Work created by 15 Ohio artists will be on display at the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery July 30 through October 17. Back to Reality, More and Less: Contemporary Ohio Landscape presents more than 60 works from 15 distinct perspectives. The exhibition offers original, contemporary and often surprising approaches to the landscape tradition. Curated by Sara Johnson, director of planning at the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, Back to Reality has a certain surprise value. "Many people tend to equate contemporary art with abstraction, but many fine artists have moved back to reality, more and less," Johnson says. "This is realism but it's not illustration and it's not photography. The show is dozens of interesting stops along the journey to new realism. It offers viewers a chance to experience contemporary art within the familiar framework of the landscape."
Featured artists include Eric Barth (Columbus), Rod Bouc (Columbus), Carolyn Cardenas (Athens), Laurence Channing (Cleveland), Barbara Gillette (Wadsworth), Deborah Morrissey McGoff (Cincinnati), Gary Pettigrew (Athens), A.D. Earls (Middlefield), Ron Porter (Nashville), Leslie Miller (Oberlin), Stephen Pentak (Columbus), Lane Raiser (Portsmouth), Willard Reader (Portsmouth), William Reed Simon (Cleveland), and John Stewart (Cincinnati).