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The mind’s eye

Paul Catanese exhibit lights up WSU galleries By Jane A. Black What happens when you mix pixels and printmaking with Laurie Anderson with Joseph Cornell? You get something like the current show at the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University, which is a solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Paul Catanese. Several bodies […]

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Roll ‘em!

It’s time to bring out the heavy equipment By Jane A. Black While you are looking about during October’s First Friday art hop, be sure to head over to the corner of Fifth Street and Patterson Boulevard from 5 to 9 p.m. to see printmaking in action. From the Oregon District, walk west under the […]

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Identity accessories

Keeping your head warm is just a bonus By Jane A. Black Pilgrim, Santa, Robin Hood, witch, cowboy, pirate, cop. Can you picture them in your head? On your head? Their hats, I mean. Without the topper, the costume is simply incomplete; the distinctive character is obscured. Without the pointy black hat, how do you […]

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Why is that on the wall?

The great mystery of the curatorial By Jane A. Black If you look at and think about art, I’d venture to guess you’ve wondered, at least once or twice, why the heck the object before you was chosen for display. Chances are, the reason remained inscrutable. Who chose the art is one of the details […]

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Synergistic braintap

When data sets plus DIY spawn art By Jane A. Black I remember the first time I heard of synchronicity. It was the name of an album by The Police that came out in 1983. My friend Jean is cringing right now, in disbelief. How could I have reached 22 years old and not have […]

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Math and Art

The same name for different things, or different names for the same thing? By Jane A. Black You have to love a guy who uses the word combinatorial. It’s not something you hear in everyday conversation – unless you hang out with mathematicians, I guess. To me, it sounds a lot like that art term, […]

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Atmosphere, surface, edge

David Leach displays a linear tour de force By Jane A. Black The Present Past, a retrospective exhibition of work by Emeritus Professor David Leach, was a poetic experience. The show did not deliver a driving beat; instead, what emanated was a gentle rhythm, the cadence of the carefully chosen. “Reticence is my middle name,” […]

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Breathing a Gallery into Life

Two Artists Transform Their Studio By Jane A. Black Sarah and Mike Puckett met in New York City but settled south of Dayton when Sarah got a teaching job at Centerville High School. They are not far from her hometown (in central Ohio) and alma mater (Miami University), but the Midwest is a new adventure […]

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One Thing Leads to Another

Art lives in your memory, helps make new ones By Jane A. Black There’s this wall in my neighborhood that some people would consider urban blight, but I beg to disagree. It’s a peeling, flakey, worn-out pastiche of paint with some graffiti thrown in for good measure. It faces a prominent corner, across from a […]

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A timely tour

DAI dispenses a spotlight show of contemporary art By Jane A. Black There is much to enjoy in the Dayton Art Institute’s current special exhibition, Creating the New Centruy: Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection. The galleries are filled with bold imagery, contemplative abstractions, vibrant colors and lush surfaces. Social commentary is prevalent, but often […]

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Creating a moment

Taking Dayton artists on the road By Jane A. Black What does it cost you to make a name in the art world? What does it cost if you don’t even try? These questions are not just idle turns of mind for one of Dayton’s most entrepreneurial spirits, Mike Elsass, whose art career has gone […]

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Stolen Stories

Records of change and repetition at WSU faculty exhibit By Jane A. Black Alchemy sounds like science and feels like magic; sometimes art strikes me the same way. A faculty show seems a prosaic idea. In short, such exhibitions don’t often rise to the level of delight. They can be a decent survey of the […]

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Remembering a decade

Kevin Harris shows layers of experience in prints, drawings By Jane A. Black Kevin Harris’ new exhibition at Sinclair Community College is a 10-year survey of drawings, prints and collages. While on the surface, they appear to be quite varied – ranging from torn paper compositions in clear, bright color to moody, barely narrative, black-and-white […]

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Upwardly Mobile

Nudging everybody skyward By Jane Black If I’ve heard him say it once, I’ve heard him say it a hundred times – “I walk on the shoulders of my ancestors.” Willis “Bing” Davis never forgets that he is not in this alone. And in my opinion, his greatest skill of all is helping others see […]

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All The Pieces Fit

K-12 Gallery Is Embedded In The City Shimmering along Fifth Street, across the street from Stivers School for the Arts, is a lovely addition to the city landscape. The historic neighborhood of St. Anne’s Hill is fortunate to have a beautiful new community art project in its heart. I was aware that something was to […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]