Site-Specific Installation by Thin Air Studio
DateJune 26 - Aug 30, 2009
VenueWeston Art Gallery
A collaborative of Cincinnati artists, Christopher S. Daniel and Kirk Mayhew, Thin Air Studio has been creating unique sculptural installations since 2002. Constructed primarily of organic materials that include tree branches, rocks, and plant material, their environmental installations create intimate spaces of discovery and contemplation.
Working within the enclosed glass facade and soaring expanse of the Weston Art Gallery's street-level exhibition space, they constructed a multi-level series of canopies and undulating forms from tree limbs and manila rope, merging elements of the natural world into an artificial environment.
Christopher S. Daniel works in Cincinnati as a sculptor, teacher, and fabricator. He received his bachelor of fine arts from West Virginia University in 1994, and his master of fine arts in 1997 from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. His solo and collaborative works can be seen throughout the Cincinnati area as well as Munich, Germany, and in collections in Maryland, West Virginia and South Carolina. Currently he serves as an adjunct instructor for the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he teaches welding and blacksmithing. In addition to his work with Thin Air Studio, Daniel operates Blue Hell Studio, a metal fabrication shop.
Kirk Mayhew works in Ohio and Kentucky as a sculptor and a professor. He received his bachelor of arts from Coe College in 1997 and his master of fine arts in 2000 from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. He currently serves as an adjunct professor teaching ceramics at Northern Kentucky University, community education classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and pottery at the Clifton Recreation Center and Funke Fired Arts. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions throughout Cincinnati in addition to his collaborative work with Thin Air Studio.
Gallery Talk Series: Tues., June 30 at 7 p.m.
Families Create! Education Workshop: Sat., July 18 at 10 a.m. with Thin Air Studio