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.
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
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
SPACES' fifth annual Monster Drawing Rally fundraiser featured 100 area artists creating pieces in hour-long shifts, while visitors watched them create and honed in on their favorite pieces to try to be the first to claim them when they went up on the wall, selling for $75 a piece.Some of the biggest names in the local art scene participated, along with up-and-comers. And there was a designated kids area for younger artists who might be up-and-comers a couple of decades from now.
FELT BOOK - eFelt newsletter #7 This week features Jessica Langley.
listen to the sound of the sunset
be silent for one hour before the sun goes down
record the silence to assure yourself that you will not make noise
listen to the sounds around you
there is a lot that will make noise
try getting into a tin canoe without making a peep
you will make sound
others will forget that you are being silent and ask you things
try to do your best to ignore them
you will notice that the sky is beautiful
then you will wonder why no one else is paying attention
you will feel good about yourself for having made a conscious effort to enjoy this moment
you will think about how everyone else lets beauty pass them by
you will feel so blessed to see this phenomenon
and you hope that feeling will stay
but this is a meditation
you shouldn't be worrying about other people right now
try to just enjoy the moment
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.
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.
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!