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

Kid Art Review #3   01.13.15

For this edition of "Kid Art Reviews" our guest reviewers are sisters: 5 year-old Millie and 6 ¾ year old Adlee. Adlee and Millie spent a Sunday afternoon with us here at SPACES intently studying (or in the words of Mille, "staring at") the work of Collin Lyons and Irina Spicaka. This is what they had to say about our winter projects.

Questions about a Specific Piece in the Exhibition
(SPACES) What is your favorite piece in the show and why is it your favorite?

(Adlee) I like the big rock because it's humongous and lumpy, bumpy.

(Mille) I like the shiny pretty one made out of metal. It looks like a statue.

(SP) If you could eat this piece what would it taste like? Would it be spicy, tart, sweet, salty, bland, etc.?

(AD) Salty, because its probably made out of salt.

(MI) It would taste like "metally"...because it's so metal, and made out of metal.

(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?

(AD) Shy. Sure, I'd want to be friends with them because I'd want to know their name.

(MI) I'm going to say "Hi friends."

(SP) Do you think they would be friendly or shy?

(MI) Friendly. Because they'd be nice.

(SP) Does this piece remind you of anything you have seen before?

(AD) No.

(MI) Yep, reminds me of a person...a statue person.

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

(AD) Fun, but boring a little bit. Maybe interesting.


(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.


(MI) Play, because it's very fun and I had to stare at things all day.

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

(MI) How did you make it?

(AD) Hello!

(SP) That's not a question! What would you ask them?

(AD) Hello.

(SP) Okay, moving on. If there was one thing you could say to the artist what would that be?

(MI) HI!


(SP) Out of 5 Truman's how many Truman's would you give this show?

(AD) One.

(SP) One means you didn't like it.

(AD) WHAT!? Wait, I mean 5! Five-uh!

(MI) Five!

Kid Art Review #3
Kid Art Review #3

Keywords: art review, installation, kids, opinion, sculpture
Author: Michelle Epps, Community Engagement Manager
Category: Kid Art Review

What's Up, Cleveland?   12.16.14

SPACES wants to do a studio visit with you as part of our new initiative, What's Up Cleveland? We'll take viewers into the core of the creative process by filming conversations with Cleveland artists as they make their work and posting the visits on this blog. We'll be setting up studio visits on a rolling basis through 2015, but the deadline to sign up is April 30th.

Contact Christina Vassallo ( to schedule a studio visit.

Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director

Look who stopped by SPACES   12.13.14

Progressive Employees explore SPACES.

Kristin Rogers (SPACES' Board member and Progressive Art Education and Communications Manager) brought the Employees of Progressive who are part of the Progressive DAQ Leads program to SPACES. The visit took place this week to learn about SPACES, our current exhibition, with the artist Colin Lyons and Irina Spicaka, and the connections between SPACES and Progressive Art Collection.

Thanks Kristin!

Kristin Rogers with Progressive employees
Kristin Rogers with Progressive employees

Keywords: art education, progressive art collection
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: General

Be a walking SPACES billboard   12.04.14

Show your love of exploration and experimentation with the new SPACES tote. Your friends will be impressed by the cultural cache you gain by publicly announcing your affiliation with such a cool alternative art space.

Our very own Executive Director and Residency Coordinator hand-pulled each tote and sealed them with a kiss, just in time for the holiday season. They're great for packing full of locally-made art. The natural cotton totes measure 15" x 16" and include a royal purple version of the SPACES logo. Limited edition of 35, $12 each.

Buy it NOW

Super SPACES intern Bree with her fancy new tote!
Super SPACES intern Bree with her fancy new tote!

Keywords: , spaces, tote
Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: General

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