Cleveland State University
The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University

The Human Subject

Work in Gallery C

October 23 – November 10, 2009
A Different World

Gallery talk with the artist:
October 23 at 6:00 pm

Featuring works by self-taught visual artist, poet, and writer Virginia Konchan.

November 13 – December 5, 2009
A Thin Red Line
Artist talk and reception:
November 13 at 11:30 am

With works by Nez Perce artist Rachel Allen in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Curated by Jeanne Grosetti. Cosponsored by CSU’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

November 14 at 12:00 noon
Family print art workshop with Rachel Allen and Jeanne Grosetti.

In this exercise each participant will have a piece of printfoam to make their own images, marks, or symbols that represent them or their family.  Each participant will print a piece to take home and share with family.

The larger collaborative project will be a large piece of paper that can represent the community of families or individuals that participated in the workshop. On this paper we will print each participant’s printfoam to make a community piece.

October 23 through December 5, 2009
Opening reception: October 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm


With artists: Susan Hauptman, Sean Henry, Misha Kligman, Baila Litton, Jenny Scobel

Curated by Tim Knapp, Assistant Gallery Director at Cleveland State University.

About Sean Henry

Sean Henry uses sculptural figures as convincing representations of life. They draw you into their states of mind with the convincing illusion of animation and thought. His work has an assured, up-front humanity, used to portray the modern "everyday heroes" of contemporary society.

Color is central to Sean Henry's sculpture. He is one of very few contemporary artists who grapple with the challenges of polychrome sculpture, which has been the subject of animated academic debate since the eighteenth century. Henry has informed himself of the long tradition in which he works and has mapped out his own co-ordinates for proceeding.  Having become adept at the manipulation of scale, almost always avoiding exact life-size representation.

Henry's figures are never shown laughing, crying, speaking, frowning, raising their eyes in amazement, or otherwise physically expressing themselves. Their identities and personalities remain largely a mystery, or are at most only hinted at by some unselfconscious hand gesture, by their contemporary dress, or by a judiciously placed fashion slogan or symbolic object: the word 'Italia', an orange, a cup, or even protective kneepads. The artist has always been interested in what clothes do to a figure, but their importance in his work is easily taken for granted. He has a way of alighting on a certain kind of contemporary dress that speaks meaningfully, not just of prevailing fashion, but of the deeper drives that inform our identities as citizens of an advanced consumer society.

Born 1965 in England, Sean Henry currently lives and works in London. In 1987, he received his BA in Ceramics from the Bristol Art School, England. His works are in the collections of the Frisia Museum, Spanbroekerweg, Holland; Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, Sussex, UK; Paddington Central Development, London, UK; University of Virginia Art Museum, USA; Holland Park, Kensington, London, UK; River and Rowing Museum, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK; Le Meridien Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, London, UK; Lower Grainger Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Royal British Legion, Pall Mall, London, UK.


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