In this month-long initiative to bring new art to the tiny screen, a different Columbus artist and their work is showcased as they post to Wild Goose Creative's social media sites. Follow along at #wildartcolumbus.
Max Adrian is an artist with a diverse studio practice that involves sculpture and writing among other disciplines. Greatly influenced by theatre, history, and the art of storytelling, Adrian's work speaks from one of countless perspectives within the modern gay community--a community on the cusp of greater social acceptance while continuing to harbor both internal and external effects of secrecy, fear, shame, and hate. His work, oftentimes bordering a line between playful and sinister, poses questions about the ways in which humans discover, discuss, and engage in sexuality as well as other issues of social rights and cultural traditions. Adrian was awarded a 2015 Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design for his proposal of an intensive study of theatre design and puppetry among such places as Chicago, Prague, and India. He is a former resident of the New York Studio Residency Program in Brooklyn, NY as well as the Charlotte Street Studio Residency in Kansas City, MO and is a current resident at the Second Sight Project in Columbus, OH.
Amy Leibrand is an image-based visual artist whose focus is visual storytelling through the manipulation of original photographs. She uses self-portraiture to reflect emotion onto a surface, which can then be shaped and explored. Her recent work examines the lengths women will go to, to live up to society's expectations - a society that dictates beauty based on one’s physical appearance.
“To find a form that accommodates the mess of life, that is the task of the artist now” -Sam Beckett
Luke Ahern (b.1986) is an artist and educator living in Marysville, Ohio. His most recent work focuses on the experiences of raising a mixed race family filtered through the communicative properties of color, form, mark and material. The line between art and life is constantly blurred as Luke embeds his work with idiosyncratic non-art materials and images and objects from the funk of life. In 2012, Luke received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Wisconsin Madison in painting. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University. Since moving to the Columbus area in 2012, Luke has been pursuing teaching at The Ohio State University and Denison University and has been showing work nationally in group and solo exhibitions. In October, Luke will be featured in a solo exhibition at Illinois Wesleyan University. He was involved in the past years Satellite Art Fairs in conjunction with Miami Art Week. Luke and his wife are currently raising two kids and a variety of cats, dogs, and succulents.
Columbus-based watercolorist Cody Heichel uses bold colors and high-contrast tonalities to create atmospheric interpretations of daily and recognizable scenery. Heichel aims to capture the mood and movement of his subjects through quick, spontaneous brushwork. The individual strokes that make up his compositions seem arbitrary and fluid. Mysterious figures often occupy the focal point of each composition, and it is through their individual appearance and body language, as well as the language of their surroundings, that the story of each scene unfolds. Urban cityscapes, rural settings, and national and international locales provide the inspiration for Heichel’s work.
Heichel is represented by Brandt-Roberts Galleries in Columbus, Ohio. He is a Signature Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, and an Associate Member of the American Watercolor Society. Heichel works as an Art Facilitator at Open Door Art Studio, a non-profit studio space and gallery for adult artists with disabilities.
Albert Gray (b. 1983) is an artist who live and works in Columbus, OH since 2014. Having graduated from Montserrat College of Art (Beverly, MA) in 2008 with a BFA in Printmaking, he has been working in drawing, painting, and printmaking mediums and shown in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. His current paintings focus on moments of idle or transitional time where the presence of human activity is felt in the remains of object and other evidence.
He has a studio at MINT, an artist collective in Merion Village.
The playful process of art making has always been a fundamental part of everyday life for Claire Smith. Born in Columbus, Ohio on the coldest night of the year, Claire Smith’s early life was filled with imaginative drawings and long car trips across the Midwest. Smith attended college at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she played with alternative materials and adapted design processes. Smith’s prolific practice in college allowed her to pursue her work with intense experimentation using a variety of tactile materials. After earning a degree in Sculpture with an Industrial Design minor, she returned to Columbus. Smith is currently honing her sculptural-based practice and is continuing to play with found materials, bright colors and experimental compositions.
Inspired by her upbringing in Appalachia, Dre McLeod seeks to carry on the rich Folk Art tradition of quilting in a modern way. Dre both embraces and challenges the idea of 'tradition' by maintaining the intention of comfort, love, softness, and security carried in handmade quilts while contesting tradition as confining or suppressing. She challenges the idea of what a quilt is and how it “should” be created while spreading messages of loving care, fearlessness, humor, and spiritual exploration.
Kat is a History painter that focuses on the growth and changes of the urban landscape. Currently, she is in her final year of grad school at CCAD and earned her BFA at Ohio state. Kat is a resident of Franklinton who originates from Cleveland.
Born in southern Ohio, William Holbert now lives and works in Columbus from his residency at Second Sight Project’s Sign House. William primarily works in painting, and printmaking techniques. Recent prints draw influence from queer theory, zines, early homophile movement publications, and punk, and anarchist culture to show a side of the politics of sexuality that embraces differences, calls attention to discrimination, questions the language of sexual identity politics, and has some teeth to it.
James Croal Jackson is a poet, composer, and occasional filmmaker whose work in film and TV in Los Angeles led to a rediscovery of his love of poetry. His poems have appeared in magazines including The Bitter Oleander, Rust+Moth, and Columbia College Literary Review. He is the winner of the 2016 William Redding Memorial Poetry Prize via The Poetry Forum.
Brittni Stump is a textile artist that is excited by unexpected combinations of mediums laid in a wash of neon colors. Stump uses unconventional materials and applies them to traditional textile techniques; such as hand weaving and embroidery. Stump received her B.F.A. in Crafts with a concentration in Textile Art from Kent State University in 2013. She recently held her first solo show, Lil' Whimsy, in Columbus, Ohio at the artist communal space known as 400 West Rich, which Stump belongs to. The work of Brittni Stump is generated by the inspiration of dramatic color, texture, and how the product of these elements make the artist and viewer feel.
I've been a blacksmith for over 25 years. I've been teaching and working full time at the Columbus Idea Foundry for the past 2 years. For me blacksmithing is about creating modern art through traditional tools and techniques, to be able to look at an item made 100 or even a 1000 years ago and be able to either reproduce it or to use that pattern as a template for something new.
A graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, Todd continues a nearly 30 year career in the arts as Assistant Director of the Cultural Arts Center. His paintings grace public, private, and corporate collections from Columbus, across the U.S. and Mexico. Locally, Camp has gallery affiliation with Arts Access Bexley representation with Muse Gallery Hilton Head S.C.
Charlotte Belland, Chair & Associate Professor of Animation at the Columbus College of Art & Design, is notorious for her artistic study of animals. Through analogue ink drawings, digital sculpture, and augmented reality, Charlotte adapts a wide range of mediums in the exploration of animal forms. Her favorite drawing medium is ink because it keeps her focused in the present and committed to the line.
Alicia Little is a painter and sculptor from Cincinnati, OH. She received her BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and is currently pursuing her MFA at Ohio State University. She lives and works in Columbus, OH.
RAY is inspired by abstract minimalism, early American quilt patterns, nature and buddhism. Each piece within the RAY American Heirloom Collection is meticulously crafted, using carefully sourced materials of the highest quality.
RAY is the product of Mary VanWassenhove. Educated at Cranbrook Academy of Art and trained as a museum professional, Mary conceptualized RAY out of an interest to bring traditional quilt making into a contemporary context.
Caitlin Watters is a Columbus based illustrator whose work is largely inspired by plants and animals. Using decorative watercolor and gouache paintings she explores the behaviors and oddities of the natural world. Through her art and corresponding information, she hopes to spread awareness of rare and disappearing species.
Meghan Ralston is a Columbus-based, internationally published artist. Meghan works primarily in photography, but also crafts many of the items used in her photographs. She specializes in portraits and studio work, and is heavily influenced by everyday observations and bright pops of color. Her work has a tendency to have a sense of humor and pay homage to the ridiculous. Meghan considers herself an artist, photographer, and appreciator of the weird and awesome.
Columbus-based artist April Sunami focuses mainly on mixed media painting featuring strong and spiritual images of women. Sunami holds a Master of Arts Degree in Art History from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree also in Art History from the Ohio State University. Sunami is also an award-winning installation artist through the 2012 Columbus Arts Pop Up Project sponsored by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. April’s work has been featured in several museum exhibitions and is represented in private collections throughout the country.
Caeleigh Featherstone has been living and creating in Columbus for the past five years. As a musician in a number of local groups the layers and textures in her paintings aim to create an experience like that of listening to your favorite song. Abstracted and nostalgic, the color palette is inspired by the rushing waters and majestic mountains of the North West where she lived and worked as a WildLand firefighter before returning to Columbus in 2011 to pursue a creative path.
Kaitlyn Jo Smith is a photographer living and working in Columbus Ohio. Her life often includes running barefoot through meadows and wandering aimlessly through creeks. Her art often includes found imagery and objects containing themes of nostalgia and a strong longing for home.
I am an author, artist, and yoga teacher living and creating in Columbus, Ohio. I currently work as a content editor for Franklin University where I build online courses for external clients. I also teach yoga at Blue Spot Bexley. My favorite medium of art and self-expression is always evolving. I'm currently on a film photography kick because I love the non-instant nature of the work. So much of our lives now is pressing for more and more immediate gratification - getting the most likes, friends, followers, faves - and everything is so carefully edited and controlled for public consumption to make your life seem like something it's not. Not being able to instantly see how the photos are turning out forces me to live in the moment and actually appreciate things since they might not turn out when the film is developed. I think it will be interesting to blend the phenomenon I'm reacting against with the art that I've made in spite of it.
Lee comes from northern Indiana, but currently lives in Columbus. Their digital paintings are an exploration of color and light, with a continued theme of growth and emergence. In addition to art, Lee is also a writer and performs tarot readings with a deck of their own design.