Comet: Matthew Kolodziej at William Busta Projects

When I walk alongside Lake Erie’s beach, I peel my eyes open for rocks of all different shapes, sizes, and textures, keeping the ones most divine to me contained in my pocket. The ones which are flat are perfect forms for skipping across the water, flickering movements which follow. In Matthew Kolodziej’s solo show at William Busta Projects titled, Comet, […]

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Black Artists from Cleveland and Beyond, at Framed Gallery

In the heart of the Waterloo Arts District, fashionista Stacey Bartels–owner of Framed Art Gallery–offers an impressive array of wooden and clay sculptures, oil on canvas paintings, photo-realistic nudes, and more from internationally and locally acclaimed Black artists that elevate and celebrate Black beauty. Presently on display, Cleveland native piercer, muralist, and other mixed media abstract artist Honey Pierre’s central […]

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Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, A Botanical Conversation

“Globalization begins at home.” – Homi K. Bhabha, The Location of Culture, 1994 For 60 years academics across disciplines have been exploring culture and histories through the lenses of sex, gender, race, class, nationality, and sexual orientation. In the 1990s, post-colonial studies emerged; theorists such as Homi K. Bhabha and writers like the Salman Rushdie show the ways in which […]

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CAN to re-focus on art news and reviews; Will not produce CAN Triennial 2025

Collective Arts Network Board of Directors and Staff voted January 23 that the organization would not proceed with plans for CAN Triennial in 2025, and would instead focus on its core strengths and original mission: to provide a platform for communication and public discussion about art and related issues in Northeast Ohio. While that decision originally came with the intent […]

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Aaron D. Williams, Escaping Aawful Land, at SPACES

Aaron Williams’ “Escaping Aawful Land” is a multimedia exhibition made in collaboration with Toby Griffits, Tony Yanick, Marco Kazandejeiff, Eleanor Jergens, and Wayne Smith III, on view in Toby’s Vault at SPACES through March 1. Williams’ alias is Aawful—a moniker encompassing that which is both awe-inspiring and horrible—Aaron. Williams describes it as a contranym, a word that references both the […]

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FRONT will cancel its planned 2025 edition and will permanently wind down operations.

FRONT Triennial’s announcement, in its entirety: It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of FRONT International’s 2025 edition. The world is a very different place in 2024 than it was when our Founder, Fred Bidwell, launched this ambitious initiative in 2016. Public and private funding priorities have changed to focus on the critical needs of our communities. […]

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Brianna L. Hernández: Anticipatory / Después, at SPACES Gallery

Anticipatory / Después is an assemblage of multimedia works that visualizes the anticipatory grief and emotional labor involved in caregiving, as well as the mystery of the life process that is death. Brianna L. Hernández transforms the perfunctory tasks and ephemera of selfless and typically gendered (feminine) labor of caregiving into a sublime multimedia installation that captures the sacredness of […]

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I’ll Tumble For Ya: Neverending Cycles

There’s a reason people with money have for centuries paid others to wash their clothes. Laundry is a never-ending task, and even the invention of washing machines and dryers has not relieved us of the need to haul baskets, sort and fold in a relentless routine.  Rather than make note and marvel that not one but two exhibitions built around […]

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365 Days of Art

How’s your New Year’s Resolution going? And did it require the diligence of doing some specific thing every day for an entire year? Adam Tully’s 2024 commitment caught our attention on Facebook, which only makes sense, because that is where it is going to play out for the entirety of 2024: The art collector, bassist and librarian committed to posting […]

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Rolling Wonder: Francis Alys, Paradox of Praxis 5, at the Cleveland Museum of Art

On the second floor of the Cleveland Museum of Art, right around the corner from Henri Matisse’s painting Tulips and Piet Mondrian’s Chrysanthemum, a tall Belgian guy wearing a scarf kicks a flaming soccer ball at night around Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He dribbles the fireball past busted up buildings and alongside graffitied bridge abutments, he ambles past shuttered stores and […]

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