Ubi Sunt: Annie Lee and Brian Zimerle (Deer Gallery)

Jan 18-Apr 28, 2019

Ubi Sunt is from the Latin phrase Ubi sunt qui ante nos fuerunt?, meaning “Where are those who were before us?” (Wikipedia). Originating in biblical times, the concept has been used throughout the centuries to represent a meditation on mortality and the temporary nature of life, as well as to convey a sense of nostalgia. Examples of the ubi sunt theme can be seen in medieval literature, works by Shakespeare, and even in contemporary times with songs such as Paul Simon’s Mrs. Robinson and Don McLean’s American Pie. Artists Annie Lee-Zimerle and Brian Zimerle reflected upon this concept for their new body of work. Brian states, “We chose Ubi Sunt as our title not only for the inflection of nostalgia in both of our work but because even as we continue to make art, we see how our relationship and our work has changed over the years, reflecting not only our individual experiences but that of each other and we begin to wonder, ‘where are they who were before us?’”

Their exhibition features several new works in a variety of media, including prints, paintings, and ceramics. Through prints and paintings, Annie Lee-Zimerle creates narratives that serve as a reflection of her thoughts on cultural identity, domesticity and the role of family. Brian Zimerle’s work utilizes the three dimensional to comment upon the subtle play of what knowledge is and how the interactions between art, artist, object, and viewer functions. Through exhibition of their work in tandem, a new conversation about culture, identity, and one’s relationships is created. Both artists have exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad. Lee-Zimerle holds a BFA and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently is an assistant professor of art at Cedarville University. Brian Zimerle received his BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.