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Artwork created with unconventional materials featured in exhibition

The exhibition titled “Ready to Hand/Present at Hand” was inspired by German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s description of various attitudes toward things and objects that exist in the world: “The nearest kind of association is not mere perceptual cognition, but, rather, a handling, using, and taking care of things which has its own kind of knowledge.”

Each artist included in this exhibition has developed a creative practice that privileges handmade, hand-constructed works and design over production by technology, according to Brian Carpenter, lecturer of art and gallery director.

Workers in the studio of artist Christopher Schanck used unconventional materials in his creations.

Workers in the studio of artist Christopher Schanck used unconventional materials in his creations.

By using unconventional materials in construction, the resulting artworks speak to knowledge of a specific material’s unique properties as well as to the idea of self and the maker’s intimate interaction with the creation of an object, he said.

Artists Taryn Cassella, Jack Craig, Mark Dineen, Christopher Schanck and Thing Thing have works on display.

The free, public exhibit can be seen through through Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Center for the Visual Arts Main Gallery on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. when the Center for the Visual Arts will be a stop on the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo 3rd Thursday Gallery Loop. For more information on the gallery loop, go to http://utole.do/loop.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Carpenter at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.