artist: Shawn Morin
date commissioned: 1994
location: Coffman Park
address: 5200 Emerald Parkway
Cell Tour: 614-368-6999, Stop 10
Shawn Phillip Morin is a Professor and the Assistant Director of the School of Art at Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Morin’s sculpture “Narrow #5,” a corten steel sculpture with dimensions of 11 x 5 x 6’. The grand arch serves as the gateway to the exhibition and provides wayfinding through sight lines to the other Titration sculptures in the park. The sculpture was acquired as a purchase award at the conclusion of the first exhibition of the Titration series in 2007.
Morin has exhibited in more than 125 competitive national, regional and international exhibitions. With numerous awards to his credit, he won the 2006 Best of Show Award at the Toledo Area Artist Exhibit at the prestigious Toledo Museum of Art. His works are included in more than 50 public and private collections in the United States and Seoul, South Korea. His solo exhibitions include “New Sculpture” in bronze, marble and glass in Versailles, Ky., “Reflections/Projections” recent conversations in bronze, iron, steel, stainless steel, marble, glass and wood in Pinehurst, N.C., and “Some Things Old / Some Things New” at Union University Arts Gallery in Jackson, Tenn.
Dublin Arts Council chose the exhibition title Titration to reflect the addition of a new concentration of sculpture into the community’s midst. Titration is a common laboratory method used to add a measured quantity of a reagent, called a titrant, into an unknown reagent, called a reactant, to produce a chemical reaction.
The individual artworks reflect a metaphor of the exhibition’s name. Much as titrant is added to a reactant drop by drop, this exhibition was intended to change our community’s environment, artwork by artwork, as an endpoint of cultural identity is realized.
The Titration exhibition was curated as part of Ripple Effect: Artistic Impact of the Scioto River, a new project of Dublin Arts Council designed to offer ongoing and unique opportunities for visual, performing and interpretive art projects associated with multi-level investigation of the Scioto River.
Titration involves fluid properties in the figurative sense: our changing community, Dublin’s growing collection of public art and Dublin’s sense of cultural identity. In the literal, the exhibition dovetailed with the introduction of Riverboxes, another public art initiative that encourages historical and artistic exploration and response to the river in our midst.