‘Alchemy’ art show opening in Akron

Akron Art Museum is going for the gold with “Alchemy.”

“Alchemy: Transformations in Gold” features the work of 16 international artists who incorporate gold or other metals disguised as gold into their work. The artists use gold not only to impart a sense of luxury, but to examine the historic and cultural value societies have placed on the rare element.

Artists featured in “Alchemy” utilize gold in diverse ways in their artwork, ranging from exploring the intersection of art and science to personal narrative and social commentary. Timelessly glamorous and sought after, gold embodies complicated politics and potent symbolism. The works in “Alchemy” embrace both dark and light views of this glittering metal.

Luis Gispert combines gold chains and glittering stone into sparkling abstractions, referencing the decadence of hip-hop and rock-n-roll culture as well as post-war abstract painting.

Charles Lindsay, who trained as a geologist, creates work that synthesizes ideas about technology, ecosystems, semiotics and humor using salvaged aerospace and biotech equipment.

Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi uses glittering gold-toned bullet casings to create garments and backdrops that refer to Islamic visual culture, which she then works into large-scale photographs.

The exhibition will run through Jan. 21 at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., Akron. It opens with a Gold Party starting 6 p.m. Saturday, when attendees can strut down a gold carpet and strike a pose in front of a glittering photo backdrop.

The exhibit opens to museum members at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the general public at 7 p.m. For more information, call 330-376-9185.