Magical Wax: The Playable Art of Wax Mage Records

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“I do everything with the same conviction, whether I’m taking photographs or performing or painting or writing. I’m the same person.” – Patti Smith I doubt it’s very surprising that a musical artist would dabble in other art forms.  The Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was also a well-known painter who showed his work alongside Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, and […]






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Transformer Station – Rainer Prohaska, Krems an der Donau, Austria, Cleveland Bound: Tying it All Together

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Austrian artist Rainer Prohaska’s work is as much about construction as about the final structure, according to Danielle Meeker, the Transformation Station’s gallery manager. During his three-month Creative Fusion resdiency, Prohaska will create and install work in the outdoor space adjacent to the contemporary art gallery and half-time annex of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Apart from temporary installations on […]






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Who Rocks Exactly? Dan Graham at Transformer Station

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When I saw the title of the new show at the Transformer Station: “Dan Graham/Rocks”, I was excited.  My knowledge of this video/conceptual artist consisted of a grainy documentation of a Minor Threat performance at CBGBs, so I was eager to learn about his connection to Cleveland.  A connection that seemed to be inferred by the title (obviously playing off […]






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Washing the Blues Away – Unfixed: The Fugitive Image at Transformer Station

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  Fred and Laura Bidwell’s Transformer Station Museum is a particularly savvy instance of contemporary design, and simultaneously a study of fading history.  Originally a streetcar power substation dating from 1924, the well-made and now restored original building is supplemented at the west end by a new minimalist structure of about the same size. It looks intriguingly like one thing […]






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