Brian Bress: Pictures Become YouFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryOctober 13, 2018 - April 14, 2019
Brian Bress’ complex art enterprise combines character development, costume design and creation, as well as performance and film production. Figures that draw, cut, saw, arrange and pose slowly reveal invented worlds that form, unfurl and disappear again within the window of flat-screen television monitors. Humor and playfulness are contained within the slow, deliberate movements of Bress’ figures, which feel familiar—a combination of cartoon- and puppet-like beings. Describing his work as existing somewhere between painting and video, Bress states “I enjoy imagining a world where the most unlikely of things come to life.”
The FabricatorsJudith Bear Isroff GallerySeptember 22, 2018 - March 3, 2019
In the mid-twentieth century, abstract painters pushed back against the venerable tradition of easel painting, applying pigment to canvas sprawled directly on the studio floor. A generation of artists working in the late 1960s and 1970s went further, manipulating canvas or paper in ways that fabric is commonly handled: folding, scrunching or sewing. The Fabricators brings together the work of four abstract artists who treated traditional art supplies like one might treat cloth.
Jeff Donaldson: DigKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesOctober 27, 2018 - January 21, 2019
Jeff Donaldson: Dig, the artist’s first museum retrospective, explores Donaldson’s four-decade career. In 1968, Donaldson co-founded the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). AfriCOBRA sought to create a new kind of art that was not only politically engaged but reflected contemporary black culture and appealed specifically to a black audience. Featuring paintings, prints and mixed media works, Dig reflects on Donaldson’s deep belief in the responsibility of an artist to create work that is both socially relevant and visually striking.
Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and MuseKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesOctober 27, 2018 - January 21, 2019
Allison Zuckerman pillages Western art history, dismantling bodies and piecing together new ones that expose vulnerability and imperfection. Zuckerman’s figures are amalgams of body parts, clothing and background elements from artists [all male] throughout history, and Disney and other pop culture imagery. Paintings and sculptures made for Pirate and Muse evidence her embrace of the label “pirate” as a plunderer of art history who brazenly steals from other artists.
FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary ArtKarl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries, Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand LobbyJuly 14, 2018 - September 30, 2018
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.
Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the DustFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryMarch 24, 2018 - September 23, 2018
The multimedia work of Jerry Birchfield thoughtfully investigates photographic processes and concepts. Obscuring his camera-based images with layers of darkroom processes, Birchfield calls attention to the gap between his photographs’ original subjects and the abstracted printed image that you see.
Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew KolodziejJudith Bear Isroff GalleryMarch 3, 2018 - September 9, 2018
Crnjak (Youngstown), Joki (Cleveland) and Kolodziej (Akron) each approach painting as a process of inquiry into the way we understand time and space. The artists are particularly interested in the concept of time being fluid rather than linear. That fluidity is easily illustrated in our digital age—time can be visually compressed, drawn out and even layered. Interwoven into that equation is how memory becomes clouded or fragmented over time.
Ed Emberley: Better You Than MeMary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryJanuary 11, 2018 - July 15, 2018
Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me includes an array of inventive artwork from the artist’s personal archive of hand drawn sketches, woodblock prints, mockups, and first edition books. Better You Than Me is comprised of a specially-curated selection from the first retrospective of Emberley’s work that was presented by the Worcester Art Museum in 2016 and 2017, along with never-before-exhibited drawings and prints.
Jun Kaneko: Blurred LinesKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesFebruary 17, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Jun Kaneko has spent decades pushing the boundaries of ceramics, sculpture, painting, the abstract and the figural, and has repeatedly blurred the lines that have traditionally separated the world of fine art and craft. Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines, presents an impressive array of the artist’s monumental works, while providing insight into his thinking and artistic process.
Micro/Macro: Views of Earth by Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette KluteFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GallerySeptember 2, 2017 - March 11, 2018
Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette Klute both chose Earth’s natural and human-touched terrain as their subject matter. Micro/Macro illustrates how photographs of the Earth on both an intimate and aerial scale can be disorienting as well as familiar, and the inherent compositional parallels between the work of two very different artists.