Remaining Themselves: The 75th CIA Student Independent Exhibition

The 75th annual CIA Student Independent Exhibition is of unusual interest, not just for all the perennial art and education reasons, but also as creative testimony to the deep impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and on artists generally. Organized by a student committee, the works on view were selected by a group of artist/educator jurors recruited from around […]

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The Eyebrows Say “Whoa!” Justin Brennan at HEDGE

Paintings can foreshorten and remake experience, transcribing in a directly sensual, primal tongue.  This ambitious undertaking is often bitter and disappointing — but pocked with thrilling episodes. It’s a search for the kind of truth that immediacy conveys, a body-to-body, first person narrative approach to communication. Either there’s no room for error, or (more likely) the error is all the […]

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THE YELLOWHAMMER’S CROSS: MICHAEL LODERSTEDT, GROWING UP ON NORTH CAROLINA’S EMERALD ISLE

The yellowhammer is a bird a little bigger than a robin, protected (like many other song birds) by international treaty as it migrates down the Atlantic coast. When printmaker and photographer Michael Loderstedt was growing up in North Carolina, on the southernmost dot in the string of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks, yellowhammers were a familiar sight. In […]

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Remains of the Day: Hildur Ásgeirdóttir Jónsson and Kaveri Raina at Abattoir Gallery

Cleveland’s newest gallery, Abattoir, is named for the meat-industry term, meaning  “slaughterhouse,”  in honor of the original function of the Hildebrandt sausage-producing complex where the space is located. Making its debut in 2020, a punishing year of pandemic and social upheaval, the name and the place might seem disturbingly appropriate. The gallerist-proprietors, Lisa Kurzner and Rose Burlingham, are curators with […]

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