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links for 2009-10-01   10.01.09

Pekar Works Hard for the Money (Cleveland Scene)
"The Pekar Project is a web comic series published by SMITH magazine, edited by Jeff Newelt. Its a multifaceted adventure in the real-life stories of Harvey. New comics are published every other week at smithmag.net, along with interviews, artist spotlights and other material. Artists include New Yorkers Rick Parker and Sean Pryor, Los Angelino Joseph Remnant and Clevelander Tara Seibel."


The Importance of Being Unimportant (The Brooklyn Rail)
'Art' can be unimportant and still allow for the experience of a work of art to be life-changing. I value the memories I have of listening to baseball games on my grandparents porch, but Baseball, as a concept, remains entirely unimportant. Such concepts as baseball, art, and Hickeys example of rock and roll, are wholly unimportant except for the experiences they foster and the history to which they contribute."
(tags: art.theory Dave.Hickey)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

Barry happy to be meet you   09.25.09

Photo by Laura Barry


Laura Barry on working with the artist-in-residence, Jiri Suruvka.

The 12th of August was an exciting day at SPACES. On that Wednesday afternoon we welcomed our 27th artist-in-residence, Jií Survka. Suruvka, performance artist extraordinaire, hails from the Czech Republic where he teaches new media at Ostrava University. But to me this day was more than just the welcoming of Jií, it also marked the turning point in my career at the gallery"graduating from gallery volunteer to assistant to the manager of the SPACES World Artist Program! Dont let that fancy title confuse you; my job can basically be summed up in two words: Jiís assistant. Thats right, I had the awesome job of hanging out with the visiting artist and taking him shopping.

On a typical day, Jií and I could be found tooling around town in my Toyota Camry, shopping for the best deals on photo frames, 2x4s, heat guns and the like (or unlike, as the case may be). Along the way, I also got the chance to learn all about the Czech Republic and see Cleveland, for the first time, though the eyes of a tourist.

During one of the first days I spent with Jií, we stopped at a grocery store so he could buy cigarettes. Anyone in America can tell you that we keep cigarettes under pretty heavy security in this country. It was no surprise to me when the cashier had to go to the back room to get the master key for the heavy-duty lock and chains on the doors of the cigarette case. To Jií, this set of actions was absurd! They barricade cigarettes like they are guns, he remarked and started laughing. This was just one of the many times Jií forced me to see America with fresh eyes. After all, routine events seem new and exotic when youre with someone who has never seen them before.

Its been an eye-opening four weeks traveling around and getting to know our current SWAP artist and I look forward to meeting the next one. Ill keep you posted!. If you missed the opening, dont forget to stop in and see Jiís work on display at SPACES until October 23rd.

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

DOUBLE #DailyArtDose Round-Up   09.25.09

Donner gives a lecture on Pregnancy Test (installation detail), at SPACES, 2008, latex, paint, ink, and paper, 96" x 120"; Photo courtesy of Jerry Mann Photography

Week of September 14
David Maisel: davidmaisel.com
Case Simmons & Andrew Burke: simmonsandburke.com
DJ Sniff: djsniff.com
Bigert and Bergström: bigertbergstrom.com
Michael Iskowitz: dollhousesociety.com

Week of September 21
Lucas Murgida: cjamesgallery.com
Fionna Banner: fionabanner.com
Former SWAP artist, Christa Donner: christadonner.com
WochenKlausur: wochenklausur.at
Randall Szott: three-walls.org

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Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: #DailyArtDose

Underground Activity   09.23.09

For those of us who seek something different, a little adventurous, something vintage, yet urban and gritty, and most importantly something FREE, the Viaduct will be hopping this weekend. Artists, city-dwellers, and suburbanites are invited to mix and mingle beneath one of Cleveland's most amazing hidden treasures. The Bridge Project opens up the historic subway and streetcar level of the Detroit Superior Bridge (Veteran's Memorial Bridge, right across from SPACES' headquarters) on Friday, September 25 (4pm to midnight) and (Saturday from noon - midnight). SPACES' fan-favorite, PechaKucha takes place at 8:20pm during The Bridge Project (same location). Aside from having access to one of Cleveland's most mysterious, nostalgic, and architecturally interesting landmarks, you will experience some spectacular views of the city and get to see some of the area's most talented cultural players. And, well, if you are going to be on the Viaduct, you might as well stop on by and check out our current exhibitions taking place in the gallery. We're open until 7pm on Friday and from 11am to 5:30pm on Saturday, so ... Need I say more?

Full schedule of events

Update 09.24.09: Check out the video below that gives you directions on how to get to the Bridge Project, and provides a sneak peek at the glory of the lower level of the bridge.

Posted by Nicole Edwards



Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

#DailyArtDose Round-Up (yee-haw)   09.11.09

School is back in session ...

Week of September 8, 2009

Monday, September 7: Labor Day=#DailyArtDose rest-time
Kim Beck: idealcities.com
Film: Film Makes Us Happy: wholphindvd.com
Pattie Chalmers: pattiechalmers.com
Anton Vidokle on Night School featured on ARTINFO: artinfo.com

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

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