Peter Haberkorn, a Cincinnati artist who
imaginatively salvages and repurposes older materials, has a background
in architectural study. Fittingly, the first thing you notice upon
entering Northside’s Prairie to see his new show, Airstream, is just how beautifully his work fits in as gallery-complementing design.
During the installation of her new show I surrender, dear
at downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center, Moscow-born/New York-based
artist Dasha Shishkin and I discussed a range of issues, including the
possibility that she might be a witch.
At Manifest Creative Research Gallery,
ideas for exhibitions are almost an intellectual art form on their own.
The little “neighborhood gallery for the world” in East Walnut Hills has
a history of dreaming up surprising themes.
Pompeii is the disaster-grabber of all
time. How old were you when that terrible story first drew you in? I was
8, I think, and Pompeii still grips my imagination. For all of us who can’t shake this fascination, A Day in Pompeii,
now at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, is a must.
Small Potatoes, a strangely
sentimental exhibit at Thunder-Sky Inc., is like a heapin’ helping of
Grandma’s comfort food. It’s unapologetically lumpy, undeniably homemade
and served without fancy presentation but with a whole lot of love.
When I first caught wind of Spectacle: The Music Video,
opening Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center downtown, I felt like I
was heading over to Steve’s all over again. The new exhibition explores the music video’s past and present while
considering its future through a series of artifacts, photos, immersive
environments and literally hundreds of music videos.
A legacy of icon and miniature painting
from Eastern Europe makes a great migration to the Phyllis Weston
Gallery in O’Bryonville. Painters David Miretsky and Svetlana Derenshuk
perplex and dazzle with quirky scenes of domestic life in Uniquely Ukraine, on display through March 31.
Having recently seen a retrospective of
Romare Bearden’s artwork at Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C., his
hometown, I wasn’t expecting the Taft Museum’s current and smaller Impressions and Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden to be as impressive as it is.
Monet in Giverny: Landscapes of Reflection
at the Cincinnati Art Museum is a stunning collection of 12 works —
many painted after 1910 — that offers something for art lovers of all
stripes. Your granny will be happy to gaze at utterly inoffensive
subject matter, while aficionados can sink their teeth into the artist’s
assertive paint handling.
Printmaker Jim Williams sets himself
strict limitations of size and color range but proceeds to produce a
diverse, intellectually stimulating group of mono-prints for his current
Clay Street Press exhibition. His artist’s statement describes the new
work in Hybrid Structures as his “search for a visual equivalent
to the daily dynamic interplay that occurs between the man-made and the
Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center’s latest exhibition is the work of Travis Townsend in The Love Boat (abandoned), which is presented in conjunction with Out of the Gray, a group showing of works made using graphite.
As the nation observes Black History Month, Beyond Emancipation
acknowledges that sometimes it’s tough to keep hope alive. But, even
more, the show celebrates the fact that hope has always been there and
always will be.
Good news from City Hall? Yes, actually.
City Council has voted to re-instate and improve a long-established
program providing grants to individual artists, which was cut for
budgetary reasons in 2009.
Nick Cave refers to himself as a “trans”
artist because his work transcends so many categories — sculpture,
fashion, performance, dance, fine crafts, contemporary art — that it
turns the whole notion of artistic categories upside-down. His artwork — known as Soundsuits — also
deserves to be considered “trans” because seeing it can be a
transformational experience for the viewer.