CityBeat - Visual Art http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-25-1-visual_art.html <![CDATA[Art Shook Up - Elvis has entered the art gallery with new Paul Laffoley exhibit]]>

The strange ways we remember Elvis Presley are best summed up by the lyrics of the late Warren Zevon’s “Jesus Mentioned,” in which he imagines traveling to Memphis to see the dead King: “He went walking on the water … with his pills.”

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<![CDATA[Michael Wilson, Picture Taker From These Parts - Iris BookCafé, Michael Wilson, For Musicmakers from These Parts, visual art ]]>

“I don’t know the people, but I like the way they look,” says longtime Cincinnati Post photojournalist Melvin Grier. 

Grier is at Iris BookCafé, surveying black-and-white photos of local musicians. Some are national names, others up-and-comers. All were shot by fellow photographer Michael Wilson, who should be a national name but isn’t.

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<![CDATA[Freaks of a Feather Celebrate Flannery O’Connor - ]]>

Flannery O’Connor could be as proud as a peacock about The Meanest of Them Sparkled, a show in her honor at Thunder-Sky, Inc.

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<![CDATA[UC Brings Art Therapy to Students with New Certificate Program - ]]>

Jenny Ustick has always been artistic. Coming from a family of engineers, carpenters and do-it-yourselfers, she was encouraged by her parents at an early age to cultivate her skills.

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<![CDATA[CAC Exhibit Pushes Back Against Museum’s Architecture - ]]>

“When people ask me what are my influences, they’re ghosts and magic,” artist and curator Michael Stillion said during a recent visit to his studio in Evanston.

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<![CDATA[Big in Japan - Artist and CAC gallery attendant Mike Weber travels to Japan for his first international solo art exhibition]]>

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. 

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<![CDATA[Thinking Small Has Big Results at Manifest - ]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Year of the Snake - Reptiles+Rainbows design duo walks the line of cute and creepy ]]> “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 Morales.  
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<![CDATA[Harvesting Local Art - Arts organizers follow community-supported models to create and dispense locally produced art]]>

Forward-looking organizers have turned to thinking inside the box for a new way to promote visual artists. Some of the artists, meanwhile, are thinking outside the box to produce 50 small works each.


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<![CDATA[Thunder-Sky 'Rejoices' over Late Cincinnati Icon - ]]> 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.
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<![CDATA[China's Last Emperors Wore Some Cool Threads - ]]>

Have you seen the emperor’s old clothes at the Taft Museum of Art? With apologies to Hans Christian Andersen’s cautionary tale of vanity, the naked truth remains that we’re judged by our dress.

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<![CDATA[Women Artists Collaborate on Book-Making - ]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Ethereal Experimentation - Upcoming Weston exhibits feature two bold approaches to photography]]> While Anita Douthat and Charles Woodman both create photography-based or light-based art, their approaches are dramatically different. So, too, is their work — except for a common denominator. ]]> <![CDATA[The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at 21c - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Full Circle - Todd Pavlisko's 'Crown' presents a historical art journey through time and space ]]> When Todd Pavlisko speaks about Crown, his solo exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum, it is clear that this project is about the plasticity of time.]]> <![CDATA[Murals' Rescue Turns Solway Gallery into Flower Place - ]]> 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.
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<![CDATA[Palladian Villas Age Gracefully in Library Exhibit - ]]> 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...]]> <![CDATA[A Lesson in Grammar - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Aaron Betsky Reveals Changes, Challenges at Cincinnati Art Museum - ]]> My interview with Aaron Betsky, Cincinnati Art Museum director, came about because I was impressed by a series of small shows and changes I had noticed at CAM recently]]> <![CDATA[Making (Art) Mobile - #MakersMobile repurposes shipping containers as traveling art spaces ]]> 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.]]>