"Tombs & Toilets" is a retrospective solo exhibition of Bole's work spanning fifteen years.
Mary Jo Bole : Tombs & ToiletsJosé Drudis-Biada Art Gallery (Mount St. Mary's College) Map it Free
"Tombs & Toilets" is a retrospective solo exhibition of Bole's work spanning fifteen years including recent works. Thematically, it explores the two major themes in Bole's work. Sculpture, book-works and drawings by Bole often utilize materials of geologic origin: shaped by her lineage of Victorian leftover culture experienced through her equally decaying hometown of Cleveland (OH). Her projects can involve intensive historical research.
Currently she is part of a collaborative installation at the Lloyd Library in Cincinnati titled Wounded Home. Recently completed book-works projects are Toilet Worship (Logan Elm Press 2012 [OH]) and Combing Columbus (Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012). Her 2012 installation at the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia titled Purge Incomplete, centered on the prison’s early plumbing. It was supported by artist residencies at The Kohler Factory (WI) and Pilchuck (WA). Recent catalogues featuring Bole’s work include “Of Other Spaces” curated by James Voorhies, Bureau For Open Culture at Columbus College of Art and Design; and Bole’s 2005 solo exhibition “Dear Little Twist of Fate” at the Aronoff Center Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati (OH). She has exhibited work in the United States, Russia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, England and Germany. She has lectured extensively about her work and the numerous artists’ residencies she has attended and self-organized. These include The Ohio Art Council’s sponsored Headlands Art Center residency (CA), Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), Belden Brick Factory (OH), Dedouch Monument Plaque Company (IL) and KVO Enamel on Steel (CA). She had previously created five artists book editions at Knust Press (part of Extrapool, The Netherlands), and she has written for journals such as “Morbid Curiosity” and “Death’s Garden”.
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