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Finding Order in “Much-ness” at NVISION

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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Manifest Gallery's FotoFocus Shows Were Powerful

So many 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. New 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. The 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. And Leigh 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.
 
 

The Strange Regionalism of ‘American Gothic’

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.  

Manifest Exhibits High-Spirited Regional Sculpture

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.   

Cincinnati Silver Exhibit Is a Strong Achievement

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, concentrated gaze.  

Artist Todd Slaughter Fits Daunting Ideas into 'American Primitives'

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).  

Art For The People

Local art collector Sara Vance Waddell shares her collection of prominent feminist art

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I go with my gut,” says Sara Vance Waddell about her philosophical approach to collecting art. And it is clear that trusting her instinct has done her well as the marketing and advertising CEO/president of her own media business.  

Kehinde Wiley Revisits Race and the Renaissance

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The narrowing eyes glance sideways across the room and seem to ask, “What are you looking at?” At the same time, they draw you into the small Sinton Gallery at the Taft Museum of Art. Inside, other young black males meet your gaze from every direction.   

Art Shook Up

Elvis has entered the art gallery with new Paul Laffoley exhibit

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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.”   

Michael Wilson, Picture Taker From These Parts

Iris BookCafé, Michael Wilson, For Musicmakers from These Parts, visual art

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
“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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