Material Witness at downtown’s
Weston Art Gallery is all about the physical. The stuff of hardware
stores — plywood, drywall, insulation — remains exposed in the work. If
there’s a common thread, it’s the artists’ “careful and considerate
material choices,” guest curator Matt Distel says.
When does an age-old craft like knitting
become hip fiber art, street art and performance art? When it’s
practiced by the Cincinnati BombShells yarn bombers, approximately 15
women ages 25-65 with sassy alter egos, Jackie O sunglasses and platinum
The cardboard 3-D glasses supplied for
Brian Stuparyk’s work will make the comparison clearer. Put them on and feel
like a kid, knowing that this art show is fun and different. A visit
feels like an afternoon at the movies. Though
there are just three small rooms to see, remember that the artists’
themes are perception and time. It’s possible to get lost awhile.
Sara Pearce had the world — many worlds — at her fingertips, but her fingers couldn’t feel. The former Enquirer arts reporter
had volunteered for a buyout from the paper in September 2008 and wanted
to become an artist herself. She’d finally create collages from the
antique world maps, fashion magazines and other papers she’d collected
Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, which
opens the Contemporary Arts Center’s 2011-12 season Sept. 23, isn’t
really about Pakistan. It’s not even all about small pictures. “It’s about using beauty to discuss difficult issues,” says Assistant Curator Justine Ludwig.
The eclectic art collection of the late Carl M. Jacobs III is his bulletin board. With a hint of a self-assured smile in a 1958 portrait by celebrity photographer Carl Van Vechten, Jacobs invites visitors to explore the Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition titled Not Just Pretty Pictures, up through Aug. 28.