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In a state of experimentation

Installation of "Appetite: An American Pastime" at the Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki

Studio visit with michael casselli by Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Kurt Miyazaki and Michael Casselli, Appetite: An American Pastime I first met Yellow Springs artist Michael Casselli as a resident artist as part of 2009’s Blue Sky Project. He had relocated to Yellow Springs from New York in 2008 to fight the closure of his alma […]

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Mangled & altered


Meet the Artist: Teri Schoch By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Teri Schoch, View of East Second Street, 2015; wood, corroded steel, graffiti, aluminum alloy I only met Teri Schoch a few weeks ago but I knew from the moment I saw her rusted, crushed and mangled assemblages, she would be someone I would completely dig. Her […]

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Accident and control


Meet the Artist: Doug Fiely By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Doug Fiely, Garden Tools   I’ll admit it. Printmaking is my media conundrum. Woodcut. Engraving. Etching. Mezzotint. Aquatint. Drypoint. Lithography. Screenprinting. Monotype. Too many ways to make a line. But, gosh, I’m drawn to it. So many lines. So many different ways to make a line. So […]

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Art, it’s ALIVE!


A studio visit with Megan Smallwood By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Megan Smallwood, Griffin   My first and only physical encounter with one of Louise Bourgeois’s gargantuan, dare-to-walk-underneath-her “mama-spiders” (Maman, 1997), made me consider just how some artists can defy logic and the rules of nature and transform our daydreams and nightmares right there into our daily […]

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Shape and be shaped


Meet the artist: Kevin Tunstall By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Kevin Tunstall, untitled, porcelain, 2014 I’ve got the ceramic bug. Not for the chunky, wheel-thrown glazed mugs I’ve collected from country craft fairs for years, but the contemporary ceramic art, from porcelain that riffs on global trade routes to clay heads that have been decked out […]

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An exploration of WTF


Meet the Artist: Ben Riddlebarger by Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Ben Riddlebarger, Milkicorn, Queen of the Unicorn People, pen and ink My characters are mostly very comfortable in their skins. I like to play with abstract ideas of what proper clothing is for men and women and mix them with historical imagery and stuff. I of […]

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Absurdism, Dayton-style

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Meet the artist: Sarah Kane By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Sarah Kane, I Got You The Jelly Kind, 2014, archival inkjet print, from the series The Neighbors I’ve only known Sarah Kane for the last three months – first meeting her on a wintry Saturday afternoon as she was setting out with her camera to capture […]

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Layers upon layers

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Meet the artist: Chris Welker By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Chris Welker, Oh Hi!, 2014, acrylic and paper on canvas For the past year or so I’d been wanting to know who the heck this guy was, taking pop and retro imagery (I see this a lot; very trendy) but then obliterating it in a few […]

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Reinvention, inspiration & Instagram

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Meet the artist: Mary Beth Whitley By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Mary Beth Whitley, “Leaves on Granite,” 2015, digital print “Reinvention” is a concept that fascinates me. Partly because I’m still not sure I am the thing I thought I was going to be when I grew up. Also because I am approaching a certain age […]

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Looking forward: 2015 in the arts


How Dayton draws its future By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Gallery view of the 2014 Stivers School for the Arts photography auction; photo: Leah Stahl A recent article in the New York Times Arts section posed the question to a panel of cultural figures of whether our art is equal to the challenges of our times. The premise […]

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Miami Valley Pottery

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Collaborative. Accidental. Fruitful. By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: David Leach & Naysan McIlhargey, ceramic, glaze I took the occasion of the recent collaboration of potter Naysan McIlhargey with printmaker David Leach, drawer/printmaker Erin Holscher Almazan and painter/printmaker Jennifer Rosengarten to visit McIlhargey’s studio, Miami Valley Pottery, for the first time. Located just outside of Yellow Springs, […]

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Love, loss and transformation

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Meet the Artist: Tiffany Allyn Clark By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Artist Tiffany Allyn Clark There’s this particular thing about some painters and their “ground.” Ground is defined as the first coat of paint applied to the surface of a piece. Mostly called priming today, its purpose is to provide a smooth surface that can be […]

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Looking through a new lens


Meet the artist: Leah Stahl By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Leah Stahl, “Bootstrap Paradox” 2014, Photogram/Pharmaceutical Chemigram What the hell am I without my camera? I’ve been following Leah Stahl’s work for a few years, and on the occasion of her solo show, Hemispheres: A Temporary Record of How the Light Got In at Ann Miller Gallery […]

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A study in hybrids

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Meet the artist/curator: Ashley Jude Jonas By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Ashley Jude Jonas, “Buffalo Husband” As artistic practices have expanded beyond the boundaries of the production of objects, often incorporating historical context, editing and interpretation – work typically associated with the curator – we are seeing a blurring of the boundaries between the artist and […]

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On craft and craftsmanship


In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, paint and hose clamps There’s this spatial thing about sculptors. The good ones imbue their work with this particular physicality that sort of taunts, teases, seduces us into relating our bodies to it. You walk […]

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Meet the artist


Abby Rose Maurer on lines, light and the movement of drunk people By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Artist Abby Rose Maurer in her studio; photo: Eva Buttacavoli The Swiss artist Paul Klee defined “line” as “a dot out for a walk.” I’ve been following Abby’s jittery figure drawings only for a few months, but was immediately struck by the confidence of […]

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It’s happening in Troy


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A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]