LOST AND FOUND Lauren Yeager / Cleveland

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Lauren Yeager’s studio on the fourth floor of a near-east-side warehouse is filled with the dry humor of accumulated cast-off products, mostly made of plastic. You wouldn’t call any of it beautiful, at least not to look at, not in any conventional sense.  There are five-gallon paint buckets brimming with drips and smears, mostly white and neutral. There are balls […]






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This Glorious Urban Circus: Michael Oatman / Cleveland

Michael Oatman, artist-in-residence at Karamu Theatre - Photo © Bob Perkoski, www.Perkoski.com

Cleveland’s FRONT triennial is primarily a visual arts event. But its choice of playwright Michael Oatman as one of its initial six Cleveland artists through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program  signals a broader agenda.  The selection of Oatman also indicates an attempt to reach out to parts of the urban area often overlooked for trendier and more affluent environs. […]






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GOLDEN BOY Dale Goode tackles urban issues in sculptures with a special glint

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The wall reliefs Dale Anthony Goode turns out might well serve as altar pieces in Jimi Hendrix’s electric church. Fashioned from the detritus of his Hough neighborhood, they also evoke shrouds, embedding random urban cast-offs in large works that seem to want to break free. One of six Cleveland artists to be showcased in next year’s FRONT International Cleveland Triennial […]






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Carrying the Dog in the Bag: Elizabeth Emery / Cleveland interview with Jimi Izrael

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Sculptor Elizabeth Emery was selected as part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program for The FRONT International Cleveland Triennial.  She corresponds with writer and culture-critic jimi izrael about FRONT, the Cleveland art movement he’s missing, the way her sculptures move and fellow dog-lover David Berkowitz.   jimi: Hi Elizabeth — how goes?    ELIZABETH: Greetings.   jimi: Are you […]






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The Cleveland Foundation Presents: Creative Fusion FRONT International: Local Artists in Residence

FRONT International is a program of exhibitions, interactions, performances, lectures, and encounters with contemporary art designed to mine the topic of Cleveland as an American city. With dozens of artists working in and around the city periodically on projects for next summer, FRONT offers the region’s creative class as well as the visiting artists numerous opportunities for experimentation and discovery. […]






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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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More Creative Fusion News

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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