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Feb. 1, 2013

Contact: Lesley Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284

Zanardelli opens inaugural exhibition in Farmer Family Gallery

The Ohio State University at Lima welcomes painter Theo Zanardelli, who opens his exhibition, remnant bit, solar quit, diluted gloom, from Feb. 14-March 29, 2013, in the Farmer Family Gallery in Reed Hall. The opening reception for his exhibition is from 6-9 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 14, 2013.

The exhibition, remnant bit, solar quit, diluted gloom, will feature nearly a dozen paintings. Zanardelli’s work engages fracture, mutation, transmutation, entropy and disintegration. Forms and shapes are continuously dismantled and reassembled. He explores these realities, non-realities and concepts through his paintings and drawings. The involvement of the artist’s hand, on some level, is necessary to his work. A blue collar work ethic and an intellectual/conceptual approach are combined and feed off each other.

"I see no difference between a ditch on the side of the road, the quantity of time in a blink, and that infinitely dimensional and elastic hollow space between life and death," said Zanardelli. "A ball of gnats and swirling stars around a black hole can be equally fascinating and represented with the same marks. I challenge this idea within my work and process."

Zanardelli is a lecturer in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art in painting and printmaking from West Virginia University and his Master of Fine Art in painting and drawing from Ohio State. He earned both degrees on scholarships. Zanardelli spent several years working at several blue collar, labor intensive jobs between undergraduate and graduate school and the imagery from these experiences influences his work today. His work has been exhibited in shows around the country, including the cities of Honolulu; Palo Alto, Calif.; Reading, Penn.; Chicago and Columbus. He was nominated for the coveted Joan Mitchell Prize.

The artwork will be on display from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays through March 29, 2013, in the Farmer Family Gallery in Reed Hall. The gallery will be closed during spring break week, March 11-15, 2013. Both the opening reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public.