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Studio M to Feature Older Than I: Photography by Jeremy Aronhalt

News Release:  Studio M to Feature Older Than I:  Photography by Jeremy Aronhalt

The Studio M exhibition, Older Than I: Photography by Jeremy Aronhalt, will open Saturday, June 4, in the Fred F. Silk Community Room of the Massillon Museum. It will continue through July 17, 2016.

The public is invited to attend the artist’s reception on Saturday, June 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., concurrent with the exhibition openings of Readapt: Artwork Inspired by the Permanent Collection and Echo: The Early History of Sound Recording. The party is free and open to everyone; no reservations are required.  

Aronhalt is a self-taught photographer who learned on film in his younger years and switched to digital in the mid-2000s. He has two sons and a wife, who often serve as subjects in his images. When he is not pointing his lens at something, he finds relaxation riding a bike or fishing. 

Though his first forays into photography found him shooting rock bands and skateboarders, he has evolved, now shooting portraits, live theatre events, products, real estate, artwork, and other diverse subjects. “While I learned my craft, I have also worked a day job as a machinist,” Aronhalt said. “Both occupations have afforded me the opportunity to collect lots of interesting old tools and gadgets.”

Older Than I  images portray vintage objects that Aronhalt still uses every day. His detailed photographs highlight a graceful geometry of form while revealing the well-worn marks of each object’s history.  “I’m fascinated by objects that outlast their utility, that are still around after advancing technology has long ago made them obsolete. Using a camera from the ’70s or a micrometer from the ’40s is an amazing experience. In a world where the camera you bought today was replaced yesterday, that's a rare opportunity. If I'm lucky, I'll outlast my usefulness too,” the artist said.

The exhibition is guest-curated by Craig Joseph, owner of the former Translations Gallery, who describes himself as a director, actor, writer, curator, and speaker. Joseph has partnered with the Museum for several past exhibitions: Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly TollSean Qualls: Published and Unpublished Illustrations; and Ludlow Prep: 1929.

Massillon Museum exhibitions may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.

OHregionalities—the Museum shop and the Museum’s vintage photobooth will both be open in the Museum lobby during the opening. Tickets will be available for the Ship Trip raffle—chances to win passage for two on a working Great Lakes freighter, with proceeds benefiting the Museum’s Capital Campaign.

Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting massillonmuseum.org.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

 
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