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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