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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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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

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, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]