Butler displays minimalist paintings

Tribune Chronicle

“Paintings for Plum Ridge,” an exhibition by Cleveland artist Marc Ross, opens Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art.

According to Butler Director Louis Zona, “The art of Mark Ross pays tribute to the aesthetics of minimalism, a movement which celebrated simplicity and the power of color. However, the minimalistic paintings of Ross are not just about saluting past philosophies. They instead reveal a technical facility in surface and color rarely seen today.”

Ross’ work has been shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Klutznick National Jewish Museum, the Southern Ohio Museum and various galleries in Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Baltimore, New York City and Washington, D.C.

In the artist statement on his website, Ross writes, “The intent of my artwork is to quietly refute the constant technological chatter, instant communication and flamboyant visual images to which we now have grown accustomed. The layering process by which I work is a metaphor for life, a compilation of experiences and memories stacked one upon another until distilled into the present moment or finished artwork.

“My paintings are intended to engage a dialogue between the patient viewer and the subtle planes of color and texture that appear with focused reflection. My paintings are luminous illusions of time and distance.”

Ross has a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and his master’s from Kent State University. He also has an education degree from Ashland University and attended graduate school at the University of Chicago.

He’s been an adjunct art instructor at Cuyahoga Community College, a lecturer in the art department of The Ohio State University and a drawing instructor at the Columbus College of Art and Design’s Saturday program. Presently he is a full-time faculty member at a Gahanna Lincoln High School.

“Paintings for Plum Ridge” will be on display through Nov. 12 at the Butler, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. A meet-the-artist reception is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 10. Admission is free.