Erykah Townsend’s Life Inside and Outside the Dirty Bubble

Erykah Townsend (E.T.) is the multimedia painter, sculptor, photographer, conceptual artist your mother warned you about. She’s shown work at the Reinberger Gallery and Newsense Gallery in Cleveland. A recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, she was the first Cleveland student to be awarded CIA’s annual full scholarship. Her works are delightful: powerful in the depth of their […]

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SHUFFLEHEAD

Kasumi has said she doesn’t know what her brain knows, suggesting a mysterious and limitless ore to mine. Her willingness to plunder that mine—her curiosity and fearlessness—inform her art, whether cinema, installation, or app. While Kasumi productions are abstract and demanding no matter how kinetic, they are based on her feelings, her deep connections. Even as her multimedia, high-tech work […]

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NATIONAL LAUNCHING PAD, “WHY NOT?”: Abattoir Takes the Long View

Rose Burlingham and Lisa Kurzner met in 2018, while working on the inaugural FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Both had careers with museums and art nonprofits, and had founded and operated their own curatorial practices—the former in New York, the latter in Cleveland. At the end of the triennial, Burlingham moved to Northeast Ohio, and discussed with Kurzner […]

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ART IN THE FAMILY

When you work as a first responder—especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic—you need effective ways to disengage and relieve stress when you are home. The Nowaks found the perfect asylum in their fast-growing collection of primarily local artists. “Art heals our souls,” says Shelley, an ER nurse for 27 years. She met Matt, a firefighter/paramedic since 2005, when he transported […]

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SELL AIN’T A FOUR-LETTER WORD

Part 2: Deal Me In Last issue, we mashed up art and commerce with three artists, asking the question, “What sells?” This issue takes the same question to four art galleries and dealers. One slight variable: COVID-19. We spoke with artists in February, before the pandemic brought our juggernaut world to a halt in March and closed all art galleries […]

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