Columbus Cap-UP

The Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project (CAP-UP) is a series of installation window displays by area artists. The project is a partnership between the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID).

Time Tunnel by Corey Aumiller and Dan Gerdeman

20 EAST BROAD STREET





Statement

When the Central Ohio Science and Industry center (COSI) moved to it’s new home on the Scioto river, many old artifacts were lost to the annals of history. One such exhibit, a personal favorite of mine, featured all of the United State’s presidents from Washington to Clinton. As a kid, I was fascinated by these ¾ sculptures and imagined them coming to life at night to explore and play in the old COSI building I loved so much. When the CAP-UP project was announced, it seemed clear to me that I needed to track down the objects of my former affection. CAP-UP hopes to promote design, innovation, art and education. Those were and still are the goals of COSI. Those are our goals as we present three of Ohio’s presidents interacting with modern day iconic Columbus locations. Dan Gerdeman was instrumental in the restoration of the poorly aged sculptures and his wife Judy Chestnut Gerdeman created wonderful life-size puppet costumes to bring them back from the dead. Walking Taft , Harrison and Harding around the city has made us feel like mad scientists. We like that feeling, and gauging by the excitement and smiles we see from people on the streets, the public loves it too.

Artist Bios

Corey Aumiller is a filmmaker, storyteller, educator, world traveler, painter, comic writer, big dreamer, beard wearer, and husband to a lovely lady. He began adapting Encyclopedia Brown stories on video at age seven and hasn’t stopped creating movies since. His work is at once absurd, silly, comic, childish, thoughtful, tragic and tender. Aumiller believes the purpose of art is to transform personal experiences into stories and ideas that can be enjoyed universally. His influences include Merian C. Cooper, Fritz Lange, Tim Burton, Joel and Ethan Coen, Wim Wenders, Wong Kar-Wai, Alfred Hitchcock, and his own childhood memories and travel experiences. He produces a semi-autobiographical, semi-regular web comic at theartpocalypse.tumblr.com.


Dan Gerdeman is one of eight children. He was raised in North Baltimore, Ohio. Pop. 3000. His Dad managed a grain elevator and his Mom was the mother that every kid in the neighborhood wished was their mother. He is married to artist/costume designer, Judy Chesnut-Gerdeman, and father of three ornery kids. He teaches art at Hilliard Davidson High School, is the founder of the Cowtown Lowbrow Art Collective and a member of the Ohio Art League. Gerdeman’s major influences are Fontaine Fox, old movies, 1970’s Marvel Comics, and the Sunday cartoon pages.