Stuart Fink’s Shape to Shape at
Brazee Street Studios’ gallery One One bristles with energy, mostly
dispenses with narrative (who needs it?) and includes paintings as well
as sculpture. Best known as a sculptor, Fink studied to be a painter and
never really gave it up.
See Unrealized and Unforeseen, Antonio Adams’ solo show at
Thunder-Sky Inc., and leave feeling a bit more special, even if you
aren’t on his list of “good celebrities,” superstars and Divas of Pride.
Just witness the transformative power of art.
Music of Change: Hymns, Blues & Rock at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center ultimately succeeds in providing a fascinating journey
through the roles black music have played in America’s history,
eloquently showing how African-American music has been celebration,
protest, spiritual uplift, a means of communication and information
sharing … sometimes all at once.
Former visiting professor at the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Fashion Department Henry Navarro has returned to Cincinnati for Mis-Measured and a site-specific fashion-based public art project inspired by Cincinnati itself.
Jerome Jaffe is a character. With his thick New York
accent, wiry frame, perma-five o’clock shadow and penchant for
misnomers, he’s kind of a minor celebrity in his home base of Brighton
in the West End. He recently bought Rake’s End from
long-time area resident/developer Fred Lane, and is determined to
see the bar succeed.
NVISION, Emily Buddendeck's quirky venture at
4577 Hamilton Ave. in Northside, has grown steadily during its
four-and-a-half years of existence. “I opened on Leap Day of Leap year, Feb.
29, 2008. The day seemed appropriate because the shop was even more of a
leap during a recession, but it really merged the various things I had
been doing, career-wise,” she says.
You Are My Superhero, opening
Sunday at Dayton Art Institute (DAI), is here to rescue art lovers from
the summer blahs. The difference starts at the door, where there’s $2
off for wearing a superhero costume.
Digital World presents James Duesing and
three other artists whose work originates on a monitor via 3-D imaging
and other programs. Should this art be viewed as something less because
of its origins? I say no.
The Battle of the Abstract Expressionists,
as Mary Ran of Ran Gallery playfully calls her current show, could be a
draw between the artists, but color rules in the works of each. Two
well-known, deeply committed 20th century Cincinnati artists, Jack
Meanwell and Paul Chidlaw, both practiced abstract expressionism — as
opposed to non-objective art, in which tangible subject matter has been
thrown out entirely — and both used color with visceral pleasure.
Hot on the heels of Monet in Giverny,
this summer the Cincinnati Art Museum showcases the life and legacy of
pioneering African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner in Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit. A full-scale retrospective, Modern Spirit
is a provocative examination of one man’s journey to discover a
pictorial language capable of expressing an intense religious feeling.
In a space dedicated to interiors, the
expansive second floor of Bromwell’s downtown, Celene Hawkins brings
together several of the city’s most accomplished artists with works “in
which nature is found, observed and re-made in elegant and subtle ways,” for Flora and Fauna.
So, the outside comes into these high-ceilinged, fireplace-studded
display rooms to mutual benefit.
For Night and Day, a
two-person show by Brooklyn-based artists Mike Perry and Naomi Reis
currently on view at the gallery/shop/studio YES, I’ve let my guard down
a little. The temptation to experience something approaching the
sublime beneath the surface of lighthearted illustrations wrapped in
psychedelic colors or brittle, architectural depictions of a modernist
sphere was just too strong.
As the mercury begins its steady ascent
and the humid days give way to sultry nights, the climate-controlled
environs of Cincinnati’s art galleries beckon. But with the spring
season nearing its end and several galleries paring back their
programming, despite best efforts to beat the heat, this summer’s
hottest works are going to be found outside.