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Meet our 2014-15 Graphic Design Fellow   09.01.14

SPACES is pleased to re-introduce you to our 2014-15 Graphic Design Fellow, Laura Barry.

Laura and SPACES go way back - all the way back to 2009. After earning her BFA from Miami University, Laura snagged an internship with the SPACES World Artist Program (SWAP). She was responsible for assisting artists-in-residence, Blaise Carrier-Chouinard (Quebec City, Canada) and Jiri Suruvka (Ostrava, Czech Republic) with their exhibitions.

Laura now lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she works as a professional designer and amateur banana bread baker. After 5 years away, we are happy to welcome her back to the SPACES fold. Her work can be viewed at laurabarrydesign.com, or you can take a look at her first SPACES project as our Graphic Design Fellow, the August - October Field Guide.



Blaise Carrier-Chouinard and Laura Barry at the SPACES Erie Prom.
Blaise Carrier-Chouinard and Laura Barry at the SPACES Erie Prom.

Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
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St. Malachi Center Summer Program at SPACES   08.11.14

My name is Michelle Epps and many of you know me as the Office Administrator here at SPACES, but recently I've been feeling more like a camp counselor. If you've been following us on Facebook you may have noticed we have had a lot of kid visitors this summer. In honor of our most recent project, TAG with Jason Eppink and Thu Tran, we've been doing crafts, having snacks, and discussing collaboration! Each week in the month of July the kids of St. Malachi Center would join us here at SPACES for a fun afternoon with a different craft and snack each week. The kids ranged in age from 7-11 and are a part of St. Malachi Center's 6-week summer camp which focuses on literacy and swimming skills. St. Malachi Center serves the most vulnerable residents of Cleveland's near West Side - the homeless, low-income families and their children, with a variety of programs.

In the tradition of teaching kids how to share, we wanted to stress the importance of collaboration and how it can be used in the creative process. On a personal level, one of the greatest joys of doing this program was sharing in the experiences of the kids and seeing the wonder and excitement in their eyes as we did each day's activities. One week I told the kids we were going to be feeding them dirt pudding and I was met with a mixture of skepticism and disgust with exclamations of "you can't make me eat that!" and "I just WON'T eat it!" And, even after most of the kids had gotten over their fears and started snacking, a few were still not sure and watched in anticipation as the rest of the kids had their first bites. Then, during the last week of our program I observed one of the kids admiring Michael Loderstedt Quarter Art piece, Aviary Station, which if you haven't seen it is a beautiful display of paper engineering. When I asked him what he thought of it he inquired as to who the artist was and when I told him he said, with a big smile on his face, "I want to be just like him when I get older!"

Like all good things though, this program came to an end, but not after a lot of good memories for myself and hopefully the kids to keep with them forever. As Pablo Picasso has been attributed with once saying, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

To see the kids creations during their time with us check out the slide show. For context, see below for our lesson plan from each week. For the safety of the children participating in this program we will not be publicizing pictures of the actual children.


July 2: Introduction to TAG- Talk about the meaning of the word "Collaboration" (this will be the basis of the four week program). Watch Thu and Jason's video and discuss what they saw in the video. Play a game of "Art Tag" (played like tag, but once you get tagged you add to a drawing) followed by snack time with "Campfire Free" S'mores (made with graham crackers, Marshmallow Fluff, and Nutella).

July 9: Finding a SPACE(S)- Create bugs/pendants out of wooden pieces. The kids will then search for a blank spot on the wall big enough for them to put their bug. The bugs will then be adhered to the wall. Snack time: "Collaborate" to make dirt pudding with gummy worms (made with oreo cookies, chocolate pudding, and cool whip).

July 16: Leave Behind- The kids will create pinwheels out of marbled paper to mount onto the wall. Each group will create a batch of marbled paper which they will leave to dry for the next group to turn into pinwheels (the first group will use pre-made marbled paper for their pinwheels). Snack time: "Collaborate" to make fruit salad on a stick (made with watermelon, grapes, strawberries, blueberries).

July 23: Fuzzball Aliens- Kids will create mini-aliens to take home to award them for how well they collaborated with each other. Snack time: After all that sharing and collaborating it's time to end the program with a purely selfish recipe; make your own taco salad...but you'll still have to share the Tortilla Chips!

FuzzBall June 23, 2014
FuzzBall June 23, 2014

Keywords: art, camp, collaboration, fun, kids, lesson, spaces, tag
Author: Michelle Epps, Office Administrator
Category: General

SPACES ad inspires kids to make art!   08.04.14

SPACES Board Member Tom Starinsky recently sent us this drawing, made by his 2 year old daughter Matilda. It was inspired by an article about SPACES Executive Director Christina Vassallo (and Executive Dog Truman) in the Spring 2014 CAN Journal. We're pleased to have entered the artistic oeuvre of a talented 2 year old.


Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: General

Jack Reese's MAN-BITS   07.10.14

My name is Jack Reese, I'm an intern at Spaces and an illustration student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. For the past few months I've been working on a project called MAN-BITS, which is something in between a brand name and an artistic concept. Fueled partly by satirical critique of excessive masculinity and partly by a love for seductive packaging and flashy things, the project's aesthetic combines muscly action figures, candy wrappers, and 99 cent store packaging. MAN-BITS has taken the form of brightly colored wax limbs cast from broken action figure parts, mini comics, posters, and, most recently, a pinewood car for Spaces' Artwood Derby. MAN-BITS has been a great way for me to produce objects that mirror consumer items that I find really attractive, poke fun at people that could beat me up, and make tongue-in-cheek penis jokes.

For more BITS and other pieces, check out jackreese.tumblr.com

Cover of the MAN-BITS mini comic
Cover of the MAN-BITS mini comic

Author: Marilynn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: General

Kid Art Review   07.09.14

SPACES is launching a new critical initiative, Kid Art Reviews, where we ask a child between the ages of 5-12 to comment on a current exhibition in the gallery. The review and conversation with SPACES staff is then posted for all to enjoy. If your child is interested in being an Art Reviewer, get in touch with us at contact@spacesgallery.org, or give us a call at 216-621-2314.

For this first edition of Kid Art Reviews our guest reviewer is Celia, a 12 year old who really enjoys visual arts. We asked her what she thought of the exhibition and this is what she said.

Questions about a Specific Piece in the Exhibition
(SPACES) What is your favorite piece in the show and why is it your favorite?

(Celia) TAG's "Gig Economy" website because it is interactive. I like how it uses humor and how it focuses on specific politics. I like seeing how humor interacts with serious issues.

(SP) If you could eat this piece what would it taste like? Would it be spicy, tart, sweet, salty, bland, etc.?

(CE) Sweet & Sour: The humor makes it funnier so it lightens up the issues a little bit but the way it references the issues also makes it a little sour.

(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?

(CE) Get to know them; they'd be sarcastic. I think they would be sarcastic because they used things you wouldn't be used to seeing on a website such as Antarctica and McDonalds-which a lot of people make fun of-so I can see some sarcasm there.

(SP) Does this piece remind you of anything you have seen before?

(CE) No, this is very new to me. SPACES is a really nice art gallery for me to go to, I just prefer it to other galleries because I prefer things that are interactive and actually puts an influence on you.

Questions about the Exhibition, in General
(SP) If you could sum the show up in one word what would that word be?

(CE) Extravagant, because they did all these projects and were able to put them into one exhibition.

(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.

(CE) Draw and go on the Internet. The website reminded me of a lot of Internet references which made me want to look at some political things.

(SP) If there was one thing you could say to the artist what would that be?

(CE) "May God bless you." I'm just messing around, because they are amazing. It's just a joke really, so it's not anything serious.

(SP) If there was one question you could ask the artist what would that be?

(CE) Nothing. I'd be too speechless to talk. I'm a little bit starstruck and their work is pretty amazing.

(SP) Out of 5 Truman's how many Truman's would you give this show?

(CE) Six, I thought the show deserved a good rating and I really liked the dog Truman and wanted to draw him.

(follow this link to see the Reviewer in action, and to see the drawing of Truman, http://bit.ly/1mIMkqK)


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Celia Reviewing the exhibition
Celia Reviewing the exhibition

Keywords: art, kids, mystery art shopping, review, spaces, tag
Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: Kid Art Review

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