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Fri, Apr 05


Akron Soul Train

Opening Reception: Melih Meric and Alyssa Lizzini

Take in the new exhibitions and celebrate with the Artists at our opening reception.

Opening Reception: Melih Meric and Alyssa Lizzini
Opening Reception: Melih Meric and Alyssa Lizzini

Time & Location

Apr 05, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Akron Soul Train , 191 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

About the event

Printmaker Melih Meric’s Border Crossing Patterns

Akron Soul Train Artist-in-Resident Melih Meric presents “Stitched Editions: Exploring the New,” an exhibit bursting with pattern and paper. Meric uses a traditional approach to their imagery through sacred geometry and explorations of Islamic geometric abstraction. Challenging traditional presentations of print editions, Meric’s print work crosses the borders of the paper. It highlights an expansion of patterns like Middle Eastern tiles. It also speaks to queerness without being explicitly queer. “Stitched Editions: Exploring the New'' poses integral questions surrounding erasure and identity in Middle Eastern communities. Meric’s craft lies in creating wall-hanging objects that play between the realms of dimensionality while still being unmistakably paper. Their work acknowledges and is proud of its dimension, speaking certain truths to multiple minority groups.

“My work deals with making peace with a part of my culture that drove me to leave it. Finding

beauty in design and simplicity, then creating systems to complicate those principles. I fell in

love with printmaking and the idea of multiplicity when I first made the connection to tiles from the Middle East. It suddenly became a tool to create and expand patterns that challenge

traditions in crafts.” - Melih Meric

About the Artist Melih Meric:

Melih Meric (b. 1998, Istanbul) is a printmaker currently residing in Akron, Ohio. They explore a spiritual journey through Islamic geometric abstraction. Using printmaking as their main medium, they create works that talk about diaspora, assimilation, and Middle Eastern traditional practices. Their works combine traditional pattern-making and a contemporary way of creating editions. With a passion for pattern and paper, they use innovative methods of printmaking and textile arts to create stitched editions and embossed works on paper. They received their MFA in Print Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2023 and BA from Bennington College in Printmaking.

“Stitched Editions: Exploring the New” will be exhibited April 3 - May 11, 2024 in the Burton

D. Morgan Gallery in Akron Soul Train. 

Sponsored by Brennan, Manna, and Diamond, LLC

Alyssa Lizzini’s “Universe” in the CapSOUL Gallery

In “The Universe Between Here and There,” Alyssa Lizzini explores the interwoven connection between space, time, and memory through large-scale, multi-layer drawings. Lines, grids, maps, and data become the stars, black holes, and supernovae of an ever-expanding universe of memory. Using ink, acrylic paint, and collaged paper, Lizzini creates overlapping images that seem to compress space and time yet simultaneously fly apart or implode. Her drawings suggest that memory unravels in much the same way and investigates the almost inseparable connection between person and place.

“Drawings explore both my own personal histories related to remembered places and broader histories recorded through archival, ethnographic, and visual research of city spaces…The scale of [my] drawings allow the viewer to feel immersed in each piece, surrounded by swirling and morphing cityscapes, memory objects, and natural elements. They ask the viewer to consider the many layers of context not immediately visible in our urban world, and give a new language for understanding the ever-changing nature of memory.” - Alyssa Lizzini

About the artist Alyssa Lizzini:

Alyssa Lizzini is an artist from Cleveland, Ohio whose work explores concepts of social geography and community engagement through on-location drawing. In addition to her own experience growing up in Cleveland, Lizzini's layered images are heavily inspired by her own archival, ethnographic, and visual research of city spaces. Her research is deeply social in nature, often consisting of interviews, neighborhood walks, and other community-building practices. In the studio, she utilizes drawing, painting, and printmaking techniques to create visually complex images that mirror the complexity of our social and spatial world. Lizzini graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2022.

“The Universe Between Here and There” will be exhibited April 3 - May 11, 2024, in the CapSOUL Gallery in Akron Soul Train.

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