Category Archives: exhibitions

Julie Friedman at FAVA Gallery in Oberlin, OH

Like a Fish Out of Water

(Image: Like a Fish Out of Water, Julie Friedman)

Nature Revealed: The Paper Cuts of Julie Friedman
Opening reception with the artist on Sunday, September 27, 2015,  
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The exhibition will be held in the gallery at Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, an arts advocacy and education organization located at 39 South Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074. Gallery hours: Tu-Sa 11-5, Su 1-5. Phone: (440) 774-7158.

Exhibition runs from September 27 – November 8, 2015

Gardening and living close to nature, since moving to Medina County 24 years ago, has slowly influenced Friedman’s artwork. She is  drawn to the relationship between the natural world and the man made environment. The themes she investigates relate to the beauty and the power or dominance of nature. Additional touches of magic realism or uncertainty and a mixed up evolutionary process (fish flying, out of scale insects, birds, pets) create a sense of surreality or dreamy make-believe.

The artist finds the  physical cutting out of the negative shapes a magical and satisfying act. The abstract shapes  fall to the ground to be swept away and reveal the silhouetted image. The shadows created by light illuminating the cutout produce another stratum to the art on walls and floor surrounding and drawing in the viewer.

About the artist:

Julie Friedman studied with book artist Walter Hamady while working on an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has a B.A. in Interior Design and B.F.A. in Printmaking from Kent State University. She works in multiple media (cut paper, drawing, printmaking, artist books). She is an adjunct professor at Kent State, John Carroll University and Cuyahoga Community College and is also director of Gallery West at Cuyahoga Community College. Friedman exhibits her artwork regionally and across the country. She has received an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant and a 3-month summer residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA through the generosity of the Ohio Arts Council.

www.juliefriedmanart.net

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Wish List reviewed in Hyperallergic

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Tim Gaewsky’s “If I had a Million Dollars…”

Wish List, an art exhibit described as “a contemporary statement of curatorial desire” has opened in Toledo in a former department store Lamson’s (which was recently the venue for Artomatic 419). The show was curated by Rocco DePietro and Gloria Pritschit of Gallery Project.  It has been reviewed in the online arts magazine Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/232456/an-abandoned-department-store-stocks-up-on-art/

It’s Play Time at the Toledo Museum of Art

photo by Tim Gaewsky
photo by Tim Gaewsky

Play Time opened on May 22 at the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibit celebrates the art of diversion and the value of play to both refresh the human spirit and inspire creativity. Unlike “look but don’t touch” exhibitions, this interactive, family-friendly, hands-on exhibition enables visitors to immerse themselves in contemporary art as they may never have done before.

“This show is not only about play in the traditional sense, but also the idea of being in the moment, of inspiring wonder, of invoking your natural curiosity,” said Halona Norton-Westbrook, who is co-curating the exhibition with the Museum’s associate director Amy Gilman.

“It’s an experimental exhibition that aims to defy traditional ideas of viewing art by providing interactive experiences. The exhibition is not confined to a single gallery, and in fact, it will change throughout June, July and August so viewers will need to come more than once to see it all,” said Norton-Westbrook, who is the Museum’s Mellon Fellow and associate curator of contemporary art.

Major works in the exhibition include room-sized Harmonic Motion by artists Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Charles Richard MacAdam, which was initially commissioned by Enel Contemporenea in Rome. The colorful, multi-sensory installation allows children and adults to climb and play inside its hand-crocheted hanging nets.

Play Time continues through Sept. 6. The exhibition is sponsored in part by ProMedica and made possible with the support of Museum members and the sustainability grant program of the Ohio Arts Council. In addition to works of art being added and subtracted from the exhibition during its run, a wide range of exhibition-related programs is planned. A list of programs follows. For more information, visit http://playtime.toledomuseum.org/. The Museum is open every day except Monday and will be closed on Memorial Day and on Labor Day.

Timothy Gaewsky in Painting Now at Ann Arbor Art Center

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Tim Gaewsky

I went to the Painting Now exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Center last week mostly to see work by Toledo area artist Tim Gaewsky, whose paintings I like. But I got way, way more than I bargained for.  The show, in the second floor gallery at 117 W. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor is a knockout— a rich, kaleidoscopic cornucopia of wildly divergent painting styles, subjects and approaches that makes it a feast for the eye and mind.

Notes on the exhibit state that  “Painting in 2015 is characterized by its inclusiveness of genres, styles, aesthetics, concepts, materials, and processes. There is no single direction, but multiple vectors of highly energetic artistic expression. The result is a continuing flowering of independent, eclectic, and significant art works that characterize the American art scene.”

Martin Hubbard

The exhibit lives up to this description in every way imaginable.  Juried by Peter Williams (http://goo.gl/b8FfXo), no painterly stone is left un-turned by  these accomplished artists, chosen from over 400 entries.  Figurative work appeared to be slightly favored, probably reflecting the available pool of Midwestern talent.

I’ve included a few of the paintings I like below, but these selections are very far from exhausting the pleasures, both intellectual and visual, of this exhibit.

Kari Friestad
Kari Friestad

This is the last week of Painting Now 2015, but if you make the time to see it you will be richly rewarded for your effort.  For a review by Sally Wright Day in the Ann Arbor Observer go to: http://www.annarborartcenter.org/art-now-exhibition-review-from-ann-arbor-observer/

For gallery schedule:  http://www.annarborartcenter.org/art-now-series-painting-2015/

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Adam Beeman
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Sarah Innes
Anders Johnson

Margi Weir’s Drawings Now Showing in North Carolina, Texas, Maryland and Ohio

Margi Weir’s drawings are now showing in several exhibits around the U.S.:

  1. The 6th Annual Drawing Discourse, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC (juror: Val Britton, MFA from California College of the Arts ;1109 entries from 379 artists, 47 pieces selected)
  2.  49th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX (juror; Kurt Dyrhaug is an Associate Professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX) Weir received the Del Mar College Permanent Collection $1000 purchase award (shown above)
  3. 26th National Drawing and Print Exhibition, Notre Dame of Maryland University,Baltimore, MD
  4. Home, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH

David Eichenberg in Moldova

David Eichenberg (he of the hyper-realist portraits on aluminum in the TAA95 exhibit)  is currently in a show in Chisinau, Moldova at the Natural History Museum.
The show is called “An International Exhibition: The Figure as seen by the Eyes of Contemporary Artists” It is curated by Italian Hyper-realist Painter Giuseppe Muscio in conjunction with the Italian Embassy in Chisinau. It will run from the February 10 – 25, 2015.