PUBLIC CONSCIENCE through Graphics and Illustration
March 3 – April 16, 2017
Graphic design and illustration have expanded from the publishing and advertising industries from which they sprung. Influenced by graffiti, new technologies in animation or gaming, the illustrator creates stories about world issues, popular culture, trends in daily life. Artists take issues out of context and reexamine them in unconsidered perpectives which cleverly challenges the viewers to assess their own part in the whole. PUBLIC CONSCIENCE through Graphics and Illustration, a regional exhibition co-curated by artists Leslye Arian and Dave King, showcases the work of Laura and Gary Dumm, Derek Hess, Brian Jasinski, Nancy Schwartz-Katz, Milan Kecman, Jake Kelly, George Kocar, Joe Lanzilotta, Angela Oster, Josh Usmani, Justin Michael Will, Sean Higgins and Nicholas Rezabek of the Bubble Process.
King notes, “People see the work of illustrators and graphic artists in print form but they don’t see the original work. Because of this disconnect, Illustrators and graphic designers are frequently not viewed as artists. An opportunity to have these works in a gallery show allows the public to see them in a different light.”
Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, March 3, 6-9 p.m. The community is invited to hear PUBLIC CONSCIENCE artists discuss their work at a gallery talk on Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m. Invited Cleveland poets will also read new writings in response to art on view.