October 2012

What is the Light? Doug & Mike Starn: Gravity of Light

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

What is the Light? Doug & Mike Starn: Gravity of Light

What is the Light? Doug & Mike Starn: Gravity of Light by Chis Reeves The ambivalence towards light is something particularly relatable to this author. Having a macular condition known as Myodesopsia, aka “eye floaters,” I understand that while a bright sunny day can be a blessing, it can also be a burden. This idea […]

Anthony Luensman Explores Carnal Delights in “Taint”

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

Anthony Luensman Explores Carnal Delights in “Taint”

Anthony Luensman Explores Carnal Delights in “Taint” by Maria Seda-Reeder Anthony Luensman’s first major solo exhibition in five years, “Taint” at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery was supported by a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant—one of only seventeen such grants chosen out of 1,624 eligible applications by arts organizations […]

Glamorama: Herb Ritts at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and Edward Steichen at the Taft Museum of Art

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

Glamorama: Herb Ritts at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and Edward Steichen at the Taft Museum of Art

Glamorama: Herb Ritts at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and Edward Steichen at the Taft Museum of Art by Keith Banner Herb Ritts’ show “L. A. Style” at the Cincinnati Art Museum (up through December 30, 2012) has an etched-in-stone, funereal quality fused with a kinky soullessness. Ritts is one of those seminal photographers of an […]

Polaroids from “Stay the Same Never Change”

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

Polaroids from "Stay the Same Never Change"

Polaroids from “Stay the Same Never Change” by Emil Robinson The act of looking is brave. Especially if you look at things you can’t handle. I think that most people do not look. If you’re really paying attention you could have your heart broken twelve times a day. Most of the time we aren’t looking […]

POSTCARDS FROM MT. OLYMPU.S.

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

POSTCARDS FROM MT. OLYMPU.S.

“Controlled Chaos”  Tyler Shields at Miller Gallery: October 12 – October 26, 2012 by Regan Brown “To be a performance artist, you have to hate theatre. Theatre is fake: there is a black box, you pay for a ticket, and you sit in the dark and see somebody playing somebody else’s life. The knife is […]

The Death of Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

The Death of Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum

The Death of Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum by Stephen Slaughter Excerpt from “Shut up and Play the Hits”, Chuck Klosterman’s on screen interview of James Murphy; Chuck Klosterman; “This is the end of LCD Soundsystem, and it’s ending in a strangely controlled manner. It’s like, there was a record, there was an announcement, there’s a last […]

The Boxer: Sol LeWitt

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

The Boxer:  Sol LeWitt

The Boxer: Sol LeWitt by Maxwell Redder Walking into downtown Cincinnati’s famous Carl Solway Gallery (424 Findlay St.) between September 7, 2012 and December 22, 2012 is something I recommend to everyone. If not for the sheer simple beauty of works by the late Sol LeWitt, an extremely important contemporary artist, then for the inquisitive feeling […]

Stephen Berens: Thinking of Pinturicchio (While Looking Out Sol LeWitt’s Windows and Elizabeth Bryant: Sol LeWitt Studio Still Lifes, Carl Solway Gallery

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

Stephen Berens: Thinking of Pinturicchio (While Looking Out Sol LeWitt’s Windows and Elizabeth Bryant: Sol LeWitt Studio Still Lifes, Carl Solway Gallery

Stephen Berens: Thinking of Pinturicchio (While Looking Out Sol LeWitt’s Windows and Elizabeth Bryant: Sol LeWitt Studio Still Lifes, Carl Solway Gallery by Karen S. Chambers In the summer of 2010, L. A.-based artists Elizabeth Bryant and Stephen Berens, who happen to be married to each other, spent time in Sol LeWitt’s studio in Spoleto, […]

Photography: A Perfect Fit for Former Dancer

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

Photography: A Perfect Fit for Former Dancer

by Kathy Valin “Cincinnati Ballet at 50: Photographs by Peter Mueller” opened September 6 and runs through May 2014 (coinciding with the close of the company’s 50th Anniversary Season) at the Cincinnati Ballet Center, 1555 Central Parkway. Consisting of about twenty oversized photographs displayed on walls throughout the lobby of the Mickey Jarson Kaplan Performance […]

A Look Back at a Life in Pictures: Photographs by Gordon Baer

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

A Look Back at a Life in Pictures: Photographs by Gordon Baer

A Look Back at a Life in Pictures: Photographs by Gordon Baer On a Sunday afternoon midway through October’s FotoFocus the backroom at Baker Hunt was at capacity to hear photographer Gordon Baer talk about his work and the exhibition A Look Back at a Life in Pictures: Photographs by Gordon Baer. The exhibition could […]

Barry Andersen is Elemental

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

Barry Andersen is Elemental

Barry Andersen is Elemental Review of Barry Andersen: Sky, Earth, and Sea Selections from 30 years of Landscape Photography at Notre Dame Academy By: Dustin Pike It was a cold afternoon and sunny. The air was crisp and I soon found myself at the Notre Dame Academy · Frances Kathryn Carlisle Performing Arts Center and […]

Reporting Back: A Survey of Documentary Photography

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

Reporting Back: A Survey of Documentary Photography

Reporting Back: A Survey of Documentary Photography by Shawn Daniell As part of Cincinnati FotoFocus, ( a month long photographic program in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, consisting of over 75 exhibitions and over 500 photographers) Northern Kentucky University currently has Reporting Back: A Survey of Documentary Photography on display at NKU’s Fine Arts Center’s Main […]

All Kinds of Time

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

All Kinds of Time

Tony De Varco at Marta Hewett Gallery,  Sept. 21 – Nov. 24 by Fran Watson Those attuned to area art events cannot help but notice the current photo-mania, which is probably one of the best combined publicity efforts for the arts in recent local history.  Most of the galleries and museums in the Cincinnati area […]

“Aperture” at Phyllis Weston Gallery

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

"Aperture"  at Phyllis Weston Gallery

“Aperture”  at Phyllis Weston Gallery by Jane Durrell The dream-tinged images in Aperture, Phyllis Weston Gallery’s contribution to FotoFocus, come from distinctly individual bodies of work but share an other worldly quality. Jane Alden Stevens’ series, “Birth & Death,” is composed of large, labor-intensive mono-prints dating from the early to mid-1990s, “a time before digital […]

A Moment In A Photo of a Model of a Picture of a Space

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

A Moment In A Photo of a Model of a Picture of a Space

A portrait of Joe Fig’s momentous miniature of Brancusi’s studio, inspired by Fig’s lecture at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and a visit to the Shore Collection, the largest collection of his work. by Christian Schmit The impasse Ronsin No. 11, Montparnasse, Paris, the studio of Constantin Brancusi. Sunlight enters the room cautiously, through a […]

Book Reviews by Daniel Brown

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

Telegraph Avenue, by Michael Chabon When a great writer like Michael Chabon disappoints, the disappointment is that much greater, because our expectations are high about virtually anything he writes, and because contemporary American fiction has been so strikingly poor in 2012. The real Telegraph Avenue became infamous in the l960s as a street in Berkely, […]

Poetry by Maxwell Redder

October 22nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

  The Wine Rep Naked, making money, laughing just as hydraulics hiss from the bus lifting itself back up to go – easy life for a wine rep.   Dressed, no cigarette yet, relentless phone calls ringing like church bells – clients wanting their orders on time. Bathtub, backrub,   a bowl of yogurt with […]

Not Your Usual Art Opening

October 21st, 2012  |  by  |  published in October 2012

NOT YOUR USUAL ART OPENING Imagine an opening where people actually look at the art. An opening without cheese, crackers, or wine. And while you’re about it, an opening where everyone wears identical, almost snazzy, specially treated clear plastic glasses. Got it? You could have been at the opening earlier this month of Gravity of […]

Going Baroque: Guercino’s “Mars with Cupid” (1649) at the CAM

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, Digest, September 2012

Going Baroque: Guercino’s “Mars with Cupid” (1649) at the CAM

Editor’s Note:  Aeqai is pleased to announce to our readers that long-time critic and collector Jon Kamholtz has joined aeqai as a regular critic.  Kamholtz teaches in the English Deparment at The University of Cincinnati, and begins with our September issue by selecting a painting from the permanent collection of the  Cincinnati Art Museum for […]

Historical Perspectives on Aesthetics

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, September 2012

The ancient Greeks were the pioneers in establishing the fundamentals of many areas of human inquiry. They were the first to write history in an analytical sense. Likewise, in philosophy, mathematics, and science the Greeks believed that human intelligence could explain the unknown. Plato and Aristotle created the first and most important viewpoints on aesthetics. […]

Summers in Connecticut with Marilyn Monroe

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, September 2012

Summers in Connecticut with Marilyn Monroe

Editor’s note: Since this is the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, and since her fame continues to grow ( a new twist includes some feminist writers  claiming her as one of theirs ex post facto), aeqai is reprinting an article I wrote in 2004 and was picked up by Weston (Conn.) Monthly, where the […]

Jonathan Queen’s “Fresh Harvest” Mural at Kroger Headquarters

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, September 2012

Jonathan Queen’s “Fresh Harvest” Mural at Kroger Headquarters

Size matters. Seeing Jonathan Queen’s mural, “Fresh Harvest,” on Kroger’s corporate headquarters downtown in reproduction is nothing like standing in front of it. (It’s visible from Walnut and Central Parkway.) Queen, who is represented by Miller Gallery, is primarily known for his small-scale still life paintings. When asked to submit a design for the commission, […]

Profile of Walt Burton

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, Features, September 2012

Profile of Walt Burton

It’s probably inaccurate to call Walt Burton a gadfly, even though a run-down of his career might suggest that. He’s been a photographer, a dealer in historic photographs, a teacher, a guest lecturer, non prescription cialis from canada produced books (two of them autobiographical) and now, after two strokes and a heart attack,  is making […]

We Don’t Need Another Hero: “You Are My Superhero” at the Dayton Art Institute

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in September 2012

We Don’t Need Another Hero: “You Are My Superhero” at the Dayton Art Institute

Superheroes get on my nerves.  Enough already.  In our fan-boy, Big-Baby-Man culture, where Batman and Spiderman are given as much significance and gravitas as King Lear and Hamlet, action figures have become prized status symbols, cialis online pharmacy and Comic-Con has become the main place to measure pop-culture significance, it’s easy to see why. But […]

bi-Lateral Thinking

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in On View, September 2012

bi-Lateral Thinking

Last Saturday I was fortunate enough to have plans, and luckier still those plans included attending a multi media event at Third Party Gallery in Cincinnati’s West End.  The performance was the zenith of the annual art exhibition Autumedia, a show held, in part, at Semantics Gallery, featuring local sound and video artists whose current […]

Historical Rabbit Hash

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in On View, September 2012

Historical Rabbit Hash

Take a stroll down the main drag of Historical Rabbit Hash, Kentucky and you never know what you may find, whether it is motorcyclists, hippies, artists, musicians or a local relaxing on the porch of the general store. Recently, on a late summer day my fiancée and I decided to take an afternoon adventure on […]

Letter From Richmond, VA: Judith Godwin and Arlene Shechet at the Anderson Gallery

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Digest, September 2012

Letter From Richmond, VA:  Judith Godwin and Arlene Shechet at the Anderson Gallery

Pairing the work of Judith Godwin and Arlene Shechet seems odd.  But that’s just what Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts has done in Judith Godwin:  Early Abstractions and Arlene Shechet:  That Time at the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.  The two rooms on the first floor feature Shechet’s work while Godwin garners the […]

Geometrically Ordered Design: The High Five

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features, September 2012

Geometrically Ordered Design: The High Five

“It is only necessary to make war with five things; with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city and the discords of families.” -Pythagoras This article is my fifth article pertaining to the design field. Design in essence cannot be […]

Adventure in Dimensions

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in On View, September 2012

“Shape to Shape” Paintings and sculpture by Stuart Fink Brazee Street studios, 4426 Brazee Street in Oakley Reception: September 14, 6-9 p.m.  Showing through September 21 I was a bit confused at first glimpse of Stuart Fink’s current show at Gallery One One at Brazee Street studios.  His name is so well known in the […]

Be Easy: Ceramics by Katie Swartz, 1305 Gallery

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in On View, September 2012

Be Easy: Ceramics by Katie Swartz, 1305 Gallery

I first encountered Katie Swartz’s work in “All the Usual Suspects” at Thompson House Shooting Gallery (see aeqai.com, July 2012). She showed three crocheted animals: “Bartholomew,” 2010, an 11” tall, cuddly bear, and two friendly octopi: “Mario,” 11” tall, and “Myron,” 9” tall, both 2011. In that review, I placed her work in the context […]

“Lionel ASBO: State of England” By Martin Amis

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in September 2012

The much–and deservedly–praised English writer Martin Amis, newly moved to Brookyln (his wife is American), offers his latest novel, Lionel ASBO:  State of England.  Although it’s nearly impossible to critique or argue the quality of Amis’ prose, and one delights in his splendid word choices and tight structures, this novel falls flat and is a […]

Two New English Novelists

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in September 2012

I remember when Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, and Julian Barnes were still the angry young men of English literature.  All three are now in their sixties, and their early promise has more than panned out.  But England is still giving us young writers of great merit; two of them, Jo Baker and Harriet Lane, have […]

Poetry Corner

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Digest, September 2012

Editor’s note: Aeqai welcomes Maxwell Redder to its stable of writers and critics.  Redder, a recent DAAP graduate, is an outstanding poet, and since art and poetry often intertwine, we are introducing Maxwell’s Poetry Corner as a regular aeqai feature.  For awhile, all the poems will be Redder’s.   The Sound     The sound […]