Wave Pool's main gallery space is open Thursday through Saturday from 12-5pm. 

There are also often corresponding exhibitions in our Locker Room Gallery.

The Uncanny Valley

June 8th - July 27th

“The sensation of uncanniness is, at its core, an anxiety about the stability of those persons, places, and things in which we have placed our deepest trust, and our own sense of identity and belonging.” - Marjorie Sandor

‘The Uncanny Valley’, a term coined by Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori in 1970, is used to refer to the phenomenon whereby a computer-generated figure or humanoid robot bearing a near-identical resemblance to a human being arouses a sense of unease or revulsion in the person viewing it. In order to experience the uncanny--this anxiety driven by the ambiguity around identity--one must first have an understanding of the familiar.

This compilation of artists, fabricators, musicians, designers and architects organized by Wave Pool’s 2019 Curator-in-Residence, designer David Corns, provides examples of how the experience of the uncanny valley can be appropriated from AI and robotics into the language of the ordinary and everyday. This group of work, though highly visual, also addresses uncanniness by means of other senses and factors:  audio, touch, assemblage of materials, and more.

While the uncanny is historically associated with uneasiness, anxiety, and the grotesque, the work featured in “The Uncanny Valley” exhibition asks if we can use the effect of uncanniness to address current issues of everyday life, (whether they be social, political, or economic) to unveil something new that would otherwise go unnoticed or be unattainable by other means.

Today, our environment is becoming less nuclear, binary and traditional.  We are more comfortable with the unfamiliar, fluid and dynamic. The uncanny valley, then, has the potential to accurately reflect the truth of our surroundings; revealing the hybridity and ambiguity that exists in our world, rather than a fetishized otherness.  

Participating Artists include:

Ryan Back, Robert Corns, Could Be Architecture, Sophie Dannin & Matt Branham, DPMT7, Giant Claw, Tom Hoying, ITITITinc, Brent Lashley, Tyler Macko, Office Andorus, Lyndon Probst, Keith Rankin, Chris Reeves, Brooke Shanesy, Rowan Shaw-Jones, Substudio, and Jack Arthur Wood.

The 2019 Curatorial Residency is supported by individual and member contributions.

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Upcoming Exhibitions:

Temple Misto “Warm Nights” Placed Based Arts Festival in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
July 11 - 14
“Warm Nights” will be one week of hands-on, placed based art experiences and educational opportunities designed to engage the Ivano-Frankivsk community in a communal art practice. The festival will consist of 3-4 community art activities and 3-4 educational events/public conversations, culminating in a one-night, all-ages art event on the grounds of an empty industrial space, featuring the work of young Ukrainian artists and musicians (Alina Bukina, Animation Studio, and the Cancel x Band). “Warm Nights” addresses our city’s need to build community through creative events and placemaking.

Supported by a US Embassy Small Project Public Diplomacy Grant

What is the Harm in a Reach? ASYS: Abigail Smithson
July - August
Tucson based artist Abigail Smithson will collaborate on an art installation entitled, What is the Harm in a Reach?, with the basketball teams from a local STEM High School . She will ask the students to draw their own versions of "reaching", "extending", "a shot" and "passing", as examples of movements made in basketball; with the final iteration of the drawings in cyanotype print form. The goal of this work is an attempt to bridge a gap and allow for sports and art to coexist in a shared space.

The 2019 Art Space is Your Space Residency Program is supported by Carrington Broeman and Camp Washington Community Board.


The Curatorial Residency Program is supported by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign as well as through an ArtSTART award from the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2018 Art Space Is Your Space Artist in Residency program is funded by a grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.