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Opening Reception for Byproduct Studios: Perceptions of a Material's Purpose

Presented by Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery at Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati OH

Jan 19 2024
Opening Reception for Byproduct Studios: Perceptions of a Material's Purpose

Byproduct Studios, installation collage for Vanity/Vanitas, 2023, digital media

Join us at the Weston Art Gallery for the opening reception of Byproduct Studios: Perceptions of a Material’s Purpose.

Molly Jo Burke and Nathan Gorgen’s (Cincinnati, OH) collaborative artwork focuses on the use of excess materials from their daily lives, artistic practices, and surrounding natural and built environments to create “semi-functional” artwork that recalls domestic objects, like tableware, furniture, or references to the architectural spaces that we inhabit. Of particular interest to the artists are materials that are or appear to be soft and malleable, that do, or seem to, slump, stretch, flow, drip, and squish. These qualities are shared with the human body and lend an organic or biological character to the work. They enjoy contrasting these bodily materials with rigid surfaces. The result is whimsical creations that are chaotic, joyful, and curious, challenging the audience to reconsider the environments and objects we encounter daily.

The Opening Reception, held on Friday, Jan. 19, 6-8 p.m., is free and open to the public.

A Gallery Talk with Molly Jo Burke and Nathan Gorgen will be held Wednesday, February 7, 7 p.m.

On Saturday, January 27, 10-11:30 a.m., Molly Jo Burke and Nathan Gorgen will lead a Families Create! Workshop to show you ways to incorporate everyday items into fabulous, “semi-functional” artwork you’ll be proud to have around the house. For more information visit

Exhibition Sponsor: Whitney and Phillip Long

Exhibition Co-Sponsor: Kolar Design


Admission to the Weston Art Gallery is FREE and OPEN to the public!

Contact: (513) 977-4165


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Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery

650 Walnut Street (corner of Seventh and Walnut streets), Cincinnati, OH 45202

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The Weston Art Gallery is situated in the urban core of downtown Cincinnati. With more than 6,000 parking spaces within a two-block radius, there are a variety of parking options for patrons. On the street blocks of Sixth St., Walnut St., and Seventh St. there are several independent valet operators just footsteps from the Weston Art Gallery entrance. Valet stations are located adjacent to Nada Restaurant, Nicholson’s Gastropub, and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.

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