OUTCOMES Creative Fusion + Rainey Institute = Brain Gain

The Rainey Institute’s roots are in providing service to immigrant families. The organization was founded in 1904 as a settlement house, providing services to eastern European immigrants who were making new homes in Cleveland, and dealing with the associated challenges of new culture, language, and economic conditions. These days Rainey serves Cleveland families in neighborhoods surrounding its home, near East […]

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THE LOCAL COHORT: Local Artists-in-Residence for FRONT International

Back in October, the FRONT International team announced the names of six local artists who would represent Cleveland during the global art triennial. Chosen by curators Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffman (who has since left his role in the wake of sexual harassment charges), these six artists come from a wide spectrum of interests, media, and disciplines: Julie Ezelle Patton […]

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The Cleveland Foundation Presents CREATIVE FUSION Artists and Residential Developments

An artist’s residency, if it is defined by a finite (and, face it, usually short) period of time, can only have lasting impact if the community is engaged, and if relationships are formed, and if both the artist and the host community learn something in the process. Since last fall, we’ve been following the Madison Residents—a group of national, international, […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: The City as a Setting – Guillaume Leblon / Paris, France

What follows is excerpted from a phone interview.   Guillaume Leblon’s art defies categorization. Known for working in many different mediums from paintings to film, hand-blown glass, and everything in between, perhaps his most successful medium is working with space itself. The spaces he creates often feel uneasy, unfinished, alienating – once Leblon moved a wall from inside the gallery […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: Site Very Specific Juan Araujo / Caracas, Venezuela

Of all the venues to be used by FRONT International’s Madison resident artists, the Oberlin Weltzheimer/Johnson House is a peculiar one–not only because it is an artwork unto itself, designed by Frank Lloyd-Wright, but also for its physical distance from Cleveland, and perhaps the distintion of character between the city and the small college town. The Venezuelan painter Juan Araujo […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: The Political, Personal Art of Indrė Šerpytytė – Palanga, Lithuania

Indrė Šerpytytė’s Two Seconds of Colour, rectangular painted color fields stacked brick-like in a grid, looks like a work of vibrant minimalism, and that sensibility is only enhanced when the work is presented as a series, as it was last year at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. It’s pleasing, with a nearly lulling effect. But Šerpytytė, a Lithuanian […]

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The Cleveland Foundation Presents CREATIVE FUSION: Revealing Our City to Us

When Juan Capistran visited Cleveland for a week in January, we took a driving tour, starting in University Circle. There’s nothing like showing Cleveland to a visitor to reveal the city to yourself anew. Los Angeles-based, Mexican-born Capistran is one of the Madison Residents, a cohort of national, international, and Cleveland-based artists whose residencies are supported by the Cleveland Foundation […]

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LOST AND FOUND Lauren Yeager / Cleveland

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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