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.
by Cassie Lipp
79 days ago
Surrounded by books, pamphlets and zine titles such as Noodle Doodle Coloring Book, never date dudes from the internet and How to Talk to Your Cat about Gun Control,
Luke Kindle looks up from his nook in Wave Pool art gallery to cars whizzing
past the window through the Camp Washington neighborhood.One half of the husband-and-wife team that founded the gallery, Cal Cullen,
enters the gallery with a mug of coffee for Kindle. Her 18-month-old daughter
Alice toddles not far behind, ready to run around the gallery. The furry pink
rug underneath the swinging pink monkey sculpture is calling her name.
Skip Cullen joins his family in the gallery and tells me that Alice is obsessed
with the furry pink monkey piece, otherwise known as “Not My Circus” by Pam Kravetz. Watching Alice run and
dance around the gallery, it seems to be the most whimsical playground a
toddler could ask for. It is also the site of Wave Pool’s current exhibit, Cincinnati 5: Artists Impacting the
The exhibit complements the newly released book of the same title by Emily
Moores, which explores the practice of five local visual artists and highlights
their connections to the city. The gallery features new works from each of the
artists, not only as a glimpse into their studios, but also as a celebration of
the local visual arts community.
Skip says the goal of Wave Pool is to elevate the arts scene in Cincinnati. The
contemporary art fulfillment center hosts eight exhibits per year, which pair
local artists with national and internationally recognized artists. The center consists
of art studios, a woodshop and other spaces community spaces that can be rented
out for private events.
Wave Pool is also the site of a small shop of quirky reading material. In addition
to art books that complement the exhibitions, there is an array of humorous
titles to choose from. “We also wanted to be a weird, indie book place,” Skip
Kindle, a fine arts student at the University of Cincinnati’s College of
Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, tells me he plans to reads all of them
over the summer when he isn’t busy with school.
After meeting as graduate students at DAAP, the Cullens say they always had the
dream to open a gallery together. While they lived in San Francisco for five
years, they came back to Cincinnati to start the gallery. The couple agrees
that there are not enough opportunities for local artists in Cincinnati, and they
started Wave Pool to create more.
Despite being located in an old firehouse, Cal and Skip say what makes Wave
Pool unique is the artist in residency program, which pays two artists per year
to engage with the community in a unique way. The residency application is open
to everyone, and the committee chooses artists based on how they will engage
This year’s artists in residence are Sam Ihrig and Anna Riley from Brooklyn, N.Y.,
and Valerie Molnar and Matt Spahr from Richmond, Va.
Ihrig and Riley will bring their RIAS Studio (Research Institute of Analog
Sampling), a project based on the origins and production of glass, to Wave Pool
in May. RIAS Studio will explore the intimacy between maker and material and
material and place through creating glass pieces specifically for Wave Pool from
regionally and locally harvested materials.
The studio will also host a community workshop in which participants can join a
geological expedition to identify and collect materials to create glass. They
can then create their own formula in the studio and keep their unique Ohio
Molnar and Spahr will transform Wave Pool into a plant rehabilitation center in
July. People can leave their plants in the studio for as long as they’d like,
while the plants may be groomed, repotted, fed and given other comforts for
optimal happiness — such as appropriate humidity, lights and music. The team
will also host workshops and lectures on plant care, yoga, guided meditation
and other activities to help struggling plant owners.
Cal says Wave Pools looks for experimental art, such as interactive pieces. The
gallery looks for work that pushes the envelope of what people believe is art.
“Because we are a nonprofit, we’re all about education through art,” she says.
While other galleries may look to feature artwork that sells, Wave Pool is
dedicated to facilitating the interaction between artists and the local
community. She adds that although Cincinnati has many disparate arts
communities, Wave Pool is a space where any artist can feel supported.
For more information about WAVE POOL, visit wavepoolgallery.org.
Peter Haberkorn’s exhibit at Prairie takes viewers on a road trip
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Peter Haberkorn, a Cincinnati artist who
imaginatively salvages and repurposes older materials, has a background
in architectural study. Fittingly, the first thing you notice upon
entering Northside’s Prairie to see his new show, Airstream, is just how beautifully his work fits in as gallery-complementing design.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 20, 2012
At Manifest Creative Research Gallery,
ideas for exhibitions are almost an intellectual art form on their own.
The little “neighborhood gallery for the world” in East Walnut Hills has
a history of dreaming up surprising themes.
The Love Boat (abandoned) and Out of the Gray demonstrate quirky interest in the artist’s craft
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center’s latest exhibition is the work of Travis Townsend in The Love Boat (abandoned), which is presented in conjunction with Out of the Gray, a group showing of works made using graphite.
Extending its reach while leaving the West End
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
When I visited Country Club in the West End last week, it was bustling even though no other visitors were in the art gallery. Christian Strike, its owner, was too busy at his computer to talk. His Iconoclast Editions, an ancillary company headquartered in the West End gallery, had just that day issued a new, limited-run print by Shepard Fairey, the New York-based graphic artist who shot to fame with last year’s “Obama Hope” poster.
Moving to New York City means missing great work here
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Usually when September rolls around, I spend my time prepping an opening at Carl Solway Gallery and anticipating all the new fall exhibitions in town. This year, I’m also preparing for my move back to Brooklyn. While everyone knows New York is a cool town full of art, I’m not ready to admit that it’s any cooler than my Cincinnati.
Clay Poetry series returns at Weston Art Gallery
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Notions of how a voice achieves agency in the world. Its linguistic vitality is incredible. All the things that bring pleasure in poetry are there the texture of a particular voice, complex prosody, anaphor, sophisticated rhyme schemes and explosive punning.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
In Julia Cho’s new play Durango is getting its Midwestern premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse. This fine play not only describes a road trip, but it will make everyone who sees it think about where they might be going. Tuesday-Sunday. Through Oct. 19.
Lynda Benglis' printmaking retrospective is a wild dance between nature and decoration
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
They’ve created several amazing wall compositions in which arrays of prints bear strong resemblance to a central sculptural or relief work. Yet there is some degree of irony that Benglis’ art — historically associated with Post Minimalism — would appear so densely.