This Thursday will inaugurate ArtWorks' new location's project gallery space with a one-night-only gallery event. A solo project by Tony Luensman entitled 'Self-Reliance' will grace brand-new long white walls with a series of twenty photographs. Stop by from 5-8 p.m.
"Fringe suggests that (which is) set apart from work aiming at marketability. It probably has a tendency to disturb. Fringe won't answer questions, it will present them." So says Cincinnati artist Robin Stinetorf in his statement for this year's Visual Fringe Festival. He's one of six artists (five humans and a horse) to comprise the visual art appendage of the Cincy Fringe Festival at the Art Academy.
Paul Coors gave the city a great gift when he and his group of friends ran Publico, an alternative gallery in Over-the-Rhine until 2008. Since then he's stayed active by helping organize art shows and exhibit his own works. On Friday, Coors opens 'Tell me what else you need from me,' a new exhibition at Clay Street Press. Reception is 7-11 p.m. The show is up through July 16.
Katie Parker and her collaborator Guy Michael Davis' sculptural works distort traditional notions of porcelain figurines by hybridizing animals or skewing the narratives at work among the objects. Along with porcelain works, expect projects that involve lights and cut paper work. The paper elements usually evoke silhouettes of flowers and culminate into feelings of chintz wallpaper gone awry. Through July 30 at Prairie Gallery.
Springtime is just more springy when your life is filled with baby animals, and perhaps no cuter animal exists than a baby alpaca. Cincinnati is particularly wealthy with alpaca farms, five of which comprise the coalition Alpacas 4 You. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Breezy Hill Acres in New Richmond hosts the coalition's Spring Fling open house.
'Coming Home Late or Not At All' professes to feature, according the gallery: "open ended visual novellas, emotionally taut and tentatively explored. These aesthetically quiet and ardent images hint at the criticality and perhaps emptiness of the everyday." Indeed, from the photographs already circulating, one can see the tender dilemmas to which the press release refers. Through May 21 at Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum.
On Thursday at 8 p.m., the gallery hosts a "Laugh In," where for an hour and a half all participants will engage in exaggerated, self-induced laughter. The plan is simple, but the experience will no doubt be bizarre and entertaining.
CS13's new show intermixes a couple of local artists (Matthew Dayler and David DeWitt) with several from around the globe to feature an all-male lineup that looks into the representation of homosexuality in contemporary art. Through May 15.
Native Cincinnatian Brian Joiner is well known and loved for his rich, diverse practice as a mixed-media artist. On Friday from 5-10 p.m. the Mary Barr Rhodes Studio hosts 'A Celebration of the Life and Art of Brian Joiner,' a benefit being held due to his current battle with liver cancer. Several friends and curators have organized an evening that celebrates a dense survey of his works, with full proceeds from their sales going directly to Joiner.
Simplified paintings of windows and doors have been sprouting across the boarded-up facades of derelict buildings around Over-the-Rhine and other inner city spots since last October. They're the work of Future Blooms, an unusual public-art program initiated by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. In a small, localized way, it recalls the work of the Federal Art Project, part of the job-creation Works Progress Administration that existed as part of the New Deal during the Great Depression.