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

Guillaume Leblon, Coke, mangemerde et suspicions, 2017, Aluminium, steel, plexiglass, hand blown opal glass. Courtesy: gallery Jocelyn Wolff, Paris. Photo credit: Francois Doury.

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

Artist Juan Araujo visiting the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Weltzheimer/Johnson House in Oberlin, Ohio.

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

Absence of Experience, 2017, Contemporary Art Centre, 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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LOST AND FOUND Lauren Yeager / Cleveland

Creative-Fusion-yeager cone trade install 2015

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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Site Specific Narrative: Johnny Coleman

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The night white nationalists marched with tiki torches, shouting racist slogans in Charlottesville, Virginia Johnny Coleman was capturing a different atmosphere, after midnight in a plantation cemetery about 100 miles south, near the Dismal swamp. Driven to fill in the details of a story his grandmother told, Coleman had been searching geneological records and county land records dating to the […]






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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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