May 2014

Cluster-Funk: The 2014 Whitney Biennial

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Cluster-Funk: The 2014 Whitney Biennial

by Keith Banner A few months back I went to see the Mike Kelley retrospective at the New York City Museum of Modern Art PS 1 space, and I was floored.  More than floored actually – more like cosmically overwhelmed.   The show was exhaustive and high-style and punk and stupid and hyper-intelligent and mean-spirited and […]

“shape: Circle,” gallery one One, Brazee Street Studios

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“shape: Circle,” gallery one One, Brazee Street Studios

by Karen Chambers For the last three years, gallery one One’s juried summer exhibition has focused on color. This year it’s another basic design element – “shape: Circle.” The circle represents “perfection, completeness, and freedom from distinction or separation.”1 It’s the cosmos, creation, and time. The circle is perhaps the most universal of shapes, appearing […]

Drawing, Drawing, Drawn: Drawn at Manifest Gallery

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Drawing, Drawing, Drawn: Drawn at Manifest Gallery

by Jonathan Kamholtz April 8, 2014-May 16, 2014 Joomi Chung’s “Atlas 4” (2011) is an acetate scroll of indeterminate length, standing like an elephantine roll of film on one of its edges, allowing us to scrutinize some of its intricate webs of markings. It has been covered with networks of (mostly) black ink, some of […]

An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience

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An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience

by Laura Hobson Abby S. Schwartz and The Cincinnati Skirball Museum Comprised of seven thematic galleries that portray the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people, the Cincinnati Skirball Museum has a long history as one of the oldest repositories of Jewish cultural artifacts in America, according to its website.  The seeds for the museum […]

North by Northside

June 1st, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, May 2014

North by Northside

by Christopher Hoeting After a five-year hiatus, the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery turned its compass to the northern side of Cincinnati to revive popular studio tour/art walk North By Northside. On May 18, 2014, event organizers Dennis Harrington and Kelly O’Donnell produced a rare opportunity to experience a comprehensive look at […]

Comfortably Numb: “The Moon Show” at Semantics

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Comfortably Numb:  “The Moon Show” at Semantics

by Keith Banner The exhibit currently haunting Semantics Gallery in Brighton is called “The Moon Show,” and it has the stylish quiet and unnerving grace of a palace right after a coup, or a vast suburban mall that’s just about kaput.  The whole thing is about a lot of stuff (fiction vs. nonfiction, art vs. […]

Kay Hurley’s Purely Pastels, Random Acts of Beauty

May 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, May 2014, On View

Kay Hurley’s Purely Pastels, Random Acts of Beauty

by Matthew Metzger Kay Hurley’s art has been, quite simply but very profoundly, an exploration of the beautiful. Luminous, tonal, unpeopled landscape has unabashedly been her exclusive “genre”. Her commitment to her art has been steadfast, second only to actually living life. Or more aptly put, perhaps, would be to say she has appropriately combined […]

Roya Ramezankhani B.F.A. Exhibition

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Roya Ramezankhani B.F.A. Exhibition

by Christine Huskisson Nearly fifteen panels of translucent silk hung at the entrance of the Tuska Gallery for Contemporary Art on the campus of the University of Kentucky. They overlapped in such a way as to block any clear access to the interior of the gallery space that housed the B.F.A. exhibition of Roya Ramezankhani […]

Raveled/Unraveled at Clifton Cultural Arts Center

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Raveled/Unraveled at Clifton Cultural Arts Center

by Jane Durrell Raveled – Unraveled starts off with a a linguistic challenge. In most usages “ravel” and “unravel” carry the same meaning, but for the purposes of this exhibition they are taken to be opposites. If that were always the case, MacBeth would have had no need to knit up his raveled sleeve of […]

Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? Painting Parody and Disguise

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Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? Painting Parody and Disguise

by Emil Robinson Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? Painting Parody and Disguise at the Contemporary Arts Center presents a range of painterly practice from sculptural to traditional, conceptual to formal.  As such it is a coup for the Contemporary Arts Center, whose recent presentations can seem to under-represent the current […]

Carl Solway Gallery Review

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Carl Solway Gallery Review

By Hannah Leow Story is an unmatched force.  Stories possess the power to transcend time, to connect human experience, to cross cultures, to resonate on both individual and global scales, to permeate emotion and logic, to unite adversaries, to shift perspectives, to revitalize past, present (especially present), and to renew the future. Collated on the […]

Figurative Extravaganza at Miller Gallery

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Figurative Extravaganza at Miller Gallery

by Marlene Steele There is a little something for everyone in the Figurative Invitational at Miller Gallery. Their selection of artists, both local and international, accommodates several of the trendy approaches considered current today. Moscow native, Larissa Morais’s oil painting entitled “Solace” captures a beautiful single figure kneeling anonymously behind a black bladed samurai sword. […]

The Un-Gallery

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by Fran Watson Once in a great while, people appear who truly care about art and artists.  At 506 Ash this rare miracle has morphed into a highly successful, bottom line-less, mutually advantageous, limited opportunity to allow collectors access to the finest of area art in a most unlikely space. The show-place is, in fact, […]

Trifecta Review

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Trifecta Review

By Mike Rutledge COVINGTON – Viewing Marc Leone’s hanging artworks, one can almost see a planet being formed. Tectonic plates collide. Mountains rise. Lava oozes from gigantic cracks on the planet’s crust. And the craters show striations from millions of years of erosion. Leone, a 44-year-old associate professor at Northern Kentucky University who teaches drawing […]

Postcard from DC “American Cool”

May 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, May 2014

by Marlene Steele National Portrait Gallery  Feb. 7 – Sept 7 2014 This photography exhibition presents several decades of historic, artistic and contemporary images of American icons who embody the concept of “Cool”. What are the criteria of “coolness” for inclusion in this exhibition? ⁃     Original artistic vision with innovative signature style. ⁃         Represents cultural […]

The Photo Archive of Louis Zoellar Bickett

May 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, May 2014

The Photo Archive of Louis Zoellar Bickett

AARON SKOLNICK’S 20 PAIRS OF SHOES, MAY 5, 2014, The Archive of Louis Zoellar Bickett   SAM FOY IN THE ARCHIVE GARDEN, MAY 5, 2014, The Archive of Louis Zoellar Bickett                                      

Photos of Northside Studio Tour on May 18th

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Photos of Northside Studio Tour on May 18th

by Jens Rosenkrantz    

Shawn Daniell: In Memorial

May 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, May 2014

by Daniel Brown Shawn Daniell: In Memorial Shawn came to see me in 2010, when I had just taken over as Editor of aeqai.  She was shy but certain that she had an idea that would be good for aeqai and for her.  I remember her literally sitting on the edge of my couch, until […]

Tribute to Shawn Daniell (Buckenmeyer), 1977-2014

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Tribute to Shawn Daniell (Buckenmeyer), 1977-2014

by Robert K. Wallace (submitted for the May 2014 issue of AEQAI) I first met Shawn as a journalist. In February 2011 she covered a lecture by the French artist Claire Illouz for The Northerner, NKU’s student newspaper. Illouz visited our campus on the way back from the Codex Book Fair in Berkeley, California, where […]

May Essay

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by Daniel Brown The recent trip to New York by our symphony, The May Festival Chorus, The Cincinnati Opera, The Cincinnati Ballet, The Art Museum, The Taft Museum, The Ariel String Quartet from CCM, and seven area chefs represents a new opening wedge in branding and marketing Cincinnati nationally.  What at first appeared to be […]

The Contemporary Arts Center Turns 75

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by Daniel Brown Aeqai congratulates the CAC as it celebrates its 75 anniversary year.  We have decided to help the festivities by asking two people a month to let us know what the CAC has meant to them.  Aeqai will be asking former staff and board members, as well as artists who have shown there, […]

CAC 75th Anniversary

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When we joined the CAC in the 1950s we were just back from two months abroad, having saved our money and quit our jobs to make the trip. CAC was young and so were we, and I think we were fired with the idea of keeping our culture level high and open. Also, it didn’t […]

Geometrically Ordered Design: The One Language

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Geometrically Ordered Design: The One Language

by Dustin Pike In this article I will be dissecting the notion that letters and numbers have shared an integral relationship with each other since their very beginnings, which, in ancient Greek times, was called ‘Gematria’ or ‘Isopsophy’. The basic idea is that since numbers, and their inter-relationships, form the key to every science, it […]

Build Your Own Bauhaus (Design and Quality by Ikea of Sweden)

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Build Your Own Bauhaus (Design and Quality by Ikea of Sweden)

by Danelle Cheney Shortly after World War I in April 1919, Das Staatliche Bauhaus—The State Home for Building—opened under the leadership of 31-year old Walter Gropius. The new Bauhaus was a merger of two existing schools: the Weimar Arts and Crafts School and the Weimar Art Academy. This marriage of applied arts and fine arts […]

BLDG: Who or What Are They?

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BLDG: Who or What Are They?

by Kevin Ott Midway through my exploration of BLDG, the Covington based branding/art studio/creative think tank/gallery, Jay Becker said “It all starts with the art”. I was trying to grasp ahold of the many tentacles that BLDG seems to be, and this statement described the head of the octopus. When you walk into BLDG on […]

Art for a Better World – May

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Art for a Better World - May

by Saad Ghosn I. Images For A Better World: Nathan WEIKERT, Visual Artist Nathan Weikert was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio. He graduated from Miami University with a BS in art education (1998), a BFA in painting (1998), and a MA in art education (2002). In 2013 he had a solo exhibition at 1305 […]

Book Review: Three New African Talents

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by Daniel Brown A virtual plethora of new African writers is taking the literary world by surprise and by storm.  Last year’s Amerikah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ended up on The New York Times’ five best novels of the year, most deservedly (I had not, at that time, read it).  The writer’s narrator is a […]

Book Review: Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

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by Daniel Brown Francine Prose’s newest novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, is both her finest to date as well as the best novel of 2014 to date.  The book is written from several different points of view, and by several different narrators/protagonists.  Prose takes us to Paris in the late 20’s, and […]

May Poetry

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by Maxwell Redder A Journey to Discover what I Already Know I. Driving North America’s main arteries, I nod to Hudgins’ Cadillac in the Attic while snapping a shutter, amused that the attic car will never visit Cadillac Ranch; I nod to Amarillo. II. Airplane window.  Vast lines: canyons, roads, and rivers; the Earth’s nervous […]

May Letter from the Editor

May 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, May 2014

by Daniel Brown The month of May has been full of art exhibitions, indoor and outdoor, and lots of benefit parties to raise money for them.  We are nearing the end of the official art year, in June, as the art season is more or less the same as the school year.  Aeqai will post […]