Kate Morgan began developing her
ghostly, layered two-dimensional portraits after going back to school
at the Columbus College of Art & Design in 2005. She already had
some background in visual arts through her work in fashion and
commercial photography, so the transition to drawing and painting was
Morgan’s textured collages are
inspired by folklore, mythology and a variety of artistic periods —
especially Byzantine art. The 2011 Columbus Arts Festival Emerging
Artist alum and 2019 exhibiting artist welcomes a wide array of
complex themes into her pieces — including symbolic, cultural,
historical and spiritual themes — while utilizing layers of vintage
paper and original drawings to create visual depth and a sense of
Her pieces are purposely vague, leaning
toward more minimalistic ideas to allow for wider interpretation by
audiences. Largely her art depicts the female form, with as many
layers and stories to tell as that of every human being. This is done
with an eclectic assortment of materials — including sheet music,
German Biblical pages, newspaper and maps — to add detail in both a
topical and textural sense.
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And yet, Morgan still continues to look
for a challenge. From venturing away from her familiar blue hues to
exploring different mediums like ceramics, her work knows no creative
Morgan has exhibited at the Columbus
Arts Festival nearly every year since 2011. She has gone on to win
two jurors’ choice awards in the 2D category at the Columbus Arts
Festival, as well as sell and have work juried at other major
festivals across the country. In Columbus, her work can be seen as
part of the Columbus Makes Art and Donatos Pizza collaborative mural
“Every Piece Is Important” at the John Glenn Columbus
Morgan has a BFA from CCAD and
currently works out of her Franklinton studio in Columbus. Experience
this stunning work first hand when you visit her at booth M572 on the
Main Street Bridge during the Columbus Arts Festival from June 7-9 at
the downtown riverfront.
At a glance, "The Journey AR Mural" adorning the Graduate Columbus hotel in Short North is stunning. Look a little harder, and it actually comes to life.
Standing at over 107 feet tall and over 11,000 square feet of augmented reality, "The Journey AR Mural," is the world's largest AR mural, offering technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.
The gaily-painted snapdragons, hibiscus, Easter lilies, and hummingbirds bloom and fly when viewed through the Journey AR Mural app (free for iPhone and Android). Watch the murals come to life in the video below.
Los Angeles-based artists Ryan Sarfati and Eric Skotnes (going by “Yanoe” and “Zoueh," respectively) are the creatives behind the project.
In an interview with Short North Arts District, Skotnes revealed he was inspired to take on the project after learning that Columbus is home to the second largest population of Somali immigrants in the country—he hopes the murals symbolize strength and prosperity for its viewers.
Since beginning in 2018, Columbus Covers Columbus (CCC) has grown into a signature event in the thriving local music scene. Now in its third year, this unique festival is centered on the concept of local musicians playing sets comprised entirely of music from other local acts.
CCC is the brainchild of Columbus music promoter Tony Casa, who wanted to create a showcase for a supportive community of local artists to share their mutual admiration for each other's music.
As entertaining as the event is for spectators, CCC doubles as a valuable networking opportunity for local entertainers and creatives.
"There are great local merchants, games, and tons of networking opportunities for everyone in the community," says Casa. "This isn’t just a great show, it’s like a proper festival—but in the winter."
Since its inception, the event has expanded to include stand-up comedy, poetry readings, burlesque performances, live podcast recordings, and more, all in the spirit of promoting and celebrating the Columbus creative community.
CCC will take place from January 17-19 at Classics Victory Live at 543 S High St. The event is 18+, with tickets available at the door for $10. For more info including a full list of artists and vendors, visit Columbus Covers Columbus on Facebook.
As the decade that birthed the fidget spinner and basically nothing else of note drew to a close, music blogs large and small dedicated astonishing amounts of digital ink to their inevitable “album/song/artist of the decade” rankings.
Usually restrained to a totally undaunting 100 items, these lists surveyed the topography of a ten year span that saw the legacy of rock music as we know it (straight, male, and horny) continue its gradual and unceremonious slide into irrelevance.
From relative newcomers like Courtney Barnett, Snail
Mail, and Julien Baker, to established voices such as the
Breeders, St. Vincent, and Sleater-Kinney, rock music in the
2010s was revitalized by female artists who enjoyed a larger
portion of the spotlight in this decade than ever before.
Columbus-based alt-rockers snarls are firmly situated on this new wave, but the rapid success the group has enjoyed since forming in 2017 is entirely due to their own hard work and astonishing creative powers. Consisting of Chlo White on guitar and lead vocals, Riley Dean on bass and vocals, and sibling duo Mick and Max Martinez on guitar and drums respectively, snarls is the capital city’s contribution to the future of rock—and they won’t be contained to the 614 for long.
Originating in the local DIY scene, snarls got their start
playing house shows, eventually moving on to established
venues throughout the city. The group’s sound incorporates
influences from ‘90s grunge, to the emo stylings of bands
like American Football, to the pop sensibilities of Halsey and
Kesha. The result, as White puts it, is music that coalesces
into a “melting pot of teenage angst.”
In the summer of 2019, snarls was propelled to a new
level of notoriety when the video for the group’s single,
“Walk in the Woods”—a glittering anthem of unrequited
love sung over chorused-out guitars and with a hook more
infectious than meningitis—premiered on the music blog
Stereogum. The track also made the cut for the site’s “100
Favorite Songs of 2019” roundup.
“We didn’t even have a tripod, the camera was set on like
four books and the backdrops kept fucking falling,” White
recalls of filming the video, which the group self-produced.
“That song not only has given us more streaming, but has brought us so much press and cool shows,” Mick says of the track, which has accrued almost 40,000 streams on Spotify at the time of this writing. “I don’t think the
Sleater-Kinney thing would ever have happened if that
song wasn’t out. It’s crazy that just that one song alone
has brought us so much opportunity.”
The Sleater-Kinney thing? That would be snarls opening for the legendary Pacific Northwest rockers at the Newport Music Hall on their recent tour stop in Columbus. While it was easily the biggest show in the young group’s career thus far in terms of profile and audience size, the members of snarls were up to the challenge.
“For me, it’s easy to switch between playing a house venue and playing the Newport,” Dean says confidently of the band’s milestone moment. “It’s still just a stage. It’s still just people watching me play my music. One’s just bigger.”
If the release of the group’s breakthrough single is any indication of snarls’ trajectory, it’s safe to assume big things are on the horizon. “Walk in the Woods” is just a taste of the group’s first full-length LP, titled Burst, which is planned for a Spring 2020 release. To help achieve their artistic vision for the album, snarls tapped Jon Fintel of Relay Recording to handle production duties.
“Jon has played a really important role,” Mick says of Fintel’s contributions to the recording process. “Not only does everything sound high-quality because of him, but even when we brought demos to him, it was like ‘let’s scrap this song because it doesn’t quite fit in, and I know that you guys can do something better.’ And then we wrote one of our favorite songs.”
For established fans, the description that snarls
teases for their new release should come as no surprise:
expect a long emotional arc cast across tracks that
alternate between “perfect for dancing,” and others
better suited to crying. For snarls, the completion of the
recording provides a profound sense of accomplishment.
“I make a lot of art. I’m always making a photo, or doodling, or writing. But this is one of my—our—finer- crafted pieces of art that I am just really proud of, regardless of what happens with it, or if it goes anywhere,” says White. “If it just sits in a dark corner for the rest of my life, I’m still content. I’m just really proud of all the work that we collected in this little ten song record.”
Find snarls on all major streaming platforms. For tour dates, merch, and more, visit snarlsmusic.com