Arts feature: Franklinton Friday

Jim Fischer
Columbus Alive
Image of “La Lune” by Jeni Pie

You can count on the art spaces in Franklinton, be they traditional galleries or otherwise, to provide a grassroots perspective on what's happening in the arts in Columbus. This Friday is no different, as no fewer than three solo shows by local emerging artists will open during the monthly Franklinton Friday festivities.

Jeni Pie, “Personal Myth”

Local textile artist Jeni Pie learned how to cross stitch when she was in third grade. “My mom signed me up for a class. I think she just wanted me out of the house. I hated it,” she said in a recent phone interview.

About 10 years ago, she recollected her old skill set when a group of friends were trading homemade gifts for the holidays, in the process happening on what she called “subversive cross stitch.” And this, she did not hate. “I started making my own patterns. It allowed me to be a little more arty with it,” she said.

Adding in elements of embroidery and painting on fabric and employing different fabrics as bases stretched Pie's imagination and gave her confidence to keep experimenting.

“Embroidery and cross stitch are sometimes considered more craft than art. I've struggled against that. This work is more reflective of my personality, my creativity,” she said.

“Personal Myth” will be on view throughout July. Pie said the show is not bound by any theme or grand statement. “It's just kind of me doing whatever I want,” she said.

Rehab Tavern

Reception 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 13

456 W. Town St., Franklinton

Kaylynn Etienne Solo Exhibit

It doesn't get much more personal than art that depicts and is about the artist herself. And yet Columbus artist Kaylynn Etienne's “Living With a Pessimist” and “Becoming an Optimist” series offer both a window on particular people and on universal ideas.

“I've become more of an optimist. In my earlier work, I was working through being more personally pessimistic. My then-fiance/now-husband had a different outlook, and we would clash in some situations. People handle things differently, and I had a more negative aspect. So for the new series, I started to try and find a way to use my art to change my own mindset,” Etienne said.

While Etienne allows that the figures in her paintings are self-referential, she does so mostly to be clear to the viewer that they're looking at real people. That said, the works are purposefully “voyeuristic.”

“It creates a lot of tension. People hide a lot. [In these paintings] there is a level of privacy that people don't want to see into but are being forced to,” she said, adding that she hopes viewers will “put themselves in the shoes of being in a relationship and how they might see themselves in a situation.”

Chromedge Studios

Reception 6-10 p.m. Friday, July 13

289 W. Walnut St., Franklinton

Daniel Rona, “SOLE, For everyone”

Daniel Rona's “SOLE” body of work started out as a graffiti tag but has come to represent an awareness of individuality and uniqueness.

Rona's work can be thought of as high-concept low-brow art, but is perhaps more accurately described as having elements of low-brow or folk art in figurative work that explores the nature of humanity, the low-brow being represented in the rawness of the work's visual language.

“Some repetitive pictures in my work express my feelings of creativity, interaction, love, addiction, fear of self-loathing and my own destruction,” Rona said in a statement.

The Vanderelli Room

Reception 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 13

218 McDowell St., Franklinton