Archive for February, 2015

Winter Issue of Aeqai Online

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Announcements

The January/February issue of aeqai has just posted. It’s a six week, rather than four week, issue, as the first two weeks in January were off to a slow start, after the holidays wended their way out of our systems, and the weather began to allow us to go out and not freeze. We begin […]

Public Art: Where It’s Headed, and Why It Matters to Cincinnati

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, Winter 2015

Public Art: Where It’s Headed, and Why It Matters to Cincinnati

Editor’s Note: Aeqai asked ArtWorks Executive Director Tamara Harkavy and Communications Director Christine Carli to let our readers know what ArtWorks’ plans for 2015 include, and their essay appears as the first piece in the Jan/Feb. aeqai. ArtWorks is an amazing phenomenon: Harkavy started it mainly as a jobs program for both inner city children […]

Word Image Image Word

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, Winter 2015

Word Image Image Word

“Writing’s just drawing in different apparel, and drawing is another way of writing.”—Jean Cocteau This Cocteau quote was the heart of a recent Word Image Image Word exhibition at the Art Academy. Curator Matt Hart, poet and chair of the Academy’s Liberal Arts Department, invited nationally and internationally known writers to participate by providing them […]

Based on a True Story

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, Winter 2015

Based on a True Story

The term “based on a true story” gives promise of an almost reality, while lending full disclosure that what’s before you is not teeming with truth; and herein lies the most humbling preface for an exhibition about history.  Artists Frohawk Two Feathers and Duke Riley navigate the world of the omitted, the imagined, and the […]

Max Unterhaslberger at Phyllis Weston Gallery

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, Winter 2015

Max Unterhaslberger at Phyllis Weston Gallery

One senses a materiality trying to escape from these paintings. In some of them Unterhaslberger traps the work behind a clear acrylic screen by applying the paint, sometimes thickly, to the back of the acrylic leaving us to view a perfectly flat surface. Guessing at the dimension that lies beneath is joyful rather than mysterious. […]

Profile of Annie Bolling

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, Winter 2015

Profile of Annie Bolling

If Annie Bolling and Beverley Lamb reach their highest aspiration for their 1,800-square-foot art gallery on Woodburn Avenue, the art they make will fill the entire 1.96 square miles of East Walnut Hills and Walnut Hills combined. And the greatest artwork produced by The Gallery Project they operate will be a combination of the art […]

Manifest Open Drawing Sessions: Works on Paper Pursuing the drawing question

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

Manifest Open Drawing Sessions: Works on Paper Pursuing the drawing question

Why draw? Brazee Street Studio gallery is where one can peruse the efforts of 10 dedicated participants in the Manifest Open Studio live model sessions. This small showing, presented casually with small bull clips pinned to the wall, exhibits a mixture of media and approaches from warmup exercises to statements considered in extended timeframes. The […]

Seeing Isn’t Believing: Exploring the Contemporary Arts Center’s “Unmade” exhibition featuring Anne Lindberg and Saskia Olde Wolbers

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

Seeing Isn’t Believing: Exploring the Contemporary Arts Center’s “Unmade” exhibition featuring Anne Lindberg and Saskia Olde Wolbers

To commemorate Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center’s (CAC)’s 75th anniversary, the Steven Matijcio-curated exhibition “Unmade” dissolves vision and purpose, not only in the works displayed, but the 12-year-old landmark building in which they are housed. Zaha Hadid’s rough, angular architecture is obscured by the flux in dimensionality and reality created by artists Anne Lindberg’s and Saskia […]

The Burning Ones, Installation by Anthony Becker at the Eva G. Farris Gallery Thomas Moore College

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

The Burning Ones, Installation by Anthony Becker at the Eva G. Farris Gallery  Thomas Moore College

Experiencing an installation, which is typically a temporary endeavor by the artist, requires a different approach than viewing a finished object, sculpture or painting.  In the former, the viewer may participate in the piece itself, become part of it perhaps.  With the latter, the viewer observes the manifestation of a process of thought and physical […]

“On the Road and Into the Woods,” Covington Arts, closed

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

“On the Road and Into the Woods,” Covington Arts, closed

Last fall the Covington Arts Center moved from its Seventh Street space to the corner of Pike and Madison. It was just a block but the difference is gargantuan. Overseen by Cate Becker, the gallery vacated a huge space that could easily accommodate 100 pieces. I’d also describe it as bordering on unmanageable, “bordering” because […]

East meets West: the Art of Frank Satogata

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

East meets West: the Art of Frank Satogata

Hawaiian born of Japanese ancestry and raised stateside in Western culture, Frank Satogata’s solo exhibition at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center is evidence of his continuing search for visual language integrating the processes of both Eastern and Western arts. This show brings together designs and paintings using Zen Calligraphy and Abstract Expressionism and several examples […]

Greg Storer: A Noted Local Artist and Teacher

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

Greg Storer: A Noted Local Artist and Teacher

“When I was about five, I was introduced to art,” said Greg Storer, now 58.  “My father was a weekend painter using oils.”  Although Storer took art classes at Moeller High School, he said he didn’t gain much knowledge.  “I learned a lot on my own,” he added. However, he received a football scholarship from […]

AUSCHWITZ, FEBRUARY 2009

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

AUSCHWITZ, FEBRUARY 2009

Editor’s Note: 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest of all the concentration camps established by Nazi Germany in World War II.  Located in Poland, in its heyday, 10,000 Jews a day were gassed to death there, while others, all of whom arrived in boxcars made for cattle, were forced […]

WHAT IS THIS ART THING? by Ruben Morrissey Edited by Cynthia Kukla

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

WHAT IS THIS ART THING? by Ruben Morrissey  Edited by Cynthia Kukla

Read this like you saying, “Homie is a baller.” Swaying would be good too. http://www.learner.org/courses/globalart/work/207/index.html So I says, “Man, look at all those chairs.  2014 was “The Year of Chairs!”  I see this exhibit, orange chairs, lime green chairs sitting in front of really boring paintings not even made with paint (can you imagine?)  What’s […]

The Architecture People Love

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

The Architecture People Love

Has  the practice of architecture declined in recent years? Are we seeing more “bad” and “ugly” than “good” and “beautiful” buildings? And who is to judge?  The architectural press and mainstream media have recently shown renewed interest in the state of architectural practice and criticism.  Some of our best-known pundits picked up on Frank Gehry’s […]

Mythic Meeting: Robert Rauschenberg and Will Ryman at New Orleans Museum of Art

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

Mythic Meeting:   Robert Rauschenberg and Will Ryman at New Orleans Museum of Art

Sometimes walking into and wandering through a museum, not really knowing what’s on view or really why you’re there other than it’s a museum, is one of the most pleasurable experiences that can happen to you – serendipity fashioned out of boredom, merging with a magic feeling, like getting lost and then finding out you […]

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

Words and Images For A Better World: Aralee STRANGE (1943-2013), Literary Artist, and her Visual Artist Friends Aralee Strange, a poet and playwright, was born December 5, 1943, in Birmingham, Alabama. After living and working in Atlanta, GA, Cambridge, MA, and New York City, NY, she settled for more than twenty years in Cincinnati, OH. […]

Some Thoughts on Some Recent Films

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

A current trend in Hollywood films this season seems to be the biopic, based on “true” lives, but often manipulative of those stories toward particular social ends. Some are less directly about “real” people than creating possible representative lives and characters, but the intents seem similar: to characterize a segment or aspect of society and […]

Letter to Mayor Cranley and City Council

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

“When members of a society wish to secure that society’s rich heritage they cherish their arts and respect their artists. The esteem with which we regard the multiple cultures offered in our country enhances our possibilities for healthy survival and continued social development.”                                                                                            -MAYA ANGELOU, Poet Dear Mayor Cranley, and City Council Members, I am […]

Four Poems By Huck Fairman

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

STONE WALL   Old stone, coursed gray granite and mortar crumbling, veins of countless shades like wild rivers caught in mothering molten past now not a few inches from my face and stretching out over the brown buried land that runs in circle to the snow sky and back to where we stand. This old […]

Maxwell’s Poetry Corner

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

Lust of the Lush     My cheeks rubricate especially with red wine, then turning purple if I also eat pecans, and my eye feels pressure, itching around the lids. I predict a mild nut allergy.  As the alcohol opens my facial capillaries, so the nut elements squeeze through the normally closed cells, a reaction […]

FEBRUARY

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

FEBRUARY   Winter crept in like Sandburg’s fog only to arch up its back again.   February 6, 2015

SOLUTIONS — HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, THROUGH SELF-UNDERSTANDING A BOOK FOR ALL SEASONS: THE MEANING OF HUMAN EXISTENCE

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

“Only three or four books in a life time,” Proust said through his character Swann in Remembrance of Things Past, “give us anything that is of real importance.” While Edward O. Wilson, author of The Meaning of Human Existence, is biologist, naturalist, professor emeritus at Harvard, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he is also a […]

Book Review: Preparation of the Next Life by Atticus Lish

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

Atticus Lish’s novel, Preparation for the Next Life, published by Tyrant Books in paperback only, is the finest debut novel I have read in at least 25 years.  Rave reviews are pouring in from every publication of note that has reviewed his book.  Let me say up front that this is a must read novel, […]

Book Review: Hand to Mouth: Living in the Bootstrap of America by Linda Tirado

February 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Winter 2015

Barbara Ehrenreich, one of America’s finest journalists, brought contemporary American poverty to this country’s consciousness in two works of non-fiction, first in Nickel and Dimed, published in 2001, and later in Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, published in 2006, right before the great market crash of 2008.  In the first […]