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The Creatively Conscious Donald Deskey (Review)

DAAP exhibition highlights work of design pioneer Donald Deskey

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Though he’s not a household name, it’s likely you have something designed by Donald Deskey inside your home right now. The current exhibition at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) thoroughly outlines the life of this modern Renaissance man.  

Another Mis-en-scene (Review)

Country Club presents a witty installation of Michael Lowe’s collection

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
'Another Mis-en-scene' is an exhibition curated by local art collector Michael Lowe and is comprised almost entirely of art, antiquities and innovative design objects from his own collection. Such an exhibition handled less gracefully could read as a business-minded jumbled lot at an auction house. But Lowe treats these selections from his collection as an installation and his savvy sense of humor connects all of the pieces.  

Escape to Experimental Places

A look back at the year in alternative art spaces and exhibitions

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2010
2010 was a busy year for the alternative art spaces in Cincinnati. Clay Street Press, Country Club, ArtWorks and Aisle all held daring exhibitions of Tony Luensman. Yamini Nayer made an impact with his work. Thunder-Sky and Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum both splashed the city with new, experimental work.  

The Chocolate Connection: Hans Sloane & Jamaica (Review)

Lloyd Library & Museum offers exhibition on pioneering studies of chocolate

0 Comments · Monday, December 20, 2010
Downtown's Lloyd Library & Museum, a fascinating private nonprofit institution that collects books, journals and archival material related to natural history, botany, pharmacy, medicine and scientific history, recently faced a dilemma. How should it recognize the 350th anniversary of the birth of Hans Sloane, a pioneering scientist and physician whose name is not really on the tip of everybody's tongue? How about chocolate?  

Los Caprichos (Review)

Taft Museum's Goya exhibit shows the artist's darkly satirical side as social commentator

0 Comments · Sunday, December 12, 2010
Francisco Goya produced his famous series of etchings, 1799's 'Los Caprichos,' at a time when narrow-minded religious extremists and other authoritarians were striving to control politics on the one hand while on the other the rise of the Enlightenment represented society's attempt to shift to reasonable thinking. Sound familiar?  

The Posthumously Working Artist

Brian Joiner still exhibiting and curating after his death

0 Comments · Monday, November 29, 2010
Cincinnati artist Brian Joiner had a powerful body of work behind him and an ambitious career ahead of him when he passed away this October. Among his many honors, Cincinnati Magazine named him “Best Portrait Artist” in 1999 and in 2009 he was awarded the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence at the Taft. Cancer put his plans on hold but it did not derail them. That's why even after his death, he has a group exhibit opening this Friday at Prairie Gallery.  

Thunder-Sky Inc. Exhibits (Review)

Different means, same end for two new shows

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 23, 2010
For those viewers willing to go along for the ride, the two intermixed exhibitions now at Thunder-Sky Inc. are post-psychedelic trips into alternative ways of processing thought. The innovative Northside gallery has shows featuring artists interested in outsider or folk art, Bruce Burris and Aaron Oliver Wood.  

Bestiary (Review)

Manifest show explores the state of the animal in contemporary art

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 17, 2010
'Bestiary' sweeps through all three rooms of Manifest Gallery in a lively embodiment of the kind of show the East Walnut Hills gallery has to a degree pioneered and does well. An idea (in this case "animals") is thrown out worldwide thanks to the Internet, and a stringent jury/curatorial process sifts the keepers from what is usually a heady number of submissions.  

Jessica Dessner Is Drawing Inspiration

Art, dance and music intertwine in a blossoming visual art career

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Jessica Dessner, a Brooklyn artist with a familiar last name in these parts, has a show of new drawings on display at Country Club gallery in Oakley. She has a varied arts background herself. She only recently took up drawing, after being commissioned by musician friend Sufjan Stevens. At Country Club, her show 'Before You Know' features 10 colored-pencil drawings.  

Myth of the American Motorcycle (Review)

CAC revs up Rosson Crow's new motorcycle-themed exhibition

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 9, 2010
With the opening last week of its newest exhibition, 'Rosson Crow: Myth of the American Motorcycle,' the Contemporary Art Center is drawing regional attention to another rising star who produces art-history savvy works with heavy doses of A-list glamour and the red-and-black color schemes of revolutions and rebels. Crow's series of brand-new paintings is paired with a set of actual bikes, each with personalized and highly detailed custom-paint jobs.  

Artful Menagerie

Artist/taxidermist Jeremy Johnson meddles with nature at Prairie

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Never before have I seen such a menagerie in an art gallery. An iridescent blue peacock, its feathers spreading at least 8 feet, stands in full glory near the entrance to Prairie gallery in Northside. Artists have long looked to nature for inspiration, but with his exhibition Meddling with Nature, Jeremy Johnson takes this tradition to another level. He observes, preserves and presents animals that once flew, ran and roamed about our natural environment.  

Words' Worth

Ann Hamilton exhibition comments on the process of reading

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Ann Hamilton's current exhibition at Carl Solway Gallery, titled 'reading,' uses prints, sculptural objects and video to represent reading as a creative rather than a passive act. This exhibition is not one of the multimedia installations for which Hamilton is internationally famous but nonetheless features some of the artist's recurring themes.  

Limits & Boundaries (Review)

Jarrett Hawkins creates a vocabulary of shapes and forms at Weston Art Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Jarrett Hawkins' soaring sculptures almost stride through the street-level space at the Weston Art Gallery. His show includes works that exude strength and others that seem tethered rather than standing on their bases, as though they might rise on their own if not held back.  

Brian Joiner's Creative Life

Cincinnati mourns the loss of a beloved artist

2 Comments · Monday, October 11, 2010
Brian Joiner, an esteemed local artist, passed away Oct. 8 after being diagnosed with liver cancer several months ago. He always tried something new in his work and as an African-American artist often addressed tough issues regarding race, politics and spirituality with irony and humor. For his ever-joyful presence, boundless energy and seemingly unlimited generosity, he will be missed by all whose lives he touched.  

Shinji Turner-Yamamoto (Reviews)

Concurrent shows at CAC and Holy Cross Church explore the impermanence of the natural world

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
When Shinji Turner-Yamamoto arrived in Cincinnati, he discovered the ideal place for his current installation, 'Hanging Garden': Holy Cross Church, which had been deconsecrated in the 1970s but still stands at the top of Mount Adams. "I saw a young, living tree floating in the middle of the chapel," says the Japanese-born artist, and two years later he's realized his vision via a mind-boggling technical feat.