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Bunk News Is Good News

Collective brings new energy to Cincinnati's art scene

9 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
A handful of young local artists has worked since early February to build an art community that lacks pretentiousness, exclusiveness or any other barrier that would inhibit the community from being about anything but the art. The band of artists operates under the moniker of Bunk News. "(Bunk News) is a collaborative group of friends and artists where each person is bringing different media, styles, skill sets and perspectives into one somewhat focused direction," says Ben Brown, one of the four founders and a fine arts student in UC's Design, Art, Architecture and Planning program.  

Arts: Change or Die

Discussing the future of the arts in our changing culture

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Bigger is not necessarily better, and cooperation might ace competition among arts organizations in our changing culture, according to Diane E. Ragsdale of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, who spoke to an audience of art professionals and supporters at the University of Cincinnati May 6. She urged arts organizations to recognize that "we have a society in which the arts have become marginal" — big attendance numbers might not equal big impact.  

It's Easy Being Green

Allie Yoko makes eco-fashion accessible via her Black Orchid Fashion

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
We know the emissions from our SUVs will eventually suffocate us. We know the same soil that sprouts our vegetables is polluted by pesticides and countless other contaminants. But we also know that we’re capable of changing this by making both big and small adjustments to our daily lives. Allie Yoko, recognizes the importance of making these adjustments and has reacted by launching Black Orchid Fashion, a Web-based eco-fashion company that offers a line of women’s clothing made from sustainable bamboo fibers.   

Step Back in Time

Historic homes in two neighborhoods open their doors this weekend

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
This weekend, the owners of several historic homes in the area are flinging their doors open to visitors. Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) and Clifton Town Meeting are offering rare opportunities to see the interiors of some of Cincinnati’s most regal homes in two of the area’s grandest neighborhoods. On Saturday, the Cincinnati Preservation Association will hold a tour of East Walnut Hills homes, and Sunday is the Clifton House Tour.  

Teens Go Green

ArtWorks continues to nurture young artists with The Outdoor Museum

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
What happens when talented teenagers are teamed with design professionals and asked to interpret “green” concepts in billboard-like format? Plenty happens, as can be seen in The Outdoor Museum, or TOM, in Eden Park now through May 31.  

Sights of the Season

CAC unveils high-profile shows for its 2009-10 season

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Shepard Fairey, the hip alternative-culture artist who has become a superstar in the wake of his "Hope, Change and Vote" posters supporting Barack Obama's presidential campaign, leads the Contemporary Art Center's 2009-10 exhibition schedule announced April 28. Fairey will be coming here with the show, doing public art projects in the city and public programs at the CAC. It marks a return of sorts — he was part of the CAC's 'Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture' exhibition in 2004, a group show that's quickly becoming legendary for its prescience. The new season begins in early October with an ambitious — hopefully groundbreaking — group show curated by the CAC's Maiza Hixson called 'Young Country.'   

Dreams and Trees (Review)

Peter Voshefski escorts viewers into a distillation of nature

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Peter Voshefski lived in Cincinnati before moving west to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, and he returns to present one of the most intriguing and appealing exhibitions I've seen in Cincinnati lately. Aisle Gallery has been on a long winning streak of great one- and two-person exhibitions, and 'Dreams and Trees' continues it.   

Bold Pact at PAC

New gallery brings contemporary Indian art to Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Considering the state of the economy, it might seem daring for a new commercial gallery dedicated to contemporary art to open its doors. But the brand new PAC Gallery in East Walnut Hills, set for a grand opening 5-8 p.m. Saturday, is not only opening but is also devoting its first show to contemporary art from India.   

The Places Where People Aren't

Michael Wilson displays 'small things' at the Weston Art Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I've seen Michael Wilson's photographs of major musicians like Over the Rhine, Lyle Lovett, Phillip Glass and B.B. King and start asking questions. He's so humble about his work it's almost unnerving. "See, at the Weston Gallery, they’re calling it a mid-career retrospective, which is probably as good a term as any," Wilson says. "For the most part, it will be drawn from 30 years of work that would have been done just for myself. Personal work."  

Tragic Beauty

Anna VanMatre’s paintings convey the complex power of nature

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
“It’s a paradox — the beauty is so tragic,” Anna VanMatre says of the theme behind her latest series of graphite paintings, DeNatural Disaster.  

Mythography (Review)

Telling stories through narrative art

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Manifest Gallery delights in throwing out an idea and seeing what it might reel in. The current show explores a concept that's as old as art but has been unfashionable in recent years: storytelling.  

The Seventh Time Around

Jeffrey Cortland Jones and Paige Williams team up again

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
There are few exhibition spaces in Cincinnati as dependable and consistent in quality as Aisle Gallery. Its current exhibition, Almost Certain, features two series of abstract paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones and Paige Williams. Remarkably, this is the seventh time these two painters have shown together.   

American Grit

Cheryl Dunn documents the irony of life in the U.S.

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The young blonde girl in the photograph looks perplexed. She's standing in front of a bus called "Willie's Wiener Wagon," which is plastered with signs that read, 'If You Don't Support Victory, You Don't Support Our Troops" and "Proud to be an American." Cheryl Dunn, who took the photograph during the Bush years, doesn't flinch from the gritty, difficult side of life, as suggested by the title of her current show, 'Spit & Peanut Shells: American Pictures,' at Country Club gallery.  

Stewart Goldman: Presence Through Absence (Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Solid curating and progressive notions have gone into the Cincinnati Art Museum's new solo exhibition in the Vance-Waddell Gallery. The exhibition traces former Art Academy professor Stewart Goldman's evolution from representational painting, of recognizable rooms, into the increasingly less certain terrain of abstract painting.  

A Cincinnati Treasure

Noel Martin, 1922-2009

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Noel Martin, a lifelong Cincinnati painter and graphic-design pioneer, passed away Feb. 23 at the age of 86. In addition to formal training, Martin taught himself typography and graphics, and in doing so revolutionized museum publishing with his designs for the Cincinnati Art Museum and his modern logo for the Contemporary Arts Center.