Intertwined a double solo of the works of Stephanie Ayala and Joe Ayala.
Friday, December 16, 12:00p-8:00p
Saturday, December 17, 12:00p-8:00p
Sunday, December 18, 12:00p-8:00p
Negative Space (at Asian Town Center)
Wall Eye Gallery: Tell us about yourself and your work.
Stephanie Rond: I'm a full time art maker living in Columbus, Ohio with my partner Nate and our two cats. Most of my work is hand cut stencils and spray paint but I like to dabble in sculpture as well. I'm very active in my community and believe in the power of helping everyone helps ourselves. I'm interested in making gallery and street art. When I grow up I would like to be a crossword puzzle guru and domestic cat herder.
WEG: Tell us about your studio. Location? Favorite part? Time spent in it?
WEG: Silence or music while you create?
SR: Music for sure! I listen to lots of books on tape as well. When I'm plotting and planning I turn on music, but when I'm cutting the stencils I listen to books on tape. It helps pass the time and I get to learn and use my brain.
WEG: What tool(s) do you use the most?
SR: From my brain toolbox I try to use my creativity and freedom as much as possible, physically I use a razor blade and painters tape the most.
WEG: What is your ideal studio?
SR: I consider myself really lucky as far as my studio goes. The only thing I wish I had was walls that didn't slant. It's hard to make large work in my studio, but I try to get around that too.
It is with mixed emotions to announce that Wall Eye Gallery will be closing in October of this year. After much deliberation we have decided to end our two year run. The seven partners have either had a life change, new job, new opportunities involving more responsibilities, or the desire to focus on artistic careers. It has been difficult to balance these changes while continuing to organize Wall Eye’s shows.
Although Wall Eye Gallery will no longer be a brick and mortar space, we will have an online presence to share news of other shows in Cleveland, competitions, news about the art world and interviews with artists. But maybe you’ll see us pop-up from time to time.
We have been humbled and flattered by everyone’s love for the space and our shows. Whether you have attended our shows, bought art from us, or have been our cheerleader, we thank you. We thank the wonderful artists we have worked with. We are honored to have been a small part of your artistic life and we wish all of you much success. We also thank the guest curators and organizers who have brought us fun and challenging shows and awesome community events. We were in awe of your hard work.
Please join us for our two remaining shows, Art of Artisans opening August 19 and Playing House opening September 23, and lift up a glass and let’s make a toast to making new friendships and strengthening old ones, to art, to working our butts off, taking chances and trying out a dream.
The name Mallorie Freeman should be familiar to you. For several years now she has shown in numerous galleries, events, and other venues around town. Her paintings and drawings of mostly women are more than just beautifully rendered and exquisitely framed. Spend time with them and you'll want to know their stories. We wanted to know more about Mallorie and she was gracious to take a bit of time and answer a few questions.
Wall Eye Gallery: Tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist.
Mallorie Freeman: When I am not producing artwork, I feel off kilter. The need to create has always been a part of my life, it's who I am. I attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Cleveland Institute of Art but like most artists, I discovered my love/obsession of drawing and creating at a very early age.
WEG: What influences your work?
MF: I am mostly influenced by my personal experiences. I draw and paint what I feel. I also find inspiration from movies, books, and music. As part of my process, I frequently use models and stage photo shoots for reference material.
WEG: Share a bit about your piece, Lucretia, that is in NEO-Renaissance.
MF: I wanted to reference a Renaissance artwork with a strong and powerful female presence which was not an easy task. I selected a painting by Joos Van Cleve that depicts the suicide of Lucretia. I chose to capture the emotion of this sad and painful story of a woman who was raped by the king's son and begged her husband to avenge her death as she plunged a knife into her heart. It's so tragic...
Lucretia, charcoal, gold ink on handmade abaca
WEG: What are you working on these days and what would you like to work on in the future?
MF: I am currently working on my solo show scheduled for March 2012 at Brandt Gallery.
WEG: Which Cleveland area artist(s) do you like/admire? Artist(s) outside of Cleveland area?
MF: One Cleveland artist who's work I like is Liz Maugins. I love the combination of a little bit serious and a little bit funny. She has such a witty sense of humor. A couple of my other Cleveland based artist friends whose work I own and admire are Ryan Jaenke and Chris Ryniak.
There are so many other amazing artists out there I could name but I have been making an effort to turn off the outside influences. I am bombarded with it all day especially in my job with the Progressive Art Collection. Not that I don't love being surrounded by artwork all day, but it keeps me true to my own vision.
Thanks, Mallorie! To see Mallorie’s piece, Lucretia, in person, and maybe ask her a few questions yourself, come to the NEO-Renaissance opening reception on Friday, July 22 from 6:00pm-11:00pm. To see her work, visit www.malloriefreeman.com.
• Wednesday, March 9 & March 23, 2011, 5:00-8:00 pm: Bike part raid and art workshops at Ohio City Bicycle Co-op for those in need of parts for their submissions.
• Friday, April 8, 2011: Submission Deadline
• Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15, 2011: Art Drop Off
• Friday, May 20, 2011: Opening Reception
• Saturday May 21, 2011: Bike Auction/Sale/Parts Swap