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Love for Sale: Genius and Grace: Francois Boucher and the Generation of 1700

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, March 2014, On View

Love for Sale: Genius and Grace: Francois Boucher and the Generation of 1700

by Jonathan Kamholtz Cincinnati Art Museum February 14, 2014-May 11, 2014 In Jean Restout’s “Pygmalion and Galatea,” the statue of Galatea, newly come to life, spreads her arms and bares her breasts to the adoring sculptor. She seems less surprised at her new incarnation than he does; he gazes at him with a sophisticated, impish [...]

A Group Exhibition Curated by Yvonne Van Eijden

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A Group Exhibition Curated by Yvonne Van Eijden

by Karen Chambers “CCAC (Clifton Cultural Arts Center) will have a beautiful show with these five artists.” That’s how the curator, Yvonne van Eitjden, described the exhibition of two photographers, two wood sculptors, and one painter (herself [Why, oh why, do curators include their own work in exhibitions? How about they make a pact with [...]

Erwin’s Pastels: Recent Portraits Studies of Estrangement and Reconciliation

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Erwin's Pastels: Recent Portraits Studies of Estrangement and Reconciliation

by Marlene Steele Gaela Erwin, Manifest Gallery Cincinnati Ohio Chi.a.ro.scu.ro: An effect of contrasted light and shadow. Origin Latin: chiaro ‘clear,bright’ + oscuro ‘dark, obscure’ Pas.tel  pastel: noun:  a crayon made of powdered pigments bound with gum or resin. adjective: of a soft and delicate shade or color. The interlude where I met Gaela Erwin [...]

Epic Epicene: Michael Combs at 21C (Cincinnati)

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Epic Epicene: Michael Combs at 21C (Cincinnati)

by Keith Banner In 1964, Susan Sontag wrote an essay called “Notes on ‘Camp’” that still wraps and winds its tentacles throughout culture today.  Basically a survey of “Camp’s” meanings, practices and perversions, the essay reads like a Bible for drag, piss-elegance and artful political incorrectness used to both disembowel and deconstruct the mainstream.  When [...]

Expanded Manliness Capsizes Duck Boat at 21c Museum

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Expanded Manliness Capsizes Duck Boat at 21c Museum

by Robert K. Wallace Wild Card: The Art of Michael Combs, A Fifteen-Year Survey. One of the attractions Newport-on-the-Levee has brought to Greater Cincinnati is the tourist version of the World War II “duck boat” on which you can cruise the Ohio River.  Those of us who remember the “duck boat” that got run over [...]

Xavier University Faculty Exhibit: Artisans of Cultural Change

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Xavier University Faculty Exhibit: Artisans of Cultural Change

by Trish Richter February 14 – March 14 Trailing behind the phenomenon of globalization is the individual’s growing awareness of its identity within a politically, socially, and environmentally global community. Old news, yes, but this concept is exponentially significant as the world continues to shift at the expense of both humans and the natural world. [...]

The Parable of the Conceptual Artist

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The Parable of the Conceptual Artist

by Julie Gross A recent graduate art student was contemplating the ideas set forth in the Bible. As he pondered the depth of the mysterious mind of God he reached for his plenty pack of chewing gum, unwrapped a thin stick of refreshment and carefully folded it into his mouth. As his thoughts were preoccupied [...]

Review of M. Katherine Hurley’s “Returning Home,” La Poste Eatery

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Review of M. Katherine Hurley's “Returning Home,” La Poste Eatery

by Jane Durrell At La Poste Eatery in Clifton, artist M. Katherine Hurley is telling a story over dinner.  Her story, “Returning Home,” is on the walls, in colors good enough to eat – if she will forgive me for saying that – in a series of ten works that reflect a trip from Ohio [...]

Art of Food Leaves Viewers Hungry

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Art of Food Leaves Viewers Hungry

by Shawn Daniell The Carnegie’s eighth installment of The Art of Food has become an extravagant opening night affair. But in the days that follow, the viewing experience becomes anticlimactic and sadly underwhelming. I’ve perused photos of the opening night online. I’ve seen the Alice and Wonderland costumed characters. I’ve seen the exquisite food creations [...]

The Emerald Tablet: Ken Henson at the Lloyd Library and Museum

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The Emerald Tablet: Ken Henson at the Lloyd Library and Museum

by Dustin Pike In the city we call Cincinnati, there lies nestled a hidden gem of a library founded by three brothers, John Uri, Nelson Ashley, and Curtis Gates Lloyd. They ventured here first and foremost, to further their knowledge and practice of pharmaceuticals, and as it turned out they were quite successful. Their combined [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Cupid Visits Miller Gallery

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

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. [...]

Book Review – Little Failure

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

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 [...]

Glass Houses: Rob Anderson’s “A Place in Time” at the Hiestand Gallery, Miami University

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Glass Houses: Rob Anderson’s “A Place in Time” at the Hiestand Gallery, Miami University

by Jonathan Kamholtz December 12, 2013-February 3, 2014 If you look to your left when you walk into Miami University’s cozy Hiestand Gallery, you’ll see “Lucy” (2013), a statuesque portrait of a standing baby. She is turning away from us, pleasurably but implacably following some agenda of her own. She could be a guardian figure [...]

Ron Thomas’ Take it from Me at The Carnegie and Kim Krause’s The Eleusinian Mysteries at Marta Hewitt Gallery

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Ron Thomas’ Take it from Me at The Carnegie and Kim Krause’s The Eleusinian Mysteries at Marta Hewitt Gallery

by Matthew Metzger Ron Thomas’ Take if from Me and Kim Krause’s The Eleusinian Mysteries ran concurrently at The Carnegie and Marta Hewett Gallery, offering a nice opportunity for a symposium (at least in writing) of two very different types of abstraction. I provide a bit more coverage for Thomas’ work simply because, to my [...]

NKU’s FE14: Full and Part-time Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, January 2014, On View

NKU's FE14: Full and Part-time Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

by Shawn Daniell When I was in art school at The College of Brockport in Brockport, New York, ten years gone by now, I often wondered what kind of artwork my art professors were creating in their own studios, or if they were even creating at all. Students put a lot of money and trust [...]

Say Something: Diane Landry’s “by every wind that blows” at the Contemporary Arts Center

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Say Something: Diane Landry’s “by every wind that blows” at the Contemporary Arts Center

by Keith Banner Diane Landry’s “by every wind that blows” at the Contemporary Arts Center downtown (up through March 2, 2014) is revelatory and mundane at the same time, a beautiful mix of thought and action that shimmers in your mind a long time after witnessing it. Landry uses banal objects like empty water-bottles, plastic [...]

The Medium is the Message

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, January 2014, On View

The Medium is the Message

by Jane Durrell The Medium is the Message is a fitting title for the new show at downtown’s YWCA. In it four artists, each besotted by color, express themselves in individual mediums.  Even the two painters use markedly different methods, contrasting with each other as well as with the fabric artist and the glass artist. [...]

Dixie Selden at Eisele Gallery

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, January 2014, On View

Dixie Selden at Eisele Gallery

by Kevin Ott Although this is not a proper “show” of Selden’s work, there are 5 paintings displayed at the Eisele Gallery, more than one can usually find in one location by this respected Cincinnati artist and favorite student of Frank Duvenek. First the gallery: Eisele Gallery specializes in 19th and 20th Century paintings (and [...]

As Lovely As A Tree

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, January 2014, On View

As Lovely As A Tree

by Fran Watson “The Tree of Life”, Cincinnati Art Museum, November 29, 2013 – January 1, 2014 In a straight line  from the main entrance of the Cincinnati Art Museum, past the sequestered  “Icons” spotlighted in black caves, through the spacious hallway, footsteps echoing loudly, stood  the very dead “Tree of Life”; its  roots unlaced [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Child’s Play: “Funny Mirrors” at AEC Gallery, “Inventories & Diagrams” at PAC Gallery and “SOS Art” at Cincinnati Art Academy

June 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, June 2012, On View

Child's Play: "Funny Mirrors" at AEC Gallery, "Inventories & Diagrams" at PAC Gallery and "SOS Art" at Cincinnati Art Academy

By: Keith Banner In “Funny Mirrors,” a three-person show at AEC Gallery in Covington, Kentucky, Billy Simms drains a clown’s life of all color and joy, creating a wall-novel out of wood-block relief prints that is both astoundingly sad and gleefully sinister.  The way his bit of the show is hung, along a hallway at [...]

French Painters Breaking Ground

June 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, June 2012, On View

French Painters Breaking Ground

By: Jane Durrell Bostonians with a penchant for French painting from the glory days might be disappointed if they stop by the Wadsworth Atheneum just now, for forty-five paintings from that collection are at the Taft Museum in Cincinnati in the exhibition Old Masters to Impressionists: Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneum. [...]

Meditations on Emptiness: Francis Upritchard’s, “A Long Wait”, at the CAC

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Meditations on Emptiness: Francis Upritchard’s, “A Long Wait”, at the CAC

By: Maria Seda-Reeder The Zaha Hadid designed Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, with its intermittently soaring and squatting ceilings and massive concrete pillars, has been notoriously challenging for artists and curators alike. Fortunately, the two current exhibitions on the second floor, Jannis Varelas’ “Sleep My Sheep Sleep” and Francis Upritchard’s “A Long [...]

Grim Fairy Tales: “Panjereh (Window)” New Work by Sheida Soleimani at Prairie Northside June 9th through 30th 2012

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Grim Fairy Tales: "Panjereh (Window)" New Work by Sheida Soleimani at Prairie Northside June 9th through 30th 2012

By: Regan Brown Photographs courtesy of Eric R Greiner   “The Valley of Understanding: Here we all choose a different way and different rules to disobey.” ― from The Conference of the Birds (منطق الطیر‎) by Peter Sís (adapted from Farid ud-Din Attar) [ 1 ] My first of several consecutively less disfigurative “windows” onto [...]

Strength in Relief, Mary Woodworth Provosty at U.C. Clermont

June 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in June 2012, On View

Strength in Relief, Mary Woodworth Provosty at U.C. Clermont

By: Fran Watson Photographs courtesy of Eric R Greiner This may be prejudice, but print shows are always elegant to me.  It might be the stark, bravado of good line on fine paper, or the iteration of symbols, or even the sinuous curls and aggressive exclamations of straight lines reminiscent of the waning popularity of [...]

The Lloyd Library presents: “View, Ways of Seeing”

June 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in June 2012, On View

The Lloyd Library presents: "View, Ways of Seeing"

By: Laura A. Partridge In its history, Cincinnati has managed to accumulate a number of hidden gems. The Lloyd Library is one of them. The Lloyd is a private library that was incorporated in the late 1800s, and is located at Plum and Court streets. The collection has lived in a few different spaces as [...]

Full of Color: Suzanne Fisher at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center

June 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in June 2012, On View

Full of Color: Suzanne Fisher at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center

By: Karen S. Chambers When you walk into Suzanne Fisher’s exhibition at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (one of six shows presented under the rubric “Full of Color”), you enter a world of wonder. In fact, if Fisher had given her show its own title, it would have been “Natural Wonders.” At the [...]

The Value of Criticism: “Flora and Fauna”, Bromwell’s Gallery

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The Value of Criticism: "Flora and Fauna", Bromwell’s Gallery

By: Amanda Dalla Villa Adams Photographs courtesy of Eric R Greiner Faced with the end of modernism, art historian Hal Foster attempted to define the role of the critic within post-modern art in “Re:  Post” (1982).  Ultimately, he suggested that postmodernism allows art to go “beyond the limits of critique,” because there is no longer [...]

Drawing and Contemporary Portraiture: 2 Approaches

June 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in June 2012, On View

Drawing and Contemporary Portraiture: 2 Approaches

By: Marlene Steele Drawing, the tool of observation and investigation employed by artists even in this technological time of electronic gadgetry, is as diversified as the number of individuals wrestling with its control. It is a fascinating opportunity to observe how another navigates their drawing process. This is insightful particularly when the exhibited work,  so tidy [...]

Botanical

May 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in May 2012, On View

Botanical

The Bible tells the story of Adam and Eve (mankind) expelled from the Garden of Eden for picking fruit from the tree of knowledge. Katie St. Clairʼs, The Hierarchy of Living Things gives us little comfort in whatever knowledge we have gleaned from that singular fruit. Here, naked as the day she was born, a [...]

Ohio to the White House: Photographs by Matthew Albritton, Taft Museum of Art

May 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in May 2012, On View

Ohio to the White House: Photographs by Matthew Albritton, Taft Museum of Art

In the exhibition “Ohio to the White House,” appropriately at the Taft Museum of Art, Matthew Albritton has documented the birthplaces and boyhood homes of the seven Ohio-born presidents. Their terms account for half of presidential service between 1869 and 1923. During that time only three presidents hailed from outside the Buckeye state. Albritton’s lush [...]

TRIO

May 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in May 2012, On View

TRIO

Layered Abstractions at AEC April 13 thru May 11 Abstract they are; some more than others. Yet sculpture by Robert Pulley,  palette knife paintings by Trish Weeks, and painted comments on humanity by Paige Williams, were  pulled together by the common, if tenuous, thread of nature. Robert Pulley has spent decades in sculpture.  With a true [...]

“Reverse Psychology” at Thunder-Sky Gallery

May 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in May 2012, On View

"Reverse Psychology" at Thunder-Sky Gallery

“Dance?” asks one of a pair of figures in a collaborative painting by the two artists in Thunder-Sky Gallery’s current exhibition, Reverse Psychology. “Sorry, not my type,” answers the other. The two inhabit a dreamy, fragmented setting; the pop-star-like woman wears a beehive hairdo, a polka dot dress and a prosthetic arm and the man [...]

“Diaspora/Miasma” at Marta Hewitt Gallery

May 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in May 2012, On View

“Diaspora/Miasma” at Marta Hewitt Gallery

Dichotomy and paradox often create the tension in representational artwork, taking us beyond the visual depictions in the work and tapping into our visceral connections. And so it is with the exhibit “Diaspora/Miasma” on exhibit at Marta Hewett Gallery March 30 through  May 19th.  Both Kevin Veara and Eoin Breadon have brought us to awareness [...]

Drive-By Photographs by Brad Austin Smith at the Weston Art Gallery

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, On View

Drive-By Photographs by Brad Austin Smith at the Weston Art Gallery

A vivid group of photographs by Brad Austin Smith are on display at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery through June 3, 2012.  At the heart of this exhibition is a raw look at the Queen City, its suburbs and American culture.  Playful and striking photographs coalesce around a common viewpoint of [...]

THREADS: Changing Landscapes Contemporary Chinese Fiber Art

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, On View

THREADS: Changing Landscapes Contemporary Chinese Fiber Art

Ah, the creative mind! It changes our vision, our perceptions, our world, using the vastness of the unnoticed, mundane material of our daily lives. Like thread, a single one of which is so ordinary, so small, so inconsequential, that it is seldom acknowledged in any but a practical way: sewing a button on, mending a [...]

Faux Real Exhibition Review

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, On View

Faux Real Exhibition Review

Admittedly, authenticity is a word I know well.  As a specialist at a local auction house, I am often asked to verify a work of art.  Usually, I consult a variety of resources and other experts who help to conclusively argue for or against the veracity of an object.  The most difficult items often get [...]

A 21st Century Sculpture Park

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, On View

A 21st Century Sculpture Park

Spring is a time to enjoy the outdoors, and for this, one of the heartland’s leading cultural institutions, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), is a destination. Even if you never enter the museum itself, it’s worth the trip. In 2010, the IMA opened their 100 Acres: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. 100 [...]

Mark Daly at Cincinnati Art Galleries

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, On View

Mark Daly at Cincinnati Art Galleries

Mark Daly’s engaging paintings line every wall at Cincinnati Art Galleries, treating of pleasurable aspects of life at the seaside, in New York City, on Nantucket, and points as far away as Venice. The show’s subtitle, “The Musician’s Paintbrush,” refers to Daly’s playing a mean mandolin, sometimes on Fountain Square, but overlooks his ongoing business [...]

Mythology Under Construction: Jennifer Purdum at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center

March 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in March 2012, On View

Mythology Under Construction:  Jennifer Purdum at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center

The mystery in Jennifer Purdum’s paintings and drawings is flagrantly upfront, like a joke with a disturbing punch-line that really has nothing to do with the joke outside of being connected to it.  In many of the pictures in “Inside/Out:  Drawings and Paintings by Jennifer Purdum” now on display at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center [...]

Sara Pearce’s Expecting to Fly at 5th Street Gallery

March 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in March 2012, On View

Sara Pearce's Expecting to Fly at 5th Street Gallery

A quick first take on Sara Pearce’s Expecting to Fly at 5th Street Gallery downtown shows her a words person as well as a visual artist. And no wonder; words were her trade during her Cincinnati Enquirer years, when she reported on restaurants, books, sometimes visual arts, and was a features editor. What collages require, [...]

The Art of Food: A Taste Sensation for the Eyes

March 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in March 2012, On View

The Art of Food: A Taste Sensation for the Eyes

George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”  Food keeps us alive. It nourishes the body and keeps us growing healthy and strong. But food also serves as fuel for the artistic soul. That idea was embraced by the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky [...]

“Through the Windshield OTR: Recent Photographs by Jens Rosenkrantz, Jr.,” at PAC Gallery

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in February 2012, On View

“Through the Windshield OTR: Recent Photographs by Jens Rosenkrantz, Jr.,” at PAC Gallery

“Through the Windshield OTR: Recent Photographs by Jens Rosenkrantz, Jr.,” pretty much describes what’s on view at PAC Gallery, which is now open only by appointment. Rosenkrantz has photographed the grotty Over the Rhine neighborhood in the rain through a car windshield. But instead of being gray and depressing, these photos are bright and upbeat. [...]

Idiosyncracies, the Mundane, and More at The Land of Tomorrow

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in February 2012, On View

Idiosyncracies, the Mundane, and More at The Land of Tomorrow

The Land of Tomorrow in Louisville collaborated with Country Club to curate a broad show of many different artists, many of whom are well-known in Cincinnati  (such as Aaron Morse and Jimmy Baker). Only certain artists were given their own individual rooms (The Land of Tomorrow’s group), and are my focus here: Taylor Baldwin, Lisa [...]

Marvin Gaye Daydreams: Romare Bearden at the Taft

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in February 2012, On View

Marvin Gaye Daydreams:  Romare Bearden at the Taft

Romantic and cinematic, the prints and collages in the retrospective “Impressions and Improvisations:  The Prints of Romare Bearden,” (on display at the Taft Museum of Art through April 29, 2012) have a home-brewed flair matched with an aesthete’s precision.  In each piece, Bearden seems to devote all his time and attention to grasping at the [...]

Beast Friends: Michael Scheurer and Lizzy Renschler at AISLE

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in February 2012, On View

Beast Friends:  Michael Scheurer and Lizzy Renschler at AISLE

Currently on view at AISLE in the West End, Fiends is a two-person show featuring works by veteran collagist Michael Scheurer and newcomer Lizzy Renschler. If you’ve been paying even a modicum of attention, it should be clear to you by now that Scheurer has become a hot property. In the past year the artist’s [...]

The Ghost Empire Collective Gives Cupid the Bird

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in February 2012, On View

The Ghost Empire Collective Gives Cupid the Bird

The Ghost Empire Collective, an all male artist collective from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, began their first gallery season with Die Cupid Die at The Famous Neons Unplugged. The core idea behind the Ghost Empire Collective, recently formed in late 2011, is to bring art to audiences in non-traditional art spaces such as restaurants and [...]

“A Retelling,” the curatorial work of Katie Rentzke, at Covington’s Artisan Enterprise Center

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in February 2012, On View

“A Retelling,” the curatorial work of Katie Rentzke, at Covington’s Artisan Enterprise Center

“A Retelling,” the curatorial work of Katie Rentzke, at Covington’s Artisan Enterprise Center, exhibits three related bodies of work by Brian Harmon, Billy Renkl and McCrystle Wood.  Through photographic installation, collage and computer generated prints, each of the artists poised in his or her respective medium, ambiguously addresses the idea of “retelling,” individually and collectively. [...]

Robert Knipschild at B. Deemer Gallery

January 23rd, 2012  |  by  |  published in January 2012, On View

Robert Knipschild at B. Deemer Gallery

The B. Deemer Gallery in Louisville presents a partial retrospective of the work of artist and educator Robert Knipschild (1927-2004). Paintings include works dating from the 1960s (a little over a decade after he was selected for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renowned exhibition “American Painting Today”) through the 1990s. His style in this extensive [...]

Dimensions: Devotion to Detail at Marta Hewitt

January 23rd, 2012  |  by  |  published in January 2012, On View

Dimensions: Devotion to Detail at Marta Hewitt

The Marta Hewitt Gallery always looks fresh. There’s something about the bling effect of glass and the space implied and manipulated by that medium. But Hewitt is taking this a giant step forward, lately, pulling in less famous, but equally good artists in other mediums. Currently three multi-dimensional artists, dealing in work-intensive materials are well [...]

Inside the Infrastructure

January 23rd, 2012  |  by  |  published in January 2012, On View

Inside the Infrastructure

The idea of “abstraction” in art has always held a definitive place in my heart ever since I began noticing my love for creative expression. Not only is the idea typically misunderstood by most audiences, it seems to be so because it denies certain concrete realities and meanings we hold dear. Ironically, abstraction seems to [...]

Picasso in Small Bites

December 16th, 2011  |  by  |  published in December 2011, On View

Pablo Picasso would not be the only mercurial, misogynistic, egotistic, super- salesman who chose art (or art chose him) as a means of locomotion. The type abounds in this most rarified of all careers in this equally rarified era, most notably epitomized by Duchamp and Man Ray, masters of shock art, but he is the [...]

“Loading” Is This Thing On? At the Contemporary Arts Center

December 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in December 2011, On View

“Loading” Is This Thing On? At the Contemporary Arts Center

Phase One: Screen Test is the first exhibition/”phase” of an ambitious three part series entitled Is This Thing On? at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. According to the press release, Phase One: Screen Test “traces the history of performance video, showcasing the changing role of technology and new media trends”. The exhibition consists of [...]

Cole Carothers

December 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in December 2011, Features, On View

Cole Carothers

As an artist ages, he or she becomes increasingly sensitive to the world and more uncertain of how to proceed. As the artist grows wiser, he or she must make the decision to continue groping for the elusive threads of memory and the constant uncertainty of personal experience. It is important for the work that [...]

A New Reality at the Artisan’s Enterprise Center

December 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in December 2011, On View

A New Reality at the Artisan’s Enterprise Center

With all of the excess stuff floating around, most specifically in North America, it is hopeful to know that some artists are not letting everything go to waste. A New Reality at the Artisan’s Enterprise Center Gallery features 3 artists who are crafting superb works of art from what most people would end up throwing [...]

Inspired by Judaica: Glass and Fabric Designs by Michael Gore

December 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in December 2011, On View

 Inspired by Judaica: Glass and Fabric Designs by Michael Gore

Most longtime residents of Cincinnati know that the city has a strong Jewish tradition. But did you know that it’s considered an historic center for Reform Judaism? It is, and has been for more than a century. In 1875 Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise founded the Hebrew Union College which, after merging with the Jewish Institute [...]

WHERE IS THE LOVE? Julião Sarmento at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

November 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in November 2011, On View

WHERE IS THE LOVE? Julião Sarmento at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

The wall text for Julião Sarmento’s exhibit (closing January 22, 2012)  at the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art promises an exhibit built on “the concept of the book as an aesthetic and visceral object.”  It goes on to report that many of Sarmento’s drawings exemplify the “sensuous gesture of holding a book.” [...]

Love of Money is Relentless: Michael Scheurer at the Canco Gallery

November 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in November 2011, On View

Love of Money is Relentless:  Michael Scheurer at the Canco Gallery

  To quote Alan Watts, a much wiser man than I, “A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.” Walking through the hall of the new Canco Gallery space in Northside, I got the feeling I was entering someone’s intrapersonal mindscape, filled with its fair share [...]

Beginnings: George Inness in Italy

November 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in November 2011, On View

Beginnings: George Inness in Italy

George Inness,  as currently featured at the Taft Museum of Art through January 8, 2012, was not yet the master of a united nature concept when these early paintings were completed. Often noted as the most influential artist in the development of American Impressionism, that title would have been angrily denied by him, had he [...]

“The Artist’s Craft” at The Carnegie

November 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in November 2011, On View

“The Artist’s Craft” at The Carnegie

Though hardly indicative of the full breadth of contemporary craft art, the diversity of work presented in the “The Artist’s Craft” exhibit at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center is a window into the ability of artists to use traditional materials to create surprising compositions that challenge, and resonate with, the viewers sensibilities. Arturo [...]

Stupid on Purpose: “Peter Saul: Print Retrospective, 1966-2011”

October 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, October 2011, On View

Stupid on Purpose: “Peter Saul:  Print Retrospective, 1966-2011”

Like doodles scribbled on the edges of homework, Peter Saul’s exquisitely moronic pictures (on display mostly in lithographic form at Carl Solway Gallery through December 22, 2011) have a rote yet somehow ominous quality, a blurry merger of the popular and profane.  While seeming to be birthed from boredom and cynicism like punk rock, they [...]

Speed Trials

October 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, October 2011, On View

Speed Trials

“Speed Trials” was an essay commissioned for the catalog accompanying the exhibition “Trial by Fire: New Glass Work by Darren Goodman” at the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM). Goodman was selected by the 4th Floor, an associated group of the Museum, for its biennial 4th Floor Award, a competition to promote local artists. The organization is [...]

The Miller Gallery presents Contemporary Realism

October 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, October 2011, On View

The Miller Gallery presents Contemporary Realism

Currently on display at the Miller Gallery on Hyde Park Square, is an exhibition featuring 25 artists whose work offers outstanding examples of contemporary realist painting. A movement towards figurative painting among artists has accelerated in the past five to eight years. Whether artists are painting portraits, interiors or still lifes, the work is incredibly [...]

Bessie Wessel, A Historic Model

October 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in October 2011, On View

Bessie Wessel, A Historic Model

Once I thought of Bessie Wessel with some pity, a victim of her times,  when women were permitted to study, but not to enjoy a full, satisfying career.  Men, like Bessie’s husband, Herman, would pursue success in the world, while the ladies, God bless ‘em, tended the comforts that would enable the men to fight [...]

Glass Ceiling? Guess Not

September 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, On View, September 2011

Glass Ceiling? Guess Not

The paintings that mark a gradual return to across-the-board contemporary art at Marta Hewett Gallery, where glass objects have held the floor, are themselves almost glass-like. Jason Zickler’s labor-intensive works with their dense layers of clear, cured resin and paint gleam in a celebration of colorfor its own sake but hold in their depths delineations [...]

Island Reflections

September 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, On View, September 2011

Island Reflections

“We’re the reflections of our ancestors / we’d like to thank you for the building blocks you left us / ‘cause your spirit possessed us” – Talib Kweli, “Africa Dream”   Emily Hanako Momohara’s current exhibition at PAC Gallery, “Islands,” consists of fifteen archival pigment prints on rich Somerset Velvet paper.  The exhibition is a [...]

New Gallery Opens with an Exhibition in Visualizing Ideologies

September 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, On View, September 2011

New Gallery Opens with an Exhibition in Visualizing Ideologies

Third Party Gallery opened its first exhibition with a group show (the curator isn’t listed, but I assume it was Wyatt Niehaus, one of the co-founders) called Reductio ad Absurdum. According to the press release, the curator claims that its artists have “composed a dialogue between their work and a preexisting ideology, convention or concept [...]

Still[ed] Life: Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis

September 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, On View, September 2011

Still[ed] Life: Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it can also be a sincere source of creativity. That tenet is confirmed by “Still[ed] Life: Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis” at the Taft Museum of Art. In collaboration these two area artists (Parker is an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati’s College of [...]

Take It Off

September 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, On View, September 2011

Take It Off

Manifest Gallery’s “3rd Annual NUDE” international competition showing through September 9, offers more than the vast undulating landscape of skin to be considered. The subjects have been folded, stretched, posed and exposed in every manner from hypnotic fragility, as in Bain Butcher’s “Untitled” graphite rendering of a young woman, to the Diebenkorn-ish palette knife interiors [...]

At War With The Obvious

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, On View, Summer 2011

At War With The Obvious

                      “Not Just Pretty Pictures:  The Carl M. Jacobs III Collection”  at the Cincinnati Art Museum “I am at war with the obvious,” Photographer William Eggleston once said when asked about his work. I have a feeling Carl M. Jacobs III, the collector the exhibit [...]

Thunder-Sky’s the Limit

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, On View, Summer 2011

Thunder-Sky's the Limit

“Hard Knocks:  Art without Art School” is a loosely curated collection of more than one hundred works of art by thirty-one artists from around the globe.  By making use of their three curators (visual artists Antonio Adams, Ran Barnaclo, & Spencer van der Zee,) Thunder-Sky’s Face Book page, and exhibition blog to cast a wide [...]

In Company with Angels:

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, On View, Summer 2011

In Company with Angels:

              Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) has been a crowd-pleaser for decades (except for the period following his death as a bankrupt until the 1950s). Popularly he is best known for his leaded glass or stained glass lamps, first marketed in 1899. But his stained-glass windows [...]

Fun Between the Covers

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View, Summer 2011

Fun Between the Covers

Books. From the tiniest , “Musical Boxes” by Mark Palkovic measuring  a mere 1” X 1 1/2”, to the largest, also qualifying as the most outrageous,”Zulu: A Book Doll”  by Pamela Howard, Bookwords 12 at the Main Library through  August 29, 2011, is a plethora of invention and imagination.  Pop-up book artists are now known [...]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View, Summer 2011

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Harry Reisiger at The Phyllis Weston Gallery Clement Greenberg once said that “the superior artist is one who knows how to be influenced” and the current survey of paintings by the late Harry Reisiger reveals just such an artist. Born in 1922, Reisiger studied at both the Art Academy and the University of Cincinnati, eventually [...]

What’s The Big Idea? “Body of Art” at Prairie Gallery

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View, Summer 2011

What's The Big Idea? “Body of Art” at Prairie Gallery

“Body of Art,” the exhibit currently at Prairie Gallery (on display through August 20, 2011), is a group show in which the weirdness and greatness of the individual works often outshine the reason they were pulled together in the first place. The show is a grab-bag of video, photography, sculpture, painting and drawing, and while [...]

Ode to Trendiness

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View, Summer 2011

Ode to Trendiness

Initial Impression:  Darkened rooms, interestingly arranged for multi-screened film projections.  Walls and partitions simultaneously displaying black and white events. A slim man scatters a white powder over a grassy area.  He is printing the universal signal for help, SOS, in large letters by drizzling a white powder on the grass. Written material nearby indicates that [...]

It’s Oh So Quiet

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View, Summer 2011

It’s Oh So Quiet

                    Andre Alves’ Mute Motives at Semantics In the late1950s and into the 1960s, the philosophies of composer John Cage permeated the arts. Allan Kaprow took Cage’s notion of incorporating all of life into (and as) music and invented the “happening,” where the human body took [...]

Treeline: Photos by Kent Krugh

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View, Summer 2011

Treeline: Photos by Kent Krugh

It might seem flip to start a review of “Treeline,” Kent Krugh’s (American, 1955- ) rather magnificent exhibition of 22 black-and-white photographs* of the Angel Tree, the largest tree east of the Mississippi, with the old chestnut that “you can’t the see the forest for the trees.” But in this case, the Quercus virginiana, an [...]

Meanwell at Mary Rand Gallery

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View, Summer 2011

Meanwell at Mary Rand Gallery

                    In Cincinnati painting circles two names, from a recent past, keep their magic. The late Paul Chidlaw and the late Jack Meanwell, both of whom painted with a flashing style raised from the canvas in waves of impasto excitement.  Both artists’ works are available at [...]

A Star is Born

June 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, June 2011, On View

A Star is Born

A Star is Born:  the Douglas S. Cramer Collection at the CAM. If you go to the Cincinnati Art Museum this summer you will see artwork from the contemporary art collection of Hollywood producer Douglas S. Cramer in two separate exhibition areas:  one just upon passing the entrance foyer, where the Museum often houses small-scale [...]

Versoza’s World

June 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in June 2011, On View

Versoza's World

                        “All things resist being written down,” Franz Kafka writes in an October 13, 1913 diary entry.  Joey Versoza’s 2011artworks survey that resistance – objects refusing to go along with meaning, and meaning finding its way out of the experience of seeing.  It’s hermeneutics [...]