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Ohio State Lima welcomes artist Chris Cosnowski to Farmer Family Gallery

Chris Cosnowski's "Lone Ranger Mandala" oil on panel, 41”x41”, 2015

Public is invited to gallery opening with the artist Sept. 1

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Chris Cosnowski's "Big Crackerjack Shiva" oil on canvas, 60”x60”, 2013

Chris Cosnowski’s “Big Crackerjack Shiva” oil on canvas, 60”x60”, 2013

LIMA – Chicago-based artist Chris Cosnowski will be on hand to open his show, Chris Cosnowski: Paintings, in the Farmer Family Gallery in Reed Hall at The Ohio State University at Lima from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thur., Sept. 1, 2016.

The work is smart, perfectly executed and tinged with humor. All include hyper-realistic depictions of toys and trophies.

“By juxtaposing different toys, I hope to create commentary on various subjects,” writes Cosnowski in his artist’s statement. “The underlying ideas are often broad, giving viewers an opportunity to bring their own ideas and attitudes to the work.”

Cosnowski’s paintings often show objects such as plastic toys, soap, trophies and other trinkets against a monochromatic background.

“This non-descript environment creates a metaphysical arena in which I can ‘play,’ ” Cosnowski said. “I play with paint and composition, but my focus is on playing with meaning. The use of toys and trinkets to address various political and philosophical issues has subversive undertones. There is an inherent questioning of hierarchies. The trophies are presented as a critique of capitalism since they’re all about winning and competition.”

Chris Cosnowski's "Vacation Trophy (Venice)" oil on panel, 26”x39”, 2014

Chris Cosnowski’s “Vacation Trophy (Venice)” oil on panel, 26”x39”, 2014

Cosnowski earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design and his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Northwestern University. He is a faculty member at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays through Oct. 14, 2016. The opening and the show are free and open to the public.