I Scarce Can Take It: Works by Martha Cliffel, Gadi Zamir, Misty Lindsey & Reverend Albert Wagner

“I scarce can take it” is a lyric drawn from the gospel song “How Great Thou Art,” a Christian hymn based on a Swedish traditional melody. The line was later appropriated into a poem by the well-known nineteenth-century Swedish poet, Carl Boberg. In Boberg’s poem, the line expresses the spiritual force that the reader/listener experiences from a story of inspiration […]

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Cleveland FRONT and SEEN: Works of Timothy Callaghan, Hilary Gent, Darius Steward, and Sarah Paul at YARDS Project Space

Founded during America’s westward push in the late eighteenth century, Cleveland has traced the classic trajectory of American cities. A trading outpost, Cleveland ascended during the Industrial Revolution, playing host to John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company, and General Electric’s Nela Park. The city’s rise was epitomized by development of the 52-story Terminal Tower—for decades, the tallest building anywhere outside […]

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CAN Triennial Artist Roster Announced

The number of artists who applied to the curated CAN Triennial exhibition was enormous, and the range of their experience and accomplishment, the diversity of their techniques and perspectives all were inspiring. We should not be surprised: this is emblematic of the energy and intensity visible every week in the Cleveland art scene. In all, curators William Busta, Angelica Pozo, […]

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Art Collector and Go-Big Developer Hopes to Turn Warehouse District into a Cultural Hub

For nearly thirty years, the five-story George Worthington building—a T-shaped red-brick structure hidden behind the St. Clair Avenue and West 6th Street strip—sat inactive. From the 1980s though the millennium, office buildings were sparsely populated, or housed low-income artists as illegal squatters (the Bradley Building being one of them). A few art galleries came and went. The district was SPACES’s […]

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FAREWELL PROMISE

As I wind down at Zygote Press, I wanted to make note of some of my favorite moments in these last 21 years. The meeting of the founding team—Joe, Kelly and Bellamy—they all were passionate, purpose-driven artists who worked with me to create a place where artists could interact with each other, and produce amazing work. The people I have […]

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MOCA’s Constant: How To Engage Community?

If you look at MOCA’s Constant as the Sun as a way to see what is going on in the region’s art world, you would see a sampling of wildly disparate practices. From straightforward documentation to generative exercises in community engagement, to quirky metaphor, the 10 individuals/collectives are all over the map in their motivations, their media, and their concepts. […]

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The Democracy of Print: Freeing the Ink at Zygote Press

For centuries, printmaking has been considered the most democratic of all art forms. Starting with the invention of the Gutenberg Press, printmaking has allowed information to be disseminated to the masses so everyone could enjoy and understand the communication of political, personal and societal ideas. To leverage the political discourse motivated by the RNC, Zygote delivers countless ways to get […]

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Be Zygote Now

  Artists are Zygote’s driving purpose, and the co-founders, Joe Sroka, Kelly Novak, Bellamy Printz and myself (all artists) needed the space, the community, and the equipment to survive creatively. Opening the conversation and the physical doors to Zygote led to a movement of cooperative, shared maker spaces that now facilitate community projects and programs as well as community place-making […]

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