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Colors of energy

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Visiting abstract painter Mike Elsass in his Front Street studio By Bill Franz Photo: Mike Elsass’ signature rusted steel paintings hold as many as 40 layers of paint; photos: Bill Franz Mike Elsass may be Dayton’s most colorful artist, and he works in what is definitely Dayton’s most colorful studio. Elsass rents most of the […]

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Dancing the divide

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Living in Divided States at Antioch’s Herndon Gallery By Brittany Erwin Photo: Michael Casselli’s ‘US/THEM’ from Living in Divided States at Antioch; photos: Sylvia Newsome A large disco ball twirls slowly, scattering reflective light over the Herndon Gallery, Antioch College’s on-site art space. But this is no celebratory dance party. A closer look reveals the […]

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Practice makes art

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UD artists explore art as social practice at Front Street By Brittany Erwin Photo: Joel Whitaker’s ‘Alternative Processes’ class exhibits at the Index Gallery Front Street Building Co., “home to the largest Community of Artists and Artisans in the Dayton area” has a newly branded University of Dayton-owned resident, Index Gallery. Judith Huacuja, chair of […]

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Stories retold

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Annie Lee-Zimerle plays the hero[ine] at Springfield Museum of Art By Ashley Jonas Photo: Annie Lee-Zimerle’s ‘The House of The Three Bears’ at the Springfield Museum of Art Story Retold is an exhibition of recent works by Dayton-based artist Annie Lee-Zimerle that opened at The Springfield Museum of Art on Nov. 12 and will run […]

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‘the chaos of comfort’

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Claudia Mastrobuono turns tension into art By Brittany Erwin Photo: ‘Nest/chandelier’ piece from a previous installation by Claudia Mastrobuono If you are like me, you often conceptualize a work of art separately from its setting. Yet, for many installation artists, like Claudia Mastrobuono, their work is contextualized by and in conversation with the venue where […]

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Ravaging the sublime

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Truth in today’s surreal landscape By Ashley Jonas Photo: ‘Silver Lake Operations # 1’ by Edward Burtynsky at DAI The third and final installment of the Dayton Art Institute’s Year of the Classical Elements explores the theme of the sublime in contemporary landscape photography with Ravaged Sublime: Landscape Photography in the 21st Century, which opened […]

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Strange Bruises/Ghosts Emerging

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Two artists find lasting impressions in fleeting moments By Brittany Erwin Photo: Gold inside gray image and pink-tinged work by Benjamin Lee Sperry Our lives are a compilation of fleeting moments. To find greater meaning requires reflecting on those moments and allowing them to shape our interactions with the world. Championing the effort to highlight […]

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The ‘undocument’

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FotoFocus Biennial drives the power of image through Dayton By Ashley Jonas Photo: ‘Selfie’ by Kayleigh Harris In 1990, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati presented Robert Mapplethorpe’s retrospective The Perfect Moment.  Mapplethorpe was a photographer, so he made images. He made images of the body, flowers, homoerotism, interracial figure studies, celebrity portraits, and self-portraits.  […]

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*naked*

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Art for every body on display at Color of Energy gallery By Brittany Erwin Photo: Parrish’s untitled nude figure calls viewers to confront the female form Is the ideal female body tall and long-limbed? Short and curvaceous? Voluptuous with soft, fleshy rolls? For artist Parrish, it’s all of the above. Parrish, a recent graduate of the […]

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More than a spit and whittle

2015 Artistry in Wood, Dayton carving show. Competition winners.

Dayton Carvers Guild shapes 35th Artistry in Wood By Erin Callahan We’re living in the age of technology, when we can use computer design programs to create something on screen and build out designs with a vast selection of materials using 3D printers. It may seem that with this advanced digital technology, the traditional handcrafted […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/20

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By Michelle Strauss  Music man In a local apartment complex, alarms went off and alerted the police that a robbery […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/13

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  What a mouthful Believe it or not, in a local residence, a boyfriend kept his girlfriend’s dentures hostage. Earlier […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/6

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New Picasso? A woman came home from work one sunny afternoon to find her house awry. She frantically observed a […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/30

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By Michelle Strauss Means of transportation When a woman arrived home from work she noticed something rather peculiar: a man […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]