Kid Art Review #10   01.05.18

For this edition of "Kid Art Review" our guest reviewer is 9 1/2 year old Sean who loves the musical "Wicked" and drawing. Sean reviewed our current artist projects one afternoon before holiday break from school.

Kid Art Review #10

(SPACES) What is your favorite piece in the show and why is it your favorite?

(Sean) I really liked Sonic Planetarium because it was a mix of art and science fiction, and she put this whole dome up. I like art that you can really experience. You actually got to walk inside it and learn about science and art. It was a beautiful piece. She realized how beautiful space is and it is important to teach the world about the wonders of the world.

(SP) If this artwork were a movie what kind of movie would it be? A love story, science fiction, comedy, documentary, action, horror, etc.

(SN) 7000 Marks would be a science fiction film because it is about real things; a dead diseased oak tree and immigration, about going around the world to different places. I would watch this movie about this journey that the tree went through. I chose science fiction because it is science and it is amazing. It's about real things that are happening.

(SP) What do you think a caveman would think of this artwork?

(SN) I think they would think GoGOES Radiotelescope was so fascinating, but they would be a little scared of this new object. They might pick it up {mimics a caveman grunting and picking up something to smash it} and they would be fascinated by this object they've never seen before. It's like when I saw a phone for the first time and I was like "what is this amazing thing?" They would try it out, but they would probably break it.

(SP) How would you explain this art to an alien?

(SN) That's kind of a hard. I think that since they are in space they would have an idea already of what the Sonic Planetarium is. If I had to explain it, I would say "you know there is a world outside your sky, and there are things in the sky you have probably seen, and it tells you about your land, your world, and your planets-you probably call it "Bee Doh," but we call it Mars. And it helps us learn about your world."{emphatically} Space!!!

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

(SN) "Creative." Because it really was creative. Who could think of making a dome? Who could think of turning a satellite into an artwork? Who could think of turning a thousand drawings into an animation? It's so creative. The minds that people have to explore the arts is just amazing.

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

(SN) It's fascinating, because it really is. Because you walk into this dome and you hear these sounds from a world beyond us. It is fascinating walking into a room and learning about science, but at the same time you are experiencing a beautiful piece of artwork. I love how she made this piece out of everyday materials. I couldn't do that.

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

(SN) "How did you get the idea?" I think when most people think of art they think of painting and drawing, but sculpture is kind of the third wheel. So I think of how she thought to make the dome and how she had the patience to make it.

(SP) Out of 5 Trumans how many Trumans would you give this show?

(SN) Five, because, and I'm going to repeat all my words, it was fascinating, creative, and was all so cool. I'm walking through it and it was amazing. It wasn't what I expected. I thought it was going to be a hallway of never ending paintings like in Harry Potter. I give it five Trumans, because it is nothing you'd expect and it's beautiful. I think that the public would be fascinated by the story of satellites and pencils.

Keywords: , art review, cleveland, cleveland art, ecology, ground station cleveland, immigration, kid art review, kids, pencils, satellites, science, space, technology
Author: Michelle Epps, Community Engagement Manager
Category: Kid Art Review

The Cleveland artists waiting for Donald Trump   07.16.16

As Part of SPACES Art Writer in Residence Program, Jillian Steinhauer spent time exploring the Cleveland Arts, focusing on the activism and politically charged work that has been in the limelight. The Gaurdian was interested in her experience, and today published the results.

Keywords: activism, cleveland, donald trump, politics, protests, rnc, spaces, the fixers, trump
Author: Karl Anderson, R&D Coordinator
Category: Art Writer in Residence

A Life in Activism and Comics: An Interview with Joyce Brabner   07.16.16

Jillian Steinhauer (SPACES most recent Art Writer in Residence) got the chance to sit down and speak with Joyce Brabner, a Cleveland writer, artist, activist and comic whose career spans multiple decades and a plethora of projects. click below to follow their conversation.

Keywords: activism, brought to light, cleveland, comics, harvey pekar, jillian steinhauer, joyce brabner, our cancer year, story-telling, voice
Author: Karl Anderson, R&D Coordinator
Category: Art Writer in Residence

The View From Cleveland   06.06.16

Leave it to a journalist from New York to show up in Cleveland with an idea of how things must be. (In fact, last year's Art Writer-in-Residence, also from New York, did the same thing.) In New York City these days, it can feel like art and politics overlap to an almost delirious degree: artists and others protest at museums regularly, exhibitions grappling with all sorts of social and political issues abound around town. This isn't to say there's no other work to see-there is-but if you're interested in how artists are confronting the problems of the world-as I am-New York is a good place to start.

And so I came to Cleveland, roughly a week ago, assuming there must be some kind of overlap between art and politics here. Cleveland is, after all, the most segregated city in the United States. It's part of the steel-manufacturing stretch of land that was left to rust in the second half of the 20th century. Its police force is famous for killing a 12-year-old child, its river for catching fire. One of its neighborhoods experienced "more housing speculation than any place in the country" in the lead-up to the Great Recession.

The world, in other words, has impinged itself upon Cleveland. It's not a place where you can pretend that deep-seated structural problems don't exist. Yet the sense I've gotten so far, from the people I've spoken with and the art I've seen, is that most (visual) artists here are not confronting those problems in their work.

That is, I want to stress, not a judgment. It is simply, to me, a surprise-especially given the city's legacy of literary activism and the impending Republican National Convention. (Two of the most high-profile RNC-related art projects are being brought to Cleveland byNew Yorkers.) And as one of my greatest professors once taught me, surprises are always worth investigating: they represent a rich gap between expectation and reality, a wealth of knowledge yet to be learned. If the truth is that Cleveland artists aren't making work about politics, then I want to understand why.

The other point I keep stubbornly returning to is that "most" does not mean "all": Some artists here are activists in their own ways, some painters and performers are making work that either they or I would call political. They're just a little harder to find, and their art may not adopt a shape that's familiar to me. So, in the process of sussing these people out, I've found myself returning to some fundamental questions: What's the difference between social and political art, or between political art and activism? What defines "political" anyway? What criteria am I setting up subconsciously in this search, and are they fair? How can I understand what it means to be political in Cleveland while only spending a month in Cleveland?

I don't expect to answer any of those, but it helps me to consider them continually, to let them linger in my brain as I go about the process of seeing art, meeting people, and having conversations. You might live here as an artist or arts worker and have thoughts on them, too. If that's the case, please get in touch. I'd love to hear what you have to say. I know I won't be able to fully understand Cleveland in 30 days, but I hope to learn a damn lot about it.

Keywords: activism, art, cleveland, jillian steinhauer, politics, rnc
Author: Jillian Steinhauer, Art Writer in Residence
Category: Art Writer in Residence

The Ghost of d.a. levy   07.28.15

In this piece by Morgan Meis, the city of Cleveland is explored through the connection to d.a. levy, a young poet who died in 1968. Morgan Meis spent one month in Cleveland exploring the rich cultural scene.He discoverd d.a. levy in the Moca show, How To Remain Human.

Morgan wrote the piece for The Smart Set, a blog presented by Drexel University.

d.a. levy, 1967(thanks to the KSU library)
d.a. levy, 1967(thanks to the KSU library)

Keywords: cleveland, d.a. levy, human, poetry
Author: Morgan Meis, SWAP Art Writer in Residence
Category: Art Writer in Residence

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