Archive for September, 2015

la Biennale di Venezia: Part Two: Americans in Venice

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, September 2015

la Biennale di Venezia: Part Two: Americans in Venice

The Venice Biennale, which opened in May, is on view through Nov 22 with exhibitions in the Giardini and the Arsenale, featuring 136 artists, 89 participating countries, and 44 collateral events presented by non-profit organizations and exhibited in various locations across Venice. The city’s massive Arsenale (of Venice’s mighty past as controller of the Mediterranean) […]

The Nothing that is There: “Stewart Goldman: Nuances” at the Philip M. Meyers, Jr., Memorial Gallery, DAAP, September 13-October 25, 2015

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, September 2015

The Nothing that is There:  “Stewart Goldman: Nuances” at the Philip M. Meyers, Jr., Memorial Gallery, DAAP, September 13-October 25, 2015

It’s fair to wonder on what basis we can be sure that the wonderful series of recent paintings by Stewart Goldman, curated by Aaron Cowan, are landscapes. Many are horizontal—some even lusciously elongated—but not all. The artist has provided a number of keys to help us see the landscape elements that inspired these mostly non-representational […]

The Romance of Spaces: An Interview with Denise Burge

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, September 2015

The Romance of Spaces: An Interview with Denise Burge

Denise Burge is an associate professor of art at UC’s DAAP College of Art. I visited her on a warm late summer day in her studio in Northside where I found her working on the beginnings of a new series. Burge is known for her work with quilts as well as more recent video and […]

Mothersbaugh Performance at Woodward

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, September 2015

Mothersbaugh Performance at Woodward

Walking into the Woodward Theater in OTR, the first person I noticed was Quinn. We had never met before,  but judging by the swiftness of his steps and his frequent motion of hand to chin during the warm up I could tell that he had a lot to say. As it turned out,  Quinn had […]

Suspended over the Abyss: Seeing Calvino at the Cincinnati Public Library

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, September 2015

Suspended over the Abyss:  Seeing Calvino at the Cincinnati Public Library

Stationed inside the Cincinnati Public Library’s downtown branch, in the International Fiction alcove, is an archipelago of funky institutional wooden tables topped with glass rectangular boxes.  Inside the glass boxes are 55 illustrations by three artists depicting the cities Italo Calvino poetically maps in Invisible Cities, the shapely novel/epic-poem/dialogue that has an effortlessly epic quality […]

Beth Hertz, Ahead of Her Time: Visionary Abstract Painter

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

Beth Hertz, Ahead of Her Time: Visionary Abstract Painter

Abstraction has made an explosive return to the visual arts in the past five years or so, and every now and again, an artist who is relatively unknown will surface with work that’s astonishingly fine. Dayton-area based Beth Hertz is just such an artist. An acolyte of Stanton MacDonald-Wright and Morgan Russell, Hertz was fascinated […]

Cincinnati’s Cultural Building Boom

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

Cincinnati's Cultural Building Boom

Downtown Cincinnati is experiencing the biggest cultural building boom since the 1880s.  If planning capital projects for arts and education is an indication of confidence in the economy, it appears that we are moving out of the so-called “Great Recession.”  Museums, theaters, and Downtown restaurants are bustling with popular performances at the Aronoff Center, which […]

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

The Bois de Boulogne is a large Park on the outskirts of central Paris. It is a serene, green space with ponds and paths and playgrounds and now, an astounding Frank Gehry designed private museum. It was commissioned by Bernard Arnault, Chairman of LVMH, the luxury goods conglomerate and owner of Louis Vuitton to, in […]

“Fibers: The Next Dimension,” Kennedy Heights Arts Center, closes September 26, 2015

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

“Fibers: The Next Dimension,” Kennedy Heights Arts Center, closes September 26, 2015

I had high hopes for “Fiber: The Next Dimension” at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center. The photograph of Amy Wallace’s Nature’s Vessel that accompanied the press release bolstered those hopes. I’d also seen guest curator, Carole Gary Staples’ 2013 “Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold” at Kennedy Heights, and liked it a lot (see aeqai.com, […]

Under 30: A Showcase of Millennial Talent at C-LINK Gallery

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

Under 30: A Showcase of Millennial Talent at C-LINK Gallery

As I drove to C-LINK Gallery, located at Brazee Street Studios in Oakley, Cincinnati, I realized I’d never actually been inside the building.  I’d driven by it, once, while searching for an elusive community garden, and had noted the decaying Shepard Fairey paste-up on an exterior wall.  The mural, installed in conjunction with Fairey’s twenty-five-year […]

Unknown Elements

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

Unknown Elements

Unknown Elements is this strange passage of time.  Walking into the quaint exhibition space is as if walking into a long lost living room.  Images of family members grace the walls, ranging from a war-time portrait of your heroic uncle to your mother’s failed attempt at documenting your annual vacation out West; from monochromatic flash […]

America the Beautiful

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

  The publishing of this AEQAI article couldn’t come at a better time as fashion month is officially in full swing with designers showcasing their Spring 2016 collections across the globe. It first begins in the United States with New York Fashion Week, and then migrates to London, Milan, and Paris. Generally speaking, as the […]

Radiance in Abundance at Brazee

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

Radiance in Abundance at Brazee

The Brazee Studios Art gallery, tucked away in the suburb of Oakley, is currently featuring the well paired work of painter M. Katherine Hurley and sculptress Margot Gotoff. Hurley’s big sky motifs in dramatic color dominate the main room. The viewer’s vantage points are varied: sometimes earthbound sometimes mid-flight, atmospherically enveloped in the cloud cover. […]

M. Katherine Hurley: Nationally Acclaimed Landscape Artist

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

M. Katherine Hurley:  Nationally Acclaimed Landscape Artist

M. Katherine Hurley grew up in Gates Mills, a small, rural community, 40 miles east of Cleveland.  While her first love was horses, she later focused on landscapes.  They both became sanctuaries for her when life grew challenging.  She found comfort and beauty in solitary places. Hurley’s interest in art comes from her family.  Her […]

Justin Van Hoy’s Legacy Lives on at Slow Culture

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

Justin Van Hoy’s Legacy Lives on at Slow Culture

Shortly after the release of Justin Van Hoy’s 2012 curatorial publication Milk & Honey: Contemporary Art in California, his life came to an untimely end. At just 31, the accomplished artist lost what had been his second battle with cancer. While Van Hoy had found success at a relatively early age due to his prodigious […]

Jennifer Gunlock Continues to Communicate the Complexities of Ecological Imbalance through Her Practice

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

Jennifer Gunlock Continues to Communicate the Complexities of Ecological Imbalance through Her Practice

Los-Angeles based artist Jennifer Gunlock has often looked to nature for inspiration. While her work seems abstractionist, it also embodies elements that link her to surrealism: Gunlock has an uncanny ability to interweave elements of the urban world with tree-like formations that, together, produce futuristic landscapes. Intrigued by the camouflaged cell phone tower, poorly fashioned after […]

Poem by Louis Zoellar Bickett

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

JON BALES DYING       Your once handsome face had morphed into a mask of dry leather. You were hard to look at. Yet your eyes were still an improbable blue that could have sucked in the dead.   I was lying next to you in your hospital bed your elbow pressed against my […]

Maxwell’s Poetry Corner

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

Folds of Paper   A workman’s glove trampled, tattered abandoned on the sidewalk.   Pointing to the sky. The index finger signals: look up.   The great blue, A half moon between wires, A plane inching.   Why reveal the obvious to a wandering man seeking answers?  Are they there   hidden like words beneath […]

H is for Hawk

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

English writer Helen Macdonald’s memoir H is for Hawk is one of the most brilliantly conceived and written books of the year. I passed on buying it three times, as I couldn’t decide if it might be fascinating, or boring, or some kind of gimmick (alas, one does approach so much culture with those stipulations and/or concerns […]

Artists as Activists

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

Saad Ghosn’s new and superb book, Artists as Activists, is now out, with a book signing and sale that just took place at Joseph Beth at Rookwood on September 19th.  It’s a splendid offering, full of individual interview essays that Ghosn wrote himself from a selection of many of this region’s finest artists. Let me recommend up […]

The Sympathizers, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Dragonfish, by Vu Tran

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in September 2015

Two recent novels, The Sympathizers, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Dragonfish, by Vu Tran, are debut novels by two Vietnamese-American men, and the books have many elements in common (besides their excellence).  The ndmerican media have been assuring us since Vietnam reunited, and since Western businesspeople began to go there to seek business opportunities, that the Vietnamese, […]

September Issue of Aeqai Online

September 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Announcements

The September Aeqai has just posted. This issue represents a kind of transition period, from mid-to late August, through the first third of September, when the summer’s just about over, and the fall season’s about to begin in earnest. More are organizations, institutions , and for-profits program year ’round now, so we still have a […]