ARTneo presents works of Andy Dreamingwolf, plus Cleveland Creates
Pop & Circumstance: Works by Andy Dreamingwolf
March 18 – May 19, 2017
Through a photorealistic sense of nostalgia, Andy Dreamingwolf creates works that examine the paralleled history of the pharmaceutical and soft drink industries. Between the 1850s and the turn of the twentieth century, the pharmaceutical industry was comprised of traditional botanicals and was beginning to develop new synthetic drugs.
At the same time, soda began to be mass marketed. Originally sold for medicinal purposes as early as the 1770s, soft drinks were primarily handled by pharmacists because of their experience in chemistry and medicine. The pharmacists would mix up concoctions of cocaine and caffeine with carbonated water to treat ailments such as headaches. This led to the drugstore soda fountain, where the drinks turned away from medicinal uses and became a popular refreshment.
Dreamingwolf states that his interest in the two industries concern the “circumstances, be it social, a hardship, or addiction itself, that bring an individual to self-medicate are easily realized when products, tailor made to profit off one’s ailments and sorrows, are manufactured.”
There are also connotations of class mixed in as well: “Pop lent itself as a metaphor of privilege, of the white picket fence American dream family, a lust to be socially accepted, and a projected smile regardless of one’s inner state.” As the pharmaceutical and soda industry are currently being examined for both their health risks and ease of access, Dreamingwolf reminds us of their intertwined history and asks us reflect on how we, as a society, too easily self-medicate.
Andy Dreamingwolf was awarded first prize in ARTneo’s Cleveland Creates 2015.
Cleveland Creates 2017
March 18 – May 19, 2017 on the Ramp Level of 78th Street Studios
ARTneo presents the third biennial Cleveland Creates, a juried exhibition of original works by ARTneo members in the Northeast Ohio region. The exhibition showcases the great talent and quality of contemporary art being created in our region, supplementing ARTneo’s regular programing of regional art historical exhibitions.
Pop & Circumstance: Works by Andy Dreamingwolf: March 18 – May 19, 2017
Cleveland Creates: March 18 – May 19, 2017 on the Ramp Level of 78th Street Studios
ARTmeow: The Cool Cats of Cleveland: June 16 – August 4, 2017
1305 West 80th St., Suite 016
Cleveland, OH 44102