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Fresh A.I.R. Gallery exhibits the works of individuals affected by mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. Through art, we educate the community and work to break down stigma of mental illness and substance abuse disorders by bringing focus to the artistic vision. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery opened its doors in September of 2004 to celebrate Southeastís 25 year anniversary and typically sponsors between five and eight exhibits a year. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery is a project of Southeast Healthcare.

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Fresh A.I.R. Gallery

131 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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Gallery hours: Monday–Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm


Current Exhibitions


Fresh A.I.R. Gallery presents


Multi-Medium Works by Matt Swift

July 10 - August 23, 2019


Matt Swift is a visual artist living in Columbus, Ohio. His work combines multiple mediums and modes, including photography, painting, video, digital compositions, mixed media, and anything else that he finds of inspiration. With his education in art history, film and media studies, and library science, Matt feels a deep connection to historical avant-garde and experimental movements of all art forms.


Matt begins most of his work by juxtaposing styles to find new abstract connections. Each of his works is a scientific and creative experiment to test a hypothesis. For example, what kind of engagement occurs when you mix meditation and action painting to create a wall scroll – one that combines the styles of Jackson Pollock and Zen Buddhist painters? What about the combination of purist and structuralist cinematic techniques with the motivations of Norman McLaren’s frame-by-frame, hand-etched animations, inspired by music? The resulting piece of art documents the experiment for a postmodern world, updating and educating audiences about the styles of old through the lens of the expansive digital world and its plethora of information.


Matt’s current work uses alternative methods of landscape and portrait painting as performance to find new ways to engage with physical disability. His recent paintings explore the intersection of human interaction and programmed robotics. These pieces involve his own movements, the application of paint, and interference from a robotic vacuum cleaner, which, through random object avoidance and rotating brushes, serves as the mark-making tool. Matt’s video-based work - displayed as still prints or moving paintings, and occasionally accompanied by spoken word - documents mechanical and human movements through different natural spaces, in the process of conversing with sacred geometries.


When Matt was in his 20s, a work-related accident forced him to abandon painting and drawing for several years, effectively removing him from his college fine arts program. More recently, he suffered traumatic brain and bodily injuries as the result of a scooter accident. In combination with his long history of depression linked to childhood traumas, these injuries and the physical and cognitive losses they caused forced Matt to confront denial, anger, self-bargaining, and anxiety. He has used his art to push the boundaries of what his physical and psychological state can endure, helping him strengthen and regain abilities previously lost. Some of the paintings displayed here explore the five stages of grief Matt himself experienced in his recovery.


Matt is the Program Coordinator for Film Studies at The Ohio State University and is a local arts organizer, educator, and curator who over the years has participated in organizations including VSA Ohio, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Columbus Art Fest. His partner joins him as the co-founder of a local film festival, the Columbus Moving Image Art Review, which received Media Arts Fellowships from The Greater Columbus Arts Council in 2014.

Opening Reception: Wednesday July 10 2019, 5:00p - 7:00p

131 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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Gallery hours - Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Gallery Manager - Lauren Pond, (614) 225-0980

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