Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Cleveland Art Links

Since no one has stepped forward to take over this blog, I have gone through and updated the links on the sidebar to keep them current; some galleries and other sites have either disappeared, stopped caring, or don't keep updated when it comes to their own website.

I've added some artists, other Cleveland art scene sites, various galleries, and online culture forums.
If anything, consider Burning River Arts to be your launch pad.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Any Takers?

Let's face it, I've been getting busy lately, and I am about to become more so. I was asked to do this blog by someone who started the network and has pretty much disappeared. It isn't like I get paid or cool freebies, and with the other writing I do get paid to do on top of my own shit I'm becoming less inclined to keep going with this thing. It isn't like I write long winded reviews, or in-depth interviews, but it has gotten annoying when I have the nagging feeling I should "post something" here. Better for me just to cut it off completely so I have one less thing on my plate. Sorry if that sounds douchey and selfish, but #1 comes first and I'm just trying to be practical. Besides, I always thought my friends found my being selfish, vain, crass, and the overall contempt for humanity to be endearing.

While I do think there isn't sufficient coverage about the arts scene in Cleveland (The Plain Dealer being a joke since there is one art critic -- ahem architecture critic -- who wears a stinkin' beret!), there are some other goods sites like Pink Eye Magazine, and Cleveland Art Project. I think I compiled a pretty good list of links on the blogroll too.

If anyone in the Cleveland are would like to take over this spot, please do email me. The glory can be yours, if anything it'll give you an excuse to get out of the house.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Festivus @ Low Life Gallery

Festivus for the Rest of Us! Yes there will be a pole, yes, there will be feats of strength, and yes, there will be the airing of grievances. Oh yeah, there will be art too.
Dec. 13th 1pm-5pm at Low Life Gallery. 16001 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas Art Shoppin'

December 12: Find that perfect Xmas gift for that hard to shop for person. Dana L. Depew and other Cleveland artists have donated countless works of art The opening bid on ALL pieces starts at a mere $30. All proceeds from this event go directly to keeping the gallery open to the public and to help subsidize future events.

works by:
Matthew Dibble, Meredith Hahn, The Sign Guy, Mallorie Freeman, Kortney Niewierski, Bridget Ginley, Robert Banks, RA Washington, George Kocar, Jess Samuelson, Beth Wolfe, Meat, Michael Loderstedt, Paul Sydorenko, Douglas Max Utter, Candy Depew, Tom Bartel, Bill Radawec, Jeff Klaum, Craig Lucas, Bob Peck, Chris Kaspar, Mark Yasenchak, Frank Oblak, Dana L. Depew, and many many more. Silent Bidding begins Friday Dec 12, 5-10pm, and ends Sat Dec 13, 6-11pm. Auction is over at 11pm sharp on Sat.

December 12 - 13:
There will be the Little Italy art walk including Gina's Gallery & Boutique which will be open until 10pm.
FRIDAY - Elle-A-Belle trunk show - 7-10pm: Meet and greet with glass jewelry artist Laurie Warshawsky. Many new glass and gemstone jewelry styles.
SATURDAY - Duchess von Dudik release show: All day long. See new winter coats and dresses.

December 13 - 14: Bazaar Bizarre, Cleveland's fabulous original indie craft show takes place Saturday December 13th from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday December 14th from noon to 6:00 p.m. @ 78th Street Studios: 1300 W. 78th St to 1305 W. 80th St., North parking lot, North entrance. New this year: a gift-wrapping station and many other conveniences that'll make BazBiz your one-stop shop for holiday gifts. No more mass produced mall stuff! Buy handmade! You can view the vendor list here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Art Appreciation

The man I live with has for years been bored to tears by my dragging him to various art events. He does in fact have a good eye, so of course only 10% of the exhibits (museum and otherwise) I have dragged him to were in any way enjoyable. I have noticed a trend in his art criticism, which I have now chosen to illustrate in hopes it may better assist those who enjoy art outings, but are perhaps uncertain of how to put it into words. Maybe it is my man's fancy European schooling or his career as a writer, but I find his repeated musings to be most eloquent and to the point, don't you?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Shaheen Gallery recap

If you haven't done so, be sure to check out the T.R. Ericsson solo show @ Shaheen Contemporary Art. The patience, technique and overall delicacy of each piece is amazing. These are burned silkscreens and loose graphite powder that are rubbed, stenciled and vacuumed...

the artist w/ Mallorie Freeman, who framed the entire show

Quite a few people came out considering the tsunami outside. His work is in permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Progressive Insurance collection, JP Morgan Chase collection, and the Museum of Modern Art. Fancy eh?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

All Things Cleveland recap

Well I said goddam! It was packed! Whatdoyaknow, Clevelanders coming out to make fun of Cleveland. But, as my friend said, if she were in any city government capacity, she would have made a point of coming to this show just to see what residents and creatives really think. In any case, fun was had by all. Luckily I got to the show right as it opened and got some good uncrowded shots. This way....

Get this party started right!

I wasn't brave enough to try the food, were you?

I remember pissing off a bunch of guys when I first moved here because I said in all seriousness, "how come the Browns are the colors of A&W rootbeer?"

Okay, I have a confession to make: I grabbed one of these and a domino effect took place, I totally wasted 1/4 of those glasses.

Great video by Paul Sydorenko...

Bridget Ginley & Laura Lampe enjoying the Cleveland SGS video booth

Carlos Villagra, Anthony Davila, and Chris Ryniak. AG representin'

John G & Laura Lampe

So there you go. Lots more shots I wish I had gotten, but the place was getting a tad crazy to the point where I was smooshed. Thanks to Dana Depew for putting this on and thanks to Cleveland+ for making a stink about the show, sendng the gallery a legal letter, and making people want to see this exhibition that much more as a result.