Remnants + Resonate two new shows opening at the Dayton Visual Arts Center

DAYTON (July 5, 2016) – The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) presents Remnants, an exhibition showcasing the creative ways in which four artists, Christina Pereyma, Susan Byrnes, Kate Kern and Francis Schanberger, find new purpose for life’s left-overs by creating new works out of objects, memories, and dreams once cast aside.

The artists in Remnants were selected through DVAC’s 2014 Biennial Call for Exhibitions by jurors Jason Franz, Founding Executive Director & Chief Curator, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati; John Kortlander, Professor, Drawing & Painting, Columbus College of Art and Design and 2012 DVAC Biennial Call Artist; and Liz Maugens, Co-Founder & Director, Zygote Press, Cleveland.


“By hoarding, organizing, erasing, memorializing, or even banishing, each of us takes our own approach to responding to the sometimes overwhelming number of objects that accumulate in our lives,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of DVAC. “Pereyma, Byrnes, Kern and Schanberger tackle this issue of overabundance by responding to these ‘remnants’ left behind in very thoughtful and telling visual ways.”

Remnants Artists

Christina Pereyma - Providing the original inspiration for this exhibition, artist Christina Pereyma’s recent efforts to embed the remnants of decades of family life in wax are revelatory in their mingling of the commonplace and the exotic. Although she has the sensibility of a conceptual artist, Pereyma remains—perhaps because of her original training in textiles—drawn to what she calls the importance and eloquence of objects. She is, she admits, “an inveterate collector.”

Pereyma, Remnant #3 (detail), 2016, fiber, 7 x 5 in.

Susan Byrnes - Sculptor Susan Byrnes is absorbed in deeply reflecting on the physicality of objects, as well their imaginary “footprints” in time and space. A cast of an object, whether in glass or iron, requires us to consider both the original (which is often lost in the high heat of the process) and its impression.

Byrnes, Density Clarity (detail), 2015, cast glass and cast iron, 8 x 12 x 2 in.

Kate Kern - An artist known for her organically charged motifs, Kate Kern draws on the most ephemeral sorts of remnants—thoughts, memories, imagination. Mentally sifting through bits of data, items are variously stored, rejected, filed, or secreted away. In her works, Kern makes the process metaphorically visible, showing us a catalogue of snatches of text and imagery from the past.

Kern, 1000 Eyes (detail), 2010, photocopy toner on card catalogue strips, 8 ft. x 12 ft. x 2 in.

Francis Schanberger - As an artist who composes with photographic methods, Francis Schanberger works on a regular basis with remnants: a photographic image is, de facto, what is left behind after treated paper is exposed to light. More importantly, Schanberger works with a process known as anthotype, using plant pigments to create fragile, evocative, positive impressions after prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Schanberger, Bedjacket #2 (detail), 2015, beet root anthotype, 30 x 30 in.


Showing in tandem with Remnants is Resonate, an exhibition of juried work by DVAC members, selected by curator and Director of ArtsLIVE at the University of Dayton Eileen Carr and artist Christina Pereyma. The emotional resonance of objects, common or curious, is something that drives artists to create new work from what has been discarded.

“Over the past century, many artists—painters, writers, poets—have seen potential in the ephemera of life, inspiring works that strive to preserve memory, beauty, history, or simply the mystery of the past,” states Buttacavoli. “This exhibition of juried work by DVAC members, selected by Carr and Pereyma, present a range of works that reflect the resonant potential of objects drawn from life.”


Exhibition Dates - Both Remnants and Resonate open July 8th and run through August 13th, 2016.

Opening Party - The Opening Party for both shows will take place Friday, July 8th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at DVAC, located at 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton, Ohio 45402. This reception is free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk - A Gallery Talk for Remnants is scheduled for July 21st at 6:15 p.m. A Gallery Talk for Resonate is scheduled for August 5th at 6:15 p.m. Both Gallery Talks are free and open to the public.

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The Dayton Visual Arts Center provides art for the community and a community for artists. DVAC receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council, Culture Works, Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District, The Dayton Power & Light Foundation, the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation; Community Partner Members Houser Asphalt & Concrete, LMG-Lunne Marketing Group, LWC Inc., Mousaian Oriental Rugs, Premier Health, Square One Salon & Spa; and members.

Dayton Visual Arts Center | 118 N. Jefferson St. | Dayton, OH 45402 | 937.224.3822

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