Last Thursday the SPACES team plus our new artists Lauren Herzak-Bauman (Cleveland) and Migiwa Orimo (Yellow Springs, OH) went on an outing to the Akron Art Museum. We got a tour of the new shows from Arnie Tunstall, collections manager, and Liz Carney, curatorial assistant. We spent an especially long time with the new piece by Diana Al-Hadid, Nolli's Orders, a stunning sculpture that takes up the entire space of the front gallery room. Made out of steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam and paint, the piece looked so delicate it felt like a piece could fall off any second if someone breathed too hard--but it was remarkable in its stability. Each drip from the figures and the pedestals stayed perfectly in place, and the combination of materials created a beautiful textural effect that was equally hard to take your eyes off of. There were also a few really nice drawings of Al-Hadid's on the walls, as well as a panel that fooled some of us--it looked like a 2D piece from afar but on closer look we realized it was actually 3D, with spaces in the piece where the white wall showed through.. very cool effect.
We also got a tour of the show Multiplicity, which came from the Smithsonian, featuring prints from a diverse range of artists such as Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, John Cage, and Kiki Smith. An interesting aspect of this show is that all of these artists worked with professional printers in some respect. One of my favorite pieces was Kiki Smith's Banshee Pearls, twelve chaotic black and white prints arranged in a grid.
We warmed up with some lunch afterwards and then hauled on back to Cleveland. It was a wonderful chance to hang out with Lauren and Migiwa, and see what our friends in Akron are up to. Some photos from Thursday are below.
In other exciting news, last Saturday the whole team was busy-- we packed up the old shows, and Lauren started installing her piece Field, with the help of her friend Mallorie and SPACES interns. Three of us spent many hours cutting pieces of fishing line and tying loops on each end. Lauren's piece is looking beautiful, porcelain chains hung from the ceiling in rows creating intricate patterns from different viewpoints. It was really fun being part of the process and getting a view into the immense amount of time and effort it takes to put an installation like this together--it's really interesting how art-making can involve a lot of mechanical tasks like this.
Take a look at the photos from install day!
It's going to be exciting when we can share these new exhibitions with the public on our opening on January 31st! Hope to see you all there.
[Information on Al-Hadid's work and the Multiplicity exhibition from akronartmuseum.org]
When I responded to the SPACES invitation to collaborate with visiting Berlin artists Yuka Oyama and Axel Ruoff on their installations, all I knew was that I definitely fulfilled the requirement of having a "special relationship with a particular object." Moon shelves (crescent-shaped knickknack shelves) are not known in Berlin, but many Clevelanders remember them from childhood. First I just loved them as handmade variations of a favorite image, the moon; and then, discovering they were called "Stairway to Heaven," they acquired spiritual meaning. Axel and Yuka were intrigued with these moon shelves, and went on to discover other collections as well that inspired them. Their idea, they told me, was that they would share their ideas and imagination with the community and "then see what will happen"...
After interviewing me at length about my relationship to the moon shelves, Yuka created a mirrored moon mask in which I was photographed by Becky Yee in my home surrounded by my collection. Yuka's installation includes photos by Yee of several collectors in masks, as well as information from Yuka's interviews and a display of the quite large original masks.
Axel made paintings and videos, inspired by discussions he and I had about the symbolism of the stairs and moon, and also inspired by the story of a man disfigured in a historic Cleveland fire, who became for Axel a mythic "man without a face" or without a "self". His video, "How do I get to Moonshelf City?," appears at first to be a real interview, but instead reveals itself to be a fantasy. The faceless man, offscreen, consults me on how to use a moonshelf--a magic object--to find a face.
Mystery, fantasy, psychological study, even humor (are those really football players running up the moonshelf stairs?)--I was so glad I said "yes" to this imaginative adventure. The exhibit closes this Friday, January 17.
C. Moonshelf Collector, Yuka Oyama, Photo: Becky Yee
The image in this blog is NOT the piece Davis created for the December Quarter Art. This work is courtesy of the William Busta Gallery.
Davis created a amazing exclusive piece for Quarter Art, it is a wood block print with collage. Each work will be slightly different. But that's all we can say, ssssshhhhhh. We will keep rest under wraps till Thursday (December 19) at 6-8pm for his Harvest Day. On this day patrons who have subscribed to the Quarter Art program will get to pick up their subscription.
SPACES' Quarter Art Program is a art subscription service. Think of it as a quarterly magazine subscription, but in the form of four curated, limited-edition art objects each year. Subscriptions are available at any time for the next slate of artists. An annual subscription is $500. A half-year subscription is $300.
Subscribers support both local artists and SPACES while receiving great contemporary art in return. Art objects may be two-dimensional, three-dimensional or digital. Subscribers will only receive the participating artists' names in advance, but not an image of the specific object being made. The surprise is part of the fun (one quarter of the fun to be exact).
Miss the deadline to get Davis' work? Don't fret, you can pick one of his works or any of the previous Quarter Art artists on Thursday, December 19th for $250.
Spread the work folks. We are looking for new and exciting projects.
SPACES is a presenting contemporary art venue dedicated to artists who explore and experiment. Located on the west side of downtown Cleveland, SPACES currently operates three programs to feature the excellent works of our curated artists: R&D (Research & Development), SWAP (SPACES World Artists Program), and The Vault.
R&D - The R&D program invites artists, curators and other cultural producers to articulate their research and development of ideas and objects through a supported exhibition or project. These exhibitions and projects may be group, solo, or collaborative endeavors.
This call-for-entries is open to all established or emerging artists,
curators and cultural producers who are 21 years old or older. As the name of the program suggests, we're looking for artists who are
delving into or willing to delve into research and then developing that research into projects. Applications must show promise and strong conceptual grounding. http://www.spacesgallery.org/artists/apply/rd
SWAP - The SPACES World Artists Program (SWAP) is a residency program for international, U.S. and local artists, founded in 2002 to foster cultural exchange between audiences in Northeast Ohio and artists from around the world. SWAP residencies are intensive opportunities for experimental artists to produce and present new work. This call-for-entries is for Northeast Ohio submissions only and is open to all established or emerging artists, curators and cultural producers who are 21 years old or older. Applications must show promise and strong conceptual grounding. Please note, Northeast Ohio artists cannot be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs at the time of a SWAP residency http://www.spacesgallery.org/artists/apply/swap
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