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Artwood Derby 2013: The SPACES Cup WINNERS   07.09.13

Here are the 2013 SPACES Cup Winners!!! YEAH!
check out the images from this years event http://flic.kr/s/aHsjGrHJyv

Entry Categories
Fastest (must abide by regulations)
Cars made for speed
WINNER: A.R.M. by Ethan Loderstedt

Hottest Mess
Your car may not even move, but it looks good going nowhere.
WINNER: Tribute by Adam Tully

Best of Show
For overall goodness. This car need not be fast or even pretty, but should blow the judge's socks off.
WINNER: Vanquish by Van Edwin Nutter

Corniest
WINNER: Cat by Maya Simmons

Winner: the Fastest - Ethan Loderstedt  Artwood Derby 2013
Winner: the Fastest - Ethan Loderstedt Artwood Derby 2013

Keywords: artwood, derby, spaces
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

Farewell from Christopher Lynn   06.26.13

Within the next few minutes, I'll be walking out of SPACES for the last time as its executive director. I leave SPACES to try something new—trying something new is a basic tenet of SPACES. The past five years have been a whirlwind of activity upon which I often don't pause to reflect.

Since 1978, the founders of SPACES, longtime directors like Susan Channing, and board and staff members built up a monument to life*. As nice as it would be to have a stoic, static monument, I'm glad SPACES is a living, breathing, changing organism that is continually asking, "What if...?"

What if we challenge Clevelanders to pull an 8-ton truck across the city? What if we ask people if capitalism works for them via a large light-up sign? What if we string colored ribbon across a snow-covered vacant lot during a Cleveland winter? What if we challenge traditional exhibition formats by offering an 8-week school instead that invited participants to classes on frosting graffiti, circuit bending and vandalism tourism?

Wendell Berry said, "The mind that is not baffled is not employed." SPACES baffles. SPACES reminds us that we are alive, thinking, smart, astute and aware without being pretentious or condescending.

I love the staff at SPACES—Martha, Marilyn, Kate and Michelle are fantastic and deserve five encores of applause and a hug from everyone they meet. They will carry SPACES well (since they do most of the heavy lifting, anyway). The board at SPACES has been fantastic at finding the balance between giving us enormous freedom while keeping us accountable and responsible. I will value the friends I have made through my association with SPACES, and I will hold close the artists and their projects that happened under my watch. I thank all the people who gave their time, talents and resources to make our bizarre ideas come to life. And I look forward to making a new friend—whoever the new executive director will be. They will be great and they will have a great organization to steer.

You should support whoever that is, and support SPACES. There aren't many organizations like it in the world, and we're lucky enough to have it in Cleveland.

I'll see you all at the next opening, but as a patron.

*If SPACES were a traditional monument, I like to think it would be a giant sculpture of a thumbs up or a high five that mere mortals could approach and slip it some skin.

Image: Steve Lambert, "Capitalism Works for Me! True/False," 2011. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Keywords: christopher lynn, executive director
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Pope.L Speaks!   06.07.13

William Pope.L recently spoke to Bad at Sports at the Arts Club of Chicago about his exhibition at the Renaissance Society and his upcoming project, Pull!. You can catch the interview here: http://badatsports.com/2013/episode-405-william-pope-l/

Also, Thomas Mulready from Cool Cleveland spoke to William Pope.L earlier this week about Pull!. If you want to get a bit more information about the project, check it out.



Keywords: bad at sports, cool cleveland, pull!, william pope.l
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Artists

Curious What Pulling an 8-ton Truck Looks Like?   06.06.13

Have you been wondering what pulling an 8-ton truck looks like? We did a test run, and you can see, it's not as hard as you might think.



Keywords: cleveland, performance art, pull!, william pope.l
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

Pull! By the Numbers   06.06.13

Here's how it all breaks down: 200 pullers, 1400+ images, 25 miles, 8 tons of truck.

Q: Who made this all possible?
A: Cleveland.


Keywords: pull!, william pope.l
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Events

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