UC Clermont College | Park National Bank Art Gallery

4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
UC Clermont College


Birth, Matt Dwyer, 2012, Still from digital capture, 16" × 20"
Courtesy of Matt Dwyer


Oct. 1 – 27, 2014
Mon–Fri: 8 am–5 pm

Transmute is a photo exhibition, curated by Saad Ghosn and featuring the works of three Cincinnati photographers: Matt Dwyer, William Howes and Michael Wilson. All photographers address a transformation from a given state. Transformation caused by time or by nature or by human intervention. Each photographer exhibits this transformation with his distinctive esthetic approach and subject matter. Matt Dwyer’s pictures represent images he took of trash sludge, hydraulic oil and various chemicals while working in the trash industry. He then transmuted the refuse into beautifully recreated abstract and colorful "landscapes." According to Mr. Dwyer,  "I daily dreaded coming to work," but then, "I eventually began to photograph what I saw, capturing the colors, textures and angles of my job sites." Meanwhile, William Howes takes pictures of old abandoned houses reclaimed by time and neglect. In Mr. Howes' images, that original beauty is transmuted into a different beauty.  Beauty caused by abandonment and decay. Mr. Howes cannot capture the once cherished, first-built structures. But he does deter time in his way. He photographs the survivors awaiting their complete disappearance. Michael Wilson’s pictures of delicate tendrils of grapevines are beautiful testament to life and growth. Mr. Wilson captures simultaneously the graceful and fragile shapes as well as knowingly conveying strength and support. “These slender and whimsical shapes are to me like small hints, clues and reminders that growth is molded by the resistance and support of that which surrounds,” he says. The fragile tendrils of the grapevines he portrays are transmuted by nature into solid anchors, essential for life.


Oct. 2, 2014
UC Clermont College | Park National Bank Art Gallery, 4200 Clermont College Drive | Batavia, OH 45103

The Opening Reception on Thursday, October 2, from 4:30 to 5 pm, will be preceded by a meet-and-greet with the photographers, who will take comments and address questions.


Reservation Information:

Free and open to college students, faculty, staff and the general public.