Conjoining Islands

Leah H. Frankel
Jeffrey Cortland Jones
Benjamin Lee Sperry
Julia Stoddard

Thursday, July 21, 2016–Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Gallery at the Sheen Center

Exhibition Opening, Thursday, July 21 @ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Conjoining Islands is a group exhibition featuring artists working with the assumption that environment weighs heavily on how meaning is made. Each of the four artists creates fractures in their surrounding constructs with the attempt of seeing clearly. Despite their geographical separations, one can trace the route that exists between their questioning thoughts and generous actions. The resulting exhibition will function as both a display case as well as a platform for conversational artifacts to accumulate and be further examined.



Leah Frankel’s installation-based practice employs a variety of materials, objects, and media to form a body of work that centers around time, systems, intersections, and the subtleties of our common experiences.
She uses ordinary moments like a glass of water balancing on a table and the shadows of balloons sliding along the floor to demonstrate these extraordinary phenomena. Frankel’s work has been recognized nationally as a finalist in the 2014 Dedalus MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture and statewide with a 2015 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She was a Hamiltonian Fellow in Washington, DC (2008–2010) and has exhibited work nationally on the East Coast and in the Midwest, as well as internationally in Berlin and Tampere, Finland. Leah Frankel is a teaching artist based in Columbus, Ohio and received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Ohio State University in 2014.

Jeffrey Cortland Jones is an Artist and Educator who lives in Southwestern Ohio with his wife Heather and two young children. He received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Cincinnati and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a Professor of Art at the University of Dayton where he heads the Painting program. Jeffrey’s work is represented by Angela Meleca Gallery, Columbus, OH; Galleri Urbane, Dallas + Marfa, TX; Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA; Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX; and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY. In addition to making work, he also actively curates exhibitions at a number of galleries and alternative spaces, including Divisible, a project space in Dayton, Ohio, which he co-founded in 2014.

Benjamin Lee Sperry is from rural Pennsylvania. He received a BFA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts in 2016. He received the Chairman’s Merit Award and has exhibited with Dacia Gallery, Lambert Fine Arts, and The James Oliver Gallery. He chooses to work with a variety of visual media as well as the written word. He lives and works in Brooklyn NY.

Julia Stoddard is a multi-media artist based in New York. Her work in print, sculpture, video, sound, and syntheses thereof engage carefully selected and sometimes cultivated environments which become mediums for generating recordings used in compositions or spatial installations. The work seeks to reveal unheard sonic phenomena while investigating memory via acts of transference to land and environment. She received a BFA from the Visual & Critical Studies department at the School of Visual Arts (2016).