Altered: A Three-Way at Photocentric

Photocentric’s recent exhibition, Altered felt like traveling in three different realms: through cities, through space or under water, or–in a macro vs micro way–examining tiny details of a gritty environment. The show brought together a group of photographers who just about couldn’t be more different. The completely distinct color palates and photographic pursuits of Rita Montlack, Steven Mastroianni, and John […]

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The Year 2021 : What did CAN Do This Year?

The days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the short season of taking stock, the week before the calendar year turns. So what did CAN do this year? CAN’s First Strategic Plan You may have tuned in to the public presentation via Zoom of CAN’s first-ever Strategic Plan. Thanks to support from the Cleveland Foundation and the Gund Foundation, […]

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CAN’s Top Ten Posts of 2021

The thing about the internet is, you don’t have to ask what is popular. You know by the number of page views. So with page views as our yardstick, we’re going to tell you what were CAN’s Top Ten Posts of 2021. But first, a word on such things: Some of the stories that got the most views in 2021 […]

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Universal Themes in Kindred Objects at AAWR

Glass and ceramics have long held a position at the crossroads between craft, utilitarianism, and fine art. Kindred Objects: Ceramics & Glass from the Western Reserve, at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve on view through December 18, embraces each of those aspects in a breathtaking array of style and form. “I feel like glass and ceramics often get jammed […]

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Let Down Your Bucket Where You Are: A Taste of FRONT

The 2022 FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is due to open in multiple Northeast Ohio venues in July, 2022. Delayed by the pandemic, it’s been the better part of four years since the inaugural version of the exhibition, though it may seem even longer: we’ve all watched as the zeitgeist took a few wild turns between then and […]

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A Van Gogh-ing

My wife and I are aesthetically simpatico, mostly celebrating (or at least affirming each other’s right to have specific tastes) the same kinds of art, music, movies, TV, etc. When we diverge it usually has to do with a high-falutin, high country of the mind conclusion or two that I’ve made about how “deep” something or other is and how intellectually sharp […]

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Zen Master Laurence Channing at Bonfoey

For years Laurence Channing was director of publications at the Cleveland Museum of Art, but would rise every morning hours before dawn to put in a few hours of drawing before he went to work.  As this suggests, while his effects are delicate, there’s a stubborn intensity to his vision.  He seems indifferent to the usual artistic tricks for calling […]

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Avatars and Secret Doors: David King at HEDGE

  In his solo exhibit “Transience and the Gift of Curiosity” at HEDGE Gallery, David King’s small painting “Lava Field” shows two girls, running hand-in-hand toward the viewer. They emerge from a gray- brown wall of mist or smoke, across the glowing cracks of a lava flow. Members of the artist’s family, these girls are literally figures from the past, […]

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