MAKERS: Amber Ford

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“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. All photographs are accurate, but none of them is the truth.” – Richard Avedon   Amber Ford is busy. With work in two exhibitions that open this week and a job at her alma […]


Darius Steward At Tregoning & Co.


If you haven’t had a chance to see Darius Steward’s new exhibition, “Baggage Claim” at Tregoning & Co., you should check it out Friday (12/15/17) during Third Friday at 78th Street Studios. The artist will be there – performing – as part of the exhibition. Tucked into a corner of the gallery is an easel, stool, and pedestal – and […]


Akron Soul Train Offers Funding, Focus, Support, and Exposure to Regional Artists Through New Residency Program

Michelle Droll

“The world doesn’t need more art,” Michelle Droll tells me. “It needs more artists.” At work Michelle pulls virtual systems apart and puts them back together. At night, she comes home and does the same with her old art, creating “sculptural kebabs” out of brightly colored pieces of foam, occasional ceramic parts, and bits of paint itself. Through each iteration, […]


Jens Hoffmanm departs as Co-Artistic Director of FRONT

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Below is a breaking announcement from the leadership of FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Watch for updates as they become available. Find Douglas Max Utter’s Fall 2017 interview with Jens Hoffmann here: Interview from the FRONT FRONT International Announces Changes to Artistic Team CLEVELAND, Ohio (November 27, 2017) – FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art announced today […]


Focus on Abstraction: Dana Oldfather, Tony Watkins, Mark Keffer, Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl at The Galleries of CSU

Dana Oldfather, Day Game, 2017

Soon after the end of the Second World War, Abstract Expressionism blew a hole in art history. The cultural effect was comparable to the Manhattan Project. Abstract Expressionism (AE) effectively transformed Western art, replacing the tattered late-modern remains of aesthetic intention and technique with guiding principles derived in part from psychoanalysis and Freud’s theories of the unconscious. Accidental marks, the […]


BW Alumni Show: People In Your Neighborhood


A college’s alumni art exhibit—not that of an art school, but of a liberal arts college, with a football team and a whole variety of degrees—might seem to be an insular affair, of interest primarily to that college community. And on the front of thematic cohesion, this kind of show faces an uphill battle: if alumni are the focus, then […]


Making it implicit: “Expanded Communication” at Bay Arts

Stephanie Kluk, untitled, 2017.

Before Modernism, art drew upon a store of symbols common to all—or at least common to all the classically and biblically educated gentry who made up fine arts audiences. Modern and postmodern artists deconstruct common symbols, or dispense with them altogether. A contemporary artist’s pigeon need not represent the Holy Spirit—it could just as easily be an embodiment of resilience […]

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