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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This Summer at Akron Art Museum

FRONT International: An American City Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries, Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby, Bud & Susie Rogers Garden July 14–September 30 For the premiere edition of FRONT International, artists from the US and around the globe will offer perspectives on aspects of “An American City” at the Akron Art Museum. Works by fifteen artists and one collective—including three […]

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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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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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This Glorious Urban Circus: Michael Oatman / Cleveland

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

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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