The Dayton Metro Library has selected three proposals for artwork in the remodeled West Carrollton Branch Library. These are the latest commissions in the ReImagining Works project, which places new, original artwork in each Dayton Metro Library location.
Design work is currently underway to renovate and expand the West Carrollton Branch Library, located at 300 E. Central Avenue in the Government Center. Construction is expected to begin in September and take about a year for completion.
ReImagining Works invites artists to use pieces from the Dayton Art Institute’s permanent collection as inspiration for new artwork to be installed at the new or newly remodeled Libraries. The project is made possible by an anonymous bequest.
For the West Carrollton Branch Library, two pieces from the DAI served as inspiration: Indian Hunter with his Dog, a bronze sculpture created by Paul Manship in 1926, and Willard Leroy Metcalf’s painting Valley in Spring from 1920. Three proposals from area artists were accepted:
Jennifer Rosengarten of Yellow Springs will create a series of four large oil paintings depicting the Ohio prairie in each season. Referencing the Willard Metcalf painting, Rosengarten will bring her signature love of color and highly expressive style to her work. While her paintings are inspired by the natural world, they hover in the space between abstraction and realism.
Dayton artist Gary Hinsche brings his conceptual, hard edge style to a contemporary interpretation of landscape. Inspired by the Metcalf painting, Hinche’s work will define the landscape in terms of color that blends together to depict the horizon in clearly defined squares. Hinsche is fascinated by geometric shapes that are organized in ways that create tension through scale and color.
Dayton photographer Ron Geibert will present a panoramic triptych created from his photographs of the Paul Manship sculpture, Indian Hunter with his Dog. After photographing the sculpture from numerous angles in the context of its installation in the gallery, Geibert digitally separates the photographs into slivers, creating multiple narrow bands that together form an abstracted image rooted in the direct observation of the work.
Art in the ReImaginging Works project has been installed at the Electra C. Doren, Miami Township, Northwest, Brookville, New Lebanon, Kettering-Moraine, Vandalia and Miamisburg Branch Libraries. The project will continue over the next two years. Artists are encouraged to fill out an Intent to Apply form to receive information about Requests for Proposals as they become available.
For more information about ReImagining Works click here or call 937.463.BOOK.