Some of the Parts: Seneca Kuchar at Waterloo Arts

An automobile’s innards, parted out in exploded schematics, can be strangely lascivious. And elegant. Seneca Kuchar’s On Blocks: Repair Manual for an American Dream, at Waterloo Arts through Saturday, October 1, 2022, presents the breakdown of things unseen: car guts, rendered for delectation in colors not found in automotive factories, on mylar and steel and cellophane. Large sheets of opaque […]

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FRONT: Gathered

From the initial announcement of curators, to interviewing them about their plans, to individual reviews of specific installations, CAN Journal and CAN Blog have extensively covered the 2022 FRONT Cleveland International Triennial for Contemporary Art. To make it easy to get an overview, we’ve gathered all our coverage here, with links to full posts and stories. I Think Its Absolutely […]

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CAN Journal’s Print Quarterly Re-Designed

With the Fall 2022 issue of CAN Journal, Northeast Ohio’s magazine of the visual arts debuts a new design, created by JoAnn Dickey.  Readers may wonder why we would tinker at all with design that has won recognition from AIGA. And they will immediately notice several features, beginning with a new treatment of the logo on our cover. That, specifically, […]

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FRONT: Installed to Stall

Art and activism collide in Ahmet Öğüt’s Bakunin’s Barricade at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin, Ohio. Part of the 2022 FRONT Triennial, this massive installation remains on view until December 23, 2022 in its North American premiere. Öğüt, a Kurdish-born artist working across media, collaborated with Oberlin College students and museum staff to create an assemblage that questions […]

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FRONT: To Soothe the Savage

In the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, the phrase Music Has Charms to Soothe the Savage Beast has some truth to it, even if we might re-write the second half for the 216: Music has charms to provoke the savage beast, or rally the struggling sports ball team, or energize the working man. But the English poet William […]

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Dream House

Jada Renee Hobson brings positive messaging and plenty of energy to all she does. Her messaging includes phrases like “Be Happy,” and “Inspire the Uninspired.” That positivity extends to her vision of INDI Art House, a studio-in-the-works for local artists and youth looking to enhance their skills. It will offer activities for youth through her non-profit Destination Dream Foundation. She’s […]

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Catching Joy Where We Can

It’s a bit surreal to park in Cleveland’s bustling Gordon Square Arts district and walk the short block to the Maelstrom Collaborative Arts’ storefront space, where Jasmine Golphin’s newest VR installation, Above|Below is being presented.  During a time of immeasurable fatigue, uncertainty, and political turmoil, the work invites us into another world.  It’s a bit unnerving to see VR headsets, […]

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