When I responded to the SPACES invitation to collaborate with visiting Berlin artists Yuka Oyama and Axel Ruoff on their installations, all I knew was that I definitely fulfilled the requirement of having a "special relationship with a particular object." Moon shelves (crescent-shaped knickknack shelves) are not known in Berlin, but many Clevelanders remember them from childhood. First I just loved them as handmade variations of a favorite image, the moon; and then, discovering they were called "Stairway to Heaven," they acquired spiritual meaning. Axel and Yuka were intrigued with these moon shelves, and went on to discover other collections as well that inspired them. Their idea, they told me, was that they would share their ideas and imagination with the community and "then see what will happen"...
After interviewing me at length about my relationship to the moon shelves, Yuka created a mirrored moon mask in which I was photographed by Becky Yee in my home surrounded by my collection. Yuka's installation includes photos by Yee of several collectors in masks, as well as information from Yuka's interviews and a display of the quite large original masks.
Axel made paintings and videos, inspired by discussions he and I had about the symbolism of the stairs and moon, and also inspired by the story of a man disfigured in a historic Cleveland fire, who became for Axel a mythic "man without a face" or without a "self". His video, "How do I get to Moonshelf City?," appears at first to be a real interview, but instead reveals itself to be a fantasy. The faceless man, offscreen, consults me on how to use a moonshelf--a magic object--to find a face.
Mystery, fantasy, psychological study, even humor (are those really football players running up the moonshelf stairs?)--I was so glad I said "yes" to this imaginative adventure. The exhibit closes this Friday, January 17.
C. Moonshelf Collector, Yuka Oyama, Photo: Becky Yee
Volunteer for SPACES Benefit POP Royalty and be part of the Royal Court!
Bring out all your creative juices and work gloves. (one can be a glittery sequin glove)
Join us at a benefit meeting help us building the POP Royalty Dream or just work at the event.
It's a costume party baby!! Don your crowns and grab your scepters-SPACES stages another raucous annual benefit and art auction with a tip of the tiara to pop royalty. Whether you're a pop chart princess, a carbonated king, Orville Redenbacher's heir-apparent, or the Roy(alty) of Lichtenstein, this is the glitz and glamour that you're looking for.
PRESSPAUSEPLAY examines the digital revolution currently transforming our concept of art and culture. With the knowledgeable input of several well-known artists and authors of today, this documentary opens a discourse about the positive and negative effects technology has had on the industries of music, film, photography, and writing. As the tools to create become more affordable and easier to use, a democratization of art has evolved – essentially enabling anyone to be an artist, a musician, a filmmaker. Some believe that the digital age has revolutionized art for the better and that this is the most fertile time for artists. With the invention of the Internet and the explosion of social media, we are now witnessing more art than ever before. But with the democratization of a culture comes the danger of mediocrity and the threat of confusing the artist with the audience. It's becoming increasingly harder for true artists to break through all the noise and there's a very probable chance that real talent will be lost along the way. Featuring a powerful myriad of images, sounds, and icons, PRESSPAUSEPLAY is an awesomely relevant film you won't want to miss. –M.M.
Wednesday, March 30, 9:40 PM
Saturday, April 2, 9:15 AM
Sunday, April 3, 4:15 PM
Let's revisit Martin Luther King Jr.'s last book on hope and social engagement in "Where Do We Go from Here, Today?", organized by the discussion group Moral Inquiries.
Dr. King's great last book addressed the backlash... More...
Join us for an evening with FreshProduce. FreshProduce. is a Cleveland-based collective comprised of DJ Red-I (production), Playne Jayne (vox). Performances by FreshProduce., Gold Rose, and Miss Universes. Doors open at 5:30pm and tickets are... More...
What are you working on? Meet up in the Mistake Lab to share any in-progress applications to residencies, grants, and exhibition opportunities for peer review and discussion.
Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to SPACES Members. Not a... More...
What are you Proposing?
SPARX City Hop is tomorrow! Remember our hours are 12-5pm on Saturday!