OAL "No/Where/NOW/Here" Exhibit Opening Reception
Artists: Linda Diec and Jill Raymundo
A work of art, like a story, contains a multitude of ideas. These ideas branch out into more concepts of the original train of thought, not necessarily encompassing the main issue. Like the circuitous architecture of a labyrinth, a work of art is not linear, but rather rhapsodic, indirect, and holistic all at once. In November 2013, Ohio Art League's Member Curated Exhibit presents a collaboration of recent work by the installation artists Linda T. Diec and myself, the curator of the exhibit. Titled No/Where/NOW/Here, the exhibit's concept is loosely based on Jorge Luis Borges' The Garden of Forking Paths, a short story which conceives of 'a labyrinth that folds back upon itself in infinite regression. There is nothing straightforward about this; yet something mysterious and very much like art is inferred in this circuitous, rhizomatic narrative. This literary theme translated into a gallery exhibit means referencing somewhat of the sublime. In the Romanticist painter Caspar David Friedrich's work, a doubled horizon is used to accomplish a mise en abime--a horizon behind a horizon behind a horizon. In the works' repetition and immersive installation, the viewers will experience just that--an unfolding of a horizon, an unending vanishing point.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Jill Raymundo has in recent years, divided her time between Manila, Portland, and Vancouver; teaching art, getting involved in the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology's education department, and co-creating a small eco-friendly design studio. She has exhibited in solo and group shows at the Urban Arts Space in Columbus Ohio, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, and several galleries in NYC, the West Coast, and Manila. Raymundo is a current student at the Master of Fine Art program at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
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