“The Trump L’Oeil Olé!” SOFT REGARDS: INSTALLATION BY ELENA HARVEY COLLINS AND LIZ ROBERTS Weston Art Gallery DEC. 9, 2016–JAN. 29, 2017. A Déjà Revue by Regan Brown

“I read a theory once that the human intellect was like peacock feathers. Just an extravagant display intended to attract a mate. All of art, literature, a bit of Mozart, William Shakespeare, Michelangelo, and the Empire State Building just an elaborate mating ritual. Maybe it doesn’t matter that we have accomplished so much for the […]

Report from New York: Walking between Dreams in Three Immersive Cinematic Exhibitions

This winter, three major New York institutions hosted exhibitions of immersive, moving image installations. In many ways the works featured in these shows were direct descendants of “expanded cinema,” a term now used broadly to describe many artistic practices engaging the physical situation of moving images outside of theaters though first applied to the utopian […]

Caroline Wells Chandler: Crocheting Utopia

This essay hopes to provide readers a theoretical analysis of the queer abstraction of Caroline Wells Chandler (b.1985), a contemporary New York painter. The methodology of the essay will operate from a queer feminist vantage point orienting Chandler’s work within the futurity of the late José Esteban Munõz (1967-2013) in Cruising Utopia, the then and […]

Color Beauty Vision – Carl Solway Gallery

  Color is the lush and unapologetic feature that binds the three artists whose solo presentations opened Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at the Carl Solway Gallery in Cincinnati and continue through April 29. Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson’s new woven silk weavings are the quiet scene-stealers of the Solway shows, though all three artists weigh in with […]

Ruins in Drinking Glasses: Michael Dopp's "Capriccio" at Roberts & Tilton

“Capriccio,” Michael Dopp’s show in Roberts & Tilton’s small secondary gallery, features 18 ink drawings brimming with symbolism. From afar, their washy Old Masterish monochromaticity suggests pictures one would find hanging in a musty museum or library display case rather than on the walls of a contemporary gallery. Closer observation reveals that the venerable academic […]

“Pieced together: Expression, Memory, Identity”

“Pieced together: Expression, Memory, Identity” YWCA, Women’s Gallery, 898 Walnut St. Cincinnati, Ohio Artists: Jamie Van Landuyt, Elizabeth Leal and Sara Caswell Pearce Through April 13th, 2017 This show, entitled “Pieced Together”, brings forward a variety of work by women in our community in multiple mediums. Elizabeth Leal’s sculptural pieces are organic in formal concept […]

Resolutions: 1. More Art

To start the new year right, Wash Park Art Gallery offers an exhibit of twenty artists, both painters and photographers, that will run through February 18. Holly Doan Spraul, gallery owner and curator, has covered the walls of this 19th century house with as many works as possible. One painting even hangs in the bathroom. […]

George Rush Walls, Windows, Rooms, People At the Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio

George Rush complicates the privacy of domestic and gallery space with his exhibition Walls, Windows, Rooms, People at the Weston Gallery. Using changes in texture, color and spatial context, Rush asks the viewer to simultaneously act as voyeur and participant in his airy carefully planned pictures. Rush visited the great Roman wall paintings in Italy […]

Widening the Net: Performance Art Overview Part II

Cincinnati is changing. We have seen the revitalization of the urban center and new galleries popping up in each verging neighborhood. Although it has been exciting to live amidst this cultural renaissance, it is also easier to ignore the realities of living in the Midwest. The dedication of individuals to plant roots and create the […]