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

“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, […]

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Jens Hoffmanm departs as Co-Artistic Director of FRONT

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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Making it implicit: “Expanded Communication” at Bay Arts

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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MAKERS: Rebekah Wilhelm

The first time I saw Rebekah Wilhelm’s work I was seriously frustrated. The piece was a large installation of tiny scraps of paper strung together like a chain mail screen (above). On each piece of paper was a word, just barely legible in the dim light of the gallery. As I found myself struggling to read the words and piece together […]

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The Muse, Revised: Lissa Rivera at the Cleveland Print Room

  “Women don’t usually have muses” explains Lissa Rivera, gesturing at her genderqueer partner, artistic collaborator, and muse BJ Lillis during her recent artist talk at the Cleveland Print Room. And of course it’s true – women most frequently are the object of the male artist’s inspiration, the bottom player of a power structure so ubiquitous that it has become ingrained in the very fabric of art […]

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