Historically, diptychs and triptychs were largely devoted to paintings portraying religious subjects or political victories. The works in 2 + 3 x 18: Diptychs and Triptychs by 18 Contemporary Ohio Artists update these ancient genres with stories of contemporary experience.
“In the past, most diptychs and triptychs were done for religious purposes, but the artists in this exhibition have pushed beyond that initial idea and tradition to create unique and complex connections,” Shearer said. “The idea of the diptych and triptych was to tell a story—whether it be a secular or religious narrative, and this idea is definitely evident in the works in the current exhibition.”
Stories among the exhibitions works range from narratives about the sometimes challenging relational between women to surviving cancer and questions about motherhood and hope for the future.
The exhibition will include The Circle, a linocut (linoleum relief cut) print diptych by University of Dayton art professor Erin Holscher Almazan, who will serve as the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio’s Artist-in-Residence Aug. 3-7 in conjunction with this exhibition. This work explores “the complexities and dualities that exist within our female identities,” said Almazan. “Sexual undertones, gendered rituals, memories of girlhood and the desire for approval are embedded within the work.”
By way of interactive videos created by Classic Interactions, guests also will have a chance to watch short videos of the artists working in their studios and to hear the artists explain how they create their work.
This exhibition is made possible by the Ohio Arts Council, the George and Dollie L. Zimpfer Memorial Fund of the Fairfield County Foundation, The Fox Foundation, Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Federal CARES Act of 2020.
The exhibition opens on Saturday, July 18 and runs through Sunday, October 25.