Archive for May, 2016

May Issue of Aeqai Online

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Announcements

The May issue of Aeqai has just posted, and it’s another very large issue, filled with reviews, profiles/interviews, tributes to arts leaders, and our small literary section. We begin with Karen Chambers’ admirable review of the exhibtion “Unraveled” , at The Contemporary Arts Center, guest curated by Kate Bonansinga, Director of the School of Art at UC/DAAP. […]

“UNRAVELED: Textiles Reconsidered,” Contemporary Arts Center, through August 14, 2016

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, May 2016

“UNRAVELED: Textiles Reconsidered,” Contemporary Arts Center, through August 14, 2016

When you walk into “UNRAVELED: Textiles Reconsidered” at the Contemporary Arts Center, the first piece you encounter is Legacies, 2006, by Kari Steihaug (b. 1962, Norway; resides Oslo). With an unfinished sweater hanging high overhead, it dominates the gallery and is the perfect way to start the show visually and intellectually. It succinctly illustrates curator […]

Tom Marioni’s Dry Fresco, Drawings and Bronze at Carl Solway Gallery

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, May 2016

Tom Marioni’s Dry Fresco, Drawings and Bronze at Carl Solway Gallery

How are we to understand the intentions of a conceptual artist like Tom Marioni when he mounts an exhibition of objects using traditional mediums like fresco, drawing and bronze sculpture? It’s true that with conceptual art the medium is dictated by the idea (as Marioni has said with typical humor, a conceptual artist is “free […]

Domestic Departures

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, May 2016

Domestic Departures

Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC) is host to artist in residence Susan Byrnes and her nostalgic narrative: Domestic Departures.  Conjuring the ever personal yet universal experience of home, her body of work engages the topic through a myriad of mediums, including sculpture, sound, performance, and more. From the historic 19th century architecture to the doorbell […]

Formal Function: Strategies of Abstraction Through June 11, 2016 at The Carnegie

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, May 2016

Formal Function: Strategies of Abstraction Through June 11, 2016  at The Carnegie

Don’t let the title frighten you. This is quite simply one of the best abstract shows I’ve seen in years. A wide variety of what passes for abstraction today may open up a world of techniques and formats. Abstraction has run the gamut of possible definitions in the past century, and seems far from running […]

Maps and Stars: “Not in New York: Carl Solway and Cincinnati” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, April 30-October 30, 2016

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, May 2016

Maps and Stars: “Not in New York: Carl Solway and Cincinnati”  at the Cincinnati Art Museum, April 30-October 30, 2016

Carl Solway (and family) have been so deeply entwined with the art gallery scene in Cincinnati that it takes a timeline on the wall to keep it all straight. He graduated from Walnut Hills in 1952; ten years later, he opened Flair Gallery at Fifth and Race. Ten years after that, he had two galleries […]

“Kirk Mangus: Ceramic Sculpture and Drawing,” Carl Solway Gallery, through July 9, 2016

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

“Kirk Mangus: Ceramic Sculpture and Drawing,” Carl Solway Gallery, through July 9, 2016

Being unfamiliar with Kirk Mangus’s (1952-2013) work, seeing his exhibition at Carl Solway Gallery of ceramic sculpture and drawings, spanning four decades, was overwhelming. I can’t describe the work or its impact better than Douglas Max Utter did in his review of Mangus’s 2014 retrospective, “Things Love,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland: […]

“Uncovering: Our Beauty, Strength, and Fragility” at Wash Park Art Gallery

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

“Uncovering: Our Beauty, Strength, and Fragility” at Wash Park Art Gallery

The exhibit, “Uncovering: Our Beauty, Strength, and Fragility” opened at Wash Park Art Gallery on May 20, and continues through June 12. The show features the nude figure, portrayed in a variety of media and styles, by nine artists: Tina Gutierrez, Ray Hassard, Carin, Marlena, and Robert Hebenstreit, Marsha Karagheusian, Setsuko LeCroix, Tom Post, and […]

Edward Wolfley: Reflections on a Journey

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Edward Wolfley:  Reflections on a Journey

A sustained career in the arts—creating new work decade after decade—is always a remarkable achievement.  When such a body of work is brought together, we can see the artist’s creative impulse burst open, grow, mature, and, finally, in rare cases, move beyond formal conventions and assumptions about subject matter to reach a truly personal realm.  […]

Still Standing You

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Still Standing You

Truthfully when I walked into the CAC Thursday night I was only thinking one thing, I’m about to willingly see my first uncircumcised piece of man bits because of art. In an age where government officials and fundamentalists argue over the labeling of gendered bathrooms and most women are openly appalled at the amount of […]

#DAAPFash16

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

  At the end of every school year, as the weather begins to warm and excitement grows with the anticipation of things to come, the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning puts on a very special runway show. For visitors, it’s an opportunity to see the innovative work of the department’s […]

Ten Treasures of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

In May of 2015, B’nai B’rith International and Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) announced that the art and artifacts of the former B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum would be transferred to HUC-JIR Skirball Museum for the purposes of preserving and displaying this culture defining collection of sacred, secular fine and decorative […]

Reimagining Cincinnati’s Skirball Museum

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Reimagining Cincinnati’s Skirball Museum

Reimagining Cincinnati’s Skirball Museum by Abby Schwartz, director, Cincinnati Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion On a bright sunny morning in mid-May of 2015, I stand outside the Skirball Museum on the historic campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, watching as an eighteen-wheeler freight truck pulls into the drive. I […]

A Conversation with Stephen Bowen

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

A Conversation with Stephen Bowen Tim Karoleff   Stephen is one of the contemporary young design talents to know. His avant garde approach is as unique as it is exciting. Eliciting humor and delight in a variety of media, Stephen is adept at giving form to his surrounding impulses.   Stephen practices design professionally at […]

Cody Gunningham- Expressing Inspirations from the Everyday

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Cody Gunningham- Expressing Inspirations from the Everyday

Cody Gunningham sits in the center of his narrow but roomy studio on Main Street, Over the Rhine. The storefront  windows are blocked from the street with canvas, but the high ceilings make up for the lack of natural light. The walls are vibrating with large colorful patterns and swaths of marigold yellow and kelly […]

The William Betts House: A Hidden View into the 19th Century in the West End

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

The William Betts House:  A Hidden View into the 19th Century in the West End

On 416 Clark Street nestled in the Betts-Longworth Historic District in the West End is the William Betts House, the oldest brick house in the state still on its original site of 1804. Few people know about it. The Betts-Longworth part of the city, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, reflects […]

Fotofolio: Anna Ream

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Fotofolio: Anna Ream

                        “Comfort Objects” A comfort object is a toy or blanket that takes on emotional importance to a child. While I did not have one as a child, my three children have each had one. Like many parents I’ve hunted for it at bedtime, […]

Tribute to Alice Weston

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Both artist and patron Alice Weston, and dealer/art guru Carl Solway were rightly honored this month, Weston at a celebration of the twentieth anniversary of The Weston Gallery in The Aronoff Center downtown, which she and her late husband Harris initially funded, and thus are responsible for that superb gallery’s virtual existence, and Solway at […]

Carl Solway: How I failed to deliver, but he did not.

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

In the early 1980s, I was a roving, punk clubbing twenty-something and a nascent print salesman for the Hennegan Company with a sidelong interest in art , though with little knowledge of it. Through a friend, the wonderful graphic designer, Chuck Byrne of Colophon I (and Hennegan) was given the opportunity to produce the printing […]

CARL SOLWAY

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

What makes Carl Solway an exceptional and indeed special art dealer?  His lengthy career began some 50 years ago  when he opened the Flair Gallery.  Located on Race Street in what was then an extension of Pogue’s Department Store, it was later moved to West Fourth Street, when the building he had occupied was torn […]

Tribute to Carl Solway

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

I have a very special fondness for the Solways, because my relationship with that family predates my meeting Carl himself and buying art from him, which began in 1970.  My sister’s best friend throughout high school and long beyond was Tammy Solway, Carl’s half sister, and my own family and Tammy’s mother (Harry Solway, owner […]

Carl Solway Experience

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Picture this if you will: it’s early 1970’s and you move to Cincinnati to join the “art community”;, no you are not alone in the back of a train station rotunda, you’re trying to find the cosmic center of  the art world in the heart of River City.  There it is, “Not in New York” […]

Letter from Chicago: ‘Kerry James Marshall: Mastry’ opens April 23 and runs through September 25, 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Letter from Chicago: ‘Kerry James Marshall: Mastry’ opens April 23 and runs through September 25, 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Letter from Chicago: ‘Kerry James Marshall: Mastry’ opens April 23 and runs through September 25, 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. By Cynthia Kukla If you haven’t met him yet, let me introduce you to Alabama-born, Chicago-based artist Kerry James Marshall. If you go to Los Angeles, you can see one of his […]

SHAPESHIFTER

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

SHAPESHIFTER

Ryan O’Malley’s exhibition SHAPESHIFTER opened on April twelfth and is on display at Austin’s Flatbed Press and Gallery through May thirty-first. O’Malley is the printmaking professor at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. His imagery is complex and carries a stern longevity of idea. This idea has remained constant through the majority of O’Malley’s professional oeuvre […]

The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People

“Amateurs rehearse until they get it right; professionals rehearse until they can’t get it wrong.” That quote is often attributed to Julie Andrews. I heard it recently on a professional development podcast, referring to pitching and public speaking. It came to mind again at “The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People” (The School) […]

Expanding Our Empathy

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Expanding Our Empathy

Dan Heskamp’s MFA exhibition Expanding Our Empathy opened on May fifth in Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s Weil Gallery. The exhibition featured a variety of media culminating his terminal education in an enormously successful display of woodcut light-boxes, aluminum and bronze cast altar pieces displaying locally sourced animal skeletons, and a series of smaller serigraphs. Heskamps’s […]

Cancelled: The Fall of Modern Television

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Cancelled: The Fall of Modern Television

Television operates in seasons. Fall premieres, spring finales and limited summer series run on a strict timeline the networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX) have long utilized to produce foresighted ratings and strategic ad revenue. However, whether these networks are aware of it or not, we as viewers are living amidst their imminent demise. It is […]

Poems by Louis Zoeller Bickett

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

“…you see me disappearing like sugar in water.” —from Rain Trip by Diane Wakoski MY RIGHT HAND My right hand is caving in. The muscles retreat as if on the front line under fire, disappearing. The winter sun a sudden development through thick clouds through this dirty kitchen window lands on my hand as it […]

Maxwell’s Poetry Corner

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Butterflies   We are all born caterpillars fuzzy and crawling, amused by the sky and her shape-shifters: first a dragon, then an angel.   We flail our limbs testing their stretch and retraction grasping on to grass to see it bend before resting in its vastness.   We grow longer with appetites fiending like a […]

The Illustrated Letters of Richard Doyle to His Father, 1842-1843

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

The Illustrated Letters of Richard Doyle to His Father, 1842-1843

For nearly two years in the early 1840s, Victoria still new to the throne, a young Englishman with a nimble pen for both drawing and writing fulfilled his father’s request for weekly letters, although during most of that time they lived in the same house. The elder Doyle meant it as a learning experience, and […]

Belinda McKeon’s Tender

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

Now that I’m getting more and more ideas for finding books from The New Yorker, rather than from The New York Times Book Review, from the one-page section titled”Briefly Noted”, I’m finding a plethora of excellent novels often not reviewed elsewhere.  Tender, by Belinda McKeon, is one such novel, and it’s one of the loveliest, […]

Ian McGuire’s The North Water

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

The North Water, by Ian McGuire, is a combination adventure tale, morality play, historical novel, and singularly astute assessment of the characters of men under the most extreme of circumstances, particularly keen on understanding how easily money corrupts men.  One of the last whaling ships to go to, basically, The North Pole, at a time […]

David Means’s Hystopia

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in May 2016

David Means’s Hystopia is a much-anticipated novel–deservedly so, let me say up front–that looks at both veterans of the Vietnam War and two young women whose boyfriends were killed there–from a mostly Surreal perspective, or, one might say, from the perspectives of those on a variety of mind-altering drugs, and/or somewhere in between these different […]