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Thinking outside the ‘white cube’

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Dayton’s Blue House redefines creative spaces By Susan Byrnes Photo: The Blue House on Catalpa Drive is a gallery and studio space for local and visiting artists; photo: Nicholaus Arnold The Blue House is exactly that: a nice, conventional house on Catalpa Drive with a welcoming front porch and bright red door. Though you might […]

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Shape and be shaped

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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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Out and in focus

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Catherine Opie at Wexner Center By Susan Byrnes Photo: Catherine Opie, Mary, 2012 Photographer Catherine Opie was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1961. She gained national recognition for her studio portraits of gay, lesbian and transgender men and women, often part of the sadomasochistic leather subculture in San Francisco and Los Angeles, that were featured […]

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The Weight of water

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Beauty, irony, loss By Susan Byrnes Photo: Prudence Gill, Over, Under, Around, and Through, 2015 Compared to many Midwestern states, Ohio is fortunate to have abundant water resources. Lake Erie serves as a northern border to the state, while the Ohio River creates its southern border, and buried valley aquifers resulting from ancient glacial activity […]

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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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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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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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Ordinary to Extraordinary, Inside the Box

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The Dayton Art Institute’s Experiencenter By Shayna V. McConville Nestled under the marble rotunda staircase of the Dayton Art Institute is the Experiencenter, the nation’s first interactive family gallery in an art museum, established in 1976.  The gallery is dedicated to the “you learn better by doing” philosophy of learning about art through hands-on activities, […]

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Really Now?

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Midwest Painters Demonstrate Realism and Its Discontents By Jud Yalkut Taking its cue from Sigmund Freud’s treatise on psychology and civilization, the current exhibition by the Midwest Paint Group tackles the place of realism and figurative art in contemporary times. Curated by Glen Cebulash, Chair of Art and Art History at Wright State University, Realism […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]