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Overlooked selections from 20th century American photographic studios
Organized by Lisa Kurzner
The contact sheet—now on the verge of extinction—captures the working life and thought processes of photographers by mapping out the sequence of shots on roll film in the studio or on the street. Choice, timing and bracketing are terms identified with proof sheets that record the unfolding relationships between the photographer and his subject. The unedited visual manuscript, marginalia included, contains the diamonds as well as dross of that unique experience—the shoot.
Contact sheets are vested with an important photographic element—that of time. They slice apart a period of time into individual frames, and by virtue of their sequential nature, render visible patterns and relationships—social, psychological, formal—which lend the object itself a unique position in photographic history. When scanning an entire sheet, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The unintended visual interplay from frame to frame carries a viewer to find unexpected relationships among the details yoked together by this format.
This exhibition of contact sheets is drawn from a local collection. They were purchased exclusively on eBay, and primarily represent anonymous photographers shooting (for the most part) anonymous subjects in portrait studios, on television and film sets, in private homes and suburban backyards.
In between a few recognizable personalities are the good, the bad and the ugly of midcentury culture—from Spanish-tinged melodramas to headshots of hopeful starlets. The best images however are the unplanned ones. The Strange as found in these photographs, much like preparatory sketches for master works, reveal some of the visual throat-clearing and cavalier moments that happen before the camera.
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Ann Caywood Brown
Brent Kee Young
Catherine Davies Paetz
Maryann Posch & John Gulyas
Megan Van Wagoner
Mary Lou Alexander
Ruta Butkus Marino
Curated by fiber artist Marty Young, Second Life is a fiber show in conjunction with the Textile Arts Alliance’s Focus Fiber on view at the Canton Museum of Art December 2-February 26, 2012
Second Life is a show of quilt-referenced fiber art by artists who had previous careers in fields unrelated to art. The show also reflects quilt-making’s second life that started in the quilt revival of the 1970s when artists evolved the quilt from bedcover to art.
Their work is grounded in traditional American quilt techniques but the quilt per se is almost unrecognizable as the art form of quilts has transitioned from the bed to the wall, from “quilt” to “fiber art.”
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Five Cleveland photographers offer personal experiences of landscape-near, far, and along the way.
Tophography is a group exhibition of recent photography by five area artists whose work offers personal experiences of landscape—near, far, and along the way. Organized by Heights Arts, the show continues the local nonprofit gallery’s commitment to presenting photography to the regional audience. Each of the five artists brings a distinctive approach.
Philip Brutz offers 10 stereoscope images made at a place called Raven Rocks in south central Ohio. Installed in a special freestanding viewer that allows gallery visitors to scroll through the photographs, the series explores with 3-D intensity the quiet details of the site. Brutz works for the Cleveland Museum of Art, custom-making mounts to hold works of art from the tiniest jewelry to massive stone sculptures. His photography has appeared in exhibitions at MOCA Cleveland and at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the museum has acquired a number of his photographs for its collection.
G. M. Donley, whose first solo show was at Herbert Ascherman Jr.’s Cleveland Photographic Workshop in 1990, is designer and editor of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s magazine, and was a founding member of Heights Arts. His strongly horizontal photographs here combine dozens of overlapping transparent images to create dense collages of 360-degree panoramas or excursions such as mountain hikes and bicycle rides.
Matthew Fehrmann, an adjunct professor at Cleveland Institute of Art where he is responsible for fine art digital photography and printing courses, has spent a dozen years honing his reputation as a maker of fine art prints for major photographers. Last year, he and two friends rode motorcycles from Alaska to Mexico, and here he shows images made during that journey. His work has recently been on view locally at 78th Street Studios.
Nancy McEntee, professor of photography at the Cleveland Institute of Art, is a 2009 recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership on Arts and Culture, and also received a Virginia Center For the Creative Arts Fellowship Residency and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Her photographs are exhibited nationally and can be found in many public and private collections. She was awarded a residency at the Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland for summer 2010, and the photographs she presents here portray her daughter, who is the subject of her ongoing body of work,in the striking Irish landscape.
Michael Weil inspired this exhibition with his series of photographs looking down from Seat 9A during a commercial flight from Cleveland to Sacramento via Houston. Juxtaposing images of runway tarmac, exurban developments, arid mountain ranges, and massive-scale agriculture, the series finds poetic visual rhymes through texture and abstraction. A photo-historian by profession, Weil earned a PhD from Case Western Reserve University and is currently an adjunct professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
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A collection of small works by six significant artists:
(photography, painting, fiber, and sculpture)
My work has long focused on the themes of intimacy, memory and timelessness, which I explore in small black and white photographs. My current project, Novel, illustrates scenes from imaginary narratives with atmospheric images of existing historical and natural sites assigned new, fictitious histories. The work asks viewers to reconsider their perceptions of what they believe they know about a place, as well as to reflect on the subjective nature of history. The images eliminate references to the present and evoke an atmosphere of mystery. The titles, written as excerpts from the Novel, present the viewer with open-ended scenarios that they can interpret based on their own imagination and experience. The project is ongoing as the narrative of the Novel continues to develop.
Amber J. Anderson is an Ohio-based photographer who creates work based on themes of memory, mystery, intimacy, and history. She is inspired by historical sites, rural landscapes, and classic literature. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and Master of Arts degree in arts administration from The University of Akron. She has exhibited her work locally at SPACES, Zygote Press, and Aperture Tremont and nationally in galleries in California, Vermont and Oregon. She currently resides with her family in Cleveland Heights.
The paintings presented here were created spontaneously over a period of time, and stem from sources including my memory, imagination, written words, photographs, organic specimens, and sketch book notations of nature. When arranged in proximity they present a complex and multi-faceted view of our beautiful and fragile natural environment today.
Cleveland native Susan Danko received a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1998. Her work is included in prominent public and private art collections including the Cleveland Clinic, Springfield Medical Center, and Nordson Corporation. Her current exhibition ‘Singular Perceptions’ is on view at Harris-Stanton Gallery in Akron through April 7th. Her work will be included in the ‘Midwestern’ exhibition at the Rockford Art Museum in May, and her paintings will be featured in volume 17/18 of Studio Visit Magazine in late spring of 2012.
I love making stitches; they are simple and straightforward. No loud machines, no protective gear, just a hand, needle, thread, fabric and scissors are needed. Stitches historically have been both necessary and decorative. They can help to tell a story, record important occasions, and bring people together.
My framed pieces range in size from an inch to almost two feet in length. Work on a small scale demands of the eye greater attention to detail. I overlap stitches to add dimension. I am inspired by colors and patterns found in nature.
I have recently been exploring combining my textile work with found vintage objects, beginning with my Grandfathers gears and washers. I like the idea of using the old scissors in a new way and wonder what they were used for before I found them? Stitching? Cutting papers? Utilitarian? Bonsai? They are now part of a complete art piece where their patina, scratches, and history are integrated into a unified piece.
Emily Felderman teaches art at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, OH. She received her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University. Her artwork primarily consists of framed textile pieces and textile work integrated vintage found objects.
For as long as I can remember, I have needed to create things with my hands. Inspired by my father’s art studio, I proceeded to blend my mental imagination with the physical component of creating tangible ideas by hand. As time went on, I realized that I was beginning a lifelong journey of self-discovery about what it means to be an artist and how it would define me.
My formal education began at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. I experienced many opportunities to explore my abilities, as well as, absorbing inspiration from the vast amount of art and culture within the city. I left the Corcoran for The Art Academy of Cincinnati because at the time, the Academy offered classes which better suited my goals. I pursued illustration as a focus but soon included painting and printmaking courses. These combined disciplines strengthened my sense of color, process and communication skills. I graduated with a major in painting and printmaking along with a minor in illustration.
I use color, form, and texture to create mixed media paintings that are inspired by the beauty and diversity of both natural and decorative forms. My goal is that each painting becomes a source of contemplation and ongoing discovery for myself and other viewers.
Combining different materials using an additive and subtractive process, I build up several layers of paint that I scratch into, draw marks on, and collage papers onto. This results in a complex textured surface and color field with bits and pieces of previous layers being revealed through each subsequent layer. At some point in the process, I begin adding shapes and objects inspired by birds, insects, and other biological forms. Each painting becomes a record of its own unique history through the remnants of colors, lines, and marks that remain visible through the final layer of paint.
Lynn O’Brien was born and raised in Northampton, Massachusetts. She studied art at the University of Arizona in Tucson before moving to Cleveland in 2001. She works as both an artist and a registered nurse. Her interest in natural forms and patterns and her entomologist husband provide ongoing sources of biological inspiration. She has exhibited her work locally, regionally and nationally and has received several awards. Lynn’s work will be included in a new book entitled 100 Midwest Artists by Ashley Rooney which will be available in May 2012.
I create small sculptures on mythological themes. I use the human body to explore movement in space; action and reaction; and the problems of “open” and “closed” form. I do not deny myself subject, but rather revel in it to explore emotion through my choice of myth and the consequent situations offered therein. I enjoy researching the traditional concept and iconography and then delve deeper into more obscure interpretations to see if I can make any logical leaps in mythic reason; to see if I can add any nuance of meaning when I am done playing and my plastic actors have finally settled on a pose. In this way I hope to make objects that mover, delight, and instruct or, at least, provide incentive to explore the sources I set askew.
My works are basically domestic. They are created to be in the hands of an individual; to be touched, turned, and examined with the naked eye (after all, turn about is fair play). Their scale denies the pompous heroism of more monumental sculpture. (They are conversational rather than rhetorical; intimate rather than public.) Indeed, if my creations do not make large statements, they at least make side remarks which might induce thought or contemplation.
Heights Arts presents 3 Creative Workforce Fellows whose work relates to each other through design, materials, and color.
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furniture and objects by Northeast Ohio contemporary designer/makers
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Mon, Tues, Wed 10-5
Thurs, Fri 10-9:30 pm
Sat 1:30-9:30 pm
through October 20
Curated by Andrea Joki, the show illuminates paper as a carrier of artists’ symbols and as a medium in itself with processes including drawing, painting, cut paper, collage, sculpture and pulp.
The show coincides in its closing days with the International Association of Hand Papermakers (IAPMA) and Friends of Dard Hunter conference hosted by Cleveland’s Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Education Foundation.
Shelly DiCello, Tom Balbo, Tim Callaghan, Laura Cooperman, Julie Friedman, Sarah Kabot, Margaret Kimura, Michael Loderstedt, Liz Maugans, Pam McKee, Darice Polo, Corrie Slawson, Dan Tranberg, Achala Wali and Trudy Wiesenberger
Photo: paper made at the Morgan Conservatory
There's no place like home to shop for high quality art for yourself or others. Heights Arts 11th annual Holiday Store presents 85+ local artists.
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Ambiente • Rozanne Anderson • Todd Anderson • Judith Angelo • Kris Barnes • Mary Ann Barnes • Kim Baxter • David Bergholz • Sue Berry • Sue Bevis • David Brichford • William Brouillard • Ann Caywood Brown • Catherine Butler • Roy Camillo • Grace Chin • Barbara Claas • Kristen Cliffel • Martha Cliffel • Robert Coby • Jennifer Craun • Benita Cullinan • Sue Danko • Bonnie Dolin • G.M. Donley • Megan Dull • Julianne Edberg • Gene Epstein • Betsy Fallon • Emily Felderman • Susan Gallagher • Pat Garmhausen • Laurie Garrett • Linda Goldstone • Bonnie Gordon • Gretchen Goss • Yumiko Goto • Leslie Greenhalgh • Sharon Grossman • Steven Hagan • Russ Hardy • Mark Hartung • Earl James • Ursula Korneitchouk • Chadd Lacy • Elaine Lamb • Andrea Leblond • Gavin Lehman • Lynne Lofton • Tobi Mattes • Rachel McPherson • Doug Meyer • Michael Mikula • Jackie Miller • Lynn O'Brien • Catherine Davies Paetz • Pam Pastoric • Campbell Paxton • Shayna Roth Pentecost • Maryann Posch + John Gulyas • Qandle Qadir • Jeanne Regan • Susan Roberts • Michael Romanik • Romanik Photography • Lisa Schonberg • Genevieve Schwartz • Susan Skove • David Smith • Kate Snow • Carol Sphar • Ellen Strong • Mark Sudduth • Carol Thombs • Mindy Tousley • Jeremy Tugeau • Valerie Tyler • Debbie Vail • Michael Weil • Mark Yasenchack • Brent Kee Young • Martha Young
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10-5
Thursday, Friday 10-9:30
This show presents two accomplished artists who are not formally trained. What they have in common is a high degree of craftsmanship expressing exceptional imagination. Each engages in art-making that involves obsessive detail.
David Mull’s detailed, imaginative ink and graphite drawings are made on found paper, rocks, and other objects.
Martha Cliffel’s colorful assemblages, sometimes political and sometimes whimsical, are made from found objects.
Special thanks to Bill Schubert of Headfooter’s Gallery for advising on this show.
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 6-9 PM
Mark Slankard and Andy Curlowe, both recipients of Creative Workforce Fellowships, are the featured artists from March 1 through April 13.
Slankard’s evocative photographs from the Toplu Series capture the rapidly changing landscapes in Turkish suburbia, developments that Slankard began to document in 2008 after several years of travel to the country. His work reflects “landscape as a physical manifestation of those who live there, and their values and the power structures that basically shape the place.”
Curlowe’s paintings similarly explore themes of civilization and relationships between built environments and the contours of natural landscape. His paintings “confront the ever-changing relationship between these realms. Focused on suggestive landscape, my work is a fusion of curved lines and blurred contours of natural forms which counter the sharp geometry of industry and calculation. Whether in conflict or harmony, these works emphasize the power struggles between both worlds.”
Opening reception Friday, April 19, 6-9 pm
Fairfax Elementary School, Jessica Friedland, art teacher
Boulevard Elementary School, Hilary Nemecek, art teacher
Heights High, Susan Hood, art teacher
The mural, the product of an Ohio Arts Council Artist Residency with Augusto Bordelois, will be installed on the Heights Youth Club, 2065 Lee Road, where it was designed and fabricated in the after school program.
The Heights Youth Club Mosaic Mural is a project of Heights Arts that both enriched students’ after school experience AND enlivens the Lee Road streetscape, reflecting Heights Arts’ vision that art is part of every day life. The mural is a window into the current life of the former church repurposed into a vibrant after-school program.
The project was made possible through the generosity of The Ohio Arts Council, Beth Sersig + Christopher Brandt, The Cyrus Eaton Foundation, Jack + Blanche Valancy, The Dominion Foundation, US Bank, and Elisabeth Gevelber. THANK YOU!
Photos of the mosaic project are here.
present significant art to the community
emphasize regional artists, with special attention to Heights artists
collaborate and foster collaboration among area artists and institutions
advance the arts and artists
stimulate wider art appreciation.
Unsolicited proposals from artists and curators that support the gallery mission are welcome.
Artists: please submit, by email or mail, digital images representative of your work, a brief artist statement, and a resum√©.
Curators: please submit, by email or mail, a one-page proposal inclusive of images or other pertinent information, and a resum√©.
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