Near*By curatorial collective brings new ideas to the contemporary arts scene
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Cincinnati has had its share of
alternative spaces and indie nonprofit galleries — sometimes co-ops or
collectives — where contemporary artists show their work and try out new
ideas in curating, exhibiting and community engagement.
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Turns out Pete Rose wasn’t the only
baseball player that artist Andy Warhol ever depicted. He wasn’t even
the only Red. Tom Seaver came first — but accidentally.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Matt Distel’s smartly curated exhibition, Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes, is a broad
sampling of more than 20 regional artists who mine personal and
universal landscapes to present hypothetical meditations on locations of
space and time.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Art Beyond Boundaries, the Main Street
gallery where work by artists with disabilities is seen all year long,
opens its space to artists without disabilities as well for what has
become a popular yearly exhibition called Changing Perceptions, on view now in its ninth edition as Changing Perceptions: Merge.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Arynn and Joel Blazer, the husband-and-wife duo whose work is on display in Sofa King Good,
are enamored of pattern.
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FotoFocus-related shows overlap and then close in October that it’s hard to get
to them all or even write about in a timely fashion those that I do get to see.
But I didn’t want to let Manifest Gallery’s Neither
Here Nor There juried group show of photography and video work and its separate
but related Leigh Merrill video installation, both of which closed Oct. 24, to
go unrecognized. For Neither Here Nor
There, the quality was overall quite high and some of the work has stayed
with me now for several weeks long after I’ve forgotten other shows.
York-based artist Gloria Houng won the $1,000 Best of Show prize for her
“Standard Double (Feet),” one of a series of eerie shots made in a bedroom that
in some way incorporate images of an apparently absent person’s presence into
the scene. The results cause a double-take among viewers, but the work is too
elegant to be jokey or gimmicky. She infuses the commonplace with mystery.
London-based Emma Charles, whose short films explore “the dialogue between time
and the city,” contributed the mesmerizing, 17-minute Fragments on Machines. Short sequences, some with poetic narration,
take us out on the streets and sidewalks of the city and up close to the
exteriors and (most ominously) interior infrastructure of buildings. There is
beauty and alienation, especially as we look closely at the rows of servers
that power modern office buildings. You can watch it here.
Merrill’s video installation Drive Thru
is a deadpan looping look at the flat barren architecture of suburban sprawl, except
the places were created by her digitally assembly of parts from individual
photographs and images. The result highlights the strangeness — and questions
what draws us as people to seek or support such development in the first place.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2014
For the Cincinnati Art Museum, getting
the Art Institute of Chicago to loan “American Gothic” (through Nov. 16)
is a coup.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Manifest Gallery's current Regional Showcase exhibition presents high spirited works of art crafted by artists in the Tristate region.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 is a
sterling example of how an art exhibition can be about local history
while still assuring the displayed objects are worthy of our long,
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Todd Slaughter doesn’t make the driving
force behind his artistic endeavors especially easy to understand. And,
actually, since he talks in pieces — individual art pieces — it can be
rather difficult to perceive unless one is being both extremely
observant and relatively obscure (also: intelligent).