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This fall, as two of Cleveland’s most prominent art exhibitors unveil undeniably spectacular pieces of new construction, it’s fair to say we’re enjoying the fruit of an arts building boom. MOCA Cleveland for the first time ever will have a purpose-built home in which to present the best of the world’s contemporary art. It anchors the intersection of Euclid and Mayfield like a faceted block […]






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Fall Events

Saturday, Sept. 15 SPAR X City Hop If an art exhibit is like a visual circus, then Sparx City Hop has a little bit in common with the a jungle safari. Multitudes of artists open their studios for the curious to come and see them in their natural habitat. You can ride the trolley on four routes where varied species dwell—The Orange Route runs from 11:00am […]






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Small Moment, Big Space

by Erin O’Brien There is no word for a space such as this, but until someone establishes said word, “atrium” will have to do. No matter. In here, insufficient words and spatial statistics slip away along with the rest of the world. Contradiction blooms from all points, starting from points within, such as your expectations. Instead of feeling daunted by the vastness, you are wholly […]






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Almost Lost: The Lyrical Abstractions of the Late Ronald Carvell Meaux

Sifting through the evidence of life after a person passes away inevitably reveals untold stories. So it goes with East Cleveland artist Ronald Carvell Meaux (1945-2012). When Meaux died of natural causes alone in his apartment in February, 2012, no one noticed. No family member, friend or anyone else took responsibility for cleaning up the details of his estate, or even to claim his body. […]






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SPACES: Capturing the Essence Unique

Gambling is about faith and delusion. It’s about believing that on any given day, odds that are clearly stacked against you might just fall into one of those statistically inevitable streaks that let you win the game for a little while. In the summer of 2012, that’s an obvious takeaway from a Cleveland SGS installation, the Essence Unique Shrine, a […]






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In Plain Sight: Exploring the Cleveland Art Market at 78th Street Studios

Fading toward the point where it dead-ends at a railroad embankment just south of the Shoreway, West 78th Street doesn’t seem very special, at least not at first. An Episcopal church rests behind a white picket fence; a little farther along there’s a short  strip of weathered brick factories. The area is becoming known by the trendy name “Battery Park” because of its proximity […]






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Crossroads: Newer Galleries Exploring the Intersection of Art and Music

The social spheres of musicians and visual artists have overlapped for centuries, but recently the founders of several newer Cleveland venues have made a point of encouraging and nurturing such crossover. Chief among them are Alex Tapié and Brian Straw, whose multi-disciplinary space, Survival Kit, opened in December of 2010 in a 4500 square-foot loft on the third floor of the West  78th Street Studios. After five months of […]






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A CAN Full of Summer

by Erin O’Brien   In the good ol’ Summertime, Cleveland is a festival kind of town. Whether the occasion be ethnic food or the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, we like to gather in the street for a good time. Cleveland is also a manufacturing town: a creative place where we like to do something with raw materials. And these […]






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Welcome to CAN Journal.

There’s a moment, sure as flipping a light switch, when you realize something is possible. It catches your attention, like when a person passing on the sidewalk says Hello.     Hello. The visual arts scene in Cleveland is at that moment. And you’re holding the evidence in your hand, or perhaps reading it on a computer screen. The Collective Arts Network and CAN Journal […]






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