Kid Art Review #5   06.04.15

For this edition of "Kid Art Reviews" our guest reviewer is 6 year old William. Being a particular fan of making messes and playing games, he had few critical thoughts on our current artist projects and enjoyed them only as a kid can--to their fullest.

Questions about a Specific Piece in the Exhibition
(SPACES) What is your favorite piece in the show and why is it your favorite?

(WI) The Jumbo Tron, because it kept making noise and bouncing back and forth until you let go of the button.

(SP) Do you like pushing buttons?

(WI) Mmm Hmm!

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

(WI) Very hard and taste like plastic.

(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?

(WI) They would be friendly, because it looks very big and very friendly even if it wasn't a human. Because it's going back and forth and back forth and it's fun to watch.

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

(WI) I've seen this in a person's yard a long time ago. It's a baby toy.

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

(WI) Awesome! Because everything was super cool and everything there was kind of active.

(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.

(WI) Throw rocks! Because then you could make a big mess and I LOVE making messes (loudly chuckles).

(SP) Do you make a mess at home?

(WI) Yep! (proudly)
(SP) What does your mom say about that?

(WI) Clean it up. (somberly)

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

(WI) Cool, because their artwork was really cool.

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

(WI) How did you make that? How did they make everything?

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

(WI) Five, because everything in there was awesome!

(SP) Would you recommend your friends to see this show?

(WI) Mmmm Hmmm!

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

keegan & nick's Infinite Sarcasm   05.14.15

Thomas Mulready of Cool Cleveland visits the gallery to interview keegan&nick, as they perform SPLASH Boxes, before the opening of Bounce, at SPACES.

Cool Cleveland


Keywords: bounce, keegan&nick, performance, video
Author: Bruce Edwards, swap coordiantor
Category: Links

What's Up Cleveland?: Josh Usmani   05.13.15

It's time for another edition of What's Up Cleveland? For our second episode we interviewed artist Josh Usmani at his Cleveland studio. Josh is an artist, writer and instructor, who, in 2009, began an unusual collaboration by re-facing paper currency. What started off as Joker faces drawn on one dollar bills eventually evolved into "Funny Money" in which Usmani re-faced 100 paper currency bills from the US, India, United Kingdom, and Fiji. Usmani notes that he will probably never meet his "collaborators"--the artists behind the original designs on the bills, but acknowledges the beauty of their work and how it informs his choices when re-facing the bills.

Since money can instill a wide range of emotions in people based on their own personal experiences with it's scarcity or abundance, Usmani enjoys watching people's reaction to his drawings. He points out that this body of work stemmed from his own frustrations with money and the economic hardships which resulted from the recession and began re-facing bills as a way to vent his anger about the situation. Since his "Funny Money" show in 2012 at Naji, Naji and Tekler inside the 78th Street Studios, his re-faced bills have gained a lot of interest, and he has put together "Funny Money II," which will be shown at Tregoning & Company, from May 15 - July 9th, 2015, with the opening reception on May 15th, 5 - 9pm.

For more information on Josh Usmani visit his website at

Author: Michelle Epps, Community Engagement Manager
Category: What's Up Cleveland?

What's Up Cleveland?: Julie Friedman   05.06.15

There is a LOT going on in Cleveland right now, especially in our ever-expanding art scene. At the forefront of this cultural revitalization are Cleveland's artists. SPACES supports the creation of new work by Cleveland artists by helping them realize projects that may not otherwise have a venue in this city or elsewhere. Even with 13 major projects and 30 events each year, we can't work with every Cleveland-based artist who piques our interest--that's why we're introducing the new video series, What's Up Cleveland?

What's Up Cleveland? takes viewers into the core of the creative process by filming conversations with Cleveland-area artists as they make their work. These videos provide viewers the opportunity to learn more about artists they may already love, or find out about an artist's work that they haven't seen yet.

Our first filmed studio visit was with Julie Friedman, who opened up her Medina studio to the SPACES crew. Julie spent the afternoon talking to us about her techniques for turning tyvek into complex landscapes.

Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: What's Up Cleveland?

In Memory of Jane Farver   05.01.15

SPACES mourns the loss of Jane Farver, our dear friend, former Executive Director (1982 - 85) and Board Member (1979 - 85). Susan Channing shared a few words about Jane, which we lovingly post here:

Word of Jane Farver's innovations at SPACES reached me before I moved to Cleveland with my family from Philadelphia in 1985. Although she and John had already left for New York, the energy SPACES radiated clearly bore her mark.

Aligned with SPACES since its infancy, Jane ignited the spark for artists that the community needed. It was there that she cut her teeth, believing in and working with artists. Just as Jane launched artists in Cleveland, SPACES provided a springboard for her own international career.

Jane inspired a group of young CIA graduates to create the legendary benefit Eat at Art's. They invented, constructed, and staffed it because they believed in her and SPACES' focus on artists. Jane and the same artists went on to organize The Domo Project-an artist-designed and created urban living space more inventive than any exhibition I had seen before. What a fantastic introduction to Cleveland!

Though Jane was a daunting act to follow, I was privileged to continue the artist-run space she and the board had begun. Throughout my tenure, Jane and I talked many times, and I will always miss her quick, acerbic wit, empathy for artists, and disdain for equivocation. Her leadership of SPACES inspired all of us who followed her.

- SPACES staff and friends

SPACES Board Members and Executive Directors, past & present
SPACES Board Members and Executive Directors, past & present

Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: History

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