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'Rock, Paper, Scissors' hits the easel

John Benson • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

Want to go?

• WHAT: “Rock, Paper, Scissors”

• WHEN: 1-4 p.m. Sun.-Fri., Oct. 24-Nov. 28

• WHERE: Sandusky Cultural Center, 2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky

• COST: Free

• INFO: 419-625-1188 or sanduskyculturalcenter.org

Forever the playground judge and jury, the unequivocal arbitrator deciding winners and losers, the hand gesture rock-paper-scissors is easy, quick and effective.

While these weren’t necessarily the exact characteristics Charles T. Mayer was looking for in the upcoming art exhibition “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” the Sandusky Cultural Center Director was seeking unique and creative interpretations. That’s what he received from nine Northern Ohio artists whose work is on display from Oct. 24 through Nov. 28 at the Sandusky High School venue.

“We like to give the artists as much leeway as possible to interpret the theme,” Mayer said. “There are some artists who chose to represent it very, very realistically. There are actual rocks, scissors and representations of rock-paper-scissors in drawings or in other two dimensional representations. And there are conceptual ones. Painter Daniel Corrigan, who has 13 pieces in the exhibit, has chosen to use it very conceptually. So his theme is more about selection than the actual rock-paper-scissors things. And he’s chosen the selection theme to represent how we have chosen in our current society to represent electronic media and how we have in some cases let electronic media supercede interpersonal relationships and things like that.”

Exhibiting artists are Mayer, Corrigan, Peggy Kwong Gordon, Yumiko Goto, Nina Vivian Huryn, Patricia Krebs, Gary Spinosa, Christine Wiegand and Mark Yasenchac. As for the exhibit “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” this is one of five shows the Sandusky Cultural Center annually displays between September and May.

“We’re a non-profit art gallery that shows as many forms as we can possibly come up with ideas for,” Mayer said. “For example, in the spring we’re having a tattoo show, which is pretty extremely representational of visual art for us at least. We’ve been in existence here for more than 40 years, and we don’t charge any admission for any programs. Everything is always free unless of course you want to purchase something. And if you do purchase something, all of the money goes to the artist who made the work. We don’t take a commission.”

There’s a decidedly contemporary or modern art approach found throughout “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” which Mayer stresses is rated PG for its use of nudity.


“I always want people to walk away thinking that art is bigger than they thought it was before they came in the door,” Mayer said. “That it encompasses much, much more and that I want them to think art is about thinking and dialogue with artists.”


Regarding rock-paper-scissors on the playground, did Mayer play the game when he was growing up?


“No, not at all,” Mayer said. “After doing shows for 40 years, five a year, you just kind of look for something you haven’t done before. I have no personal connection to rock-paper-scissors. I’m old. I’m almost 70. I don’t think we did that as a kid, although in my research for this I found that many, many different cultures around the planet use a form of rock-paper-scissors. They may call it something else, but they use those same hand positions.”


So what did kids use during Mayer’s era to decide playground beefs?


He laughed, “I guess I just tried to think things out.”


That’s exactly what Mayer hopes audiences do with the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” exhibit.

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