MAKERS: Dana Oldfather

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There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterwards you can remove all traces of reality. There’s no danger then, anyway, because the idea of the object will have left an indelible mark. — Pablo Picasso   “It feels very natural and good to be using figures again as the bones of these new paintings,” said Dana […]






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Magical Wax: The Playable Art of Wax Mage Records

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“I do everything with the same conviction, whether I’m taking photographs or performing or painting or writing. I’m the same person.” – Patti Smith I doubt it’s very surprising that a musical artist would dabble in other art forms.  The Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was also a well-known painter who showed his work alongside Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, and […]






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MAKERS: Grace Frank

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“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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MAKERS: Amy Casey

I remember the first time I saw Amy Casey’s work. It was at the SPACES 30th Anniversary Exhibition back in 2008. I see a lot of shows, and I can barely remember my phone number sometimes, but Casey’s world left a lasting impression.  It’s a world of towering buildings, houses stacked upon houses upon houses, buildings swinging in fishing nets, precarious and chaotic, […]






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Digging Up the “Seeds of Colonialism”: Darice Polo at Some Time Gallery

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“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.”  You may have seen this popular slogan on posters at the women’s march last week.  But the seeds that artist Darice Polo is examining in “Seeds of Colonialism” didn’t lead to unity and peace, but rather a century of oppression, discrimination, and exploitation.  Technically, Puerto Rico is a U.S. “Unincorporated Territory”, […]






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SPACES Unveils their New Home

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The folks at SPACES really know how to throw a good party – and their grand opening weekend on January 14 and 15 did not disappoint.  It was two days of performances, temporary installations, delightful food and drink, and of course some dancing. During the Saturday night “Roving Housewarming Party” nearly 30 area artists either contributed art or gave performances; […]






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MAKERS: Cannaday Chapman, Illustrator

  I asked Cannaday Chapman if he thought of himself as an “Illustrator” or an “Artist”, and without skipping a beat he said: “Illustrator”. I nodded quizzically as I looked over all of the hand-drawn and hand-painted scraps of paper around the room.  While Chapman does indeed “illustrate” many things – in particular articles for magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, etc. […]






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2016: STRANGE MELANCHOLY, Thoughts on the Worst Year Ever & “The Magic Realism of Hazel Janicki” at ARTneo

As a proud member of the CAN Journal team and an insatiable art-appreciator, I see more art exhibitions than the average person in the course of a year.  Personally I’ve never been a fan of end-of-the-year lists, or best-of’s, and when the critics start rolling out their inevitable snoozy inventories I tend to just tune out.  But in what has been a […]






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Connect + Intersect: How One Design Company Works with Cleveland Artists and Bridges the Gap between Art and Design

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Several Cleveland gallery artists have licensed their work for adaptation as wall covering designs.  While the worlds of design and fine art connect and intersect in a multitude of ways, the process of working together often raises questions that highlight the differences between those worlds. This is the story of how one local design firm brings them together.   If […]






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