SWAP Artists Take Cleveland By Storm!   09.12.12

If you, like us, cannot get enough of the shining stars we call our SWAP artists, you will have not one, not two, but THREE CHANCES next week to bump elbows with ones past, present and future.

** Cleveland SGS opens their show, Ontario Gold at the William Rupnik Gallery on Saturday, September 15, from 8-11 p.m.

** This weekend at Ingenuity Fest, find out more about William Pope.L's ambitious project Pull! through our roving info booth. You can also meet the artist himself at a community meeting on Pull! Wednesday the 19th at 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Church.

** And then next Thursday, the 20th, at 7:00 p.m., the long-awaited screening of Jef Scharf's Euclid Square Mall Project documentary will grace the walls of SPACES.

Hope to see you there!

Ontario Gold.  Cleveland SGS. 2012.
Ontario Gold. Cleveland SGS. 2012.

Keywords: swap; jef scharf; cleveland sgs; ontario gold; pull!; william pope.l; euclid square mall; ingenuity
Author: Kate Sopko, Residency Champion
Category: Events

Podcast: Interview with Jef Scharf   09.11.12

SPACES Executive Director Christopher Lynn sat down to talk to Jef Scharf about The Euclid Square Mall Project ( —Scharf's combination installation and non-narrative experimental video document. This interview is a second take, since the first time the audio sounded horrible. It's too bad, because there were some gems in that first conversation. That being said, the second take is chock full of goodness as well. Take a listen:

Interview with Jef Scharf 09.11.12 / Download »

Keywords: capitalism, christopher lynn, cleveland, euclid square mall, installation art, interview, jef scharf, podcast, swap, video
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Artists

Polkapocalypse, 12x12 Art Sale   08.28.12

This is a Call to all artists!!!
SPACES' 12x12 will take place during our annual benefit costume party Polkapocalypse, Saturday, November 03, 2012, 8:00PM - 1:00AM.

To donate artwork to the 12x12 please fill out the form below.
Artwork does not need to fit within the theme of the party. But your pants do.

NOW...Then get your costumes ready…polka dots, polka dresses, accordions, survival gear, zombies, bibles, all things Polkapocalypse

For more details or if you have questions on anything contact Marilyn at or check out this link for FAQ

Keywords: 12x12, apocalypse, apocalyse, benefit, donate, john c. williams, polka, polkapocalypse, spaces
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

Podcast: Interview with Brent Budsberg   08.25.12

SPACES Executive Director Christopher Lynn sat down to talk to Brent Budsberg about his collaborative practice with Shana McCaw and the project they created for SPACES titled An Inventory of Absence ( Take a listen:

Interview with Brent Budsberg, 08.25.12 / Download »

Keywords: architecture, brent budsberg, christopher lynn, installation art, interview, podcast, r&d, shana mccaw
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Artists

Late Summer Reads   08.01.12

What has SPACES intern Kevin Ritter been reading lately? A lot!

Since it's summer vacation, I've been able to spend some time reading things for pleasure. So I've said a temporary farewell to medieval travelogues and hello to some good beach reads. Here are some of my favorite page-turners of the summer.

1. Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus. (Harper Perennial). Sara Marcus' account of the Riot Grrrl movement of the 1990's treats its subjects with great humanity. After finding some Bikini Kill songs on the internet, I was interested in learning more about the movement. This book is not just a history of a (perhaps) short-lived musical genre, but also an examination of the multitudinous shapes and forms that Riot Grrrl took: zines, clothing, concerts, conferences. This thought-provoking and well-written piece of non-fiction is a must-read for anyone interested in music, feminism, community organizing, or socially-engaged art practice.

2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Plath's only novel has become a mainstay on the favorites list of college students everywhere, but I had been somewhat resistant to sitting down with it. I don't know why I waited so long because when I curled up with it this summer I was taken with Plath's tight, beautiful prose. Esther Greenwood's slow descent into madness is moving and convincing. "The Bell Jar" is a piece worth re-reading this summer.

3. The Little Girl and the Cigarette by Benoit Duteurtre, translated by Charlotte Mandel. This biting satire by Frenchman Benoit Duteurtre weaves two seemingly disparate narratives. In a near-future in which children pretty much run the government, a man is accused of sexual perversion after a young girl catches him smoking in the bathroom. In the other narrative, a cunning prisoner attempts to evade execution by requesting a final cigarette before being put to death, which is against prison rules. The stories converge to satirize government bureaucracy and celebrity culture. There's also a delightfully inept lawyer named Maren Pataki who is not to be missed.

If you're looking for something considerably heavier, I would endorse these books:
1. Social Acupuncture by Darren O'Donnell.
2. Building Sex by Aaron Betsky.
3. Queer Space by Aaron Betsky.

I suggest going outside and enjoying the sunlight and a good book (whether it be one that I suggested or not!). Summer weather is ideal reading weather.

Kevin Ritter

Kevin Ritter, Summer intern extraordinaire
Kevin Ritter, Summer intern extraordinaire

Keywords: book, books, intern, kevin ritter, spaces, summer reading
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: General

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