TURN UP II
The Alma Mater Edition
Yiyun Chen, Benji Diaz,
Xyl Lasersohn, Kit Palencar,
Meg See, Kathryn Shinko,
and Brittni Stump
PopEye/Survival Kit, Suite 303
78th Street Studios
1300 W. 78th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102
Opening Reception, 5 - 9 pm August 18th
Closing Reception, 5 - 9 pm September 15th
PopEye Gallery is proud to present Turn Up II a group exhibition which features emerging Ohio artists representing their respective alma maters Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, and University of Akron. Turn Up II celebrates North East Ohio's local art programs by showcasing these recent graduates who work in a diverse variety of media while occupying some of the same spaces with shared interests and subject matter.
Turn Up II includes new and recent work by Yiyun Chen (CSU), a portrait photographer ; Benji Diaz (CSU), an illustrator, graphics designer, and painter ; Xyl Lasersohn (CIA), an abstract painter; Kit Palencar (UA and KSU), a portrait painter and illustrator.; Meg See (CIA) a Ceramist; Kathryn Shinko (UA and KSU), a textile artist; Brittni Stump (KSU), mixed media textile and installation artist.
Please join us during our opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 during Third Friday at 78th Street Studios. The exhibition remains on view for Third Friday in September (Sep 15th). Immediately following both receptions, local musician and co-founder of Survival Kit Brian Straw presents free performances by local bands and musicians in the gallery.
PopEye Gallery is located in Suite 303 on the third floor of 78th Street Studios. As always, all Third Friday events are free and open to the public. For more information about PopEye Gallery or these artists, see bios below or visit PopEyeGallery.com
Yiyun Chen (yinyunchen.com)
Born and raised in Guangdong China, Yiyun Chen is an artist/photographer from Cleveland OH, currently living in Rochester NY. He is an Imaging Arts MFA Candidate at Rochester Institute of Technology. Yiyun holds a Post-BA in fine art photography and video from The Cleveland Institute of Arts, and BA in Studio Art Photography from Cleveland State University.
Yiyun's work has been exhibited in local galleries in several locations, including Cleveland, Rochester, New York City and California. In 2017, his works were exhibited in galleries of Italy. He has even been published in Cleveland Magazine, Inside-Business Magazine, Valley Magazine, Pulse Magazine, Case Reserve Review, and The Cleveland Stater etc.
Benji Diaz (benjidiaz.com)
a Cleveland based artist he received a BA in Graphics Design from Cleveland State University His work’s subjects include icons of childhood-including Rainbow Brite, Bert & Ernie, Gonzo, Big bird, The Teletubbies and more. Diaz is a two-time recipient of First Place in the Cleveland National Arts Prize’s Adult Intermediate category (2010 & 2012). He has a strong passion for different, traditional and non-traditional mediums and has curated both the 2016 and 2017 Queer Art shows during CLE pride. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Waterloo Arts, 78th St Studios, Zaller Gallery, Doubting Thomas, The Galleries at Cleveland State and more! He created the logo for the Waterloo Sculpture Garden in Collinwood as well as our logo at PopEye Gallery.
Xyl Lasersohn (xlasersohn.com)
Received a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2017.
“I create paintings which compare the format of the painting to that of puzzles and videogames in order to show that problems rarely have a simple yes or no answer. This principle can then be extended to situations in the viewer’s life which they might find analogous. The problem implies that there are criteria for success and failure. The same can be said for videogames which are structured as a series of problems and solutions, with failure being the motivator for progress. The game is referenced in the paintings through the use of grids, repeated imagery, symbols, systems, and a shallow frieze-like depth. Failure manifests in the work through the depiction of grid-based puzzles and the equivocal way in which it is painted.
The puzzles are designed to appear difficult. They actively dissuade the viewer from solving due to the immaterial reward of painting. The landscape and objects within are equivocal in the sense that there are multiple interpretations that are all equally valid. This allows the landscape to get to the same questioning space as the puzzles, without the expectation of a solution. The landscapes are fragmented, shifting from areas of flatness to receding areas of space. The buildup of paint occurring only through the sheer number of layers applied, implying something has been covered up.”
Kit Palencar, (kitpalencar.com)
Graduated from the University of Akron in 2015, Palencar has been focusing on creating a signature style through his use of atmospheric backgrounds and psychological portraits.
Kit has won the top honor scholarship for The Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation for his watercolors and has also won the top honor underclass scholarship at The Myers School of Art in Akron, Ohio. Palencar resides in North East Ohio and is concentrating on an MFA degree at Kent State University.
Meg See (meganseeart.com)
Received a BFA in ceramics from Cleveland Institute of Art in 2017.
She currently has work showing in Cleveland Heights at the Sun Room.
"MY CURRENT CERAMIC SCULPTURES ARE THE PHYSICAL MANIFESTATIONS OF MY EMOTIONS, IDEAS, AND UNDERSTANDINGS OF OUR SHARED VISUAL WORLD.
I STRIVE TO CREATE A POINT OF CONTACT BETWEEN MY PERSONAL PSYCHOLOGICAL/EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES AND THOSE OF OTHERS.
SUCH POINT OF CONTACT ENABLES COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS, ULTIMATELY PERPETUATING THE TRANSCENDENCE BEYOND THE COMMON UNDERSTANDING OF OUR VISUAL REALITY.
IN MY ARTISTIC PRACTICE, I STRIVE TO DEVELOP A SYNTHESIS BETWEEN INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL STIMULI; BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE COLLECTIVE.
I SEEK TO CONNECT THROUGH EMOTIONAL, PSYCHIC AND CEREBRAL CONTACT.
MY INSTALLATIONS IMMERSE THE VIEWER IN AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH COGNITIVE CONNECTIONS TAKE TANGIBLE FORM.
THE INTENTION BEHIND THE WORK I CREATE IS TO FORCE THE VIEWER INTO CONTEMPLATIVE INACTION, MOMENTS TO CONTEMPLATE PERCEPTIONS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDINGS OF THE VISUAL WORLD.
THROUGH ENGAGING WITH MY CONSCIOUSNESS I AM ABLE TO DEVELOP A LANGUAGE OF FORM WHICH IS INFORMED BY MY EMOTIONS, PERCEPTIONS, AND MEMOIRIES.
TOGETHER, THESE THREE FEATURES OF COGNITION ARE THE SOURCES WHICH MOTIVATE THE WORKS I CREATE."
Kathryn Shinko (kathrynshinko.com)
received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Akron in 2011 and her MFA in Textiles at Kent State University in 2015. Her work has been shown across the United States in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Denver, Santa Ana, Erie, and Ft. Lauderdale. She has been featured in the online publications Curatorial Collective, Refigural, and JungKatz. In 2016 she received an Honorable Mention for the Surface Design Association's Creative Promise Award for Student Excellence and was published in the Winter 2016 Issue of the Surface Design Association Journal. Most recently, she was nominated for the 2017 American Craft Council Emerging Voices Award. Kathryn currently works as an adjunct instructor of design at the University of Akron and as a sales and displays associate at Don Drumm Studios & Gallery.
Brittni Stump (brittnistump.com)
is a textile artist who is excited by repurposing discarded materials from everyday life. Manipulating objects like receipts, plastic bags, parking tickets, and cassette tape, she then lays her seemingly mundane treasures in a wash of bright colors. Stump applies her unconventional materials to traditional textile techniques, such as hand weaving, coiling and embroidery. Her latest approach has been constructing soft fiber sculptures from her weavings; continuing her play with form, material, and color off of the loom.
Brittni Stump received her B.F.A. in Crafts with a concentration in Textile Arts from Kent State University in 2013. She recently held her second solo show, Head Space, in Spring 2017 at the Columbus, OH based communal art space, 400 West Rich, which Stump belongs to.