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Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Gallery Auction begins July 26th, 2019 at 8:00pm EST - Ends August 24th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST

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1 T1-1.jpgMary Barr Rhodes
Blissful Mozart  

Multimedia on violin  
23”H x 8¼”W x 9”D

Inspiration Concert:
Mozart, Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622
Julian Bliss, clarinet
Karen May, bagpipes
Tomas Lozano, Hurdy Gurdy


This concert puts Mozart’s music in context with his time and peers—both friends and rivals. The gallery thought this concert conjured up a splintered or fractured feeling, which brought to mind Mary’s multimedia work premised on the wabi-sabi philosophy of acknowledging breakage and transience as part of a greater beauty.
Mary immediately fastened on the word “tension” and pointed out it is the tension between dark and light, colors and textures that makes art, just as the tension between the composers of Mozart’s time were part of the environment that bore his greatness.
Mary’s piece manifests contrast and tension through her use of strong elements on the delicate violin that she visually divided into light and dark halves. She includes her signature medium of broken glass along with a wire and metal sculptural element evoking Mozart’s whimsical and wild persona in the fray of contrasts. A clarinet emerges from the creative struggle, signifying its “blissful” resolution.


Mary’s established career has journeyed from realism to her renowned dimensional abstractions extravagantly incorporating brilliant metal, glass and resin media in soulfully messaged works all based upon the unification of fractured and disparate media that summates a more beautiful reality. Mary immediately fastened on the spirit of this concert, identifying the “tension” between fracture and unification as elemental to the continuum of creativity.


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Mary Barr Rhodes

We hope you will support Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra's second MusikArt Collaboration, an auction of five instrument-based fine art pieces created by local artists. All funds raised will go to support the artistic and educational programs of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Bidding opens July 26th, 2019 and closes on August 24, 2019 at 11:59pm.

The instruments are exhibited at Wash Park Art's companion exhibit, titled "Virtuosity," along with other works by the seven featured artists. The exhibit will run through October 13th.

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