Radius Gallery was a project to activate empty offices in the Renaissance Building. This project was originally the brainchild of Matthew Retkowski
Originally published in Radius Co-work Blog
As part of Erie’s Downtown Revitalization art installations, artworks, and interactive art displays should accompany the renewal of commercial office space. The Radius Gallery exemplifies this mission.
As the Radius Gallery continues to enliven the Renaissance building by increasing foot traffic, highlighting local artistic talent, and increasing the general visibility of the arts in our community, it is also important to encourage more property owners to patronize local artists for their storefront art.
The Radius Gallery seeks to spark a broader conversation about art. What is art? How can art lead to a vibrant Downtown renewal?
Radius Gallery’s last show highlighted Roman Glass and his business No Dress Code Studios located in the Renaissance Building. His inspired textile designs were featured at the Radius Gallery on May 20th to June 20th and included on the Erie Art Museum’s Gallery Night.
Glass’ show consists of the actual screens Glass uses to create his textile works of art. His products were also on display. Roman Glass is an artist who works in the art of serigraph. By examining ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, Glass makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. His work tries to express this with the help of color and shape, not by telling a story or creating a metaphor.
Glass’ artworks never show the complete structure. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine their own interpretation without being hindered by the reality. By applying abstraction, he creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
Radius Co Work and Radius Gallery are both excited to be part of the new vision of downtown Erie. Having art displayed throughout the city will increase the positive feelings about Downtown, as well as educate the public of Erie’s cultural vibrancy.
Written By: Radius Gallery Manager, Brad Ford