June 2018

An Otherworldly Journey Through the Museum of Jurassic Technology

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An Otherworldly Journey Through the Museum of Jurassic Technology

Los Angeles is home to so many eccentric museums that the city practically has its own ever-growing genre of weird museums with sundry specialized themes ranging from ice cream to death.  Among these, one of the oldest and most intriguing is the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Everything about this institution is so otherworldly that it […]

Decay and Resilience: Andrew Borowiec, “From the Heartland,” at the Iris Book Cafe and Gallery

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Decay and Resilience: Andrew Borowiec, “From the Heartland,” at the Iris Book Cafe and Gallery

It’s an ordinary day in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, about a dozen miles from Pittsburgh. Some leaves are turning yellow; there is a touch of fall in the air. The garbage has been collected and the mail has not yet been delivered (the cans are upside down along the edge of the street and the flags […]

Chris Larson’s Entropy

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Chris Larson’s Entropy

Minnesota-based multi-media artist Chris Larson’s work “Function is Redundant” is displayed at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center and runs until September 2, 2018. In this large display of single and multi-channel video art installations, sculptures, paintings, and intermedia, Larson’s work incorporates large-scale ethereal photography, drawings and sound to supplement his documented process of structural abrogation. As […]

“Women to Watch – 2018” at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus

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“Women to Watch - 2018” at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus

The Riffe Gallery’s “Women to Watch Ohio – 2018” exhibit highlights ten female Ohio artists working in metal.  The show was inspired by the selection of four Ohio artists shortlisted for the exhibition “Heavy Metal”, the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ (NMWA) Women to Watch biennial. Reto Thuring, Curator of Contemporary Art at […]

Developing More than Nostalgia: “Analog Culture” and “Survivor’s Remorse” at Harvard Art Museums

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Developing More than Nostalgia: “Analog Culture” and “Survivor’s Remorse” at Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums and curator Jennifer Quick have pulled off a minor miracle with “Analog Culture,” an understated, poetic show of heart through a lens of craftsmanship, careful discipline, and the wavering line between producer and artist. It’s rare to find a show that is at once pointedly educational, culturally searing, historically significant, and […]

Alison Crocetta’s Deconstructed Still Circus

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Alison Crocetta’s Deconstructed Still Circus

Alison Crocetta, Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, spans sculpture, performance, and video art in her work. The Contemporary Arts Center’s exhibition “Circus of One,” features Crocetta’s video art pieces and performances, often presented in digital photography form, divorced from their performative semblance. Her solo-screening at the CAC, “A Circus of One” features the […]

Viscosity Series

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Viscosity Series

Bookending the extensive career of Henri Matisse was his phenomenal series known as the cut-outs.  Making their way to the art scene in the 1940s and 50s, these works surprised and surpassed many of his past contributions.   As Matisse journeyed into this new and final territory, he unearthed successful discoveries still yet to be realized […]

“Atmosphera,” Kennedy Heights Art Center

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“Atmosphera,” Kennedy Heights Art Center

I came disposed to like “Atmosphera” at the Kennedy Heights Art Center. I was looking for it to calm me down after a hellish drive there from Covington. Street fairs and construction thwarted my attempt to get on I-71 N. I ended up as far west as I could go on 6thStreet, and my only […]

Artist Interview for Aeqai: Megan Bickel interviews Photographer, Bill Daniel

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Artist Interview for Aeqai: Megan Bickel interviews Photographer, Bill Daniel

“In a sense it’s just ridiculously irresponsible to try to work as an artist.”   —Bill Daniels  If you were shuffling around the Portland neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky during the first week of June, you heard rumbles that an artist by the name of Bill Daniels was going to steamroll through with a one-night, bombastic, fully […]

DAAP’s Annual Duct Tape Exhibition

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DAAP’s Annual Duct Tape Exhibition

DAAP’s annual Duct Tape Exhibition was thinking big this year, really big. The grassy area at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Clifton Avenue was spotted with enormous creations by the students and faculty at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). You couldn’t miss the colorful […]

Wired For Color – Cincinnati Art Galleries

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Wired For Color - Cincinnati Art Galleries

‘Wired For Color’ is on display now at Cincinnati Art Galleries.  It features works by Wolfgang Ritschel and Eddie Eckenrode. Wolfgang Ritschel was an artist who grew up in and was educated in Vienna, Austria.  He explored vibrant color in a style he considered “Expressionism influenced by Fauvism”. His work included many portraits of medical […]

“Spring Creations”, Landscapes at Eisele Gallery

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“Spring Creations”, Landscapes at Eisele Gallery

Eisele Gallery welcomed warmer weather with “Spring Creations,” featuring three regional representational artists whose paintings blended well in an exhibition on view May 11 through June 16. Because each is represented by the gallery their individual works can be seen there at all times. Cindy Nixon, one of this trio, gives us un-peopled landscapes that […]

SOS ART and “For A Better World 2018”

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SOS ART and “For A Better World 2018”

What does a better world look like? In an era of pompous personalities in power and borders erected between our shared humanity, this is a question many of us are asking ourselves. Not only are we scrutinizing what a better world could look like, we are wondering how we can contribute to its formation. There […]

Fotofolio: Robert Dash

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Fotofolio: Robert Dash

“Micro Climate Change” Robert’s statement: Humans are busy going about our lives, while nature is in shock from the choices that we make. This series is about how nature responds to climate change from a micro perspective. The images highlight the exquisite detail, mystery, vulnerability and power of nature. As a career educator, naturalist and […]

ART ACADEMY OF CINCINNATI

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An institution that’s been in existence for a century and a half must be doing something right, including response to changing times.  The Art Academy of Cincinnati, which will celebrate 150 years in 2019, fits these criteria. Although modern memories may assume the school’s earliest existence was as an appendage to the Cincinnati Art Museum, […]

Dayton Visual Arts Center:  A Trip to A Small Contemporary Arts Center

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Dayton Visual Arts Center:  A Trip to A Small Contemporary Arts Center

Take an hour-long ride to Dayton from Cincinnati and discover the Dayton Visual Arts Center, a proponent of contemporary art, in a small building on 118 N. Jefferson St. in the heart of downtown. Open the doors and you will find a narrow, white-washed gallery of 1,800 square feet with a current Urban Landscapes show.  […]

A Remembrance of Someone I’ll Never Forget: Jackie Demaline

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When I moved into a condo on the river in Covington in 2007, I heard that my neighbor across the hall was the drama critic for the Enquirer.I say heard, since I never saw her. She was up and out before I could walk the dog, and back late—after some performance. So Jackie Demaline was a […]

Jackie Demaline: In Memoriam

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Jackie Demaline, long The Enquirer’s theater critic, and truly a force field of energy, died very recently.  She’d been a friend of mine and colleague for decades, and she changed the face of theater in Cincinnati, partly by expecting excellence in all things theater, and partly through the sheer force of her personality.  Her departure […]

Carter’s “Metafilm” and the Affect of Sociological Virulence

July 1st, 2018  |  by  |  published in June 2018

Professor Christopher Carter’s intermedia/new media theory text “Metafilm: Materialist Rhetoric and Reflexive Cinema” proverbially instrumentalizes the paradoxical rhetoric of visual culture by analyzing films that immerse viewers in violent narratives and examining the ethics of these transactions. Carter anaylzes the films of Michael Haneke, Atom Egoyan, Icíar Bollaín, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Ryan Coogler. Using […]

Richard Power’s “The Overstory”

July 1st, 2018  |  by  |  published in June 2018

“The Overstory”, this year’s National Book Award winner by Richard Powers, may be the finest novel of 2018 so far (though Rachel Kushner’s “The Mars Room” is a close second). Since this novel was reviewed at some length in The New York Times Book Review by Barbara Kingsolver, one of my favorite writers, who’s also […]

Rachel Kushner’s “The Mars Room”

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The preposterously talented Rachel Kushner, who I consider to be America’s finest young writer, has returned with her astonishingly fine new novel “The Mars Room”.  (We note that she is not related to President Trump’s not-so-talented son-in-law, Jared Kushner).  This novel is so finely researched, like Jennifer Egan’s most recent novel about life in and […]