Adorned Spaces: Photography by Andrew Thomas Lopez & Marissa McClellan


Summit Artspace Gallery OPENS Adorned Spaces on Friday, March 9th with meeting the artists in the galleries from 5 – 6 pm and a reception from 6 – 8 pm.  The exhibition continues through the date of Saturday June 14th.  Gallery hours are Thursdays from noon – 9:00 pm so visitors can take advantage of visiting both Summit Artspace and the Akron Art Museum and Fridays and Saturdays from noon – 5:00 pm.  The exhibit will also be open for the June ArtWalk on Saturday, June 7th from 5 -10 pm.

This unconventional portraiture exhibition shows works that explore our relationships to space and how our environments can transform into imprints of expression. With two very different approaches to this concept, photographers Andrew Thomas Lopez and Marissa McClellan play with their spaces differently, but with clear and precise direction for their intent.

In a project entitled, This Means Something… This is Important, Andrew’s son creates patterns, building spaces imbued with mystique and imagination, and Andrew then acts as a co-creator of the resulting conceptions. The result is a beautiful combination of portraiture and still life. Marissa has spent several years documenting suburban bedrooms of the mid-west, capturing the essence of many individuals & couples via still life of their most personal space.  Part fine art, part anthropological study, the resulting photographs mirror our 21st century lifestyles. Both photographers are from Akron and have actively participated in many regional group shows, along with solo shows to their credit.  Andrew Thomas Lopez received prestigious awards in 2012 from his alma-mater, Columbia College in Chicago and the Juror’s Choice Award for the STILL LIFE Exhibition from the Kiernan Gallery in Virginia.  Andrew received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago and Marissa McClellan graduated with her BFA in photography from the University of Akron, Myers School of Art in 2012.

The artists will discuss their work in public talks on May 22 and May 29 at 7:30 pm at Summit Artspace. These lecture/discussions are FREE to all and the public is encouraged to attend.  McClellan’s talk on Thursday, May 22 entitled, “More Than a Bed”, will provide insights as to how documented images of bedrooms become personal portraits of the people that inhabit and garnish these spaces.  Lopez will talk about “Creativity and Autism” as he discusses the history and experience of working with his son Sabas for the project, This Means Something… This is Important. Lopez brings to the forefront the importance of art and photography as a way to engage with a child who has autism; tapping into their strengths and brilliance as opposed to viewing the condition as a deficiency.  Representatives from the Akron chapter of the Autism Society will be present at the talk on May 29at 7:30 pm.






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