The FELT BOOK is a new collaborative publication by the Institute for New Feeling (IfNf) . A selection of artists contributions from the full publication are on view at SPACES , January 30-March 27, 2015.
The book is a collection of home remedies created by 40+ invited artists. The works submitted are as simple as a single sentence, while others include images, video, and web-based interactions. Each invited artist was asked to take on the IfNf mission statement: to explore "new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new."
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This week features Jennifer Nagle Meyers.
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Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt & Nina Sarnelle
By Mike Caldwell, Mayfield Heights
This trip was a gem. It was one of those 'one of a kind' rare opportunities when art and aesthetics integrates with ordinary daily activities. The combination converted what might have been a simple tour into a cathartic and transcendent experience for me. The tour was designed around artist Andy Curlowe's visionary idea that Cleveland is a mountain, and it's buildings and skyscrapers are it's peaks. Instead of feeling like I was on an ordinary city tour, I felt like I was on an urban mountain climbing adventure. Visiting key points in downtown that were the 'peaks' of the mountain that is Cleveland became a mountain climbing expedition and our group of tourists seemed like a fearless and strong climbing team. Visiting the 'peaks' and overlooking the vistas from each rooftop would prove to be both adventurous breathtaking.
Something should also be said about the event's luck with the weather. Bad luck? Good luck? I would have to say that the fact that the weather was at its "Cleveland worst" for the Valentine's Day climb actually helped to amplify the experience for me. I wasn't surprised to see all the people show up at Burke Lakefront Airport, despite the treacherous driving conditions through the blizzard to reach base camp. There was a large, prepared group. Additionally, the blanket of white snow over top of everything seemed to abstract the cityscape in a way that helped me to envision it as a more of a mountain. The wind was whipping, in much the same way it would be if I were climbing Everest. Snow squalls blinded us, but we plodded on (actually joyfully).
So what was this all really supposed to be about? This event was designed to augment the concepts presented by the artist Andy Curlowe, who asked the question, "What if this city was a mountain?" This event took the artist's concepts and connected them with another form of perception, which in this case was a tour of the city. These types of events are rare, especially in the attempt to translate a creative idea in a meaningful way but this event did accomplish that goal. I climbed Cleveland Mountain.
And what did SPACES do for me? I also had the chance to meet interesting fellow artistically minded travelers and together we went on an adventure around Cleveland that was both historically and perceptually informative. The destinations of the tour were unique and required special access, providing me with this wonderful cultural opportunity that educated me about this city and enhanced my awareness.
Trippy GIF's 02.07.15
Last semester, as a sophomore Sculpture and Expanded Media major at the Cleveland Institute of Art, I made this series of GIF's for my Time Based Strategies Class. Used a range of objects to compose them, from flashlights and lightbulbs to guns and UFO's. Check them out!
Colin Lyons vs Midnight Dome 01.27.15
Congratulations to our SPACES alumni artist Colin Lyons on his upcoming July-August 2015 project in the Yukon.
Colin is working with he Natural & Manufactured thematic residency program at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture to create an etching powered restoration machine.
Colin is traveling to the highest point in Dawson City, the Midnight Dome. At the top of Midnight Dome, he will construct a large tent and use metal detectors to find lost metal and tools. Colin will then create the etching powered restoration machine.
In his SPACES exhibition, Automatic Ruins, Colin explored industry through the lens of fragility and impermanence. While at SPACES he polished construction rubble and transferred onto the slabs floor plans from a building that will be restored this year in Ohio City.
Kid Art Review #3 01.13.15
For this edition of "Kid Art Reviews" our guest reviewers are sisters: 5 year-old Millie and 6 ¾ year old Adlee. Adlee and Millie spent a Sunday afternoon with us here at SPACES intently studying (or in the words of Mille, "staring at") the work of Collin Lyons and Irina Spicaka. This is what they had to say about our winter projects.
Questions about a Specific Piece in the Exhibition
(SPACES) What is your favorite piece in the show and why is it your favorite?
(Adlee) I like the big rock because it's humongous and lumpy, bumpy.
(Mille) I like the shiny pretty one made out of metal. It looks like a statue.
(SP) If you could eat this piece what would it taste like? Would it be spicy, tart, sweet, salty, bland, etc.?
(AD) Salty, because its probably made out of salt.
(MI) It would taste like "metally"...because it's so metal, and made out of metal.
(SP) If this piece was a person you didn't know would you want to say "hi" to them or get to know them? Would they be friendly or shy?
(AD) Shy. Sure, I'd want to be friends with them because I'd want to know their name.
(MI) I'm going to say "Hi friends."
(SP) Do you think they would be friendly or shy?
(MI) Friendly. Because they'd be nice.
(SP) Does this piece remind you of anything you have seen before?
(MI) Yep, reminds me of a person...a statue person.
Questions about the Exhibition in General
(SP) If you could sum the show up in one word what would that word be?
(AD) Fun, but boring a little bit. Maybe interesting.
(SP) Does this show make you want to do anything? Go ride a bike, take a nap, throw rocks, have a sandwich, draw, watch tv, play, etc.
(MI) Play, because it's very fun and I had to stare at things all day.
(SP) If there was one question you could ask the artist what would that be?
(MI) How did you make it?
(SP) That's not a question! What would you ask them?
(SP) Okay, moving on. If there was one thing you could say to the artist what would that be?
(SP) Out of 5 Truman's how many Truman's would you give this show?
(SP) One means you didn't like it.
(AD) WHAT!? Wait, I mean 5! Five-uh!