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Local visual artist brings work to downtown Cincy

“Some people practice art as a way of rebellion, but in my family, becoming a dentist or doctor would have been rebelling,” says Charles Woodman, local artist and associate professor of Electronic Art at the University of Cincinnati. “Art is our religion.”

Woodman grew up in Boulder, Colo. in a stimulating household always flowing with creative energy. Woodman’s parents and younger sister were artists, inspiring Woodman to create projects of his own. He moved to Ohio to receive his undergraduate degree at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, then traveled west again to the University of Oklahoma for his graduate degree, specializing in film and video.

Since 1989, he has been creating multi-channel video installations, which have been featured in a variety of venues across the nation. Woodman’s newest project, “Passages,” is at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center downtown, with the addition of a special public Gallery Talk in April for spectators to engage in informal conversation with Woodman about his work. His exhibit will be on display until June 8.

Woodman has not had art in a solo exhibition at the Weston Gallery since 2002 and has been looking forward to the exhibit.

“It is very satisfying to create things for other people to look at, and it’s interesting to observe how others react to your work,” Woodman says.

Woodman, who now resides in Clifton, uses his love for nature to inspire his creations. Living in Boulder as a youth, surrounded by numerous beautiful landscapes, has translated into his work. “Table of Elements” is one of his more successful pieces, which consists of a sequence of 18 paired landscape images that gradually transition from one image to another over time.

“American Diorama” is an earlier video completed by Woodman in 2004 that is permanently installed in the surgical waiting room and critical-care family units in two California hospitals.

When Woodman is not busy working on a new project, he is spending time at the University of Cincinnati where he has been an Electronic Art professor since 1999. “It’s such a privilege to sit around and talk about your passions with your students.” he says.