Local(e) Inspiration: Artists in Place

    “You don’t need to be on the mountaintop to create,” states Luke Frazier, creator of the new podcast/video docuseries, Artists in Place. “You just need to be where your feet are, right now.”   This conviction simmered awhile in Luke’s heart. Itched at the back of his head as he did the day-to-day, travelling Cleveland roads and noticing […]

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The bow: Tregoning & Company preserved, made art history

Tregoning & Company was born in 1982, over lunch. Having cut his teeth at American University and Washington, D.C.-area museums, Tregoning had come to work for a prominent Cleveland framing and appraisal company. However, he quickly found himself in philosophical clashes with the owners. The firm only hung a few paintings on the walls at a time. To Tregoning, this […]

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Time Travel with David King

David King’s new paintings are like fiery dreams. Hot with neon color, memories fade, some crumble into dust, others linger. Looking at this body of work is a bit like time travel, but feels like you’ve accidentally stumbled into someone else’s history, like an uninvited guest at a family reunion. King won ArtNEO’s “Cleveland Creates” competition, a juried exhibition of […]

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Dust and Rainbows: FRONT’s Message, So Far

  Sometimes the news is not all dust and rainbows. FRONT Triennial’s announcement earlier this week was pretty straightforward: Co-chief-curator Prem Krishnamurthy opened the proceedings by leading the crowd in relaxation exercises during which most of the 148 people closed their eyes, put their arms above their heads, and counted to sixty. Then, in a presentation with slides, he introduced […]

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Let Your Love Flow

  This is not about that old song by the Bellamy Brothers. The Morgan Conservatory scored in a big way last year by landing a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and if you’ve been around the papermaking studio the last few months you’ve probably seen some of the result. Claudio Orso-Giacone, one of the artists supported there […]

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52 Weeks + Works

The arrival of the  Academy Graphic Communication’s  52 Weeks + Works calendar has become an annual moment in the region’s art scene. The 2020 calendar reached mailboxes in the first days of the New Year. It’s a week-by-week planner for the year, with each week accompanied by a full page image by an artist of Northeast Ohio.  So it annually […]

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Nina Gibans: Celebrating the Soul of Cleveland

Nina Freedlander Gibans’ book, Celebrating the Soul of Cleveland (ATBOSH Media Ltd, 2018), serves up a smorgasbord of sagacious insights and observations about a place the author has called home for nearly ten decades. In fact, Gibans employs this book to reveal a keen sense of place about her beloved hometown.   She shared most of that life with her husband and soul […]

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2019: A forward-looking retrospective

Elsewhere on the digital pages of CAN, Brittany M. Hudak and Michael Gill have written fine-grained and big-picture analyses of the year in Northeast Ohio art. Hudak remembered the year in a series of particular exhibits; Gill contextualized local developments within larger trends in the artworld. This post, then, is calibrated towards the medium scale—events which made a great immediate […]

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One Critic Takes a Look at the Year’s Best

In no particular order, here is a list of my ten favorite exhibitions, artists, performances, etc. in the North East Ohio arts scene during 2019.   1. CHARLES BURCHFIELD AT THE CMA: THE OHIO LANDSCAPES Early last year at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Focus Gallery, Charles Burchfield: The Ohio Landscapes, 1915–1920 was a truly magnificent glimpse into the formative […]

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