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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. j-hokkaido.com The organization […]

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 […]

Carl Fudge

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

Carl Fudge

at Solway Gallery Carl Fudge is a sly fellow. Just as you think you’ve caught the drift for one of his series works, either paintings or prints – ah yes, you think, look how this cluster balances that – he changes the color scheme for another version and all relationships shift gear. New game entirely. […]

Insects and Astronauts:

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

Insects and Astronauts:

Jeff Casto’s “Future Tense” at 1305 Gallery Jeff Casto’s shadowboxes and assemblages in “Future Tense,” his current exhibit at 1305 Gallery ending July 15, 2011, conjure Joseph Cornell’s Utopia Parkway workshop, as well as Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse, extracting wistfulness from detritus, seriousness from folly.  The toys, junk and other materials used in Casto’s art […]

Majr (Self) Gazn

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

Majr (Self) Gazn

Majr (Self) Gazn “Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running:  Majr Gazr” is a collective exhibition featuring the work of area artists Denise Burge, Lisa Siders, and Jenny Ustick at the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art.  The installation is an intensely immersive experience in which the group employs color, video, geometric abstraction, wall-drawings, […]

Meet The New Century

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

Meet The New Century

Same as the old century. (thankfully) Anytime an exhibition promises The New –whether by title or press release- I hear alarm bells.  My immediate thoughts conjure up images of artworks that question, examine, provoke, or reconsider some previously ill-considered idea; and above all else, I expect to have my expectations challenged.  So when I received […]

Odd Man Out

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

Odd Man Out

WHITE PEOPLE: A RETROSPECTIVE Photographs by Melvin Grier Quite a lot is going on in the engrossing exhibition of Melvin Grier’s photographs at Kennedy Heights Arts Center.. One narrative line is this city, reflected in a daily newspaper over a period of more than thirty years. Another has to do with the photographer himself, a […]

Narrative Figuration

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

Narrative Figuration

                        Late Modernism, the last and least worthy phase of a wonderfully creative 150-year movement, petered out before the births of most of the painters in this show. In its wake, the art world, then mostly western in emphasis, embraced a new pluralism that […]

2 Artists/2 Perspectives

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

2 Artists/2 Perspectives

Jeff Shapiro and Don Reitz Although the exhibition at the Thomas J. Funké Gallery is named “2 Artists/2 Perspectives: Jeff Shapiro and Don Reitz,” the “perspectives” of these two ceramic artists seem more aligned than not. Visually Reitz’s and Shapiro’s work shares a roughness that borders on crude. It rudely slaps the refinement of much […]

‘New Male’ Portraiture at the Carnegie

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

'New Male' Portraiture at the Carnegie

Rob Anderson’s 24 small (3.5×5″) paintings (2009-present) of mostly male faces form a file along the south wall of the Rieveschl Gallery at the Carnegie. Anderson’s skill with his medium is evident. He precisely renders diverse hues, in defiance of the small dimensions of the board. The background is graphically reduced to large swathes of […]

Chris Bucher Goes the Distance at Prairie Gallery with Little Kings

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

Chris Bucher Goes the Distance at Prairie Gallery with Little Kings

The current show at Prairie Gallery, Little Kings, features documentary-style photography by Chris Bucher, who followed a group of youth boxers as they trained for the Ringside World Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri in 2008. Bucher worked with boxers who were training at a gym in Indianapolis called Jireh Sports Ministry. The kids he […]

What Would Nam June (Paik) Do?

April 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Features, On View

 What Would Nam June (Paik) Do?

What Would Nam June (Paik) Do? The University of Cincinnati’s College of Design Art Architecture and Planning hosted the Nam June Paik and the Conservation of Video Sculpture, Symposium and Exhibition (April 15-16, 2011), a coup for the College of Art, (long the red-headed stepchild of DAAP’s other more financially-driven Colleges). Thanks to a grant […]

Haring’s Creative Approach and Its Reception

April 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

Haring's Creative Approach and Its Reception

Keith Haring 1978-1982, the exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center representing the formative period of the artist, reveals the diversity of his early artistic engagements. It confronts the visitor with his sketches of penises, affirming the youthful Haring’s newly liberated sexuality; narcissistic video work, alluding to a preoccupation with selfhood; and his curatorial roles, divulging […]

Tally

April 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

Tally

A Collaborative Show with Carrie Iverson and Nathan Sandberg “Tally: A Collaborative Show with Carrie Iverson and Nathan Sandberg” at Gallery One One at the Brazee Street Studios in Oakley has a somewhat misleading title since the only thing vaguely collaborative is that Sandberg’s installation piece, Roundtrip (2011, bricks, dimensions variable) comprised of used bricks […]

The American Circus Poster

April 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

The American Circus Poster

Out Of Kitsch and Into Dream: “The Amazing American Circus Poster:  the Strobridge Lithographing Company” allows art to encompass life in a way that transforms both.  The show, beautifully and meticulously curated and installed, has an epic quality, as if the curator were pulling together props and sentiments for a big-budget fever-dream/movie showcasing tropes from […]

For a Better World

April 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

For a Better World

                        Curators of exhibitions rarely receive more than a mention in exhibition signage–“curated” or “organized by.” But it is nearly impossible to talk about “For a Better World 2007” without acknowledging the organizer, Saad Ghosn (head of U.C.’s department of pathology and laboratory medicine […]

Gary Mitchell

April 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

Gary Mitchell

                  Their Bare Feet Gives Them Away: Gary Mitchell at Gallerie Zaum There is something about a nude body that makes us want to look. All bodies are different, unique in their own way. We all have feelings about our own bodies when we look at ourselves […]

Made Space

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

Made Space

The Forms and Absences of Everyday Landscapes In the religion of architecture, space is the deity, or the guiding spirit. It is the mystical property by which architects want their buildings to be judged, it is that which, when it is truly great, transports them into rapture. The strange thing about space is that you […]

Space Odyssey

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

Space Odyssey

Selections from the International Drawing Annual 6 This year’s Selections from the International Drawing Annual 6 at Manifest Gallery boil down to a duel between two conceptions of pictorial space. On one side, representing a traditional approach to an illusionistic environment is Lance Moon’s 34” X 46” graphite on paper Untitled (Child With Bull).  On […]

Heimlich Maneuvers

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

Heimlich Maneuvers

“House, New work by Tony Becker” at Prairie I have lived in Northside for almost seven years now, so I am embarrassed to admit that my recent visit to Prairie Gallery to see House: New Works by Tony Becker on a rainy Wednesday afternoon was my first trip to the space. A second floor walk-up […]

Jimmy Baker

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Jimmy Baker

Remote Viewing Jimmy Baker makes difficult art, and makes it extremely well. His solo show at Contemporary Arts Center, Remote Viewing, is only ten paintings but they are quite enough for the long, thin gallery that stretches along the south side of the CAC’s second floor. The works hang at a distance from one another, […]

Tony Dotson

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Tony Dotson

Weebles Wobble and Boy Do They Fall Down “Tony Dotson: Shock and Awe” (up through April 9, 2011 at PAC Gallery in Walnut Hills) pushes Dotson’s smart-alecky yet innocently streamlined aesthetic into newer and fiercer territories. The show comes off like Philip Guston took all of his gritty/funky oeuvre through a car-wash and arranged each […]

Jun Kaneko

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Jun Kaneko

An Exhibition of Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings & Prints Entering Jun Kaneko’s solo exhibition at the Carl Solway Gallery, I was smacked in the face by his Nagoya Wall – Tile Wall, 1987, even though the ceramic work is installed on a freestanding wall at the back of the corridor gallery. It did more than draw […]

In Dutch

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

In Dutch

Contemporary Design from Local Collections When I walked into “Going Dutch: Contemporary Design from Local Collections” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, I was overwhelmed—by the volume of words covering all four walls of the diminutive gallery—and under-whelmed by the number of objects on view—19. Given that ratio, I thought the words better be good. The […]

American Impressionism

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

American Impressionism

At the Taft Museum Another Impressionist show? Yawn. This might be the reaction of some who wander into the small gallery at the Taft Museum of Art featuring a new exhibition titled, American Impression from Cincinnati Collections. But after you get over first impressions, no pun intended, stop to consider the historical context of an […]

21c Collection

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

21c Collection

The Way We Are Now at Cincinnati Art Museum The Thomas R. Schiff gallery at the Cincinnati Art Museum hosts a selection of work from the collection of the 21C Museum Hotel, the boutique hotel (soon to be chain) that has been open in a repurposed set of warehouses in downtown Louisville for the past […]

Radha Chandrashekaran

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Radha Chandrashekaran

Prints and Mixed Media by Radha Chandrashekaran. Walking into Radha’s exhibition at Xavier, I was transported to India, which I first visited too many years ago—first because I hoped to return and expected I would, but haven’t—yet. What evoked India for me were not just the Hindu gods and voluptuous goddesses and the decorative motifs […]

Ghost Clouds

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

Ghost Clouds

Ted Borman at The Miller Gallery Ted Borman’s astonishing new paintings, Ghost Clouds, are his most evolved work to date. They manage to combine rich references to art history and to contemporary popular culture wittily, intelligently, and seamlessly. Selecting a deliberately faux-naif painting style, Borman’s work is reminiscent of other artists prone to radical reductionism and […]

Todd Reynolds

December 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Digest, On View

Todd Reynolds

At The Weston Gallery Todd Reynolds’ oils’ and watercolors’ most salient contemporary features depict an America in which chronic violence is implied, hope is in abeyance. His quasi-narrative, usually large scale paintings rip the niceties and pieties off of middle class life, portraying, instead, a near-Surreal world of low-life characters, drug-induced or -inspired people in […]

Towhey and Storer

December 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Towhey and Storer

                      The Greenwich House Gallery’s current show, DUO, features new work by two prominent Cincinnati artists—Tom Towhey and Greg Storer. Tom Towhey’s paintings have been described as surreal fantasies—fairy tales conjuring thoughts of Alice in Wonderland. Towhey often fills his canvases edge to edge with […]

Diana Duncan Holmes

December 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Diana Duncan Holmes

Movement, Light, and Chance Diana Duncan Holmes presents a body of photo-based work in her solo exhibition Movement, Chance, Light at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery opening on December 17 and continuing through February 27th, 2011. Holmes’ work falls squarely within the contemporary mode of art-making in which traditional media are […]

Rosson Crow

December 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Rosson Crow

The Artist is Present Place is the ostensible subject of Rosson Crow’s painted dreamscapes, and out of the seven canvases in her exhibition, Myth of the American Motorcycle, at the Contemporary Arts Center, only two are outdoor scenes. In all, the artist’s depiction of space is loose and layered, barely hinting at architectural detail or expansive […]

Goya at The Taft

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Goya at The Taft

Los Caprichos at the Taft Museum of Art Francisco José de Goya was 53 years old, seriously deaf but acutely visual, when he published the extraordinary series of eighty images called Los Caprichos now on view at the Taft Museum of Art. Caprichos—the word means “whims” or “fancies”—in this artist’s hands become the thoughtless, often […]

Fire In The Sky

December 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Fire In The Sky

  Looking Upward at Manifest Gallery Ivan Fortushniak returns to Manifest Gallery this month with a solo exhibition of 15 modest sized works that range from the prosaic to the superb. A god in his own way, Fortushniak fashions painted worlds that resonate with ambiguity and unease. In his universe figures from the past stare […]

Gateways

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Gateways

Bukang Kim and Emil Robinson Standing before Morning Calm (see image, right), the eye moves from the image of the window, to the feeling of the home from which one views it, to a subtle leap in perspective: one in which the window, house, etc. disappear into the balanced dissidence of boldly placed color and […]

Yvonne van Eijden

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Yvonne van Eijden

Her Universe Like a Dream Yvonne van Eijden is a painter, but as a poet she marvels at language as a social construct—recognizing its power and its limitations. In her paintings she creates a visual language centered around space, moments in time, and memory. In her poem, “Open Spaces are There,” she writes: the universe […]

Tough Pictures

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Tough Pictures

Photography at CAM Tough Pictures is a collection of photographs exhibited in the small section devoted to new acquisitions just behind the main lobby of the Cincinnati Art Museum. This interesting concept for a photography show which is neither explained nor demonstrated by the images and accompanying wall text adjacent to the installation. Although failing […]

Grace and Nepenthe

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Grace and Nepenthe

Kim Krause at PAC Gallery Unlike many artists in academia who spend more time teaching than making art, Kim Krause, chair of the Fine Arts department at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, found enough studio time in 2010 to create the seven large (up to 80″ x 72″) paintings and six mixed media on multimedia […]

Molly Donnermeyer at U-turn Gallery

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Molly Donnermeyer at U-turn Gallery

Feminine Tropes & Fairytale Myths To equate photography, still or moving, with the objects which are portrayed by the artificial eye of the lens is as silly as believing that everyone sees (e.g., comprehends what he sees) just alike. Vision is a psychological as well as a mechanical process. Even the most “objectively” made documentary […]

Ann Hamilton

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Ann Hamilton

The Process of Reading Becomes an Act of Creation It is a big deal when an internationally-recognized artist comes to town—particularly one who has local roots like Ann Hamilton. Her current exhibition,reading at Carl Solway is not the kind of large-scale, multi-sensory, immersive installation that one might expect from the artist. buy levitra canada Instead, […]

Thomas Gainsborough

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Thomas Gainsborough

Gainsborough’s Touch Exhibitions can be flat-out beautiful and they can bristle with ideas. When they are both you might want to send up a rocket in celebration, but perhaps the best thing is simply to go back and look at the show again. The Cincinnati Art Museum’s extraordinary gathering of paintings in Thomas Gainsborough and […]

Garde Duty

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Garde Duty

              A Vanguard of Six at Phyllis Weston Gallery Despite the suggestion to the contrary, A Vanguard of Six is a conventional exhibition of six contemporary artists whose divergent interests make for a cerebral show that at times feels remote and disembodied. Considering the charged subject matter that many […]

Mark Harris

September 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Mark Harris

Traditional Approaches to Radical Art Mark Harris is an artist, critic, curator, and the current Director of the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning. His diverse range of works include mixed media, sound installation, cut paper, artist books, and paintings. For his recent exhibition at Country Club Gallery, […]

Evoking the Personal

September 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Evoking the Personal

Kristine Donnelly’s Paperwork at the Taft Museum How might a contemporary artist respond to an art space that is rich in historical allusions such as the Taft Museum? Only the second “Emerging Artist” invited to exhibit her work, Kristine Donnelly found that an appealing question when she visited the museum’s inaugural Keystone Contemporary Series show last […]

Paper Trail

August 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Paper Trail

Carmel Buckley and Joel Fisher at Aisle “Set yourself to practice drawing, drawing only a little each day, so that you may not come to lose your taste for it, or get tired of it…Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will […]

Remix Edition

July 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in On View

Remix Edition

Paul Coors at Clay Street Press Paul Coors’ new solo exhibition at Clay Street Press is something of two different worlds. Beneath the surface of a quintessential contemporary exhibition, Tell Me What Else You Need From Me reveals a multiplicity of approaches to conceiving of and executing visual art. Coors, a 2004 graduate of The […]