Aja Joi Grant Can See What You Can’t See

Aja Joi Grant is a printmaker and photographer who uses digital media elements powered by spirituality and a commitment to The Community. Beginning with this issue of CAN Journal, she curates a street photography feature called Photo Poets, highlighting different photographers each quarter. We talk about her show at The Current, the photographer as G-d and Steely Dan. Also, the […]

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DAVID RAMSEY: WHAT’S BLACK, BROWN WITH ROOTS ALL OVER?

Sitting down with David Ramsey, owner of Deep Roots Experience, a Black-owned and operated art gallery at 7901 Central Avenue in Fairfax, Cleveland, who also has a second location (Wood and Green, 2905 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights) that he just opened. Ramsey talks about working only with Black and Brown artists, creating space for the artwork, and presenting artwork in a […]

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Erykah Townsend’s Life Inside and Outside the Dirty Bubble

Erykah Townsend (E.T.) is the multimedia painter, sculptor, photographer, conceptual artist your mother warned you about. She’s shown work at the Reinberger Gallery and Newsense Gallery in Cleveland. A recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, she was the first Cleveland student to be awarded CIA’s annual full scholarship. Her works are delightful: powerful in the depth of their […]

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KENT STATE: FOUR DEAD IN OHIO – A Review of the Latest Graphic Novel by John “Derf” Backderf

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by John “Derf” Backderf is a graphic novelization of the four days leading up to the Kent State Massacre of May 4, 1970, where bystanders were shot by the Ohio National Guard, which had been called upon to suppress student protests of the war in Vietnam. Derf is a storied underground comic-book artist, but this will […]

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AMBER FORD WANTS TO CONVERSATE*

Amber Ford is a 2016 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art by way of Brush High School, where she first began to investigate photography. Ford explores painting, printmaking and video, but is mostly known for her portraiture. She’s been shown many times, but will be part of the (DIS)MANTLE exhibit at Kent State University that opens November 7. We talked […]

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MICHAELANGELO LOVELACE: TRUE STORY

After 40 years making art, Cleveland-based Michaelangelo Lovelace is finding an audience nationwide. In 2018 Fort Gansevoort Gallery in New York presented his solo exhibition, The Land. In Fall 2019 the gallery will present his work in a solo show at Art Expo Chicago. Lovelace credits a 2013 Creative Workforce Fellowship, the Maria Neil Art Project, and  winning the Cleveland […]

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Creative Fusion: Re-imagining Riverview

ARTISTS: Malaz Elgemiabby | Sudan & Kent ORGANIZATION: LAND studio   The Creative Fusion program is born of the Cleveland Foundation’s initiative to integrate international artists and local artists with spaces in our community, focusing on different topics every year. The Cleveland Foundation created a program called Waterways to Waterways, where they focus a cohort of international and local artists […]

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