“Spectrum” highlights Gallery Hop as ROY G BIV prepares to say goodbye to Short North for new home in Franklinton
The “Spectrum” series of exhibitions at ROY G BIV Gallery are not so much a retrospective as a commentary on the nonprofit gallery's nearly 30 years in the Short North.
It wasn't the first art space in what was then not yet an Arts District, but it was among the early participants in gallery events that would frame the neighborhood's emerging art scene. As the face of the neighborhood continues to change, ROY G BIV is saying goodbye to the Short North and hello to Franklinton.
“Spectrum,” which began in February and continues through May, takes a sort of “past, present and future” tack on the occasion. The four one-month group shows will feature artists who have exhibited in the gallery previously, but showing all new work, with some artists who submitted work in the past, but were not selected for exhibition.
“We think it encompasses our time here. We chose to bring back alumni artists, or artists who maybe … applied but weren't accepted for one reason or another. They're all artists we've had a relationship with,” Gallery Director Haley Kedziora said. “We reached out to [artists] we know are still actively making work and who are mostly local. We wanted to get their most recent work. It's not a retrospective, but it does have some nostalgia quality to it.”
“Spectrum II” is the second monthly show featuring installation and video work. Artists Cameron Granger, Diana Abells, Amanda Le Kline, Kate Shannon and Doo-Sung Yoo are featured in March, after the work of Liz Roberts, Mark Reamy, Scott Goss and Nate Ricciuto was shown in February.
“It's a retrospective in that some of the names, for example Cameron Granger or Doo-Sung Yoo, have shown with us before, but they're showing new stuff, so it's sort of a great combination of familiar names but new, interesting perspectives,” Gallery Board President J.D. Beiting said.
Kedziora said April would feature sculpture and textile work, and May would focus on painting.
Beiting said the gallery will re-open, hopefully in September, as a main tenant in the River & Rich mixed-use development in Franklinton. The new space, twice as large as the current gallery, is being designed in partnership with gallery representatives.
“We are happy to find a new home in Franklinton that will allow us to present new, interesting, challenging and thought-provoking work,” Beiting said. “We will add to the emerging artists in that neighborhood [and be] a complement to everything that's happening there.”
“The new space will offer us opportunities to expand our programming. It'll be exciting,” Kedziora said.
Both Kedziora and Beiting said that the gallery's focus will not change with the move, and that ROY will continue to provide opportunities for emerging artists to show bodies of work.
“The move allows for ROY G BIV to enter its next phase in its life cycle, to provide a greater number of services and exhibit opportunities for artists at a critical point in their careers,” Beiting said.
Over the summer, the gallery hopes to have a variety of pop-up and public-art events, according to Beiting. He also said there is a planned ROY-sponsored exhibition at Wild Goose Creative in July.
And while the gallery's physical home is moving from the Short North, Beiting said ROY plans to continue to have a presence in the neighborhood.
“We know that the Short North is changing, but we're working with the Short North Alliance to find ways to have a presence there even after the move,” he said.