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  September 26 - October 24, 2014 SEASON OPENER    Opening Friday September 26, 6-9 p.m.     

main gallery + drawing room


Exploring Location, Humility, and the In-between

Sponsored by FOTOFOCUS


Over its ten seasons of non-profit programming Manifest's competitive projects have attracted submissions by artists from 89 countries and all 50 U.S. states. In honor of this global vitality focused from there to here (from the world to our humble spot in Cincinnati, Ohio) we offered Neither Here Nor There as a competitive invitation for artists near and far to reveal aspects of location in their photographic and lens-based works of visual art.

Works on view represent location by virtue of their creation in a particular place, regardless of subject matter. With some playfulness the theme may be further interpreted based on the typical meaning of "neither here nor there" as in "of little or no importance." So works that represent ordinary, everyday things, events, or places will add yet another layer to the resulting exhibition. One can also interpret the theme by focusing on the concept of "in-between" (e.g. transitions, empty spaces, half-states, and so on.)

Manifest's ten-member jury (comprised mostly of professional photographers) reviewed 606 works by 181 artists from 35 states, Washington D.C., and 10 countries. Nineteen works by the following 17 artists from 8 states and 4 countries were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

The $1,000 Best of Show prize was awarded to Gloria Houng for her work entitled "Standard Double (Feet)".


Presenting works by:

Nicholas Arbatsky
Brooklyn, New York

Patty Carroll
Chicago, Illinois

Emma Charles
London, United Kingdom

Spencer Cunningham
Bowling Green, Ohio

Steven Elbert
Columbus, Ohio

Bryan Florentin
Dallas, Texas

Peiter Griga
Cincinnati, Ohio

Gloria Houng
Ridgewood, New York

Austin Irving
Los Angeles, California

Daniel King
Athens, Ohio

Kent Krugh
Fairfield, Ohio

Armin Mersmann
Midland, Michigan

John Roberts
Appleton, Wisconsin

Julia Romano
Córdoba, Argentina

Edward L. Rubin
Los Angeles, California

Jiehao Su
Beijing, China

Kathleen Taylor
Santa Fe, New Mexico








    Gloria Houng


     Kent Krugh


     Edward L. Rubin


     Kathleen Taylor





parallel space


Photographs by Lars Anderson


This solo exhibition of ten of Lars Anderson's photographs is one of eleven selected from among 199 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's new season.

Anderson's work reveals the sublime opportunities lying dormant all around us. With a keen eye and deeply sensitive artist's mind his perception, viewfinder-framing, and shutter releases create intricate abstractions—objects of zen-like truth and contemplation many painters only dream of achieving. This revelation of simple, ordinary, yet hidden beauty echoes perfectly the theme of the concurrent exhibit "Neither Here Nor There". This brings a delightful unity to the suite of exhibitions on view to launch Manifest's 11th season.

Anderson will discuss his work, intriguing background, and creative ideas at a free public gallery talk on Saturday, October 11 at 5pm.

Of his work Anderson states:

"I have been fascinated by the industrial world since childhood. I believe this deep and abiding interest comes from an appreciation for things that are solid, precise, and useful. When I became an artist, I began to enjoy the less utilitarian, more aesthetic aspects of that world.

Lines, shapes, forms and colors make industrial reality. Simultaneously, they create abstractions that are interesting and sometimes sublime. This body of work seeks balance. While it’s possible to remove some of the visual cues that anchor these images in the real world and make them purely non-representational, I prefer to observe how abstract elements combine to form the things we see.

I believe there is value in looking at the world more closely. This work describes how we can find beauty in unexpected places if we look again, reconsider, or simply stand in a different place.”

Lars Anderson was born and raised in Iowa. As a child, he sketched imaginary industrial landscapes and drafted architectural plans for buildings that would never exist. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2006 and began photographing the industrial realms of the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys in 2007. His current work focuses on the unexpected beauty found in both abandoned and active manufacturing sites. His work has been included in various group shows and an award-winning publication, and has been the subject of several solo shows.











central gallery


Video Installation by Leigh Merrill


This solo exhibition of a looping suite of Leigh Merrill's video assemblages is one of eleven selected from among 199 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's new season.

Merrill's work brings the element of time into a predominantly frozen suite of photographic exhibitions. Yet her subtle digital assemblage technique mirrors that of fellow exhibitors Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon (Conflation). Merrill's interest in places links perfectly with Neither Here Nor There, adding a wonderful irony to that theme by virtue of her believable yet completely invented locations (truly neither here nor there!) Presented in the Central Gallery with the videos projected wall-size, Merrill's exhibit is bracketed by those of Lars Anderson and Lippillo & Schoon, and therefore serves as a conductor between those exhibitions. This mixture will provide visitors to the gallery an experience of the subtlety of photography and a deeper view into the concept of location.

Of her work Merrill states:

"My work explores the places that surround us, spaces that often overflow with contradictory architectural styles and cultures – the voices of different eras – all struggling for visual prominence.

I make thousands of individual photographs, videos and audio recordings while exploring a city or neighborhood. In the studio, I then digitally assemble and re-assemble these sources to create new photographs and videos of imaginary spaces. Each image is typically made from tens to hundreds of bits and pieces of different photographs or videos. Some of the images have some veracity, but more often they suggest a visual hyperbole – an embellished scene circulating around a small detail or object that fascinated me.

The scenes in both the photographs and the videos are spaces that feel familiar but not place-able. They tap into some of the conscious and subconscious visual cues, barriers and borders we create – a language that is shared by urban, suburban and rural spaces. The movements in the videos are the subtle, ambient changes in an environment: leaves fluttering in the wind, the movement of clouds, light and shadows shifting on the street. The faint movement in these videos share as much with photographs as moving images: the vantage point is fixed and the stillness of the scene is amplified by the faint changes in each environment. The imagery in both the videos and photographs play off one another creating a sense of pleasure and curiosity in seeing the familiar become unfamiliar.”


Leigh Merrill received her BFA from the University of New Mexico and her MFA from Mills College. Her work has been a part of exhibitions throughout the United States in venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the diRosa Art Preserve, The Lawndale Art Center, the Tremaine Gallery, and the Museum of Texas Tech University. Merrill’s work has been included in online and print publications such as the Design Observer/Places Journal, Dwell.com, BLDGBLOG blog, PaperCity Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the City of Phoenix, the California Institute of Integral Studies and various private collections.

Merrill currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Commerce.











north gallery


Photographs by Dominic Lippillo & Mark Schoon


This exhibition of nine of Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon's collaborative photographs is one of eleven selected from among 199 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's new season.

Lippillo and Schoon's exhibit of photographs caps off the gallery-by-gallery suite of four exhibitions created for the FotoFocus Biennial. Further exploring the notion of location, this time by way of a filter of dualistic viewpoints (left and right halves), the works tie up the thread started in Neither Here Nor There, focused and contemplated in Frame Work by Lars Anderson, and activated in Drive Thru by Leigh Merrill.

Like Merrill's Drive Thru, Conflation provides a glimpse into places that are at once real (when considering the parts) and unreal (when taking in the whole). But here the assemblage represents yet another kind of location–that of the individual artists, the places they are, and the similarities and differences between the ways they see the world.

Of their work the artists state:

"In 'Conflation' interior images of our homes are visually connected to create the illusion of a singular photograph and space. The literal connection of the images in the print creates a thin seam that appears and disappears. This newly forged space forms a photographically unique location where memories and past experiences merge to create new histories, narratives, and non-places. Through the language of photography we attempt to subvert geographic location while using the camera to deconstruct and explore time, space, distance, and visual perception.”


Dominic Lippillo and Mark Schoon earned their MFA’s in Photography from Ohio University in 2009. Working independently with lens-based media they soon realized they had a shared interest in the domestic. Although they approach their solo work differently, a common sensibility could be recognized in the earlier work of both artists leading to the creation of their first collaborative effort, Anti-­local. Selections from their collaborations are included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Photographic Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; the Journal Exposure, and in the supplement of images accompanying Bruce Warren’s textbook Photography: The Concise Guide (2nd Edition March 2011). Lippillo is an Assistant Professor of Art at Mississippi State University. Schoon is an Assistant Professor of Art at The University of West Georgia.













  November 7 - December 5     Opening Reception Friday November 7, 6-9 p.m.     

  December 12 - January 9, 2015     Opening Reception - Friday, December 12, 6-9 p.m.     

  January 23 - February 20     Opening Reception - Friday, January 23, 6-9 p.m.     

  March 6 - April 3     Opening Reception - Friday, March 6, 6-9 p.m.     

  April 17 - May 15     Opening Reception - Friday, April 17, 6-9 p.m.     

  May 29 – June 26     Opening Reception - Friday, May 29, 6-9 p.m.     

  July 10 - August 7     Opening Reception - Friday July 10, 6-9 p.m.     

  August 14 – September 11      (SEASON 11 FINALÉ)     Opening Reception Friday August 14, 6-9 p.m.     



Manifest's 11th season is funded in part by an impact grant from ArtsWave, and by the Ohio Arts Council.

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