Cincinnati Everyday shows us our city as seen by two very different living artists, both of whom find the place endlessly interesting. Cole Carothers and Courttney Cooper are each instinctive artists. That is to say, each makes art because it’s his natural response to what he sees, but how they see is as individual as they are themselves.
Jymi Bolden seems propelled by momentum. A
deliberate speaker with a warm smile, Bolden’s Art Beyond Boundaries
(ABB) gallery has been exhibiting at its current location on Main Street
for more than six years.
On June 20 at 7 p.m., Spring Grove
Cemetery will offer a Twilight Tour of what I believe is one of the
finest and most prescient war memorials in this region — its Civil War
section, where 1,027 soldiers are buried in a manner so subtly
unobtrusive to the surroundings that it’s easy to overlook.
The Contemporary Arts Center, through its 2013 Summer Performance Series in “The Living Room” of The Living Room exhibition, kicks off the season with a fascinating performance, Screenage Wasteland,
from Jim Swill, an artist known for his spoken word riffs, short films
and collage work.
Daguerreotypes: someone sitting stiffly,
right? Ninety-nine percent of daguerreotypes would fit that
description, says Tamera Muente, the Taft Museum of Art’s installing
curator for its current show, Photographic Wonders. The surprise of the show, she adds, is that virtually all of it is drawn from that other one percent.
This Friday, Dotson will debut 71
Gallery, a space for artists and up-and-coming graphic designers. The
opening also will kick off Artbeat on Short Vine, a monthly event to
encourage people to rediscover a street largely ignored since the
On May 20, the CAC announced cutbacks and
layoffs to avoid fiscal deficits in the coming years. But there is more
exciting news in the offing: A new Robert Mapplethorpe-related
exhibition is planned for 2015.
My first tip: Don’t think you can outwit
the Fringe. I like to say that the festival is best described as theater
roulette. Give the cylinder a whirl, pull the trigger and see what
comes at you. Sometimes it might be what you expect, but more often than
not you’ll be surprised.
I’ve become a believer in the eye test.
It goes all the way back to Thomas, the ever-doubtful disciple, who just
couldn’t bring himself to believe the testimony of his brothers in
faith following the Crucifixion.