Epics of the everyday: Pamela Dodds at Suite 215

A contemporary filmmaker has about 30 images per second with which to tell her story. A painter has only what she can fit into the canvas. Therefore, most paintings are not narratives per se. Even when mythological, historic, or pop cultural figures are recognizable in painting, the meaning of the painting is more than just the story of the depicted […]

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Time Travel: In a new exhibition at BAYarts, David King continues a series exploring a box of family photos

Now that he’s retired, David King has time to get to work. For three decades, King taught art in Chagrin Falls schools. He is proud of his students. “They make me look good,” he says of them. And he puts his money where his mouth is: Throughout his Cleveland Heights home, he’s hung works by Chagrin Falls graduates who’ve gone […]

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The bow: Tregoning & Company preserved, made art history

Tregoning & Company was born in 1982, over lunch. Having cut his teeth at American University and Washington, D.C.-area museums, Tregoning had come to work for a prominent Cleveland framing and appraisal company. However, he quickly found himself in philosophical clashes with the owners. The firm only hung a few paintings on the walls at a time. To Tregoning, this […]

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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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We are because they were: “Getting to Know You” at CIA’s Reinberger Gallery

“Identity” is taking an increasingly central stage in U.S. political discourse. The “intersectional” paradigm lets us speak of the diversity within demographics which had previously been treated as homogenous. Progressives and conservatives alike are more likely to acknowledge that right-wing contrasts between “coastal elites” and “real Americans” amount to valorization of white Christian identity. “Nationalists” of lesser and greater degrees […]

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Treasured Volumes

Just in time for the holidays, we bring you an overview this year’s exhibition catalogs and other books on Cleveland Art. RESTROOMS OF CLEVELAND Arabella Proffer’s The Restrooms of Cleveland started as an Instagram joke, but she took it seriously when several people asked her to make it into a book.  The result is a 9″ X 6″ volume documenting […]

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20 years in the making: Art House at Studio 215 Gallery

For its 20th anniversary, Art House is visiting 78th Street’s Studio 215 Gallery to celebrate the artist-educators who have helped its students thrive. “Several passionate artists and neighbors, understanding the positive impact art could have on peoples’ lives, realized that there was a fundamental need for greater access to rich art experiences,” reads an Art House mission statement hung alongside […]

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Finding the trees in the forest: Eileen Dorsey at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Two paintings in Eileen Dorsey’s Cleveland Botanical Garden exhibition Wooded Perspectives share the title “Breakthrough.” On one level, the word names the literal contents of those images—the spot where a hiker in thick forests suddenly steps into an open field, “breaking through” the claustrophobia of thick trees. But “breakthrough” also encapsulates an apt response to Wooded Perspectives itself. Here, Dorsey […]

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Joking the unspeakable: No More Tears at Survival Kit

No More Tears is an exciting showcase both of local artists and an emerging curatorial talent. The show, closing this upcoming Friday, was the first show assembled for Survival Kit by Anna Tararova.  Tararova works as Gallery and Artists Opportunities Coordinator at the Morgan Conservatory. She is also a print artist who has completed fellowships at Paper Circle and Columbia […]

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DEEPER, AND MORE EXPLICIT: Wadsworth Jarrell at Mansfield Art Center

The AfriCOBRA co-founder, Cleveland resident, and CAN Triennial exhibition prize winner is busy with exhibits and speaking engagements in New York, Los Angeles, Venice, and Central Ohio.   Wadsworth Jarrell is on the move. At 89 years old, Jarrell has an exhibiting schedule any artist could envy. In 2019 alone, his work has been featured at New York’s Skoto Gallery […]

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