Wave Pool is a dynamic place where art intersects with community.
July 14 - September 1
Playing upon the contemporary fixation on houseplants, Let It Grow is an exhibition that explores the ways in which artists frame our human and plant interdependent relationships. Plants are self-sustaining organisms—they only need sun and rain to survive. So what does it mean for us to remove these living organisms from their natural habitat, and make ourselves their sole caretakers?
The artists featured in Let It Grow investigate this relationship from various angles: NY-based collaborators Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao (known as “CHIAOZZA”) create sculptural “Cartoon Plants” out of paper pulp—returning the processed organic vegetation back to its rightful form. Dayton, Oh based artist Sydney Joslin-Knapp incorporates both celestial bodies and flowers into an oversized diorama—creating a cosmic portal in our gallery, from which to observe these faux blooms. And lastly, Columbus, Oh-based multimedia artist Danielle Julian-Norton who owns a working farm and creates installations of living plants will create a new sculpture for the gallery out of cob and water plants.
As part of our programming for this exhibition, we have partnered with local musicians, artists and activists Triiibe to put on a Vibe-A-Que, August 14, 5:30-8:30pm. This event will consist of urban gardening classes at our Camp Washington Community Garden, a local street sweep, and subsequent vegan potluck.
Featured social practice Project:
The Welcome Project is a social enterprise for refugees. Training our newest neighbors in store management skills while bringing new life to the Camp Washington business district.
The Welcome Project is an Impact 100 Finalist! With plans to renovate the adjacent storefront into a learning kitchen with handmade product and fresh produce sales. Empowering marginalized, at-risk refugee and immigrants through skills training that could lead to employment, as well as community revitalization.
The Welcome Project is a collaboration between Wave Pool and Heartfelt Tidbits.
Learn more at: The Welcome Project website
Calling all Artists!
Mark your calendars for August 18th, 6-11pm, Wave Pools first drawing marathon! It'll be totally sports/running/swimming style with numbers on your back and bleacher seating for the fans. There will be drinks. There will be popcorn. There will be a referee to keep you all in line!
Just as with any charitable marathon, each 'team member' artist will be asked to get sponsors for their participation. The main difference is that with this marathon, we'll be splitting whatever you make 50/50 with you to better support your own artistic endeavors! There's no minimum amount to raise - so don't worry if you're only sponsor is $2.25 from your grandma. We welcome all participants. We'll also have lots of drawing supplies available or you can bring your own - All of the works created during the event will be immediately hung on the wall and sold as part of the fundraiser. Please consider signing up and taking part in this sure to be fun and interesting way to raise money (for yourself and Wave Pool!). Here's the link - become a team member and share to get sponsors!