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By Julie Bernzott · August 9th, 2006 · Look Here!
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Bill Ross' "Sweet Tooth" is currently on view at DesignSmith Gallery.



For a cool experience in both the literal and artistic sense, make a stop at DESIGNSMITH GALLERY (1342 Main St., Over-the-Rhine) for a blast of air conditioning as well as a look at artist BILL ROSS' latest exhibition, Sweet Tooth. His first showing since 2000, Ross (one of the co-founders of Cincinnati's Visionaries and Voices organization, a studio for artists with disabilities) offers viewers the perfect summertime work: bright, energetic and inspired. His paintings use vivid colors to depict his universe, one filled with intriguing clarity and innocent zaniness. Bordering on the surreal, he's inspired by everyone from Max Ernst to Sid & Mary Kroft. Don't miss a chance to view his vision. Through Sept. 23, with a second reception from 7-10 p.m. on Final Friday Aug. 25. See Jacquelyn Vaughn's review below.

If the weeks of summer have passed without a visit to the CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER (44 E. Sixth St., Downtown), now is the time. The latest exhibition, Tom Marioni: Beer, Art and Philosophy (yes, you read correctly: beer), surveys more than 35 years of Marioni's action-inspired art; he values action over objects, thus he considers social interaction material for his creations. His friends in San Francisco experience this first-hand: Each Wednesday he hosts "The Art of Drinking Beer with Friends" in his studio.

For a cool experience in both the literal and artistic sense, make a stop at DESIGNSMITH GALLERY (1342 Main St., Over-the-Rhine) for a blast of air conditioning as well as a look at artist BILL ROSS' latest exhibition, Sweet Tooth.

His first showing since 2000, Ross (one of the co-founders of Cincinnati's Visionaries and Voices organization, a studio for artists with disabilities) offers viewers the perfect summertime work: bright, energetic and inspired. His paintings use vivid colors to depict his universe, one filled with intriguing clarity and innocent zaniness. Bordering on the surreal, he's inspired by everyone from Max Ernst to Sid & Mary Kroft. Don't miss a chance to view his vision. Through Sept. 23, with a second reception from 7-10 p.m. on Final Friday Aug. 25. See Jacquelyn Vaughn's review below. ...

If the weeks of summer have passed without a visit to the CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER (44 E. Sixth St., Downtown), now is the time. The latest exhibition, Tom Marioni: Beer, Art and Philosophy (yes, you read correctly: beer), surveys more than 35 years of Marioni's action-inspired art; he values action over objects, thus he considers social interaction material for his creations. His friends in San Francisco experience this first-hand: Each Wednesday he hosts "The Art of Drinking Beer with Friends" in his studio. But you won't just get to drink beer: In addition to action, the artist works in sculpture, drawing and installation. You'll also have the chance to become part of another opening exhibition, The Paper Sculpture Show, which offers visitors the chance to transform two-dimensional paper into a designed three-dimensional sculpture. Check out what promises to be a truly inimitable experience. Opening Party is 5:30-11 p.m. Aug. 18. Artists' Talk with Tom Marioni is 2 p.m. Aug. 19. ...

Think bringing your iPod into a museum will get you the boot? Well, think again. The TAFT MUSEUM OF ART (316 Pike St., Downtown) won't ask you to leave. In fact, they're embracing the age of the iPod by offering a podcast to accompany their current exhibition, Dark Jewels: Chinese Black and Brown Ceramics from the Shatzman Collection. Podcasts -- a digital audio file made available via the Internet -- is the museum's latest offering in their ongoing mission to make their collection accessible. The guest curator for Dark Jewels, Jean Graves, narrates on the podcast, which provides historical context for the pieces, offers information about the works and explores the connections between the ceramics and the Chinese porcelains in the museum's permanent collection. Don't forget to download before your visit. Find the podcast at www.taftmuseum.org. The exhibition is on view through Sept. 10. ...

Photographers take note: KENNEDY HEIGHTS ARTS CENTER (6546 Montgomery Road) seeks submissions for their second annual photography show, entitled Click! Take 2. Submissions must be original photographic work, and while there's no specific theme, ideally the pieces should capture a split-second image, one that remains only for a moment and then disappears forever. The juried portion of the exhibition will be shown in conjunction with an exhibition by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). Deadline for submission is Aug. 26, and all work must be ready for display. For more information and to e-mail representative JPEG images, contact Richard Cooke at events@kennedy arts.com.

MINI REVIEWS
Currently on view at DESIGNSMITH GALLERY (1342 Main St., Over-the-Rhine) is Sweet Tooth, featuring artist Bill Ross. The work is exceptionally vibrant, with a color palette that seems slightly unnatural. Ross has managed to depict evidence of a completely different world in a way that makes it seem as though he's actually seen evidence of its existence. The best way to describe the exhibition is to say it's different, featuring bright blue monkeys that have become entranced by cotton candy-colored cup cakes. I can't fully decide if the work is meant to be whimsical or disturbing -- truthfully I feel it's a bit of both. While it might lack any sort of universal message, Ross makes up for that with his truly unique imagination. Continues through Sept. 23. (Jacquelyn Vaughn) Grade C+



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