Seeing Myself Through Yayoi Kusama: Like it or Not, the Selfie-Blockbuster is Here

The term blockbuster was probably first used to describe a museum exhibition in 1976, when throngs of visitors patiently waited in line to see the grandiose King Tut exhibition at the National Gallery. The show then toured the country and drew the astounding attendance of eight million people. What followed was a barrage of blockbusters over the years, usually featuring […]

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MAKERS: Sarah Isenhart

“Sarah Isenhart is interested in transformations. Quiet, nimble – dedicated, but defiant, her needle punctures, rips through the surface – ruptures what was, making what is to come. It is in these careful moments of conversion that objects take on a new life. Acknowledging the tradition of women’s craft, she shadows the conventions of embroidery – meticulously hand-stitching each image, dedicating […]

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A Visit to Wolfs Gallery on Larchmere

You’ve probably visited the Transformer Station, the Ohio City gallery housed in a former streetcar power station. But did you know there is another restored transformer station across town? This one is on Larchmere Boulevard, and it’s also filled with art. If you’ve never been to Wolfs Gallery, you should stop by – because this little building is filled to the brim with treasures. On a cold Saturday afternoon […]

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MAKERS: Hilary D. Gent

“I’d rather risk an ugly surprise than rely on things I know how to do.” – Helen Frankenthaler   Hilary D. Gent is busy. You might know her as the owner/curator of HEDGE gallery in 78th Street Studios, the venerable space that now represents thirteen area emerging and professional artists including local art stars like John Carlson and Justin Brennan. In addition […]

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Darius Steward At Tregoning & Co.

If you haven’t had a chance to see Darius Steward’s new exhibition, “Baggage Claim” at Tregoning & Co., you should check it out Friday (12/15/17) during Third Friday at 78th Street Studios. The artist will be there – performing – as part of the exhibition. Tucked into a corner of the gallery is an easel, stool, and pedestal – and […]

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MAKERS: Rebekah Wilhelm

The first time I saw Rebekah Wilhelm’s work I was seriously frustrated. The piece was a large installation of tiny scraps of paper strung together like a chain mail screen (above). On each piece of paper was a word, just barely legible in the dim light of the gallery. As I found myself struggling to read the words and piece together […]

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The Muse, Revised: Lissa Rivera at the Cleveland Print Room

  “Women don’t usually have muses” explains Lissa Rivera, gesturing at her genderqueer partner, artistic collaborator, and muse BJ Lillis during her recent artist talk at the Cleveland Print Room. And of course it’s true – women most frequently are the object of the male artist’s inspiration, the bottom player of a power structure so ubiquitous that it has become ingrained in the very fabric of art […]

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MAKERS: Eileen Dorsey

“I don’t see myself as a landscape artist,” admits Eileen Dorsey… I can’t help but chuckle as I look around her space in 78th Street Studios, the walls covered with colorful landscapes. She corrects herself – “I know I paint landscapes, but I see them as something more.” I agree. Dorsey is known for her oil landscapes – usually she depicts deep, lush forests, […]

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MAKERS: Grace Frank

“I like making art that makes people laugh,” says Grace Frank in her Lakewood studio, as I’m contemplating a painting of an ice cream cone lounging on a car. It’s great. Then she explains that it was a gift for her boyfriend, and is a self-portrait – inspired by their frequent trips to get ice cream. Even better. Frank has […]

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