Internationally-renowned artist and beloved Kent State University faculty member Kirk Mangus (1952-2013) loved painting people he knew from memory. “When I go into the studio, I paint and draw from memory, observations, and interpretations. This process transforms the images into an abstract realm—a dream world where memory and legend take on a different perspective. Anything is possible,” Mangus remarked in 2012.
The former Quaker Square Inn Restaurants and Shops will be the newest location for public art by local arts organization Curated Storefront and FRONT International In connection with FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Akron arts organization Curated Storefront has occupied The University of Akron’s Quaker Square, the historic oat factory turned luxury hotel, transforming it once again into art galleries.
Mark Keffer, MFA
The vast array of approaches to artmaking produces a perpetually engaging arena for communication and expression. Myriad mediums, philosophies, styles and motivations create a field of inquiry that exists without limits. Even artists working in the same medium, covering similar territory, will generally produce very distinct outcomes.
Curated Storefront is an ongoing series of public art exhibits that activate empty storefronts with art installations in downtown Akron. For the past six years, Curated Storefront has activated 29 spaces with 118 exhibits featuring the work of 165 regional and international artists and personally engaged over 5,000 individuals through guided educational tours, virtual live-stream and in-person events. To date, 13 of the 27 buildings activated with exhibits were commercially developed or revitalized post project start.
Mark Keffer, MFA
Photography is a ubiquitous medium in contemporary society, and one that most people have the means of creating at any time. The quickness and ease of photography today produces an endless stream of mundane, throwaway images that generally remain in digital format, never intended to be printed. This state of affairs can make the sight of a thoughtfully and carefully created hard copy photograph even more special. When the subject transcends the cursory and the printing process produces a physical object of esthetic weight, the experience of the photograph can be a rich and multifaceted discovery.
David B Lile
I am David B Lile.I captured and produced this group of artistic images from the history filled, well known by all past auto enthusiasts, former Schriber Automotive Machine Shop, which has now been transformed into a community-oriented retail space and local, gathering spot, the Jenks Building, on Front Street, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Mark Keffer, MFA
Visual art in Northeast Ohio is made up of a wide variety of approaches, subjects and materials, which is not unexpected, seeing that it reflects the state of art nationally, even globally. Unlike periods in the past, where there was a dominant movement, such as Abstract Expressionism or Pop Art, we’re currently in an era of ‘pluralism,’ where no overriding thematic direction seems to take precedent over another.
Abstraction in visual art is far from new, but many area artists are using it to produce rich and meaningful work. In western art, from the pioneering experiments of the fascinating Swedish mystic Hilma af Klint, to Russian Suprematism, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Op Art, even Land Art, etc., we have seen wide-ranging developments in both form and content. Three artists here—in printmaking, painting, and sculpture—make it clear that abstraction can still make for a vibrant, first-hand art experience.
Mark Keffer, MFA
Abstraction in visual art is far from new, but many area artists are using it to produce rich and meaningful work. In western art, from the pioneering experiments of the fascinating Swedish mystic Hilma af Klint, to Russian Suprematism, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Op Art, even Land Art, etc., we have seen wide-ranging developments in both form and content.
McKay Bricker Framing | Black Squirrel Gallery | 141 East Main Street Kent, Oh 44240 | (330) 673-5058
Great selection of art, cards, frames, hand bags, t-shirts, and much more. Gifts for all occasions. Connected to KSU Downtown Gallery and a short walk from the KSU Hotel & Conference Center.
The Kent State University Museum advances the understanding of world cultures through collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting fashion, textiles, and related arts to students, scholars and the general public. The Kent State University Museum is a highly visible access point for the University, serving as a world-class destination for the study and presentation of historic and contemporary fashion, textiles and related art forms.
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