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Kid Art Review #9   06.16.17

For this edition of "Kid Art Review" our guest reviewer is 10 year old Jack, who loves video games, music, drawing, and Cryptozoology. Jack reviewed our current artist projects one afternoon.

(SPACES) What is your favorite piece in the show and why is it your favorite?



(Jack) "The hair" because it's pastry and probably tastes good.



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



(Ja) Well it's a pastry, so sweet, but it probably tastes moldy but that's not an option.



(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?

(Ja) Shy, because that's what I would be, but also maybe they would be shy because I would eat them. Pastries will probably never turn into humans so I guess we will never know.



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

(Ja) A certain wig. It's in the White House, that's all I'll say.



Questions about the Exhibition in General

(SP) If you could sum the show up in one word what would that word be?

(Ja) Cool. Because it was fun and cool. I liked the snow, that's what they use in tv shows. I thought they used fake snow that you can buy in bags, the shredded foam with the glitter in it, I think it's foam at least.



(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.

(Ja) It makes me want to eat. Because there is a pastry. I also didn't have breakfast today because we were in a rush.



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

(Ja) Just hi.



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

(Ja) How are you? Because that's a question and it goes with my statement.



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



(Ja) Well at first I didn't want to go because my mom just signs me up for stuff, but I gave it a three and a half because three and a half, I don't know that's just my answer. Three and a half.



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Kid Art Review #9

Author: Michelle Epps, Community Engagement Manager
Category: Kid Art Review

SPACES Housewarming   01.18.17

A few days ago we opened our doors to the public, during Spaces to SPACES: A Roving Housewarming. With over 600 guests in attendance during Saturday night's party, some of the speeches got lost. Artist and SPACES grand opening planning committee member, Julia Christensen, gave a moving speech that illustrates the impact SPACES has had on artists since the beginning. Here it is:

SPACES began in 1978 when a group of artists came together to establish a space for experimental, interdisciplinary, collaborative, cutting edge art and performance, creating the space for that work to be exhibited in a gallery setting. It is said that there were 35 people at that first gathering.

And here we are, a gathering of people coming together to establish a NEW space for the exhibition of contemporary artwork, in the name of SPACES. At that first gathering there were 35 people in attendance, and tonight, we sold over 600 tickets. Which goes to show how absolutely integral SPACES is to this community. A not-for-profit gallery, an artist-centered gallery, an accessible space that supports a thriving arts community. A space that is by and for artists. SPACES is as crucial as it ever, 4 buildings later, 5 directors later. I've been lucky enough to work with a couple of these directors--Chris Lynn, who is here with us tonight, and how can we not also raise another glass to the gifted leadership of Christina Vassallo, the woman who brought us through these doors tonight.

When SPACES began in the late 70's, those pioneering artists were interested in making room for new interdisciplinary forms and mediums that were not yet supported by traditional institutions. This continues to evolve in the art world, and it is crucial to have spaces that weigh the practices and processes of artists above the market, and above fashion. I look out at the audience here tonight, and I see so many friends, artists that are working to push the envelope of what the art world can handle. We make work that transcends discipline, we make work about contemporary questions and current events. And given our current current events, artists––and the public––need spaces like SPACES more than ever. SPACES makes the tools, the platform, and the megaphone accessible, so that this work is seen and heard here in Cleveland; meanwhile SPACES does real work that connects Cleveland with national and international arts dialogs. With the opening of this new building, that presence will be amplified, which is great for Cleveland, and great for SPACES---and what is good for SPACES, is good for artists.

I read recently that SPACES has had the same phone number since it prepared that first exhibition in 1978. In a digital age when nobody even knows anybody's phone numbers anymore, when galleries come and go and are constantly bought and sold, there is some kind of real truth in that. Truth about loyalty, truth about dedication, and truth about community. And I think you will all agree with me when I say-these days we need all the truth we can get!

Thank you SPACES for your dedication to us, to the artists! We are working to blaze new directions with you. And we, the artists, in turn are here to support you. A building is made of bricks, but A SPACE is made of THIS! Thanks!!

Image courtesy Kristian Campana
Image courtesy Kristian Campana

Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: History

SPACES' Newest Board Member   10.18.16

The SPACES Board of Directors appointed Hilary Spittle at its October 10th meeting, with a unanimous vote. "Hilary's background in marketing and communications is essential to the impact of SPACES, especially now, as we relocate to our new home at the Van Rooy Coffee Building and open to the public in January 2017," said Christina Vassallo, SPACES Executive Director.

Hillary Spittle is a communications executive with extensive global and domestic experience in key communication disciplines, including brand and marketing communications, targeted events, and internal communications. She is currently a Divisional Marketing Communications Leader at Eaton Corporation, where she has also led brand transitions, developed global positioning, and served as a spokesperson on sustainability issues. Previously, Spittle worked for GM in its Detroit and Ruesselsheim offices.

"SPACES Gallery is a unique part of Cleveland's vibrant arts community, and I'm excited to join the team at this pivotal time," she said. Spittle joins a 25 member board of directors, half of whom are artists or creative professionals, as required by the organization's by-laws.

Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: General

The Cleveland artists waiting for Donald Trump   07.16.16

As Part of SPACES Art Writer in Residence Program, Jillian Steinhauer spent time exploring the Cleveland Arts, focusing on the activism and politically charged work that has been in the limelight. The Gaurdian was interested in her experience, and today published the results.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jul/16/cleveland-artists-republican-national-convention-donald-trump

Keywords: activism, cleveland, donald trump, politics, protests, rnc, spaces, the fixers, trump
Author: Karl Anderson, R&D Coordinator
Category: Art Writer in Residence

A Life in Activism and Comics: An Interview with Joyce Brabner   07.16.16

Jillian Steinhauer (SPACES most recent Art Writer in Residence) got the chance to sit down and speak with Joyce Brabner, a Cleveland writer, artist, activist and comic whose career spans multiple decades and a plethora of projects. click below to follow their conversation.


http://hyperallergic.com/311469/a-life-in-activism-and-comics-an-interview-with-joyce-brabner/

Keywords: activism, brought to light, cleveland, comics, harvey pekar, jillian steinhauer, joyce brabner, our cancer year, story-telling, voice
Author: Karl Anderson, R&D Coordinator
Category: Art Writer in Residence

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