Dark Forms at the Canton Museum of Art

Dark Forms of Tom Bartels at the Canton Museum of Art

Nothing speaks of mystery with more sibilance than an ancient tomb, where half-seen shapes whisper to the unconscious mind. Ohio University professor Tom Bartel’s most recent ceramic works, glazed with metallic oxides and high kiln temperatures to a cindery brownish-black, mean to evoke just that response.   Installed in a small room to one side of a large gallery at […]






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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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Dan Tranberg: Layering the Sublime

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Dan Tranberg’s final works, completed in the two years before his death on May 29, are composed of pleasurable colors and forms, yet offer surprising intellectual challenges and a range of emotional information. He made many of the small painted collage-like works displayed at Bonfoey Gallery (opening October 14) in his hospital room as he struggled with cancer during his […]






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Dan Tranberg

Dan Tranberg, 1611P,  2016, courtesy of Bonfoey Gallery

Dan Tranberg, who died of heart failure after a struggle with leukemia at age 53 this week, was an incomparably valuable human being. I can’t begin to imagine how many real tears are being shed over him now, how many people felt that he was close to them, that whatever warmth or insight he shared with them was among the […]






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Death from the Skies: Meet 2017 Guggenheim Fellow / KSU Associate Professor Mahwish Chishty

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Killing is an old story, but military drones are doing what they can to update it. Since 2004 the CIA, operating under the past two administrations, has waged what amounts to a futuristic, robotic aerial war against alleged terrorists organizing along Pakistan’s northwest border, killing thousands of people.  Some died because they were targeted, others because they were too close […]






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Successive exhibitions at Heights Arts present new talent and encore appearances

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Two exhibitions at Heights Arts this spring and summer express the vitality of the region as a training ground for visual artists, with one show celebrating new talents and the other bringing back artists who previously exhibited at Heights Arts. With its first Emergent show in 2015, Heights Arts inaugurated the idea of presenting a recurring exhibition to identify emerging […]






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Upside-Down Worlds: Yoko Inoue at SPACES

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In contrast to tweet-driven instant history, the spineless communications backbone of the first 100 days of the Trump administration, Yoko Inoue is interested in taking a longer, deeper look at certain affairs. Her own “Tea Taste Democracy and Upside-Down Objects” exhibit at SPACES that runs concurrently with “The First 100+ Days” takes a look at the last 80+ years of […]






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Damage Assessment: The First 100+ Days, at SPACES

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“100 days, 100 nights / To know a man’s heart” sang the late, great Sharon Jones, fitting her voice tightly against the pounding retro-soul sound of The Dap Kings. Of course, when that hit song was first recorded almost a decade ago Donald Trump wasn’t yet known as a political heavy-hitter. But on the evening of November 8, 2016 Sharon […]






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