0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum has teamed up with the University of Cincinnati’s
College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning to celebrate
International Sculpture Day.
by Maria Seda-Reeder
57 days ago
Arts programming that emphasizes ephemeral experiences over art objects
so many good art events going on this coming weekend, I wish I could clone
myself in order to attend everything without going mad or (maybe worse) hangry.
And it’s noteworthy to mention that much of the work being shown Friday evening
emphasizes the art-going experience over the exhibition of objects.
Cincinnati-native conceptual artist Tom Marioni gave a lecture at the University
of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and held a participatory
performance called Art History,
Philosophy and Dirty Jokes at The Littlefield this past Tuesday.
who weaves conviviality into all of his work is perhaps best known for his
ongoing social art, The Act of Drinking
Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art, which he’s been enacting since
1970. West-coast conceptualists like Marioni have long investigated public
actions as an alternative to the creation of an art object.
Marioni will be present for an opening of his more object-based art (in this
case, dry fresco, drawings and bronze sculptures) at Carl Solway gallery, and
his work seems like an interesting counterpoint to the very tangible, stitched work
of up-and-coming artist Elsa Hansen (b. 1986). Hansen, originally from
Louisville, Ky., cross stitches 8-bit portraits of famous subjects like R.
Crumb and R. Kelly, or pop cultural events like when Olympic diver Greg
Louganis hit his head on the springboard in 1988, and — like Marioni’s work — Hansen’s
relies on wit and humor.
Art Academy and UC will have exhibition openings of their students’ thesis work
Friday evening. Caliber, the AAC’s
senior thesis exhibition will feature the work of six students, while the Contemporary
Arts Center hosts the work of 15 MFA students from DAAP.
I had the
chance to speak with DAAP grad Mary Clare Rietz regarding her ongoing social
practice project On The
Map|Over-the-Rhine involving what she terms “aesthetic action”.
fellow collaborators like social practice artist and AAC professor Anissa Lewis
have been working on this project together for several years, engaging unlikely
stakeholders from the neighborhood (long-time residents, new residents, developers
and business owners) via creative mapping, guided walks, performances, and story
sharing. Rietz’s project is informed by a key concept in social network
theory, “the strength of weak ties”, i.e. the idea that a network is
strongest when people connect across differences.
calls OTR a “highly dense, close-quarters place where development is creating
diversity but not always connection,” so the potential to connect across
difference is ripe here; and Rietz’ decades of experience working in community
organizing give her a unique set of skills to respond to these disconnects.
conversation and strategic engagement, On
The Map|Over-the-Rhine asks the question:
Are people who feel connected more likely to work together toward goals
that meet the diverse needs and interests of all?
To that aim,
the artist has had events happening all week in the lobby of the CAC, and Friday
evening Rietz will put on yet another creative community building project, WHO DO YOU WANT TO MOVE?, which will invite
viewers to witness and participate in creating connections between unlikely OTR
stakeholders, forged though dance.
participatory performance/procession will start at Buddy’s Place in the heart
of OTR at 13th and Vine streets and move to the CAC, where more performances
will be put on for museumgoers at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
contemporary avant-garde performance art by experimental sound artist Guillermo
Galindo and interdisciplinary artist, DAAP professor Mark Harris, opens Friday
night at Wave Pool in Camp Washington.
John Cage’s words describing music as “a purposeless play,” Galindo and Harris
will each perform during the opening night, and the objects left behind after
each performance will act as the exhibition in the gallery space — reemphasizing
the experience of the performance as the true art form.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
As the only local art school that offers an advanced
degree in Fine Art, the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design,
Architecture, Art and Planning’s MFA program has long been part and
parcel of the area’s arts scene.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
at 11:32 AM | Permalink
One of the best things about
Cincinnati’s current urban renaissance is that older spaces — some unused or
even previously unknown — are being reinvented for new purposes. Churches and
firehouses become brewpubs and restaurants, office buildings become apartments,
underground tunnels become tourist attractions.
Since artists are sensitive
to their surroundings, a group called Near*By has lately begun to use such
spaces — sometimes — for special-event exhibitions. Happenings, sort of.
In its press release, Near*By
describes itself as “an untethered
curatorial collective that seeks to bypass the art institution, working as
liaison between artists and pluralistic audiences. We aim to create
ephemeral and interdisciplinary exhibitions that connect art with location and meld curatorial
and artist practices while blurring the boundaries between installation and
missed some of the previous events, although I’ve heard that Andy Marko’s
attempt to launch his guerilla campaign to become Cincinnati’s Minister of
Performance Art (why not?) was amusing at Fountain Square last October. And High
Art, an event held atop the Carew Tower also in October, almost avoided a
rainfall. Near*By’s first event, last May’s Moon Show, proved very
sagacious — it was based on a premise the Apollo 11 moon landing was a staged event;
the movie Interstellar plays with (and upends) that premise, too.
I did make last week’s Lightgeist at Over-the-Rhine’s Rhinegeist brewpub and it
was great. Rhinegeist has the open space of an old-fashioned upper-floor school
gym (maybe a couple of them) and looks like one, too, although not too many school
gyms would have huge metal brewing tanks for beer.
the space was part of the old Christian Moerlein brewery’s bottling plant,
which was in business from 1853 until Prohibition. The building’s rebirth as a
craft-beer business has been one of the Cincinnati revival’s bigger success
Lightgeist, Near*By invited 17 artists/artist groups to show work for
just one night throughout the space. There were familiar names and new ones,
many with connections to alternative galleries or the University of Cincinnati’s
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. The theme was
“dematerializing” the image, which resulted in some fine video and sound work
Lightgeist started at 7 p.m.
and, according to Maria Seda-Reder (a Near*By member as well as a CityBeat
arts writer), some 300 people came to witness the work during the next three
hours. (Other Near*By members include Jon Auer, Chris Reeves, Loraine Wible,
Joe Hedges and Anastasiya Yatsuk.)
was a party atmosphere with plenty of beer, but the audience was there to see
the work. And there were people of all ages, revealing that there is growing
curiosity about local contemporary art — a necessity for any city trying to
have an urban renaissance.
didn’t take detailed notes on everything, but Charles Woodman’s debut of his “Wavelength-pure signal, no camera” screen image was involving,
and Alice Pixley Young’s
projection of bird-like moving images against and past an arrangement of physical
objects was deeply moving. Caroline Turner and Ian Anderson’s ghostly pinprick
of white light on an eerie background was a work deserving of more time.
Lightgeist was the latest
evidence that this has been a great year for presentations of video and film
art here — DAAP’s Electronic Art program and screenings at Weston Gallery,
Manifest, FotoFocus and Cincinnati Art Museum’s Eyes on the Street.
the last half-dozen years, we’ve had quite a few ambitious artist coops and
collectives start up bricks-and-mortar galleries/performance spaces but fail to
keep them going. (Semantics is the most notable exception.) So Near*By’s idea
is a good one — use the surplus of fascinating spaces around town for one-off
events. It’s not a substitute for having more permanent contemporary spaces, which
we need, but it’s an important part of any art scene.
is planning 2015 events now — some of which may involve collaborations with
galleries. There will be more coverage
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I came across the Slovenian theorist/writer Slavoj Žižek in the recent movie The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology,
in which he passionately used scenes from Hollywood movies to spotlight
his observations about the humanist struggle...
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The School of Art at the University of
Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning doesn’t
yet offer a specific MFA degree in duct tape, but you have to wonder how
soon before they do after seeing a current DAAP exhibition, Rise and Fall: Monumental Duct Tape Drawings by Joe Girandola.
Brush Factory’s new furniture brand, Brighton Exchange, boasts handmade design
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Hayes Shanesy and business partner/longtime romantic partner
Rosie Kovacs recently created a separate arm to their growing business
endeavor, the Brush Factory, focused exclusively on Shanesy’s wooden handcrafted furniture:
Losantiville artists and designers collaborate to sustain viable small businesses
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Six local companies make up Losantiville
Collective, located on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. The collective is
owned by Dixon (Dixon Branded), Chris Heckman and Matt Anthony
(co-founder, The LaunchWerks).
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Former visiting professor at the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Fashion Department Henry Navarro has returned to Cincinnati for Mis-Measured and a site-specific fashion-based public art project inspired by Cincinnati itself.
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The opening reception of a most unusual exhibit for a major arts institution will take place 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening. It’s FAUX REAL: A Forger’s Story, at the gallery of University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.