(Cincinnati, OH) – Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is honored to present “alchemize: SCULPTURES • JAN & MARK WIESNER” (March 3 – April 9, 2017). This exhibition features sculptural reliefs, grounded in the natural world, that through an alchemization of materials and form speak of stories told and concepts explored. The public is cordially invited to celebrate with Jan and Mark during the opening reception, which will be held Friday, March 3, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, with a Gallery Talk at 7pm.
Jan and Mark Wiesner, husband and wife, maintain a working studio at the Pendleton Arts Center and actively exhibit throughout the Tri-State. Both are retired Art teachers having completed their teaching careers at The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, OH. Jan and Mark have individually been recognized for numerous awards in education during the tenure of their careers; including the highest honors for the Ohio Art Education Association, Outstanding Art Educator of the year. Mark & Jan have also been awarded multiple fellowships and grants.
Jan creates figurative ceramic sculptures that have a story to tell. The stories are explorations of the fairy tales that are part of our culture and surround and affect women and their lives. Like all fairy tales her pieces deal with the distortions between what is and what society’s expectations are. They deal with those emotional responses that are often hidden for fear of condemnation. The sculptures also tend to speak of natural and the unnatural aspects of our lives.
Making a mark in space - within a restrained format, is where Mark's work begins. It's intended to reference the synergybetween drawing and sculpture, between nature and abstraction. His wall reliefs employ a formal vocabulary. The moving and arching lines, shapes, and textures are embodiments of a rhetoric sometimes held out for the architect. It is also rooted in being true to the material. He brings a meticulous, technical rigor to bear on sometimes delicate and mundane materials. He works to reclaim, to reuse materials that are at times pulled from the waste stream of life. His use of the recycled is intended to be transformative, magical, at times subversive. And, it is within these materials that 'marks' are the essential feature, the backbone of his work.