Nicholas Buffon 1

Nicholas Buffon, Shadows on the Square, 2018, acrylic paint, pencil, carbon transfer on Bristol paper, 13 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

Woody De Othello 1

Woody De Othello, At Night I Can't Sleep, 2018, ceramic, glaze, curved wood, glass, 50 x 28 x 16 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco  

Nasser Al-Salem

Nasser Al-Salem, Arabi/Gharbi (Arab/Foreigner), 2016, neon, 54 x 119 1/2 in., Courtesy of the artist and Athr, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, photography by Jerry Birchfield

Gerard Byrne

Gerard Byrne, In Our Time, 2017, Single channel film installation (Rear projection, mise-en-scene elements including vintage JBL 4425 Studio Monitors, etc) with 8 channel audio, Dimensions variable, Photo credit: Damien Elliot

Walead Beshty 1

Walead Beshty, Office Work, 2017, (Apple MacBook Pro A1286 MC118LL/A 15" 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo), 72 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches, 184.2 x 41.9 x 41.9 cm (WB 17/011) 

Jamal Cyrus 1

Jamal Cyrus, Pride Record findings—Tokyo, 2005-2016, collage on paper, wood paneling, wood shelving and plastic bags, 24 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 1/4 in., Courtesy of Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: Thomas DuBrock

Jessica Vaughn

Detail: Jessica Vaughn, After Willis (rubbed, used and moved) #005 (detail), 2017, 36 individual pairs of used machine fabricated public transit train seats (Chicago Transit Authority 1998-2011). Courtesy of the artist and Martos Gallery, New York
 

Maryam Jafri

Maryam Jafri, Product Recall: An Index of Innovation. Pepsi Baby, 2015, Framed texts, photographs, objects, Objects: 7.9 x 2 x 2 in. (20 x 5 x 5 cm) and 3 x 2.4 x 0.9 in., Text: 4.7 x 9.8 in., Courtesy the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea  

Woody De Othello 2

Woody De Othello, Sun Don't Shine Here, 2018, ceramic, glaze, curved wood, 45 x 29 x 29 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco 

Nicholas Buffon 2

Nicholas Buffon, Riding Past Ty's, 2017, Pilot G2 pen, acrylic paint, carbon transfer and matte varnish on Bristol, 7 x 9 5/8 in., Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York 

Walead Beshty 2

Walead Beshty, Office Work, 2017, (Canon imageCLASS D1350 Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax F161402), 72 1/2 x 28 3/8 x 28 3/8 inches, 184.2 x 72.1 x 72.1 cm (WB 17/008) 

Ad Minoliti and Li Jinghu

Ad Minoliti, Modular shelter (installation view) and Li Jinghu, White Clouds (installation view). Photography by Jerry Birchfield

FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

July 14, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries, Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby

For the premiere edition of FRONT International, artists from the U.S. and around the globe will offer perspectives on aspects of “The American City” at the Akron Art Museum. Works by sixteen artists—several newly created for the Akron Art Museum—include a major video installation, sculpture, photography and mixed media objects that will occupy spaces throughout the museum. The exhibition examines how we as individuals move through the urban landscape. Artwork reflects on ways that technology, communications, advertising, industry and popular culture shape socio-economic and environmental conditions.

Ireland native Gerard Byrne’s video installation In Our Time transports viewers into the studio of a 1970s or 1980s commercial radio station. Chronicling the daily routine of a radio broadcast, including infectious pop songs, weather, news and traffic updates, the video harks back to a pre-Spotify era when, as the artist points out, “people listened to the same things at the same time.” The studio set is meticulously constructed, complete with vinyl records, cassette tapes, recording equipment, wood paneling and guitars adorning the scant available wall space. A twelve-hour film, In Our Time plays in sync with the actual time of day.

Works by Visible Collective and Nasser Al Salem provoke reflection on being a foreigner in the U.S. Katrín Sigurðardóttir calls attention to forgotten locations around Akron and Cleveland by placing her sculptures in the earth. Artists in the exhibition include Nasser Al Salem, Walead Beshty, Vladimir Bonačić, Nicholas Buffon, Gerard Byrne, Sean Connelly, Jamal Cyrus, Woody De Othello, Willie Doherty, Maryam Jafri, Li Jinghu, Ad Minoliti, Brenna Murphy, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Jessica Vaughn and Visible Collective. 

This exhibition is presented as part of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Its presentation at the Akron Art Museum is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, the Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust, The J. M. Smucker Company, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLC and Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Works by Sean Connelly, Ad Minoliti, and Katrín Sigurðardóttir are commissioned for An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.

An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises is presented by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art with support from the Knight Foundation and the Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation. Work by FRONT residency artists: Sean Connelly, Ad Minoliti, and Li Jinghu, is made possible with support from the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion program. Vladimir Bonačić is made possible with support from Yelena Bonačić Boxer.

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Explore all of the FRONT: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art Venues

Allen Memorial Art Museum

  Cleveland Clinic   Cleveland Institute of Art
         
Cleveland Museum of Art   Cleveland Public Library   Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
         
FRONT Porch
PNC Glenville Arts Campus
  Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland   Playhouse Square
         
Richard D. Baron ‘64 Gallery   Rock and Roll Hall of Fame   SPACES
         
St. John’s Episcopal Church   Steamship William G. Mather,
Great Lakes Science Center
  Toby’s Plaza,
Case Western Reserve University
         
Transformer Station   Weltzheimer/Johnson
Usonian House, Oberlin College
  West Side Market

Related Links:

[ Will Heinrich, "Cleveland Triennial Is an Artistic Scavenger Hunt With Civic Pride," The New York Times ] [ Anderson Turner, "Art review: FRONT International features 16 artists at the Akron Art Museum," Akron Beacon Journal ]

Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Artist Nicholas Buffon will talk about his work, including works on view in FRONT that highlight LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron.

Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Artist Nicholas Buffon highlighted LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron in a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures in the FRONT exhibition. In this talk, the artist will discuss his work and participate in a dialogue with members of those businesses and organizations depicted in the work.

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Akron Art Museum Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph said, “By depicting queer spaces in Akron and inserting himself in those scenes, Buffon is showing connection and solidarity with the gay community in Akron.”

“I’ve been thinking of subtle ways to portray resistance in this fractious political moment,” states Buffon. “How I see it, strength and resilience are where community exists. So I’ve started painting slices of my community, starting with gay bars closest to me, both historic and contemporary.”

Buffon creates his imagery from “a soup of online resources” including Google Maps and Street View, Google image searches, Yelp reviews and public Facebook pages, intermingling imagery and details from different periods in his compositions.

Rudolph said, “Because Buffon sources images of locations he hasn’t visited from various online platforms, he is aware that some images are outdated and intentionally combines past and present in his images as a way of embracing the history of a place.”

Buffon often places himself in the drawings, interacting with other people outside the iconic locations or alone, as a humorous observer or visitor. He says, “The figures in the paintings are also a mix of my experiences and a random sampling of strangers that happen to be walking by in source photographs. I used a cartoon of myself to populate many of the paintings. The cartoon self implies an ownership or even assumed affiliation with the building.”


image: Nicholas Buffon, Akron Art Museum Entrance, 2018, acrylic paint, pencil, and carbon transfer on Bristol paper, 9 5/8 x 7 in. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

FRONT International Tour: The Urban Fabric

September 22, 2018, 10:30 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of civic organization. 

FRONT International Tour: The Urban Fabric

September 22, 2018, 10:30 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of civic organization—how does it affect the social and economic dynamics of a city? Artists reflect on how public infrastructure and social spaces divide and unite us.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Please click the button / link below to reserve your space. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

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Find out more about FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art at the Akron Art Museum.

image: Willie Doherty, Dreams of Longing Dreams of Regret I-V, 2017, 4 framed pigment prints mounted on dibond, dimensions variable, photo: Joerg Lohse, image courtesy of the artist, of Alexander and Bonin, New York, and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 

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