PAST W-WAC EVENTS
WESTLAKE-WESTSHORE ARTS COUNCIL
"ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE"
A PANEL DISCUSSION
Held Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7:00 PM
Ann Albano, Panel Moderator, Executive Director and Chief Curator, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland.
Irina Koukhanova, Associate Professor of Art in Sculpture, CSU; lecturer; regional, national and international exhibitions- including Navy Pier Walk, Chicago; international exhibition in Slovakia; public art commissions in Michigan; recipient, Margo Harris Hammerschlag $10,000 Direct Carving Award; continuing engagement with the Summer Academy, Venice, Italy.
Elizabeth Emery, An early career sculptor of ceramic-based mixed media; exhibits regionally, nationally in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Baltimore, Philadelphia; internationally in China, Korea.
Nancy Prudic, Associate Professor Lake Erie College; her practice emphasizes installation and performance; her work has been shown extensively in regional, national, and international exhibits; recipient of numerous grants, including Ohio Arts Council and Cleveland Foundation.
Robert Thurmer, Director, CSU Art Gallery; teaches Museum Studies and Studio Art; his practice has moved from conceptual to object based with work shown regionally, nationally, and internationally in France, Germany, and Slovakia.
PHOTO: Irina Koukhanova, Iron Enclosure, 2012, bronze, wood, steel, 48 x 36 x 24 in.
Ann Albano has been the Executive Director of The Sculpture Center since December 2006. She has over 35 years of managerial experience in major American museums, with a particular expertise in contemporary art and developing exhibitions with early career artists, and has strong connections with educational and other cultural institutions throughout Cleveland and the greater region. She previously served as Director of Exhibitions and Registrar at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (1997-2006). With a MA in Art History and a Certificate in Art Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, she has worked as Preservation Services Representative of The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (Philadelphia, PA), Supervisory Paper Conservator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), and Assistant Paper Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY).
A still life is a moment stopped and captured, to be looked at, and relooked at, objects and environment engaging visually and intellectually with one another.
Forms and materials fill my studio where, through chance, experimentation, and intuition, they begin to suggest combinations reflective of personal narratives and unconscious beliefs. On one hand these objects represent sensual pleasures of the world. They are crafted descriptions of things and space, containing both concrete and abstract qualities which are ambiguous and open to multiple interpretations. On the other hand the connected parts are physical manifestations of mental flotsam and collected memories complete with uncanny juxtapositions, pattern and confusion, order and instability, the familiar and a fear of the unknown.
Ultimately, the relationships between colors, patterns, and shapes draw me in and allow me to wonder about how well, or if, they fit together. [I am intrigued by the convergence of separate parts because sometimes two things make sense together and sometimes they are confusing.] I wonder if the bonds created are the correct ones. Correct or not, the connected parts are a form of non-verbal communication, a type of shorthand or sign language, my own vocabulary and gesture. The presented visuals are an entryway into who I am and how I interact with the surroundings.
I am fascinated by the way we recognize works of art. We seem to have an innate understanding of the difference between a work of art and an ordinary object of daily life – similar to the way we intuitively recognize 'song' as distinct from 'speech.'
In my research I have become interested in the artistic conventions of Western art. There are certain formal relationships that almost automatically trigger the emotional and psychological phenomenon we experience as 'art.' I look to Art History to discover these universal stylistic elements – distinct from the ones that emerge from specific cultural and historical contexts. So I have begun to think of my work as 'paraphrastic objects' – stand-ins that refer to certain kinds of conventional art objects. In a sense I am creating my own 'found' art.
I had been exploring these issues in a highly conceptual mode working with graphite on paper -- making objects I called 'propositions' -- when about 3 years ago I accidentally discovered roofing tar as a medium (specifically Roofer's Choice #15 plastic roof cement). I love the color and the texture, its endless plasticity, and the way it accepts gesture (and other stochastic events) with great subtlety. Tar superbly captures the immediacy of the act of sculpting.
I am personally not religious, however, much of my art references religious imagery, which, to a degree, is accidental, as Western art is steeped in religious and mythological subject matter. Personally, I am interested in mythology as much as I am interested in science – both branches of knowledge inform and influence my work.
However, regardless of either the medium or the intellectual problematic I have set for myself, I am interested in these issues strictly for their utility. I am ultimately interested in the effect these objects have on the observer (including myself) for an experience that can be quite intense and border on the mystical.
I address Time and Conflict from my own prospective as an American, an immigrant from the former soviet block and a humanitarian. My work is deeply rooted in the idea of Zeitgest (the spirit of time), removed from the heat of immediate response. The contemporary artist, Marina Abramovic, stated that philosophical viewpoint, "Idea of immigration and moving away is a way to see deeper." In the current state of upheaval in the world, as an artist - I look into the past in order to deconstruct the present and find common denominators.
Art about wars changed most profoundly in the 19th century when it shifted from the depiction of glory on a battlefield to a drama of psychological struggle of an individual. In order to process the psychological insult experienced in the time of conflict, my work explores the changed manifestation of the body through its different physical states, thorough its absence and through devices surrounding it.
Rather than working in series that has an unnecessary repetitiveness to me, I group bodies of work into family units and see familial connections between them. Generally I zoom in the information I've gleaned out of recent sculpture or go back a few works earlier, and transfer it into the new works, so there's a sort of "stepping forward". I am an object maker by my approach to craft and by my attention to the inherited spiritual materiality. My sculptural palette spans the history of sculpture: from bronze casting, to metal and wood fabrication to fiberglass. Lately I am on the path of the most laconic way of representation, from limited materials to severe and reduced language.
The latest work is unified by the title 'Stahlhartes Gehäuse' (steel enclosure or an iron cage) and refers to Max Weber's sociological concept. In one of his major works, "Politics as a Vocation", Weber defined the State as an entity, which successfully claims a "monopoly on the legitimate use of violence." The metaphor of an iron cage refers to power, authority and an individual in modern society and sums up, graphically and dramatically, the predicament of modern human beings trapped in a socioeconomic structure of their own making.
I am interested in how something sits on the border of its identity. Though presented as individual objects, my sculptures are an arrangement of elements, venturing into a vocabulary of installation. The recent body of work was developed simultaneously as a dialogue between two– and three-dimension. I restructure the ever-present dichotomy of the "reality" of 3D vs. the "illusion" of 2D into a space where illusion seeps into reality and opens another dimension to the materiality of sculpture.
Throughout this body of work the development of individual psyche and its solitary struggle unravels through a multitude of references chaperoned by an ironic smile.
Spinning in space with uncertainty of a spin top is repeated in sculpture and in prints, but it is a mask that becomes one of the most important references. An adornment through which the wearer alters, amplifies or suppresses himself is explored from the gas mask and military helmet to the dog mask of submission/domination games.
The drama of the removal of humanity is ever present but recognized.
Former Cleveland Institute of Art Teacher Robert Raack Judged the Winners Circle Exhibit
Mr. Raack is a fine artist who resides in Cleveland Heights, OH. He studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and later at Cooper School of Art and then taught drawing and painting full-time at Cooper School of Art for seven years. He received an MFA in Painting from Kent State University and went on to teach Painting, Drawing and Design for twelve years at the University of Akron and then for twenty years at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Currently Mr. Raack teaches drawing, life drawing and 2-D design at Youngstown State University and watercolor and oil painting at the Orange Art Center. A practicing professional artist, Mr. Raack has completed over forty commissioned paintings many of those were for Case Western Reserve University. He specializes in painting from direct observation and has a substantial exhibition record showing in numerous regional, national and international juried exhibitions, winning awards. His paintings grace many private and corporate collections and are periodically exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. More of his paintings can be viewed on line at www.robertraack.com
The Winners Circle
Invitational Juried Art Exhibit
Was Held in Collaboration Between The
Five Seasons Family Sports Club &
The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council
An Exhibit of Art by Award-Winning W-WAC COFA Show Artists
Exhibit Dates Friday October 12, 2012 through Thursday November 8, 2012 at
Thanks to our Artists for joining and to our Members for attending the kickoff of this inaugural Art Event hosted by The Five Seasons Family Sports Club, in collaboration with the
Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.
PD’s Chris Morris, Visual Journalist
The Plain Dealer’s talented illustrator Chris Morris presented a program at the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Quarterly Event on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Porter Public Library. His presentation, “Chris Morris, Visual Journalist,” included a 22 foot wide drawing of all Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
He described his journey into journalism as accidental. “I am an illustrator at heart. I just stumbled into journalism after college,” Morris said. With his creativity and skill, Morris has fused the two spheres using a wide range of media and style. When he worked as a one-man department in Las Vegas he was told “I thought your paper had a team of artists because there are so many different styles of illustration."
Morris was a member of the Las Vegas Sun’s Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2009. Since being called to journalism in 1987, he has worked at the Dallas Times Herald, the San Francisco Examiner and the Dallas Morning News.
In 2011, Morris moved to Cleveland and reports that he “loves” it here. His drawings of Rock & Roll legends were created for the PD’s Friday Magazine in April, when the 2012 induction ceremony was hosted in Cleveland.
See examples of art by Chris Morris in the Gallery.
Bill Rudman of WCLV presented a fascinating program "All I know about Life, I learned from Musicals " on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.
The "Mail Art" presentation was made on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 by Reid Wood, artist, printmaker, international exhibitor, Mail Art creator, and professor emeritus of Lorain County Community College. Reid discussed the phenomenon known as Mail Art, an international group of artists that is continually evolving. These artists use the postal system as a medium of artistic interaction and exchange. He spoke about the beginnings of Mail Art, from Ray Johnson in NYC in the early 1960's, through to the 21st Century where the development of the Internet has had a great effect on how networking takes place among artists. Reid shared examples of Mail Art from his vast collection with the audience.
Sister Cities Student Art Exchange
The Sister Cities Student Art Exchange was viewed at Westlake City Hall, September 19 through October 1, 2011. It included a Tralee student's "Mona Lisa" that will made us smile!
On exhibit were 60 works of art from Westlake Public and Private Schools and 60 works of art from students of Westlake's Sister City, Tralee, Ireland. This was the third-phase of the exhibition. Westlake student art was first exhibited at Westlake City Hall in a "Send-Off" exhibit last April. It was then sent to Tralee for exhibition with the student art of Tralee students at Siamsa Tire Theatre on the edge of Tralee's town park.
The City of Westlake, Westlake Education Foundation, Northeast Ohio Art Education Association, Rae-Ann Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, Westlake Teachers Association, Westlake Council of PTA's, Westlake Junior Women's Club, Westlake Historical Society, and Westlake-Westshore Arts Council contributed support for this international student art exhibition.
Great Performances Create Happy Endings
In the season of witches, goblins and all things scary, a magic spell of sheer beauty was cast by five outstanding voices over the audience gathered at Westlake Porter Public Library to hear delightful samples from Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella).
The program, presented by the Cleveland Institute of Music, was a preview of CIM’s upcoming production of Massenet’s opera. It also marked the beginning of the 21st year of FYI:Opera programs offered free to the public by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.
David Bamberger, CIM’s Director of Opera Theater, presided over the October 18 program with the ease and skill of one who knows the subject and has presented FYI: Opera programs from its onset 21 years ago.
Brilliantly accompanied on the piano by CIM music director John Simmons, the voice students perfectly matched their voices and manners to the roles. Although the performers sang in the opera’s original language of French, their expressive facial and body language was easily read.
The first aria was sung by mezzo soprano Rebecca Skirpan as the stepmother, who Bamberger described as “not so wicked as bizarre.” Skirpan’s great voice and delivery were a wonderful introduction to Massenet’s music.
Massenet includes Cinderella’s father in his story. Baritone Mark Wanich portrayed and capably sung the tormented father and dominated husband. Zoe Schumann, as the fairy Godmother, proved her lovely soprano voice includes very high notes as she expressed her need to take a hand in Cinderella’s situation.
Prince Charming, tenor Nathaniel Heim, made his appearance and sang about the girl of his dreams, who he has yet to meet. Then Cinderella (Schiano) arrives and dialogue is sung between the two leading into a duet, which was beautifully performed. Arias by the stepmother and Cinderella and a duet by Cinderella and her father, precede the happy ending sung by the Fairy Godmother, Cinderella and the Prince.
These talented presenters had no problem convincing the FYI: Opera audience about happy endings and indeed encouraged many to plan on seeing CIM’s complete and fully staged performances. For information and tickets for CIM’s productions visit www.cim.edu or call CIM at 216-791-5000, ext411.
The Irish Polka Band Quarterly Event
A Musical Tour of Ireland was presented by Ben Clingain's Irish Polka Band on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the Westlake Porter Public Library. Attendees were treated to an entertaining musical program and refreshments at this free event sponsored by the W-WAC. Many thanks to Ben and his band!
Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial Cartoonist Jeff Darcy
The W-WAC Quarterly Event on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 featured Jeff Darcy, Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial cartoonist. Jeff discussed the editorial cartoonist's art, its history, the creative process and techniques, and compared it to the comic strip. Historical editorial cartoons were shown and discussed in an entertaining and informative way. Jeff did live sketches of comic strip characters as well as editorial cartoons, presenting a unique insight into the editorial process. Guests enjoyed this inside look at the art of the cartoonist -plus homemade refreshments! This free event was sponsored by the W-WAC.
FYI: Opera previewed Handel’s Xerxes
On Tuesday, October 19th David Bamberger, Director of Opera Theater at Cleveland Institute of Music brought his unique and entertaining talent for opera analysis to the FYI: Opera program at Westlake Porter Public Library.
CIM voice students accompanied Bamberger to provide a vocal sampling of Handel’s music from Xerxes, which CIM will be performing November 17-20. The FYI: Opera programs, offered FREE to the public by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, showcase unique perspectives on opera and engaging performances by young talented, trained voices.
Xerxes, which Handel wrote at the height of his powers, shortly before he composed Messiah, contains a great deal of comedy as well as romance, Bamberger stated. Xerxes was the Persian king who failed to conquer Greece, so in the European view he was something of a buffoon.
Bamberger noted that instead of the noble and mythical characters that generally populated Baroque operas, Handel created characters ranging from a comic who disguises himself as a flower peddler to the title character, Xerxes, who begins the opera singing a love song to a tree! “To be sure, he does it beautifully,” Bamberger assures, as the tune would become famous as “Handel’s Largo.”
For information and tickets for CIM’s productions visit www.cim.edu or call CIM at 216-791-5000, ext 411
"Laughing with My Ladies" Quarterly Event
Artist Judi Krew had an audience of 45 ladies (and a few brave gentlemen) laughing as well as learning about her unique art at the September 21, 2010 W-WAC Quarterly Event. Her humorous and entertaining presentation focused on her paintings, which capture the humor and spirit of womanhood, without the rose-colored glasses.
Judi Krew earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Akron in 1982 and a Masters of Art Education from Case Western Reserve University
in 1984. In Pittsburgh, she worked for Horne's Department store in visual merchandising. Then she returned to Ohio and taught art at Bay High School.
Judi has shown artwork all over the United States during her 28 year career as a professional artist, starting out as a watercolor painter. For the last 12 years
she focused on her "Women" Series of acrylic paintings. Recently, Judi has become sought after for her pastel portraits and related figure drawings.
Detailed information on Judi can be found at her website, www.judikrew.com, along with all the pieces
of the "Women" series. A second website, http://SnarkyArt.blogspot.com/ features essays about art
and life in general, illustrated with works from other media that she does. Judi Krew can be reached by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community of Fine Arts Show
On August 2 - 14, 2010, the 11th Annual Community of Fine Arts Juried Art Show was held at the Westlake Porter Public Library. The show, sponsored by the WPPL and W-WAC, was open
during normal Library hours, and ended with a special Meet-the-Artist reception on August 14th. Cash awards of $150 each were presented to the winners of each category.
Artists, at least 18 years old, who work in oil/acrylics, watercolor, charcoal/pastel/pencil/ink drawing, and photography, submitted entries of original, one of a kind work. Attention all local artists: start working on your entries for the 12th Annual COFA Juried Art Show to be held in August 2011.
A Note from Lollie and Ruth!
Former W-WAC Co-Presidents
As we close the 2009-2010 Westlake-
Westshore Arts Council year, Lollie and I wish
to thank the Board of Trustees for their hard
work on many successful programs including
the 10th Annual Community of Fine Arts
juried show at the Westlake Porter Public
Library chaired by Jean Povinelli, the Blue
Water Chamber Orchestra presentation at
Steve McQuillin’s Dover Farm home and the
Porter Library “Tunes for Tots” programs
chaired by Carlton Woods, the April bus trip to
the CIM presentation of “Opera Scenes” organized
by Nancy Chopp, and the continually
successful “FYI: Opera” series chaired by Jane
Mueller. Again, Thank you all for your support!
Lollie Cooley and Ruth Bertrand -
Blue Water Chamber Orchestra
On June 16, 2010 members of the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra presented a program at Westlake Community Services for their monthly noon luncheon. The program featured eight members of the orchestra playing music by Mozart, Hanson, Handel, and Vivaldi.
BWCO will be performing sections of the Messiah by Handel with the choir of Westlake United Methodist Church under the direction of Andy Call in December 2010.
BWCO's premiere concert, held at the St. Ignatius Breen Center for the Arts on September 12, 2010, was a sold-out performance that received rave reviews in the local newspapers. Don't miss the upcoming BWCO concerts!
Visit the BWCO website at www.Carltonwoodsconductor.com/bwco.htm for more information about the ensemble.
"Public Art" Quarterly Event
At the June W-WAC Quarterly Event, Marge Widmar, our new President for 2010-2011, presented a talk, with visuals, about "Public Art." The meeting was held at the Westlake Village Community Center. This entertaining and informative presentation gave a packed house the opportunity to hear the art expertise of and to meet the new President of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.