Jess T. Dugan: Every Breath We Drew

Among the most moving contributions made by LGBTQ artists to new aesthetic and political perspectives are photographs – forthright, often sensuous testimony about self-concepts, social roles and gender identities. Mind-altering troves of recent contemporary portraits and studies of intimate or informal human interactions, expand upon the example of revolutionary photographers of the past several decades. Nan Goldin and Catherine Opie, […]

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Magical Wax: The Playable Art of Wax Mage Records

“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

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

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

  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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