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The Trenchant Art of James Pate

Kin Killin’ Kin and Attack By Jud Yalkut The masterful African American artist James Pate was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but raised in Cincinnati where he earned a scholarship to attend the Art Academy there through a Corbett Award. After attending Central State University and continuing to self-educate himself, he has since been a recipient […]

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The Jury Process

Behind the Scenes of the 22cd Annual Works on Paper By Shayna McConville Beyond merely creating a piece of art, an artist has to navigate a situation in which to showcase his/her work to an audience.  Often, that situation is in a gallery or a museum, and often it is alongside many other artists.  A […]

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Honoring the “Unpeople” in Issa Randal’s Dramatic Moment

Raw Power at the Dayton Visual Arts Center By Jud Yalkut The art of Dayton’s Issa Randall presents a Dramatic Moment as the raw power of street art that confronts the subtleties of the gallery space. Previous contemporary corollaries exist with the deconstructed and reassembled graffiti billboards referenced in the work of Mark Bradshaw, but […]

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Canvas The Neighborhood

A Glimpse of Street Art from Detroit to Dayton By Shayna McConville Artists have integrated site-specific artwork into architecture for centuries, commissioned by churches, cities, and patrons, to add a visual complement to their buildings.  In recent history, Diego Rivera’s fresco murals adorned municipal and educational sites, Gordon Matta-Clark cut into whole abandoned buildings and […]

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Big spaces and large planes

Bonita Williams Goldberg, “Infinite Presence,” painting.

A unique exhibit opens at Miami University Middletown By Jud Yalkut It is always a great pleasure to discover exciting new work in a previously unexplored venue within the perimeters of one’s area. A juried exhibition entitled “Big Spaces and Large Planes” opens the 2011-2012 season through February 9 with the ongoing collaboration between The […]

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Cool Kettering

Kettering’s Government Center, 3600 Shroyer Road

Awe-inspiring Ohio Modern architecture in our own backyard By Shayna V. McConville Defining a relatively new city can be a challenge — its significant characteristics, invisible under the cloak of young buildings, tend to go unnoticed by those living, working and passing through. Returning home to the Dayton area after many years of living on […]

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Dayton DIY on Fourth

The future belongs to those still willing to get their hands dirty By Shayna V. McConville Trains frequently rumble by above the two-acre plot of green space at the corner of Fourth Street and Wayne Avenue.  Between the elevated tracks and the park below, colorful murals bridge the gap between transient and static. Started in 2008 […]

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Alchemy of art

The work of Bart Vargas at Dayton Visual Arts Center By Jud Yalkut Bart Vargas is a Minneapolis-based artist who has shown internationally, most recently at the 2010 Fourth Beijing International Art Biennale (BIAB) in China. Both a painter and a sculptor, Vargas received his M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota with his work featured […]

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Dual flights of fancy

Tom Hawley and Doug Fiely exhibit at the Springs Gallery By Jud Yalkut Two Ohio artists, Tom Hawley and Doug Fiely, with fanciful realizations in their respective mediums, are displaying their creations at the Springs Gallery in Yellow Springs through Dec. 14. In this unique encounter, we see the decorative wood crafting of Hawley with […]

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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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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]