SPACES Opens Shows by Three Women Artists

From Marissa Williamson’s “Room”

Fri 6/21 @ 6-9PM

Three woman artists will be featured in the next set of shows, opening at SPACES this weekend.

One of them, Mona Gazala, will be familiar to local art lovers. She’s a northeast Ohio native who earned her BFA at The Ohio State University. The Lakewood-based artists describes her assemblage-style art which features found objects, texts and images, as being of the “Tremont school” of post-industrial art. Her piece “Disarticulated” connects the manufacture of heavy equipment for the Israeli army in Peoria to the destruction of homes in Palestine (Gazala is Palestinian-American). It attempts to bring together pieces of Palestinian history and culture to give viewers more insight in the Palestinian people.

Marisa Williamson’s and Paloma Kop’s work will be new to many Clevelanders. New Jersey-based Williamson explores themes around race, feminism, technology and history through installation, performance and video. Kop works in electronic media and is currently working on her MF in electronic integrated arts at New York’s Alfred University.

At SPACES, Williamson’s interactive, multimedia installation “Room” takes off on the trendy idea of escape rooms, connecting them to something much deeper: the stories of three woman slaves in Colonial America and how to “escape” from systems of oppression and privilege. Kop’s “Experiments in Public” brings together her recent works using video feedback, generative animation and the physics of light and sound.

The opening reception features hors d’oeuvres and a cash wine bar. It’s free and open to the public. The shows will be on view through August 2.

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