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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Final Countdown for Enticing Receptions at William Busta Gallery: Next Event is Feb. 6

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 9:49 AM

  • Callahan and Tomorowitz
The countdown is on. Last month, William Busta announced plans to shutter his gallery this summer. There are only six more opening receptions left. Stop by this Friday for new work by Timothy Callaghan, Krista Tomorowitz, Taryn McMahon and Jerry Birchfield.

Callaghan and Tomorowitz (husband and wife) will exhibit recent collaborations, McMahon will showcase prints and installation work and Birchfield will debut a collection of photographs.

“Of course I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I am a little sad,” says Callaghan. “Bill has been a lot more than just a dealer to me over the past decade. I can’t think of a more deserving person for retirement. He has been a selfless advocate for all the artists he has worked with for the last 26 years and I am very grateful to have been one of those artists.”

“It is an honor to have worked with Bill and to have shown at William Busta Gallery,” adds Birchfield. “The gallery has provided a place for good work to be shown and seen by the Cleveland community for many years. The presence of William Busta Gallery in the community will be very missed.”

Callahan and Tomorowitz’s Altercations features installations of collaborative works created by this husband-and-wife duo. Callahan, who teaches painting at Cleveland Institute of Art, uses silk as a sketchbook for his final paintings, and Tomorowitz repurposes the silk into kimono-inspired garments. For this exhibition, the paintings and dresses will be exhibited together in an installation in the gallery.

Taryn McMahon teaches printmaking and foundations classes at Kent State University. She received her B.F.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.

“My work uses images of patterned botanicals to investigate sites and histories, highlighting the complicated construction of an idea of ‘nature’,” explains McMahon. “The resulting installations are responsive to the architecture of their site, changing viewers’ ambulation through the space and creating a bodily experience. My most recent work includes installations of cascading printed Mylar film and mixed media prints on paper. This work imagines a future ecology in which the natural and artificial become intertwined and conflated in the face of unprecedented change.”

Jerry Birchfield received his M.F.A from Cornell University last year, and his B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2009 (Photography).

“I work in various media including photography, digital media, and sculpture,” explains Birchfield. “My work focuses on the shifts and intervals between identification and understanding that are produced and observed during engagement with the work.”

The exhibitions run through Saturday, March 7, with additional viewing hours Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Admission is free and open to the public. Next month, you can catch work by Cleveland’s own Douglas Max Utter and Elizabeth Emery.

(William Busta Gallery) 2731 Prospect Ave., 216-298-9071,

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