Hannah Bates, “Among”; March 4th – April 23rd, 2022

Hannah Bates
Opening reception: March 4th, 2022, 5-8pm
Artist talk + demo: April 3rd, 2022, 1-3pm

“The exhibition Among exposes the wildness of a post-industrial landscape through material exploration. The work began by wandering along the shores of the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie, searching for resonate objects. Both of these sites are a collision between the natural world and human production; Lake Erie, with algae blooms caused by farmland runoff, and the Cuyahoga, with its meandering history of industrial pollution. The forms in the exhibition originate near these rustbelt waterways: gnarly driftwood, knotted burls, weathered styrofoam, polypore mushrooms, spalted wood, and decomposing plant matter. Transfigured into aluminum, plaster, and cement, these objects express the tangibility of time. For example, the osage-orange tree produces fruit that was once a food source for Pleistocene megafauna. The anachronistic osage-orange is a material representation of a pre-human world. The visual taxonomy of found and fabricated objects presented in Among contemplates deep time as a way to re-enchant a damaged environment. Through a poetic and intuitive science, the process of collecting, molding, and casting nurtures a sense of belonging between salt mines and steel mills.”

*This exhibition is supported by The Satellite Fund administered by SPACES and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program.

Among opens on Friday, March 4th at Waterloo Arts Gallery (15605 Waterloo Rd) between 5-8pm. Following its opening, Among will be open to visit on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 12pm-4pm, during April’s Walk All Over Waterloo, and by appointment on weekdays until April 23rd. To request an appointment, email gallery@waterlooarts.org or call 216.692.9500. Masks are encouraged inside the gallery. 

The artist will host an aluminum pour and hybrid (in-person and streamed) artist talk at Waterloo Arts on Sunday April 3rd, from 1-3pm.

Facebook event page (opening reception)
Facebook event page (demo + talk)
Artist Talk footage

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Hannah Bates is an artist based in Cleveland, OH. Her work in glass, wood, and metal explores the fluid boundaries between the body, raw materials, and the natural world. She received an MFA in the Craft/Material Studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Fine Arts at Columbus College of Art and Design. Hannah has taught within glass programs at VCU and Kent State University. She was an artist in residence at ACRE residency, chaNorth, and Sculpture Space. Hannah has exhibited at RoyGBiv in Columbus, OH and Heaven Gallery in Chicago. She recently received the Satellite Fund administered by SPACES in Cleveland, OH to complete a solo exhibition in Spring 2022.

IG: @hbatez

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