Monday, February 28, 2011

Local Gallery part 2

Prairie Gallery

I have mentioned Prarie before. I intern there. It might be unfair of me to review the show there now. But the premise of it is both heartwarming and visually intriguing, so--why not?

The show up currently is House, New Work by Tony Becker. Tony Becker worked with organizations around Cincinnati to create almost 500 origami houses which hang in two spherical formations in the gallery. Each house is unique, created by a different person from these charity organizations: children, adults, people who have artistic inclinations, people who do not. Drawn/ collaged/ printed on all these houses are different peoples' ideas of what a house, a home, is.

Some are heartwarming or charming, especially some by the younger children who just went all-out with every single color in the box. Some are a little more ambiguous, some that look like black-and-white photographs that have been printed and folded into houses. Along with the houses, each participant produced a piece of creative writing to go with his or her piece. People from all walks of life have different conceptions of what makes a house a home.

The fact that the houses hang in spheres, one large, one slightly smaller, speaks to the universality of the conception of "house," of "home." Even if those words mean different things to different people, there are some things we can all agree upon. Additionally, the way the houses are presented allow the viewer to a) get close and b) examine all sides of the houses.

More images can be found here.

The show is open until April 9, I highly suggest that if you're in Northside and you're just strolling around, come up the stairs by Take the Cake Bakery and check this show out. You're a part of this community, too.

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