Mike Elsass (b.1947) American, FAURORA RED-OLD RT. 25, Acrylic, oil, steel strips, pumice, turmeric, tar, silica sand, and glass beads on weathered steel, Collection of the Dayton Metro Library, 2016.16
In this large scale work Elsass references the bold color of Dale Chihuly’s Aurora Red Ikebana from 2001. Applying multiple layers of paint and other organic material, Elsass paints, sponges, and sands, often building as many as 40 layers on these steel sheets until the final glazing.
Suzanne Ley (b.1954) American, WHAT GETS YOUR ATTENTION?, 2016, Acrylic on metal, Collection of the Dayton Metro Library, 2016.17
Springboro, Ohio artist Suzanne Ley is known for her expressively realistic work. In this triptych, Ley anticipated the installation of a large work suspended in the atrium of the library, and paints a group of spectators enthusiastically looking up, many with cell phones and cameras ready. Loosely based on photographs of actual patrons of the Vandalia library, the artist invites visitors to pose for a “selfie” in front of her work.
Stephen Canneto (b.1943) American, CURRENTS, 2016, Dichrolaminated acrylic and stainless steel aircraft cable, Collection of the Dayton Metro Library, 2016.15
Columbus artist, Stephen Canneto creates large scale public art using diverse styles, materials and themes to bring people together to enjoy the site and to celebrate community. In this work he uses dichrolaminate, an innovative material which reflects and transmits the changing colors of light. Comprised of interwoven ribbons and fuselage forms referencing Dayton’s rich aviation history the work flows through the library like fresh currents of air.
Aurora Red Ikebana with Bright Yellow Stems, Dale Chihuly (b. 1941), American, 2001, Blown glass. Artist Dale Chihuly was one of the original members of the Studio Glass Movement that moved glass-making from the factory setting to the studio. Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art form of flower arrangement. This piece is made from three separate pieces: one vase and two flowers.
Rationale for inclusion: Like the new library, this piece combines traditional usage and forms with new and exciting ideas, colors and outcomes.
For more information: http://www.daytonartinstitute.org/200187#overview
Study of Heads of an Old Man, Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1641), Flemish, c. 1612, Oil on oak panel. Peter Paul Rubens' use of sensuous color and bold movement have made him one of the most definitive artists of the Baroque era. Study Heads of an Old Man was probably created in anticipation of a larger work, Christ and the Adulterous Woman, but when the museum received the painting it
showed only one face. A dealer had probably painted out the second face some time ago in order to sell the work as a portrait, rather than a study.
Rationale for inclusion: The fascinating story of this painting's surprise second face would make a great novel!
For more information: http://www.daytonartinstitute.org/196082#overview
“With its beautiful colors and emphasis on form and balance, Chihuly’s work inspired my choice of colors as well as my use of organic materials.” Mike Elsass, artist
“My painting references Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement in its simplified composition and implied connection of the outdoors to the indoors.” Suzanne Ley, artist
Currents is inspired by Chihuly’s Aurora Red Ikebana which also combines traditional usage and forms with new and exciting ideas, colors and outcomes. The dynamic and graceful movement of the sculpture symbolizes the flow of ideas and creative energy throughout the library and into the surrounding community. Stephen Canneto, artist