JEAN KOELLER: NOT DEAD WOOD
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art / 3715 Central Ave. August 30, 2019 - October 4, 2019
Working from both life and memory, Jean Koeller depicts ordinary, dense views that redefine the boundaries of landscape and beauty. Her work moves between experience and thought, representation and abstraction, distilling information through observation and memory. The paintings explore the tension between human perception of time and nature’s rate of change, and the realities of chaos punctured by an illusion of order. She explores, physically and psychologically, the essence of life of the interior—the interior of the landscape, and the interior self. The exhibition includes works from Koeller’s recent series of woodpile paintings, as well as works on paper.
Jean Koeller was born in Columbus, Ohio, and currently lives and works in New Carlisle, Ohio. She received her BFA from Wright State University, her MFA from Parsons School of Art and Design, and is an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work is in numerous collections, including the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Supreme Court, and Ohio Governor’s Residence in Columbus, Ohio, Miami Valley Cultural District in Dayton, Ohio, and Kettering Hospital, in Kettering, Ohio. She has taught painting and drawing at various colleges and universities in Ohio, and worked as the Visual Resource Curator for the University of Dayton from 1992-2007.