September 2013

You Know What I Mean: Joey Versoza and JR at the Contemporary Arts Center

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in *, September 2013

You Know What I Mean:  Joey Versoza and JR at the Contemporary Arts Center

You Know What I Mean: Joey Versoza and JR at the Contemporary Arts Center By Keith Banner Joey Versoza’s “Is This It,” at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) through February 2, 2014, offers continual clues to a mystery that’s disintegrating while you stand inside its contexts and riddles. Versoza uses video, found objects, photography, [...]

“Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold”

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in *, September 2013

“Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold”

“Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold,” Kennedy Heights Arts Center By Karen Chambers I don’t know how many exhibitions have been organized around the theme of “vessel,” or the number of shows of craft materials where the vessel form is the natural result — wheel-thrown clay, blown glass, lathe-turned wood, and spun metal. The final [...]

“Balance: an exhibition of contemporary ceramics by Terri Kern”

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in *, September 2013

“Balance: an exhibition of contemporary ceramics by Terri Kern”

“Balance: an exhibition of contemporary ceramics by Terri Kern” By Sara Pearce Birds face off against one another at either end of a ladder-like seesaw, perch on the edges of nests, are trapped mid-flight by ladder rungs, and barely touch down atop stacks of ladders, branches and books. There is a sense of urgency – [...]

LETTER FROM NEW YORK

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in *, September 2013

LETTER FROM NEW YORK

LETTER FROM NEW YORK By Jane Durrell It’s slow going on a Sunday afternoon in the new installation of European Paintings (1250-1800) at the Metropolitan Museum. The handsome spaces have been spruced up and galleries once given over to temporary shows now are part of the logical flow of ideas and innovations that can be [...]

LETTER FROM CORTONA, ITALY

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in *, September 2013

LETTER FROM CORTONA, ITALY

LETTER FROM CORTONA, ITALY By Kevin Ott   Cortona is a walled Etruscan hill town 1 ½ hours southeast of Florence by auto, mostly via the white-knuckling auto-strada. A bit less of a tourist destination than some other Tuscan towns—smaller than Siena, maybe less charming and trampled than San Gimignano—its nearly carless, cobbled steep and [...]

DIS-SEMBLANCE: PROJECTING AND PERCEIVING IDENTITY

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

DIS-SEMBLANCE:  PROJECTING AND PERCEIVING IDENTITY

DIS-SEMBLANCE: PROJECTING AND PERCEIVING IDENTITY By Marlene Steele “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” – Marshall McLuhan 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ohio A multi-national array of artists dissect with various technological innovations the contemporary, multicultural perception of portraiture today. This artist is reporting a selection [...]

One New Painting: Mark III

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

One New Painting: Mark III

One New Painting: Mark III By Jane Durrell It’s like a party at The Galleries at Frame Designs, Loveland, where individual works by twenty-six artists fill the walls and more for the third edition of a show called “One New Painting,” running through September 28. The resulting mix of styles and approaches is almost like [...]

Landscapes Re-Framed: Sculptures By Celene Hawkins

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

Landscapes Re-Framed: Sculptures By Celene Hawkins

Landscapes Re-Framed: Sculptures By Celene Hawkins By Emil Robinson The traditional role of the frame in the presentation of art is not as simple as it once was. Many contemporary artists have found interesting ways to question it. Yet the frame continues to hold its traditional role as a way to assign importance to the [...]

The Geometric Imperfection Of Design

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

The Geometric Imperfection Of Design

The Geometric Imperfection Of Design By Danelle Cheney Typefaces, or fonts, sometimes have more complex histories than we might guess. Times Roman–or Times New Roman, depending on which OS you use–has a long and unclear history. It seems that it was created for British newspaper The Times in the 1930s and 40s, but that story [...]

Happy Hour At The Academic Lounge

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

Happy Hour At The Academic Lounge By James Cummins “Men don’t like men. Maybe it’s something we got taught, or ate, but if you like women, you don’t like men.” “Or maybe you don’t like women, either?” “But would that mean you like men secretly, or unconsciously, or both?” “Maybe it means you like women [...]

Photo Essay by Raymond Adams

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

Photo Essay by Raymond Adams

Photo Essay by Raymond Adams   Editor’s Note: Aeqai reviewed a new photography book by Raymond Adams a couple of issues ago, but we failed to include the photographs intended to go with the review.  So, we asked Adams to create a small photo essay of his work to share with our readers, and what follows is [...]

Doug Birkenheuer: 25 Year Retrospective

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

Doug Birkenheuer:  25 Year Retrospective

Doug Birkenheuer: 25 Year Retrospective Editor’s Note:  Doug Birkenheuer was beginning his photography career in the early 90′s in Cincinnati, after his graduation from Antonelli College, where he studied photography.  He has been in Chicago ever since, where he now teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago, and has had a flourishing career in both fine [...]

“Jim Killy: Mostly Wood”

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

“Jim Killy: Mostly Wood”

“Jim Killy: Mostly Wood” By Larry Watson As I began to wander the gallery at Brazee Studios, a young lady, Kayla, age 7, starts interacting with the sculptures with little hesitation, immediately reaching up and sliding the half-brick forward on a long, metal track, while instructing her mother to do the same with the opposing [...]

Perishable: New sculpture by Shawna Gulp

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

Perishable:  New sculpture by Shawna Gulp

Perishable:  New sculpture by Shawna Gulp Phyllis Weston Gallery Photography by Tom Baril September 18 – November 9, 2013 By Kenn Day Perishable succeeds in producing a coherent symbolic experience of the human condition, at least from Shawna Gulp’s perspective. Her sense is apparently that we are fragile and perishable creatures in a natural world [...]

Embrace the Ambiguity: Illusion and Immersion

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

Embrace the Ambiguity: Illusion and Immersion

Embrace the Ambiguity: Illusion and Immersion By Shawn Daniell We live in a world full of ambiguity. Like many people, I find myself having to travel this world with little or no direction. It gets confusing out there trying to interpret the signs, especially when some of those signs may have multiple interpretations. It stands [...]

New Works on Findlay

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

New Works on Findlay

New Works on Findlay By Chris Hoeting New Works, which opened on September 6th, features a group exhibition of four-experienced artist from former gallery owner (PAC Gallery) now turned not-for-profit director (The Gallery Project) Annie Bolling. Bolling selected the work of the best and brightest female artists from her former PAC Gallery stable in an [...]

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD by Saad Ghosn • Images For A Better World: Kimberly SHIFFLETT, Visual Artist Kimberly Shifflett was born in Champaign, Illinois, grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and settled for a few years in Tucson, Arizona.  After skipping her art classes at the University of Arizona to learn to weave, [...]

AARON COWAN, DIRECTOR OF DAAP GALLERIES

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

AARON COWAN, DIRECTOR OF DAAP GALLERIES

AARON COWAN, DIRECTOR OF DAAP GALLERIES By Laura A. Hobson As the son of a carpenter from a working class background with family based in Norwood, Aaron Cowan, 42, has risen progressively through the ranks to become director of the Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) Galleries at the University of Cincinnati. There, he manages [...]

B 4

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

B 4

B 4 By Susan Amis Today you are four years old. A time when you started thinking in a creative and lively way. There was no analytical thinking, no logic, just a pure unconscious mind. I suspect it is safe to say that each of you owned a box of colors. Some would call them [...]

Book Review

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

Book Review By Daniel Brown Years elapse between novels by Alice McDermott, one of America’s most accomplished novelists.  It’s been seven years since her last offering, and her new novel, Someone, is one of those occasional perfect pieces of fiction that you read slowly, marvelling at the simplicity of her writing style, her easy narrative [...]

Maxwell’s Poetry Corner

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

Maxwell’s Poetry Corner By Maxwell Redder   Manta Mantra Like pulling a tennis ball ten feet beneath the water and releasing so the molecules inside, fiercely rejecting suffocation, jet through the liquid’s surface into careless air, so does the manta ray leap with force between the waves. Does it meet the air leaping vertically to [...]

The Emperor’s Contemporary Clothes: Contemporary Art as Temporary Con

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

The Emperor’s Contemporary Clothes: Contemporary Art as Temporary Con

The Emperor’s Contemporary Clothes: Contemporary Art as Temporary Con. by Regan Brown I. This Page Left Intentionally Blank. II. To bleed or not to bleed? A Trickster’s Yip Echoes in Plato’s Cave. “Cage described Rauschenberg’s white paintings as ‘airports for the lights, shadows, and particles…’ “. —James Pritchett from “Writings on Cage”. [1] “To Whom [...]

The Question Concerning Contemporaneity

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in *, September 2013

The Question Concerning Contemporaneity By Aaron Betsky The question of what contemporary art is begs the issue of modernism. Strictly speaking, any work that is done now is contemporary; it is, in other words, modern, or our modern or current age. That in turns presumes that we are always making something new; that we live [...]

A Contemporary Art Checklist

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

A Contemporary Art Checklist

A Contemporary Art Checklist By Cynthia M. Kukla “ALL ART HAS BEEN CONTEMPORARY” Neon installation piece above entrance to the Altes Museum, Berlin’s collection of classical antiquities. What is contemporary art? This increasingly important topic is complex and it is debated with no clear-cut conclusions, since current conditions fold back upon themselves and older conditions re-emerge [...]

What is Contemporary?

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

What is Contemporary?

What is Contemporary? By Tim Kennedy In August I traveled to Chicago to see shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute. Recently when I visit these institutions I sometimes feel as if I am a citizen of one of those contested provinces such as Alsace, or a small state in the [...]

Earth, Air, and Water: Contemporary Landscape Painting

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

Earth, Air, and Water: Contemporary Landscape Painting

Earth, Air, and Water: Contemporary Landscape Painting By Rick Bennett Consider these two quotations about the place of landscape painting in the history of Western art: “All Art is to some degree symbolic and recognition depends on certain long accepted formulae.  The symbols by which early medieval art acknowledged the existence of natural objects bore [...]

What is?

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

What is?

What is? By Cole Carothers -ism, -ion, -non, neo, -un, anti-, pro-. Create new words, agendas, manifestos, or movements. Then, with branding in place, promote. Bring the manufacturers together with your clients and vendors; consultants, critics, the cognoscenti, and curators. Let the galleries, museums and every other art starved location or fund raising event you [...]

Contemporary Art Is A Moving Target

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

Contemporary Art Is A Moving Target By Matt Distel Contemporary art is a moving target. That is as close as I have ever come to hearing a suitable definition of contemporary art. It is also the reason I am still interested in some version of a career in the arts. Whenever I am confronted with [...]

State of the Arts

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

State of the Arts

State of the Arts By Kevin T. Kelly In observing the ever increasing polarization of virtually every facet of society, I’ve noticed the art world has also essentially split into two distinct camps: what I refer to, for lack of better terms, as the Conceptual and the Traditional. The Conceptual camp places more emphasis on [...]

“What is contemporary art?”

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in September 2013

“What is contemporary art?” By Jason Franz When asked to write something answering the question “What is contemporary art?” I was uncertain where to begin. I mean, isn’t it obvious? This is one of those situations where the question tells you far more than the answer ever could. The fact that it is asked, or [...]

Letter From The Editor

September 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Announcements, September 2013

Letter From The Editor The fall art season has begun, with exhibitions of high quality all over the region.   Aeqai is back with its monthly reviews, profiles, and issues, following our one summer issue. Our September issue is the largest we have ever posted, reflecting the growth in numbers of venues showing art here.  We have also, [...]