The Cincinnati Art Museum and ArtWorks present C A M P G R O U N D (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, October 30, 2014)
Art: Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective at the Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati CityBeat, October 29, 2014)
CAM exhibit reviews native son Wesselmann's career (Cincinnati Enquirer, October 25, 2014)
Street Photography in the 21st Century (Cincinnati CityBeat, October 8, 2014)
Local author brings rich history alive in ‘Cincinnati Silver’ (Cincinnati Enquirer, October 8, 2014)
Look Who’s Talking: “Conversations around American Gothic” at Cincinnati Art Museum (AEQAI, October 4, 2014)
October 15, 2014 to April 15, 2016
The Cincinnati Art Museum and ArtWorks are pleased to unveil a new collaborative project featuring local artist Anthony Luensman. C A M P G R O U N D, on view now through April 2016, is a large-scale, animated neon installation on the west wall of the French Wing at the Cincinnati Art Museum that will be on display for 18 months. Following C A M P G R O U N D, this wall will continue to feature a rotating program of temporary works organized by CAM and ArtWorks.
C A M P G R O U N D evokes a billboard one may still discover along a country highway. It advertises with the familiar vacation icons of tire swings and sparking campfires. The animated sign promises outdoor escape and primitive comfort against the massive holdings and complexities of civilization. The promise, however, hints at its own future of being unfulfilled as neon displaces “nature” and its white lines outline an artificial landscape.
Early this summer, Luensman conducted a multi-faceted workshop with eight ArtWorks apprentices to explore the production of C A M P G R O U N D. They learned how neon lights are made, the basics of electronics and programming, and how to engage the community with public art. The apprentices created their own neon designs, screen prints, and electronic sculptures.
About the Artist
Anthony Luensman, born in 1966 in Cincinnati, Ohio, received a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio (1988). Over the course of his career, he has been granted numerous awards including the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, and Individual Artist Grants from the City of Cincinnati. He has had residencies and exhibitions in cities across the US and in Japan and Taiwan. He works across disciplines and often incorporates elements of light, sound, video, and sculpture.Luensman has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for two of his solo exhibitions. His work can be seen in the collections of The Cincinnati Art Museum and the International Contemporary Art Foundation/21c Museum based in Louisville, Kentucky.
The ArtWorks Apprentice Team, managed by Emily Sites and adopted by Judy Bausher and Herb Gilliam, assisted Luensman with this project and included the following individuals:
Project Generously Funded by:
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. /U.S. Bank Foundation
The LaBoiteaux Foundation
ArtWorks Apprentice Team Adopted by Judy Bausher and Herb Gilliam
Thursday, November 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
An ArtWorks dedication for C A M P G R O U N D will take place at the Cincinnati Art Museum from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6. A brief series of speeches to honor this dedication will begin at 6pm with Tamara Harkavy (ArtWorks), Cameron Kitchin (CAM), and Tim Maloney (The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. /U.S. Bank Foundation).
The dedication is FREE and will take place outdoors at the installation. Live music will be provided by Billy Alletzhauser (of “The Hiders”) and Ali Edwards, as well as complimentary food and beverages. No reservations or tickets are required. For more information about the dedication, please visit ArtWorks’ Facebook event page.
In Depth Gallery Talk
Saturday, November 8, 2 – 3 p.m.
Learn more during a free gallery talk with artist Anthony Luensman as he discusses his inspiration, development, and installation of C A M P G R O U N D at the Art Museum. Reservations required. For more information, please call (513) 721.ARTS or click here to reserve your tickets online.
Image: Anthony Luensman (b. 1966), C A M P G R O U N D, October 2014, neon, transformers, sequencers. Organized by ArtWorks. Sponsored by Macy’s, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. /U.S. Bank Foundation, The LaBoiteaux Foundation. ArtWorks Apprentice Team Adopted by Judy Bausher and Herb Gilliam. Photographed by Rob Deslongchamps, Cincinnati Art Museum.