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Kid Art Review #4   03.13.15

For this edition of "Kid Art Reviews" our guest reviewer is Ethan. At 11 years old Ethan is already a veteran of attending art shows. He visited us before Valentine's Day this year and this is what he had to say about our spring projects here at SPACES.

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

(ET) What if the City was a Mountain? because it reminded me of what my mom does and it's really detailed. It looked pretty cool and a lot of hard work was put into it.

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

(ET) I think it would be kind of salty but have a texture like laughy taffy. I don't know why I thought it would be salty, but I thought it would have a texture like laughy taffy because of how the plastic-y part looked. It sort of looked shiny like laughy taffy (laughing)... I don't know.

(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?

(ET) I think they would be shy. I would want to know them but I might be a little nervous myself. I'm pretty shy. I wouldn't just go up to some random person and say, "hey I want to know you," except I would want to know them.

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

(ET) The mountains and the shape molds remind me of my mom's artwork. It reminded me of it because it was the same plastic and mold that my mom makes with paper. Same kind of shapes and folds to make the mountain.

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

(ET) Detailed. The mountain piece was very detailed. The rest of the show was about feelings and stuff. There was a lot of work that went into it.

(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.

(ET) I want to study what Cleveland looks like and see how it is similar to the exhibit. Because they spent a bunch of time making Cleveland look like a mountain and I barely know anything about where anything is in the City and I live here. I kind of want to figure out more about that. Maybe build a tiny map of the city out of Legos.

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

(ET) This is really cool and you should do more stuff like this.

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

(ET) What gave you the idea to do this? I wouldn't just look at a map of Cleveland and ask what if this was a mountain.

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

(ET) Five, it was a pretty cool show. It made me want to learn more about art and all that stuff because usually I just sit around and play on my ipad at art shows. After looking around and studying it a lot more it actually seems pretty awesome.

Keywords: andy curlowe, art, institute for new feeling, kid review, review art
Author: Michelle Epps, Community Engagement Manager
Category: Kid Art Review

eFELT subscription 05 | Lenka Clayton   03.10.15

FELT BOOK - eFelt newsletter #5
This week features Lenka Clayton.

Cure for Loneliness

Here, on one handy page (please print out) are the names of most of the people that you will come across in the next while. If you already know some of them then cut their names from the printed page, fold the little paper pieces up small and carry them around in your pocket. As you go about your days, think of them in there.

When you meet the other named people (at the bank, buying yogurt) tear them out too, fold them up and add them to your pocket. Be careful to remove all names from all pockets before washing clothes.

equipment required: printer, paper, sharp knife, pocket

Lenka Clayton


The FELT BOOK is a new collaborative publication by the Institute for New Feeling (IfNf) . A selection of artists contributions from the full publication are on view at SPACES , January 30-March 27, 2015.

The book is a collection of home remedies created by 40+ invited artists. The works submitted are as simple as a single sentence, while others include images, video, and web-based interactions. Each invited artist was asked to take on the IfNf mission statement: to explore "new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new."

Visitors are invited to sign up for the free eFELT subscription service to receive a weekly remedy by email.

Sign up for eFELT .


For a current full list of FELT BOOK artists click here

The Institute for New Feeling, is
Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt & Nina Sarnelle

Cure for Loneliness, by Lenka Clayton
Cure for Loneliness, by Lenka Clayton

Keywords: collaborations, efelt subscription , felt book, medical remedies, r&d
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Exhibitions

Open Call! Monster Drawing Rally 2015   03.04.15

Monster Drawing Rally, is a live drawing event and fundraiser.

Yes, once again MDR is back! For 5 years, this family fun event has been a hit with artists and the general public.

What you have never been to MDR?!?!?
Well, image 100 artists in three shifts creating new works right in front of your eyes.

Once the work is completed it is hung on the wall and sells for $75 (including tax).

For the little ones, we have an Lil' Monster Drawing area for little ones to create works and hang in the front gallery.

$5 ticket includes admission to the Monster Drawing Rally, participation in the Li'l Monster Drawing Rally for kids, non-stop tunes by Mr. Suit aka DJ TotalBusiness, cash bar, yummy food provided by the TOUCH Supper Truck, and a spin on the Blick Art Materials Prize Wheel. and many more. Check the MDR page on SPACES website for a complete list of sponsors.
SPACES members and children receive free admission.

Want to participate?:
Artists can sign up here OPEN CALL.
or
Join the Monster Squad and volunteer.

Keywords: , blick, blick art materials, daves, live drawing event, mdr, monster drawing rally, vedda
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

eFELT subscription 02 | Jennifer Nagle Myers   02.17.15

FELT BOOK

The FELT BOOK is a new collaborative publication by the Institute for New Feeling (IfNf) . A selection of artists contributions from the full publication are on view at SPACES , January 30-March 27, 2015.

The book is a collection of home remedies created by 40+ invited artists. The works submitted are as simple as a single sentence, while others include images, video, and web-based interactions. Each invited artist was asked to take on the IfNf mission statement: to explore "new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new."

Visitors are invited to sign up for the free eFELT subscription service to receive a weekly remedy by email.

Sign up for eFELT .

This week features Jennifer Nagle Meyers.
For a current full list of FELT BOOK artists click here
The Institute for New Feeling, is
Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt & Nina Sarnelle



Keywords: http://institutefornewfeeling.com/
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Exhibitions

WHAT IF THIS CITY WAS A MOUNTAIN? - ROOFTOP TOUR OF CLEVELAND WITH ARTIST ANDY CURLOWE   02.14.15

By Mike Caldwell, Mayfield Heights

This trip was a gem. It was one of those 'one of a kind' rare opportunities when art and aesthetics integrates with ordinary daily activities. The combination converted what might have been a simple tour into a cathartic and transcendent experience for me. The tour was designed around artist Andy Curlowe's visionary idea that Cleveland is a mountain, and it's buildings and skyscrapers are it's peaks. Instead of feeling like I was on an ordinary city tour, I felt like I was on an urban mountain climbing adventure. Visiting key points in downtown that were the 'peaks' of Cleveland became a mountain climbing expedition and our group of tourists seemed like a fearless and strong climbing team. Visiting the 'peaks' and overlooking the vistas from each rooftop would prove to be both adventurous breathtaking.

Something should also be said about the event's luck with the weather. Bad luck? Good luck? I would have to say that the fact that the weather was at its "Cleveland worst" for the Valentine's Day climb actually helped to amplify the experience for me. I wasn't surprised to see all the people show up at Burke Lakefront Airport, despite the treacherous driving conditions through the blizzard to reach base camp. There was a large, prepared group. Additionally, the blanket of white snow over top of everything seemed to abstract the cityscape in a way that helped me to envision it as a more of a mountain. The wind was whipping, in much the same way it would be if I were climbing Everest. Snow squalls blinded us, but we plodded on (actually joyfully).

So what was this all really supposed to be about? This event was designed to augment the concepts presented by the artist Andy Curlowe, who asked the question, "What if this city was a mountain?" This event took the artist's concepts and connected them with another form of perception, which in this case was a tour of the city. These types of events are rare, especially in the attempt to translate a creative idea in a meaningful way but this event did accomplish that goal. I climbed Cleveland Mountain.

And what did SPACES do for me? I also had the chance to meet interesting fellow artistically minded travelers and together we went on an adventure around Cleveland that was both historically and perceptually informative. The destinations of the tour were unique and required special access, providing me with this wonderful cultural opportunity that educated me about this city and enhanced my awareness.

The Climbers of Cleveland Mountain
The Climbers of Cleveland Mountain

Keywords: , mountain climbing, snow, tours, winter
Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: Events

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