Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, ReorientedJudith Bear Isroff GalleryMarch 16, 2019 - September 8, 2019
Mernet Larsen (b. 1940) makes intriguing, humor- and tension-infused paintings featuring geometric figures that inhabit space in ways that defy gravity and conventional viewpoints.
Nick Cave: Feat.Karl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesFebruary 23, 2019 - June 2, 2019
Nick Cave: Feat. showcases the artist's work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, and performance. His creations, bursting with color and texture, are optical delights that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Through this immersive installation, Cave hopes to provide a transformative place where your narrative can be featured and your dreams can soar.
Planes, Trains & AutomobilesMary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryJuly 26, 2018 - May 5, 2019
Whether it's revving up your engine to head out on a cross-country road trip or jumping on your bicycle to pick up a gallon of milk across town, transportation is an important part of life. We’re kicking off a year-long celebration of all the things that get us from point A to point B this summer. Experience transportation as muse in Planes, Trains & Automobiles with prints, paintings and photographs from the museum’s collection including works by Ralph Steiner, O. Winston Link, Christine Chagnoux, Charles Orloff, NASA and Roger Brown.
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.