By the time you read this, Patrick Cost —
Direct Support Professional (DSP) for Living Arrangements for the
Developmentally Disabled (LADD) — and his friend and charge, artist Mike
Weber, will be in Japan.
Restrictions can be a powerful impetus
for creativity — parents whose bedtime rules are questioned would agree.
Artists never lose their sense of questioning, but resort to fresh
approaches when boundaries are imposed.
“Sometimes it’s hard to explain what we do
because it’s still evolving,” says Philip Valois, designer and
co-founder of Reptiles+Rainbows, a multidisciplinary design studio he
began in early 2013 with designer, art director and life partner, Carla
A diminutive white-bearded man, Avtar Gill stood out in any crowd despite his humble stature. Always
wearing his oversized, hand-drawn, (typically) all caps messages which
he affixed to a baseball cap with usually no more than a few
strategically placed rubber bands, he documented everyday history in
mundane yet sometimes profound ways.
A new exhibition of art books by a local
group of female artists, Art4Artists, joyously fills the galleries at
Kennedy Heights Arts Center. The exhibit, titled WomenWorkBooks, is meant to serve as a springboard for discussion on a wide range of women’s issues.
You could go stag to see the carved deer heads, football helmets and other gaming trophies on exhibit in Wild Card
at the 21c Museum Hotel downtown. But Michael Combs’ unsettling
examination of gender identity and cultural mythology raises so many
questions that it’s better not to go hunting alone for answers.
Carl Solway Gallery has obtained Robert Kushner’s The Four Seasons murals from downtown’s Tower Place mall and is showing them with recent paintings by the New York artist in the exhibit Robert Kushner: Paintings 2010-2013 & The Four Seasons.
Architectural buffs, by and large, have
only good words to say about the 16th century Italian architect Andrea
Palladio. His influence can perhaps be seen in your own neighborhood,
especially if you live in Indian Hill, Hyde Park or the choicer places
on the West Side...
The gaping street-level space of the
Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, attached to the Aronoff
Center for the Arts, is windowed on two sides, capped by two ceiling
heights (high and higher), set with columns and interrupted by a
staircase to the floor below and above.
Behind any successful organization is a
leader with a vision. Jonathan Sears, executive director of Professional
Artistic Research Projects (parProjects), is in his fourth year of
steering the Northside-based arts organization with a mission of
financial and environmental sustainability.