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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Creative Fusion: Cleveland Urban Design Center / Kent State University – Ernesto Jimenez and Sofia Marques de Aguiar / Fabrica de Arte Cubano (Havana), David Jurca & Graduate Students of CUDC

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El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Workaround Artists When David Jurca, associate director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, tells his students to explore “how can small scale interventions open up big opportunities,” the assistant professor of urban design might not be consciously evoking Archimedes, but it does sound a bit like the Greek mathematician’s assertion […]






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Creative Fusion: DANCE Cleveland – Malpaso Dance Company (Havana), Lynn Deering (Cleveland)

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El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Cuban Modern Dance: A Little History It would be unfair to describe the evolution of modern dance in Cuba as “behind”; a better word would simply be “different.” As Malpaso Dance Company choreographer Fernando Saéz puts it in a recent CAN Journal interview, “Isolation and exchange have forged the blend of European, African, […]






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Creative Fusion: Cleveland Print Room – Sandra Ramos & Pilar Rubi (Havana), Greg Martin (Cleveland)

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El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Not Reflected in the Official Media: Sandra Ramos While all artists’ work reflects their own gaze, Cuban multidisciplinary artist Sandra Ramos makes her that tangible by placing her own image, costumed in the red uniform all Cuban school children wear, at the center of the work. Ramos spent  March in Cleveland working […]






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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. Traveling Talent When Matthew Hollern visited La Havana with Creative Fusion to scout for a talented visiting artist at CIA Jewelry Department, he had some candidates in mind. The one that really impressed him was Yasniel Valdes, not only for his artistic sense and quality of craft, but also for a formal […]






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