Dec 26, 2010

It's Time for a Spacelift!

January 14 - February 5, 2011

Curated by Kristin Bly

Opening Reception
Friday, January 14 6:00p-11:00p

Additional Hours
Saturday, January 15 12:00p-5:00p
Sunday, January 16 12:00p-4:00p

And by appointment through February 5.

Ever notice how some memories, like fine wines, get better with time—how some narratives, when relived, are revived? It’s like a memory upgrade, it’s new and improved. It’s been cleaned-up, like a wish come true.

We exercise these emotional improvements in a variety of contexts—it’s with the people that come in and out of our lives, it’s our experience with places and things, sometimes it’s related to a very specific fleeting event. And, really, it’s no surprise that we do all this. It’s rather natural. Just like the tenets of any self-respecting historical fiction, it’s practically an obligation to inject an existing tale with some umph!

Too, this peppering-up the past does not always correspond to something that began as an overly warm sensation. Sometimes, even as a coping mechanism, we give a memory a facelift to make it less ugly and more palatable for the present. “It wasn’t that bad,” we’ll say. Either way, tall-tale enhancements are tell-tale signs of our interest in recalling and recounting the past with a polished patina.

Spacelift is just that. It’s an exhibition addressing the notion that some memories get better with time—it’s the lifting up of the spaces in our minds. Spacelift artists approach their content and subject matter with certain levity, often (re)presenting things back, improved (upon) with dreamy optimism. They are navigators of remembrances, and their art is a scrapbook of the bygone, embellished with a boost of desire. Some works reference deeply personal stories, lending themselves to very specific autobiographies. Others lift-off more from popular culture, reminding us, in the spirit of Debord, how our impressions of the past (and the present) are inextricably shaped by the bombardment of mediated messages and the branded memories of “exactly” how things have come and gone.

Spacelift is a reconfiguring of reminiscences and a bolstering of the backlogged. It’s an exhibition that, as a whole, gives us a colorful overall story made-up of individually retold tales. It’s a compendium of past accounts, a veritable pulp fiction—all remastered and gussied-up to make for an even richer stream of narratives. Spacelift is pure hyperbole, and it doesn’t get any better than that—at least not until the next time the story is told…

~ Kristin Bly

Featuring the work of: Jane Baeslach, Beth Campbell, Amy Casey, Shelly DiCello, Craig Drennen, Elizabeth Emery, Brooke Inman, Aaron Koehn, Jessica Langley, Liz Maugans, Michelle Marie Murphy, Nathaniel Parsons, Todd Pavlisko, Barbara Polster, Bellamy Printz, Glenn Ratusnik, Eric Rippert, Douglas Max Utter.

Q & A

QUESTION: What does memory, hearts, outsiders, illustration, bikes, Weapons of Mass Creation, the Renaissance, furniture, ladies, and a good time have in common?

ANSWER: They're all going to be at Wall Eye in 2011!!! (Not at the same time, though. That's just too much. But you can count on a good time every time!)

Dec 19, 2010

Thank You For Your Vote!

Thanks to everyone who voted for us on the Fox 8 Hot List! We appreciate it!
We came in 4th! We were happy to see the Cleveland State Gallery up there as well, since we love them and CSU is the alma mater of most of the Wall Eye partners!

And congrats to Brian Jones Gallery, The Paul Duda Gallery, and Local Girl Gallery for filling out the rest of the top 5!

*Clap, clap, clap, clap*

Dec 8, 2010

It's Festivus Time!!

Oh it's Festivus, it's Festivus! La la la la la!!!! (We just made up that song right there on the spot!)
It's our 2nd Annual Festivus Show and we're excited to have over 52 artists! With works at $100 or less, EVERYONE can have a work of art for the holidays!!

Adam Gruber
Alena Rosa Reyes
Amanda Cates
Andrew Elaban
Barbara Polster
Benjamin Haehn
Bob Peck
Charlotte Mann
Chris Kaspar
Christina Bender
Dan Corrigan
Dana Depew
David Allen Graham
David Brichford
David Cintron
Dexter Davis
Diane Zizka
Douglas Manry
Dustin Nowlin
Eileen Dorsey
Elizabeth Emery
Emily Waldal
Jake Gardner
James McNamara
James Ruby
Jason Lehrer
Jason Rudolf
Jeff Finley
Jeff Hulligan
Joseph Minek
Joseph Toothman
Julie Cajigas
Justin Brennan
Katie Maurer
Kerry Lange
Kim Thorpe
Liz Maugans
Lizbeth Wolf
Marlee Pickles
Mary Platz Hughes
Michelangelo Lovelace
Natalia Dale
Paul Robertson
Peggy Roberts
William Schwartz
Sandra Holata
Sarah Dougherty
Stephanie Rond
Thomas Durdella
Yvonne Bakale

Opening reception: Friday, Dec. 17, 6-10 pm
Additional hours: Saturday, Dec. 18, 12-6 pm

A two-day only exhibition, FESTIVUS!! celebrates all holidays of the season with affordable, one of a kind works of art, crafts, jewelry, and more!

All artwork for FESTIVUS!! is priced at $100 or less. It's a "cash/check/charge & carry" show, so once you pay you take it away. The sooner you get there, the better your chances are to grab that perfect holiday gift!