The Garage, the Field, and the Table Enter Waterloo Arts

Katy Richards, Rococo Vibes

Seneca Kuchar opens Waterloo Arts’ fall exhibition season in the main gallery honoring the community and camaraderie of an American auto body shop. In On Blocks: Repair Manual for an American Dream, Kuchar presents saturated and oily diagrammatic paintings that depict exploded automotive systems alongside the “real deal” mechanic’s repair kits required for the car’s reassembly. On Blocks evokes the image of a vehicle resting in a state of disrepair and places the viewer in an active position within the buzzing machine and its parts. This position focuses our attention on the knowledge, labor, and care that a mechanic continually invests in the maintenance and improvement of the units that get us from place to place.

Opening concurrently in our auxiliary exhibition space is Are You Civilized to Death?,a collection of collage poetry and looping videos by Rachel Yurkovich. Yurkovich’s interests lie with the moments that puncture the human-versus-nature binary, when the natural world is interrupted by remnants of human activity and the built environment is interrupted by natural process. Alongside the humming video representations of these moments hang clusters of cut text poetry that ruminate on embodiment, frustration, and the ways we manage to connect with our world.

Seneca Kuchar, Fig. 6-190 1973 Venturi Vacuum EGR System.

In October, we welcome the work of Katy Richards, Corrie Slawson, and Nikki Woods back to the main gallery. An exhibition centered around a table-length display of abundance, pleasure, and improvisation, A Painter’s Table pulls up a bench and an easel to invite artists of all skills and media to contribute to an accumulating presentation of artworks made in warm company. Richards’, Slawson’s, and Woods’ own prints and paintings will anchor the exhibition walls, and together, the three will maintain a swathing tablescape of fruit, florals, china, jewels, and memento mori in the center of the gallery. Over the course of the exhibition, artworks produced by the public during still life socials hosted around the table will be added to the display wall to commemorate a newly-acquainted creative community.

Closing out fall and leading us into winter is Waterloo Arts’ annual Holiday Co-Op. Artists, craftspeople, and makers based in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio may apply for consideration for table space in this year’s Co-Op sale until October 2. Information about this call and other programs is posted to our website (, Instagram (@waterlooarts), and Facebook (@waterlooartscle).

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On Blocks: Repair Manual for an American Dream, September 2–October 1
Opening reception 6-9pm Friday, September 2

Are You Civilized to Death?, September 2–October 1
Opening reception 6-9pm Friday, September 2

A Painter’s Table, October 7–November 12
Opening reception 6-9pm Friday, October 7

Waterloo Arts Holiday Co-Op, November 26–December 18

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