’t just a creative stimulus, it’s a creative outlet, as he’s the drummer in local folk-pop outfit Winter Makes Sailors.
“I thought about a few different songs that stuck with me throughout the years. I was challenged to represent them visually; sometimes it’s completely literal and some of it’s just font-based, hand-drawn [words],” Nocera said.
Each designed eight prints for display with 30 numbered versions — all printed by Nocera and Reno— for sale ($30). Musicians included cover a wide-range of genres, from Bon Iver and Columbus soul band Penny & the Quarters to Bowie and Willie Nelson.
“This is a really good theme to make art prints out of, a nice way to hit on the music and something that’s familiar, but make it your own. So I could see myself continuing,” Reno said.
This group exhibition is eclectic and filled with talent. Featuring painting, sculpture, glass and video by six BFA upperclassmen and recent grads (from CCAD, OSU and School of the Art Institute of Chicago), “Material World” promises to be a visual splendor of all kinds. As the press release states, “[These] artists experiment with a variety of materials, media and conceptual processes within their respective disciplines to come together and place a creative 'footprint' on the Short North Arts District.”
Dominic Lippillo, Jason Schwab, Jessica Naples
Three photographers have come together for this introspective exhibit. Dominic Lippillo takes old family photos and digitally removes the people (while leaving the blemishes, dust, scratches, etc.) to see if the familial tone of authenticity will remain. Jason Schwab shoots fabricated selfies in front of printed backdrops and displays them in faux (created by Schwab) household objects as a mediation on social media. Jessica Naples uses text-based photography and installation as a means of exploring memory.