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.
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


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

Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Exhibitions


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

Trippy GIF's   02.07.15

Last semester, as a sophomore Sculpture and Expanded Media major at the Cleveland Institute of Art, I made this series of GIF's for my Time Based Strategies Class. Used a range of objects to compose them, from flashlights and lightbulbs to guns and UFO's. Check them out!

Joey Strunk

Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: General

Colin Lyons vs Midnight Dome   01.27.15

Congratulations to our SPACES alumni artist Colin Lyons on his upcoming July-August 2015 project in the Yukon.

Colin is working with he Natural & Manufactured thematic residency program at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture to create an etching powered restoration machine.

Colin is traveling to the highest point in Dawson City, the Midnight Dome. At the top of Midnight Dome, he will construct a large tent and use metal detectors to find lost metal and tools. Colin will then create the etching powered restoration machine.

In his SPACES exhibition, Automatic Ruins, Colin explored industry through the lens of fragility and impermanence. While at SPACES he polished construction rubble and transferred onto the slabs floor plans from a building that will be restored this year in Ohio City.

Screen shot of Midnight dome in Dawson City, YT
Screen shot of Midnight dome in Dawson City, YT

Keywords: automatic ruins, chemical battery, colin lyons, etching, metal, r&d
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Exhibitions

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