New Installation at SPACES Reflects on Former Slave Child Who Died in Oberlin

Fri 1/25 @ 6-9PM

Oberlin-based sculptor/installation artist Johnny Coleman, an associate professor of art and African-American studies at Oberlin College, began his residency at SPACES Gallery in Ohio City in early December, when he began work on his immersive installation titled Crossing The Water: Requiem For Lee Howard Dobbins.

 It’s a reflection on the spirit of a former slave child, who was travelling with his family to escape to Canada. He became ill in Oberlin, where he was left behind with a local family, died and was buried by neighbors who raised money for his burial and headstone.

“This project is a meditation on an imagined place in which he might have been free,” says the artist statement.

Akron’s Danny Volk and JuliaOldham of Eugene, Oregon will also be debuting work that reflects on “resilience and resourcefulness.”

The pieces goes on view at SPACES Fri 1/25 with a free public  reception and remain on view through Fri 3/22.


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