BOUND: Art Book + Zine Fair at MOCA Cleveland

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BOUND: Art Book + Zine Fair at MOCA Cleveland Friday, August 26, 2016 / 5:00pm — 10:00pm Saturday, August 27, 2016 / 11:00am — 5:00pm Now in its second year, BOUND: Art Book + Zine Fair brings together the most creative zinesters, comic creators, photomakers, and independent publishers to share and sell their work. In addition, BOUND will include live music, DJ sets, workshops, […]






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Steve Ehret: The Man behind the Monsters

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As we approach the middle of August, one wouldn’t expect candy corn displays and Halloween cardboard cut-outs to be lining the aisles of our favorite grocery chains but somehow the seasons get away from us and the retailers know to prepare everyone for the coming changes. Just when you get comfortable in the sunshine: it is back to school, or […]






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SHINE ON: In a new photo book, Charles Mintz documents Lustron Homes and the people who live in them

Krislyn, St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Charles Mintz

If you are not old enough to remember when pop culture visions of the future looked something like a Jetsons cartoon, you probably don’t know the meaning of the phrase “Lustron Home.” Lustron was a Columbus, Ohio-based company founded by Carl Strandlund which–between 1948 and its bankrupty in 1950–manufactured 2498 homes whose most distinguishing characteristic was the construction of their […]






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MAKERS: Steven Mastroianni, Photographer

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When I asked Cleveland photographer Steven Mastroianni why he still makes photographs the traditional way, his answer was all about silver.  For Mastroianni, it’s that moment when the image miraculously appears on the paper that counts. Alone in his darkroom, under the amber glow of the safelight, light causes a chemical reaction on the paper that produces a thin layer of silver – seemingly […]






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Inventing a place to call home: Imagined Garment, Imagined Ground, at the Morgan Conservatory

Kimono by Julie McLaughlin, from Imagined Garment, Imagined Ground, at the Morgan Conservaory

“Monumental” and “Architectural” are words that come to mind when you walk into the Morgan Conservatory and see the first of Iowa-based Julie McLaughlin’s paper garments there, hanging from the rafters, larger than life, as if standing on a pedestal between floor and ceiling. Bathed in natural light from the windows of the south wall, it seems to glow with […]






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Dancing on the Edge | Michelle Murphy at 2731 Prospect

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    You may have seen Michelle Murphy’s work recently in the NEO Geo exhibition at the Akron Museum of Art, fitting comfortably amongst artists that use geometry and formal elements as a means of expression.  Indeed, Murphy does have definite connections to the famed Op Art school of thought espoused by Julian Stanczak and others at the Cleveland Institute of […]






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Spencer Tunick and the RNC: Slacking in Cleveland?

Spencer Tunick's 2004 photo in Cleveland

The Plain Dealer’s editorial board generally doesn’t weigh in on the subject of art, unless the cigarette tax is on the ballot, or unless one of the neighborhoods revitalized by arts activity has some significant moment. And even in those cases, they tend to avoid taking up the art itself, preferring instead the discussion of economic impact. They don’t fancy […]






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So Sweet / Dana Oldfather at Zg Gallery

Dana Oldfather, Installation view

It’s always a thrill to see Cleveland’s best artists pursuing national careers. Over the past several years the abstract paintings of a homegrown favorite, Dana Oldfather, have been snapped up by private collectors and public venues from Philadelphia to Las Vegas. Now one of Chicago’s sharpest galleries has joined the list. From May 5 through July 2, Zg Gallery opened […]






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Northern Exposure

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Among the most adventurous things an artist from Cleveland can do is join the joyous printmakers’ haven called Zygote Press, then apply for one of the exchange residencies that Zygote sponsors in far-flung places.  Zygote’s Ohio Arts Council-funded exchange with Dresden, Germany (the longest-running international residency in the state) is one possibility. Another is the chance to be an ambassador […]






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