Isabel Farnsworth, Hui-Chu Ying, and New Programs at Heights Arts
Opening on Friday, September 5, Heights Arts presents a special exhibition of sculpture and works on paper by artists Isabel Farnsworth and Hui-Chu Ying. This show brings together two artists and university art professors whose visual languages resonate with universal themes of human experience.
Farnsworth’s sculptural forms juxtapose fragments of figuration with formal abstraction. She states, “The work emerges out of writing and daydreaming as well as an active curiosity at play with both materials and ideas. I am interested in how abstraction can coexist with symbolic and pictorial language, and how that metaphorically parallels experience – thinking, perception, bodily sensation, dreaming.”
Hui-Chu Ying embeds within her work symbols (hand gestures, scripts, nature motifs) that speak to her concern with humanity’s suffering and the potential to move towards healing. Ying combines many processes including painting, drawing, etching, screen-printing and collage to create multi-layered and richly pigmented compositions. Like Farnsworth’s sculpture, her works draw from both abstract and figurative languages. Farnsworth is associate professor of sculpture at Kent State University, and Hui-Chu Ying is associate professor of art at the University of Akron.
Become a member!
Heights Arts recently launched a Working Artist Membership program made possible through generous funding by the George Gund Foundation. The Working Artist Membership program offers unique opportunities for artist-members to make new works and incentives for gallery patrons to collect new works. Working artist-members are eligible to be selected for commissions of limited edition works and “artist of the month” acknowledgements. We hope to entice art lovers to collect the unique limited-edition artworks. Each month, Heights Arts purchases an original artwork from the artist of the month. Everyone who visits the gallery is invited to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win the work of art.
Heights Arts’ current, limited-edition commission was awarded to artist member Susan Danko in collaboration with ceramic artist Andrea LeBlond. Danko is known for her exquisite landscape paintings composed of hard-edged natural forms populating atmospheric washes of vibrant color. LeBlond, whose distinctive ceramic works are available year-round at Heights Arts, is providing the expertise and guidance in translating Danko’s visual language to the ceramic medium.
About the collaborative process, Danko says, “I was surprised to find that I could use a lot of the same techniques that I use in my painting process with ceramics too. Many of my techniques are influenced by printmaking that I’ve assimilated into painting. I was excited to find that the same techniques could apply to the surface of the clay as well as to the glaze application. A great three-way, cross-pollination of disciplines!” The resultant limited-edition ceramic tile will be unveiled and available at Heights Arts in October.
Check back with us for up-to-date information on exciting new programs and events, including Close Encounters ekphrastic poetry readings, chamber music concerts and Heights Arts 13th Annual Holiday Store opening in November.
Heights Arts Gallery
2175 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
Isabel Farnsworth + Hui-Chu Ying: September 5 – October 18
Opening reception 6-9 pm Friday, September 5
Cleveland Classic Guitar Society concert: 7:30 pm Saturday, September 6
Ekphrastacy and Artist Talks: 7 pm Thursday, September 25
Heights Arts 13th Annual Holiday Store: November 7 – December 41
Opening Reception 6-9 pm Friday, November 7