Remains of the Day: Hildur Ásgeirdóttir Jónsson and Kaveri Raina at Abattoir Gallery

Cleveland’s newest gallery, Abattoir, is named for the meat-industry term, meaning  “slaughterhouse,”  in honor of the original function of the Hildebrandt sausage-producing complex where the space is located. Making its debut in 2020, a punishing year of pandemic and social upheaval, the name and the place might seem disturbingly appropriate. The gallerist-proprietors, Lisa Kurzner and Rose Burlingham, are curators with […]

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Being the Land, Owning the Self: Timeless Vision: Earth, Sea, and Sky in the Galleries at CSU

The eight artists at the exhibit Timeless Vision: Earth, Sea and Sky are modern proponents of an American tradition, responding to the natural world — to the night, to the sky, to the eternities found at Earth’s wild margins — with subtle, contemporary spirituality. Much of the work at Timeless Vision: Earth, Sea, and Sky at CSU reads (at least at first) […]

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WORKING IN THE UNIVERSE: Remembering Chappelle Letman, Jr. (December 21, 1950-January 15, 2020)

A sculptor works not only to shape a chunk of stone, but also to soften the terrible hardness of the world, downshifting the deeps of time and space toward human understanding. Chappelle Letman Jr., an African American artist born in Brooklyn, New York, who became totally blind when he was 41 years old, went on in the remaining three decades […]

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2019: A forward-looking retrospective

Elsewhere on the digital pages of CAN, Brittany M. Hudak and Michael Gill have written fine-grained and big-picture analyses of the year in Northeast Ohio art. Hudak remembered the year in a series of particular exhibits; Gill contextualized local developments within larger trends in the artworld. This post, then, is calibrated towards the medium scale—events which made a great immediate […]

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Parts Unknown: Stranger Beings at Emily Davis Gallery

The core of Stranger Beings is a mind-bending selection of dozens of eccentric works gleaned, in sober fact, from the widely known collection of the Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation. Known also as the Hieronymus collection (so-called after Hieronymus Bosch, Renaissance master of the grotesque), the eclectic mix of art objects has been an ongoing labor of love for […]

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