Art preview: "Neon Dreams"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

This weekend’s grand reopening of Glass Axis after its move from Grandview to Franklinton is surely enough to draw you in, but the current exhibit from Brooklyn-based sculptor Esther Ruiz is a must-see on its own. A handful of activities are scheduled for the grand reopening Friday and Saturday — glass-ribbon-breaking ceremony (4 p.m. Friday), tours of the new building, demonstrations and workshops from local glass artists and glass master Bill Gudenrath — to complement Ruiz’s “Neon Dreams,” on view through mid-February.

Ruiz’s sculptures incorporate geodes, neon, colorful Plexi, and cast cement to create a futuristic aesthetic while maintaining humanistic expressions, “an effort to visually explain an emotional state of mind with mathematical acuteness,” as the artist put it. The pieces are an untamed combination of geometric elements and futuristic ideas intended to delve the viewer into an ethereal realm.

Glass Axis

Through Feb. 22

610 W. Town St., Franklinton