Nathan L. Longsdorf-After graduating in 1997 from the University of Toledo with a BA, Longsdorf began working as a sculpture technician at an art foundry and sculpture studio. Since then he has had 12 exhibitions in the Midwest and a group exhibit in Japan. “Mementos became a series of sculptures that are the result of an internal struggle, good vs. evil. I started sketching out ideas and encountered the problem of how I was going to display my work as it needed to hang, I resolved the problem with tripods”.
Miguel Romero-In my most recent body of work I use the language of cartoons and origami to explore the intricate nature of human relationships. This of course implies that in spite of the humor associated with this language, what I have to say is serious, and sometimes even grave or sad.
II explore the gamut of human relationships from different perspectives: personal, psychological, sexual, biological, social, and above all political. The latter is the most important to me because it bathes, unifies, and is the one in which all others catalyze.
Why do I choose to treat such subject matter with humor? Simply because I ask myself: wouldn't it be better if we saw the funny side of this? Just think, what would our lives be without humor? How many of us would feel lost and exhausted if it were not for humor’s strength and kindheartedness? To me, laughing is living, especially when it comes to the important stuff.
Julie Shine Webster-“The objects in this exhibition reflect my interest in decadent color, ornamental pattern, botany and the potential energy of species’. I decorate my pots and sculptures with patterns derived from nature. In every thing I do I try to represent life, to work with the concept of growth and transformation. The exchange of energy occurs in metabolic processes that facilitate the body’s physical operations fascinate me. My designs are inspired by several interests: patterns of cells and molecules, astronomy, physics, and textiles. The color palate I have chosen for these works has been inspired by my fascination with graffiti, and a love of rich color and playful lines that I associate with urban art.”