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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Keith Lemley and Christy Wittmer at the Sculpture Center

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Keith Lemley: “Superstructure” Sculptor Keith Lemley’s installation “Superstructure” consists of four groupings of white neon tubes interspersed with chunks of wood cut in the shapes of irregular polyhedrons, faceted with prismatic reflective surfaces. Each of these stakes out a portion of the Cleveland Sculpture Center’s long interior gallery, unfolding in triangles of light across the polished concrete floor or up […]






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Bay Arts’ “Presence and Projection”: Humanity at extremes and in intimacy

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John W. Carlson and Douglas Max Utter  explore the ability of painting, print, and drawing to create self-sustaining worlds of feeling in their joint exhibition “Presence and Projection”. The show is ongoing at Bay Arts’ Sullivan Family Gallery, and is hosted in collaboration with HEDGE Gallery. Carlson is a painter and drawing instructor. Utter is an artist, critic, and 2013 […]






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Soaring Beyond the Divide / Lissa Bockrath at Lesko Gallery

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Lissa Bockrath’s works have a fearless quality. They evoke climactic moments of awe and revelation, using paint to recreate feelings of immanent transcendence, even divine presence. Perhaps they’re most like music — symphonic tone poems by expressive composers like Franz Liszt or Bedrich Smetana. In ways that parallel the sonic textures of those composers her sweeping oil on canvas inventions […]






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Giancarlo Calicchia at Tregoning & Co: Re-Imagining the Scale and Power of Ancient Mysteries

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  In the Odyssey, the Greek word used to describe the wily hero Odysseus is “polutropon” – many-sided, multivalent.  It might also serve as an epithet for the sculptor Giancarlo Calicchia, a man accomplished in a variety of disciplines, whose unique imagery and personal symbols  chip and twist through time, reimagining the scale and power of ancient mysteries.  Calicchia’s sculptures […]






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