A Van Gogh-ing

My wife and I are aesthetically simpatico, mostly celebrating (or at least affirming each other’s right to have specific tastes) the same kinds of art, music, movies, TV, etc. When we diverge it usually has to do with a high-falutin, high country of the mind conclusion or two that I’ve made about how “deep” something or other is and how intellectually sharp […]

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Zen Master Laurence Channing at Bonfoey

For years Laurence Channing was director of publications at the Cleveland Museum of Art, but would rise every morning hours before dawn to put in a few hours of drawing before he went to work.  As this suggests, while his effects are delicate, there’s a stubborn intensity to his vision.  He seems indifferent to the usual artistic tricks for calling […]

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Avatars and Secret Doors: David King at HEDGE

  In his solo exhibit “Transience and the Gift of Curiosity” at HEDGE Gallery, David King’s small painting “Lava Field” shows two girls, running hand-in-hand toward the viewer. They emerge from a gray- brown wall of mist or smoke, across the glowing cracks of a lava flow. Members of the artist’s family, these girls are literally figures from the past, […]

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Christa Freehands, at Deep Roots

On a classic-Cleveland grey day in late October, I met with multi-disciplinary artist, Christa Freehands and artist-advocate and Deep Roots Experience founding director, David Ramsey at his Central neighborhood gallery to discuss Freehands’s upcoming solo exhibition “Freehands Seasons” opening on November 27. Since we met in the morning, I brought my own coffee in a mason jar wrapped with bright […]

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After the Flood: Strange Devotion at William Busta Projects

Exploring lives and culture through the landscape has long been a subject for Jacob Koestler, particularly through  the evidence of human impact and passing time. That manner of storytelling is at the heart of his and collaborator Michael McDermit’s new book Strange Devotion, which debuted in an exhibit at William Busta Projects on Waterloo in September. Its stories unfold in […]

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The Myths of Ken Nevadomi

Fresh off the heels of a critically acclaimed New York premiere of Ken Nevadomi’s work at the Independent Art Fair and the Tube Strange exhibition in Tribeca with New Canons, WOLFS Gallery mounts an ambitious display of the artist’s work in their Beachwood gallery. WOLFS’s exhibition, Ken Nevadomi: Dancing on the Moon, presents works from the late 1980s and early […]

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Stories: New Narratives, at Abattoir

  New Narratives at Abattoir Gallery offers an intriguing selection of strongly conceived new paintings by six exciting new artists. Deftly curated by Lisa Kurzner and Rose Burlingham, the nominally representational works operate fluidly, switching between currents of traditional pictorial practices and more distanced, conceptual approaches. The six young artists (four from the Cleveland area, two from Chicago) each contribute […]

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Praxis Fiber Workshop: One Year, One Outfit

  The opening night energy at the One Year, One Outfit exhibit, now on view at Praxis Fiber Workshop, seemed especially buoyant as I stepped into the gallery space. Yes, we’re still delighting in getting together in person as the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on. Yes, it’s autumn, with all the creative energy that the cooling weather and flame-colored trees unleash. […]

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Holiday Markets 2021

  IT’S NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT to support artists and buy local. Fortunately, with vaccination rates on the rise, the region’s galleries, studios and collectives are back this year, after the long pandemic pause. To help you through the holiday shopping season, here’s CAN Journal’s annual list of festive, seasonal markets.   November 5-December 31 HEIGHTS ARTS HOLIDAY STORE While […]

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