February 2014

Releasing The Veil

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, February 2014, On View

Releasing The Veil

by Kevin Muente Recent Paintings by Jason John at Manifest Gallery Manifest Gallery is entering its tenth season in Cincinnati and its reputation continues to grow both nationally and internationally.  Their website states that Jason John’s solo show of eleven works was one of six proposals selected from a pool of 165. John delivers. When […]

Paintings without Irony: Ryan Cobourn’s Pastorale at Nancy Margolis Gallery, in conjunction with a Slow Art talk by Jennifer Samet, Ph.D.

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Paintings without Irony: Ryan Cobourn’s Pastorale at Nancy Margolis Gallery, in conjunction with a Slow Art talk by Jennifer Samet, Ph.D.

by Matthew Metzger Editor’s Note: Aeqai receives an increasingly large number of press releases for exhibitions in other cities.  So we thought we would experiment, and try to review one from afar, without the direct experience of seeing it live.  The first review, by Matt Metzger, is of a show by Ryan Coburn at the […]

Comics: Art Imitates Art Which Imitates Art

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Comics: Art Imitates Art Which Imitates Art

by Danelle Cheney Comic books firmly straddle the space between visual art and literature. They are unique in format: the visuals are just as important to understanding the story as the words (unlike a traditional book, which may be republished several times with differing sets of illustrations). There are even some which include absolutely no […]

Amy Miller Dehan – Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

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Amy Miller Dehan – Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

by Laura Hobson “I was always interested in art,” says Amy Miller Dehan, 37, curator of decorative arts and design at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  “My father Richard Miller was an artist, but he needed to find a career to support his family so he went into the transportation business in Washington, Pennsylvania.  I remember […]

Threads of Heaven

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Threads of Heaven

by Jane Durrell It was Mark Twain who told us “Clothes make the man,” adding a Twain-ish thought about the little influence naked men have on society.  Certainly the Manchu, who came roiling in from the northeast to take over the whole of China in the 17th century, bought the sentiment, for both men and […]

Wave of Mutilation: Hollis Hammonds’ “Worthless Matter” at Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Reed, Jr. Gallery, DAAP

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Wave of Mutilation: Hollis Hammonds’ “Worthless Matter” at Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Reed, Jr. Gallery, DAAP

by Keith Banner Hollis Hammonds has close encounters of the terrestrial kind in her new show at DAAP Galleries called “Worthless Matter.”  A stockpile and survey of her recent work, the show displays Hammonds’ skills at drawing and lets us in on a consciousness that is both vividly sedate to the point of entrancement, and […]

Burn Baby Burn

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Burn Baby Burn

by Julie Gross It all started with a Facebook post that read, “Buy or Burn: A one-night, solo art show like none other. All of Joshua Huettig’s paintings must be bought or they will be burned. There will be dancing, fire, music and wine will be served by the gallon!” When I first read this, […]

Layer by Layer: Eric Standley’s CUT at Marta Hewett Gallery

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Layer by Layer: Eric Standley’s CUT at Marta Hewett Gallery

by Shawn Daniell CUT: Windows to Eternity, the newest exhibition at the Marta Hewett Gallery, features the artwork of Eric Standley. When I first saw Standley’s artwork, I immediately thought of the matryoshka doll, commonly referred to as Russian nesting dolls. Russian nesting dolls are made of wood while Standley’s creations are made of laser […]

Nellie Taft: Odyssey, A Lifelong Journey through Art

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Nellie Taft: Odyssey, A Lifelong Journey through Art

by Karen Chambers Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery through March 22 Nellie Taft was a hometown girl, born in 1937 in Indian Hill and died in 2012 in Boston. She attended Lotspeich and Hillsdale Schools in Cincinnati, which answers the burning question among natives: Where did you go to high school? She […]

Cupid Visits Miller Gallery

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Cupid Visits Miller Gallery

by Marlene Steele Life is a box of chocolates— You never know what you are going to get. Love letters, love birds, bottled passion and romance — this lighthearted look at the thread of romance in all phases of life and experience is as varied in message and medium as the artists selected to exhibit. […]

Cincinnati Art Ambassador Fellowships – An Opportunity for Cincinnati’s Individual Artists

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

Cincinnati Art Ambassador Fellowships - An Opportunity for Cincinnati’s Individual Artists

by Jan Brown Checco If you are a working artist living in Cincinnati, and you don’t have a salaried position within one of our prestigious arts institutions, you know how difficult it is to live from commission to commission, adjunct position to street fair, open studio sales evening to short-term project.  There are thousands of […]

The Centrality of Art Within the Art Industry

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

by Daniel Brown We are regularly informed that the arts have become big business; the investment potential of a work of art has become far more important in late capitalist culture than whether the art is any good, what it says, how it’s made, or whether it matters.  It may surprise people under 50 that […]

Letter from Chicago

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Letter from Chicago

by Christopher Hoeting The College Art Association just wrapped up its annual meeting at the Westin Hotel (February 12-15th) inside Chicago’s Loop, just six blocks south from of The Art Institute of Chicago. The conference highlights the academies offering of artist talks, panel discussions, workshops, interviewing sessions, and a book fair among other things. Or […]

Art for a Better World

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Art for a Better World

by Saad Ghosn I.             Images For A Better World: Leigh WALTZ, Visual Artist Born in Dayton, Ohio, Leigh Waltz took drawing lessons at an early age. In high school, he traveled through Europe and spent a year on the island of Borneo. There, he learned photography and darkroom techniques with Amarjit Singh, a local photographer. […]

Letter from Santa Fe

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

by Jane Durrell The light!  The light!  No wonder artists, passing through, change their minds and never go away. The town is tucked in an upper layer of mountainous terrain, peaks rising on three sides and the fourth side best essay writing services open toward Albuquerque, sixty-some miles away. We had come for a winter […]

Louis Bickett Photo Essay

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Louis Bickett Photo Essay

The Gratz Park Project, November 6, 2009, The Archive of Louis Zoellar Bickett                                                                                     […]

The Artist’s Life

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

by Fran Watson Patterson Center was packed to the brim with the most difficult people in the city: artists.  Mostly lady artists. Each of whom knew in her heart of hearts that she was vastly underrated and pushing valiantly  to right this obvious wrong. I was one of these, as determined and convinced of my […]

Book Review – Little Failure

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by Daniel Brown Gary Shteyngart is a veritable force of nature, a whirlwind of words, anxiety, mania.  Having spent the first seven years of his life in the old Soviet Union, in Leningrad, he and his parents emigrated to America during Carter’s presidency.  Carter traded grain to the Soviet Union in trade for letting millions […]

Book Review – Dept. of Speculation

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by Daniel Brown In the past two years or so, America has generated some fantastic new young writers, among them Amber Dermott, Jim Gavin, Jamie Quatro, Eleanor Henderson, Chad Harwick all come to mind.  Now, there is the remarkable Jenny Offill, she of the unfortunate name, with her second novel, Dept. of Speculation. When a […]

Poem – Spiritual Home

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by Daniel Brown Our family’s car drove by A small white sign Bordered in black Placed by the side of the road Covered with masses of wildflowers Vermont, it said Green mountains dusted the horizon At fourteen, my soul lept Towards the home I’d just found.

Maxwell’s Poetry Corner – Cardinal and Crow

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

by Maxwell Redder I Two cardinals and a murder of crows distinctly chatting between neighboring branches; barren minus twisting auburn vines slunk like somnolent tails, and an occasional jostling squirrel. Snow swallows hooves as a deer herd leaps along my father’s fence.   II True, a fence is like an hourglass: flipped one way to […]

Best Films of 2013

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

by David Schloss It was a rather good year for films, to my pleasant surprise. I found myself making meta-value judgments to sort out all the contenders, so many of which had many serious merits. It was a pleasure. 1. American Hustle. Great serious screwball script that sustains its complicated logic throughout. Great ensemble cast, […]

February Letter from the Editor

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, February 2014

The February issue of aeqai has just been posted, and we hope that you find some of our new essays informative.  We are attempting to link the reviews we write with other issues going on in our community in the visual arts, with how the city is or isn’t integrating the arts into the wider […]

#PERFORMANCEART

February 22nd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

By Drew Klein Performance art is so “in” right now. Just ask Jay Z, or Lady Gaga, or Shia LaBeouf. Each of these figures of contemporary pop culture have recently dipped their toes (or jumped headfirst into a fiery lake of PR hell) into the world of performance art. Or, at least that’s what they […]