Sunflowers on Red Bricks: Re-reading Latin America and the Caribbean from Cleveland, Ohio

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  by Laura Ruiz Montes Translation by Damaris Puñales Alpízar Laura Ruiz Montes is a poet, writer, and critic in Matanzas, Cuba, who was a Spring 2017 Creative Fusion resident in Cleveland, hosted by CAN Journal and supported by the Cleveland Foundation. This is the second part of her essay on Cleveland artists of Latin American descent. The first part […]






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Made In Cleveland From the beginning, the Creative Fusion International Residency Program has engaged local artists with opportunities to interact with their peers from around the world. The Fall 2017 FRONT cohort is no different. As a part of the Madison Residencies, FRONT is identifying artists of Northeast Ohio who will make work for exhibition during the FRONT International Cleveland […]






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Interview from the FRONT: Jens Hoffman

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The following brief interview with Jens Hofmann was conducted via email at his request. Hoffman is probably the best known of the two art world luminaries (famed Chicago artist Michelle Grabner is the other) recruited by FRONT Executive Director Fred Bidwell and his team as co-artistic directors for the experimental, conceptually-driven event. Their job is to recruit artists, but also […]






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Look Out, Cleveland

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The Times review from 2014 was not much more than a blurb—an attempted takedown of Chicago-based conceptual artist Michelle Grabner by critic Ken Johnson dripping with contempt. It must have irked Johnson that he was duty-bound to refer to the artist, whom he dismissed as a “comfortably middle-class tenured professor and soccer mom,” as “one of the curators for this […]






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The Creative Fusion Madison Residencies

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A.K. Burns / Brooklyn, New York A.K. Burns is currently at work on a cycle of five video-installations that take speculative fiction as a point of departure. The first, A Smeary Spot (2015) debuted at Participant Inc., NY. As artist-in-residence at the New Museum, Burns debuted the second installation, Living Room (2017), as part of the Spring 2017 Research & […]






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The Cleveland Foundation Presents – Creative Fusion: Art can change the world. Or at least Cleveland.

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When my wife Laura and I opened Transformer Station in early 2013, we hoped it would be an artistic success. After almost five years, 20 exhibitions and scores of concerts and events, I think we can claim progress towards that goal. The success that we didn’t expect was the impact our investment had in the neighborhood. The lively sidewalk scene […]






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CREATIVE FUSION OUTCOMES: THE HINGETOWN MURALS

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The first thematically focused cohort of Creative Fusion artists came to Cleveland in the Fall of 2016. Hosted by SPACES, Transformer Station, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Print Room, Ohio City, Inc., and Ingenuity, they came from six countries to paint murals on Hingetown walls, their efforts matched and supported by six Cleveland-based artists. Visiting artists included Loreto Greve (Santiago, Chile), […]






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CREATIVE FUSION: Verb Ballets: Laura Alonso (Havana), Diane McIntyre & Richard Dickinson (Cleveland)

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El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Laura Alonso rules the studios of Pro Danza Center with relentless attention to detail. The acclaimed choreographer is the daughter of Cuban dance legends Alicia and Fernando Alonso, whose company—closely allied with the Castro regime- became the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Even giving a tour to Verb Ballets leadership and the rest […]






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CREATIVE FUSION: Malpaso (Havana), DANCE Cleveland

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El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Interview with Fernando Saéz of Malpaso   CJ: When and how did Malpaso get started? FS: Any foundational act comes from dissatisfaction with existing paradigms. Malpaso is an attempt to embody our artistic and promotional convictions, founded by Daile Carrazana, Osnel Delgado and myself in December 2012.   CJ: Given the historical […]






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CREATIVE FUSION: Cleveland Institute of Art: Yasniel Valdes (Havana), Matthew Hollern, (Cleveland)

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El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Before focusing his work on jewelry, and being recognized for it with prizes and prestigious mentorship by both commercial-savvy artisans and conceptual designers, Cuban Yasniel Valdes developed his craft in fashion and art installations. Valdes fabricates beauty in a border area between creation and financial investment, marrying practical instances with esthetically thought-through […]






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