Modern art: Instagram exhibition at BAYarts through July

"Two Harriets" in Milan Kecman's "Head 2 Head" exhibition pairs the images of abolitionists Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman.

This month, the duo of gallery exhibitions at BAYarts will examine themes at the opposite ends of the spectrum. 

In "Head 2 Head," Milan Kecman delves into the past. "Always having an interest in history, I decided to explore some of the faces and personalities of the past and the parallels their lives took. Their lives at times touched, as they took divergent or similar paths. I hope to give the viewer insight into some historical figures who have left a profound effect upon today's culture." 

Taking the modern route, Christopher Gray has curated a selection of Instagram images in "Squared Up." "I'm amazed at the work I see on Instagram, mostly from people who do not consider themselves artists. I chose artists for this show based on their photos and feeds." Gray indicates that experiencing the exhibition will be as if the viewer were scrolling through Instagram, but in a much larger capacity. As for subject matters? They will vary. "The show is not tightly curated, but rather allows for happenstance that occurs in this community. The artwork will encompass a range of subject matter from food to portraits to a bit of whimsy."

The opening receptions for both exhibits are Friday, July 10, from 7-9 p.m. They will be open for viewing until July 31. During this time, the BAYarts campus will also have live music in a classic rock and folk vein, provided by Second Hand Dogs. Gallery coordinator Karen Petkovic says, "The music is a perfect component to our summer receptions; the entire campus buzzes with great energy." For more information, visit; @bay_arts on Twitter; bayarts_ohio on Instagram.

Jessica Stockdale


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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.07.2015