A Wexner Center for the Arts exhibition will feature curated pieces from three Ohio-born female visual artists: Ann Hamilton, Maya Lin and Jenny Holzer. The exhibition called “HERE” will open Saturday.
The three artists create work deeply connected to their home state, and the exhibition comes at a time of celebration for both Ohio State’s 150th and the Wexner Center’s 30th anniversaries occurring this fall, Lucy Zimmerman, assistant curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center, said.
“They all have connection to the geography of the state,” Melissa Starker, creative content and public relations manager for the Wexner Center, said.
Starker said Hamilton is presenting images captured with an archaic wand scanner, a portable scanner that copies images or documents. Most of the items are from Ohio archives, libraries and collections.
Holzer’s work deals largely with truisms, or blunt and obviously true statements, and Starker said her installation is no exception. In addition to the display at the Wexner Center, Holzer’s truisms will scroll across the ticker at the corner of Broad and High streets.
Zimmerman said Lin’s featured work will be her “meditations on the environment and on waterways in Ohio.”
Lin’s pieces focus on the impact of fracking and climate change on Ohio rivers. According to the Wexner Center’s website, Lin’s work is made from glass beads and steel pins shaped to represent these waterways.
Starker said she hopes students who visit the exhibit leave with a different way of thinking about how a sense of place can be conveyed and get to know the work of the artists.
“There’s three artists who have really disparate vocabularies in terms of the materiality that they use and the nature of their practices,” Zimmerman said. “I think they share, too, a lot in common in terms of reflecting on the past, the present, the future.”
A gallery guide will also be included in the exhibit.
“HERE” will be on display at the Wexner Center for the Arts from Sept. 21 to Dec. 29. Admission is free for students with a BuckID and $7 for faculty and staff.