There are many reasons to "think outside the box," but this may be the best.
The Artwood Derby on Wednesday confirmed what a great idea it was to move back to Cleveland. I am so proud and excited to be working for SPACES, such a vital venue for our area! If you didn't know this already, there's no real sister organization where artists can explore and experiment within a 5 HOUR drive radius! Can you imagine? It's only one of the things that makes us so unique.
There are SO many opportunities to get involved here. My position as your shiny, new Office Assistant (or Administrative Viking as I like to refer to myself) is so diverse I'm getting a well rounded education. There's never a dull moment and the team is awesome. And don't you worry, I'll be knocking at your virtual door to keep you aware of our goings on and such, as well as opportunities to get and keep YOU involved.
BTW: SPACES just turned 33 and that falls within my dating age range! ;) It's going to be a great relationship.
Take action for the arts 05.24.11
Advocacy efforts in March, April, and May resulted in the Ohio House of Representatives including an additional $3 million for the arts in their version of the state budget.
The budget is now in the hands of the Ohio Senate for their consideration and recommendations. With news of improved revenues coming into the state of Ohio and remembering the drastic 47% cut to the arts in the current biennium, we find ourselves at a pivotal juncture.
Please make personal contact with your senator to voice your support of the arts and the benefits the community derives from the work of arts organizations. SPACES sent letters to House Representatives and Senators who sit on the budget and finance committees. Now it's your turn!
For reference and information, please visit Ohio Citizens for the Arts. http://bit.ly/m0UP23
Live Nude Art 05.03.11
There is something to be said for experiencing artworks in person. Digital approximations of art are fine to convey a sense of a piece, but does little to impart a visceral reaction. Google's Art Project (http://www.googleartproject.com/) let's you know about museums and their collections, but you don't actually get to know them. It is the same difference between reading a short bio on me, and meeting me in person and speaking with me.
Shamefully, it has been a while since I've sat down and experienced live music. The Tristan Perich concert that we hosted this past Saturday provided me with the excuse to relax a little and listen to sounds made live, especially sounds unadorned by flashy visuals or distractions.
The first piece played, Observations was performed on two sets of crotales along with a three-channel 1-bit accompaniment. Crotales are very dense small metal discs akin to cymbals, but with a brighter sound and a longer resonance. One of the most popular uses of crotales is at the opening of Rush's YYZ. Once the piece started, I noticed how the high-pitched chiming of both the crotales and the 1-bit music rang in my ears providing not just an aural experience, but a much more physical one. I could hear the music, and I could feel it. No headphones or consumer-grade speakers would be able to duplicate that effect. As each subsequent piece was played, I was reminded about the beautiful, sensory experience that a live concert affords.
The same goes for visual art. You can see an archive of our shows on our website, and you can see images in our mailers, but there is nothing to replace seeing the art in person, speaking to SPACES' staff about it, and when allowed, touching the work.
Our next exhibitions open on May 13th. Come see the art in person. Get immersed in Rainbow Lightning's "cave," watch live silkworms being raised (you may even have the chance to take one home to raise yourself), walk around the work, smell it, talk about it and let the live art affect you.
The Point-of-View from a Volunteer 04.22.11
As this is my first blog entry, I should introduce myself. My name is Brenton Pahl and I have been a Volunteer at SPACES since August 2010. I graduated from Cleveland State with a Bachelor's in Art History in the Fall of 2009. This coming Fall I will be attending grad school for Art History. After being an Intern at the Cleveland Museum of Art for a year before this, this is by far my favorite gig yet. Since there is such a small staff, everything I do has a sense of necessity and there is a great feeling of belonging and camaraderie amongst us. What I enjoy the most is all of the hands-on work that I get to do.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done during shows and even more so in between them. I have had the opportunity to do the lighting for the past few shows, helped Machine Project artist Nate Page find the couches for his couchbleachers as well as build the platform for them, and also assisted in hanging South African SWAP artist Nandipha Mntambo's paintings that were up from Nov. 2010 – Jan. 2011. I don't know of another place that is as accessible as SPACES-where I get the chance to work with world artists and other experimental artists and still lend a very helping hand.
Hope the good times just keep on a rollin'.