Kim Menapace

Curator’s Statement

Kim Menapace brilliantly incorporates symbolism, perspectives and mediums, creating sophisticated works dealing with sensitive societal issues.  Menapace exemplifies today’s artistic pluralism, by repurposing post-modern, modernist and low brow methods, creating cutting edge works reflecting today’s world.

As if she were using her own handwriting in a personal diary, her paintings document her observations of the disturbing world in which we live.  She sites chauvinism, dependence, psychological torment and human decay in these stunning expressionist works of art.

Artist Statement

My embroidered paintings explore the unseen history of women “hobbyists”, whose work and practice was not valued as art, specifically “fine art”.   However, this is not the sole subject of my paintings; I bring in elements of modernist paintings, a movement heavy with male painters, who are never called “male painters”.  These two subjects exist separately within the work, but have moments of symbiotic interaction where they are woven together.  By bringing together these elements of “low“ art and “high” art, I create a visual balance between the high and low, the painter and the hobbyist, the masculine and feminine.

In my most recent body of work, I embroider flowers, paint white abstract geometric forms, and include accents of gold leaf, all composed on raw, untreated canvas.  The untreated canvas also contains charcoal figure drawings that appear as sketches or under paintings, seeming unfinished.  An internal frame extends out of the geometric forms.  The figure drawn in charcoal exists both inside and outside the frame while the embroidery weaves around the white forms and frame both visually and physically.  The frame represents the “eye” of the art world, what is being validated by receiving attention from galleries, collectors, and most importantly, theorists.  The frame is arbitrary placed in the work, what exists inside is not any more important than what is outside.

01_KMenapace_MainLinePrince copy

Main Line Prince
embroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas
15” x 15”
$150.

02_KMenapace_Brith_Of_IntoIgnorance

Birth of Ignorance
embroidery floss, charcoal, chalk pastel, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas
10″ x 20″
$100.

03_KMenapace_Vein_Ripper copy

Vein Ripper
embroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas
15” x 15”
$150.

04_KMenapace_The_Holy_Trinity copy

Holy Trinity
embroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas
12” x 12”
$150.

05_KMenapace_BirthOfKnowledge

Birth of Knowledge
embroidery floss, charcoal, chalk pastel, acrylic, and glitter on canvas
20” x 30”
$300.

06_KMenapace_DayDream

Day Dream
embroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas
20” x 20”
$425.

07_KMenapace_DependableOblivion

Dependable Oblivion
embroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas
20” x 30 ”
$450.

08_KMenapace_BeautifulDecay

Beautiful Decay
embroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas
25” x 20″
$350.

09_KMenapace_WitheringWorth

Withering Worth

embroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas

            20” x 25″

          $350.

10_KMenapace_DreamingOfAbsentLove

Dreaming of Absent Love
embroidery floss, charcoal, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas
17” x 40″
$550.
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Shadow, Angles in Chrome by Tom Bird

Curator’s Statement

Tom Bird cleverly blurs the distinction between abstraction and representation through his cropped images of slick automobile details and parts. Though the viewer often can easily recognize these details, the images clearly emphasize the beauty, color, design and cropping within a frame, instead of the objects themselves. This brings the focus to abstraction, making the photographs self-referential rather than being about the beautiful shiny cars that were employed.

Tom is a skillful commercial photographer, yet this body of work shows that he too is a fine artist making stunning images to hang on the wall!

Artist Statement

There is an absolute to all my Fine Art Photography.  When creating my images, I use my lens as an extension of how my eye watches life unfolding, with the love of color, light and shadow that envelops a subject, evoking emotion from the viewer.  I see creativity in most everything: from an ordinary object, a persons expression or an abstract object, all are images waiting to be made into something new and beautiful.  This group of work has been a project and an expression of abstract images from year to year following Hot Rod and Bikeweek events and shows in my area.  I pay close attention to detail, perspectives and angles, displaying different points of view the usual onlooker often misses. In the first years of my life, up to age twenty, I lived in the east side of Cleveland.  Since the age of 13, I received my first viewfinder camera, shooting everything I saw, eventually wearing out the focusing ring.  Photography and art have been with me all my life.  Making the move to attend school in Pittsburgh at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Photography, I grew as a Photographer, Artist and Creator of my images, gaining confidence and control.  Coming home from my first spring break, I rolled the car, broke my back and ended up paraplegic with a spinal cord injury, which gave me the advantage to shoot with a different and often unique point of view.  If you are an Ohioan, you know winters!  Due to rather rough winters in Cleveland, and now using a wheelchair full-time, I decided to move to Daytona Beach where I would continue my schooling and fine tune my craft, bringing you this series of photographic art work.  So, here I am giving you a peak into my images called “Shadow, Angles in Chrome”, a collection of work shot with a Nikon D-800 DSL with varying degrees of post production including textures, digital painting through Corel Painter 2015, Photoshop and Lightroom to give you that final look.  I am very much bonded to Fine Artwork and creative pieces.  I often see and create images from subjects many people overlook… That is when I see art!  Light and shadow play a huge, intricate role with all of my Fine Art Photography, combining with varying techniques to create a painterly style through selected media including oil, depending on how an image evolves.

Bike muffler

Bike’s Curves

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

blue window

Blue Window

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

Caddy Fin

Caddy Fin

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

chevy chrome

Chrome’s Eye

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

chevy grille

Chevy Grille

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

chevy illusion

Chevy Illusion

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

Chrome Bump

Chrome’s Bump

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

Curvatious

Curvatious

6 x 9, 12 x1 8, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

grille red

Red Ribs

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

orange curves

Orange Curves

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

Packard Circles

Packard Circles

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

Red Chevy Bell

Red Chevy Bell

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

yellow chevy bump

Yellow Grille

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

Laura Brooks

Curator’s Statement

Laura Brooks makes fun, colorful, happy art that first awakens you with bright colors and abstract imagery, and then textures emerge through her use of eclectic materials.  She loves color, texture and arranging shapes without worry, exemplifying the idea that true art comes from self-expression without censorship.  Laura has retained the creative child within herself that allows her to make beautiful, free and fanciful compositions that have a true sense of herself as an artist.

Artist Statement

Laura lives and creates in the same Cleveland area community that she was born in 1963.  Her work is frequently inspired by the natural world.  Whether earth, sky, water or fire, her finished paintings reflect a dramatic interpretation of the spontaneous personality of our ever-changing environment.

As an abstract artist, Laura enjoys incorporating reclaimed materials into her art, such as paper, metal, salt, thread or other found objects.  These ingredients, when finessed with layers of gel, paste or clay, deepen the texture of a piece, transforming a traditional canvas into a painted sculpture.  The infusion of her bold color combinations play against each texture individually with striking results.

laurabrooksart.com

LBrooks_Breach1

Breach

acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas

25” x 12”

$125.

LBrooks_Eruption2

Eruption

acrylics on unframed canvas

30” x 24”

$95.

LBrooks_February3

February

acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas

40” x 30”

$325.

LBrooks_Fraction4

Fraction

acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas

24” x 18”

$135.

LBrooks_Heritage 5

Heritage

ink and acrylic canvas, framed

22” x 26”

$195.

LBrooks_IceMoon 6

Ice Moon

acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas

25” x 12”

$125.

LBrooks_Impulse 7

Impulse

acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas

20” x 20”

$135.

LBrooks_MidnightTide 8

Midnight Tide

acrylics gallery wrapped canvas

12” x 9”

$85.

LBrooks_Mosso 9

Mosso

mixed media, acrylics on hard board

18” x 24”

$165.

LBrooks_Tightrope 10

Tightrope

acrylics on cradled board

18” x 24”

$135.

Stained Fiction by Thom Rossino

Curator’s Statement

Whimsical illustrative magic happens in Thom Rossino’s world.  Thom allows flowing random patterns of nature to initiate the direction of his pen and ink drawings.  In a Zen like manner, the coffee stains inspire his shapes, forms, characters, and compositions.

The results yield highly creative beings living in fantasy worlds.  They delight the viewer with their unique character and richly toned shades.

Like his own personality, Thom Rossino creates fun and imaginative art.

 

Artist Statement

This series of work has been an exercise in expression and the abstract imagination.  In creating this body of work, one interprets the image from the canvas into something congruent.  Inspired by the Rorschach Ink Blots, this is an experiment into the visual sub-conscious.

Thom Rossino has created art throughout his life.  Creating as a chameleon in his non-traditional pen & ink style, one of his goals as an artist is to push the imagination of the mind in a conceptual, surreal, and abstract way.

“Stained Fiction” is the most current series in Thom Rossino’s ever evolving style as a visual artist.  To see more of his work, go to his artist website at http://www.thomrossino.com

“There are a lot of ideas out there, and they are all up for grabs…all one has to do is reach up in the air and grab one!”

– excerpt from an idea

 1.2headsheart22_coffee_2014

2 heads, 1 Heart

16″ x 12″

$150.

2.Between the lines_dodging bullets_coffee_2014

Between the Lines (Dodging Bullets)

16″ x 12″

$400.

3.Man vs. Nature_trees_coffee_2014

Man & Nature

9″ x 12″

$150.

4.hearts_coffee_2014

Hearts

9″ x 12″

$150.

5.Glyph_coffee_2014

Glyph

16″ x 12″

$400.

6.heavy feet_coffee_2014

Heavy Feet

12″ x 16″

$150.

7.jesus lizard_coffee_2014

Jesus Lizard

12″ x 16″

$150.

8.meeting people is easy_coffee_2014

Meeting People is Easy

12″ x 16″

$150.

9.october_coffee_2014

October

12″ x 16″

$400.

10.puppet_color_coffee_2014

Puppet Master

16″ x 12″

$150.

11.samari_coffee_2014

Samuari Warrior

12″ x 16″

$150.

12.Not yet_coffee_2015

Not Yet…

16″ x 12″

$400.

Jen Craun

Curator’s Statement

Jen Craun’s handsome intaglio prints incorporate images that are somewhat abstract, yet they are obviously loaded with symbolic origins.  Her minimalistic compositions are richly laid on toned areas that highlight interesting geometric forms and topographical “linescapes” in an abstract sense.  They are sophisticated with a sense of “The Zen of Design” that beckons the viewer to investigate further meaning within this abstraction.

With this, one discovers symbols representing gems, landscape, waves of the earth, diamonds and gold.  We see a question as to the value and meaning to this “facet” of our world.

Coincidentally, these diminutive 8” x 10” prints are gems in themselves!

 

Artist Statement

Through this series of prints, I am exploring patterns and textures of the landscape and the process of diamond mining.  I’m interested in notions of value, and potential value, and how we examine and measure these ideals.  Employing the lexicon of the processes that I am investigating, I make language plays with both the image and process that deliver multiple meanings.  These small etchings are printed intaglio on 8×10 white cotton Rives BFK paper, and the prints are further layered with drawing, chine colle’ and gold leaf.  You can see these works, and several others, on display at the Urban Orchid Ohio City [1455 W. 29th St, Cleveland, 44113] beginning Friday March 13th with a public reception from 7-10PM.

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BIO:
Jen Craun [BA in Art Education 2000, MFA in Printmaking 2003; KSU] is a Cleveland-based printmaker and maker of Artist Books.  She has always been fascinated that all things are makable with a simple willingness to master ingredients and process.  She finds this true in her art, work, and adventures with food.  She has secretly always wanted to learn how to juggle, and she enjoys that this is often the way she works at the press in creating her prints.
After 10 years with Zygote Press, Craun resigned from her post as the Associate Director in 2014 to pursue her studio practice and art making full time.  She teaches as an adjunct professor in the Printmaking Department for the Cleveland Institute of Art, specifically the Artist Book courses.  As one of the lead artist-residents for Progressive Arts Alliance– a nonprofit organization that partners with local schools to provide professional arts integration– Craun enjoys teaching residencies for both printmaking and book arts programs.  Craun works primarily in wood intaglio, etching, letterpress and collage, creating mixed-media prints as well as artist book forms.  Her work has been exhibited locally at BayArts, Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland Public Art, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Heights Arts, Massilon Museum of Art, Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, SPACES, and Zygote Press.  She has exhibited both her print and artist book work nationally and internationally, and is included in the collections of: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The Vern Riffe Center for Government + Arts of The Ohio Arts Council, The Grafikwerkstatt Printshop, Cleveland Institute of Art Gund Library Artist Book Collection, MetroHealth Hospitals, the Westin Hotel Cleveland, Intercontinental Hotel Cleveland, Southern Graphic Council, Kent State University
Printmaking Archives, Akron School of Art, and Zygote Press, Inc.  Craun lives and makes her work– in her home studio, as well as Zygote Press– in Cleveland with her husband and two children.  To see more of her work, or to make purchase/exhibition inquiries, please visit: http://www.jencraun.com.

Craun_brilliant

Brilliant

intaglio print with gold leaf and ink drawing

2015

Craun_clarity

Clarity

intaglio print with screen print, chine colle’ and gold leaf

2015

Craun_dependence

Dependence

intaglio print with gold leaf and ink drawing

2015

Craun_facets concentric

Facets Concentric

intaglio print with gold leaf and ink drawing

2015

Craun_facets

Facets

intaglio print with gold leaf

2015

Craun_incremental

Incremental

intaglio print with gold leaf

2015

Craun_mine scape

Mine Scape

intaglio print with gold leaf and ink drawing

2015

Craun_nopressure

No Pressure

intaglio print with gold ink drawing

2015

Craun_structure

Structure

intaglio print with gold leaf

2015

Craun_youreagem

You’re a Gem

intaglio with screen print, chine colle’ and gold leaf

2015

David Sloan

Curator’s Statement

To start, I must remark on Davis Sloan’s artist statement…what a delight to read!!  He says it like it is.

David Sloan likes to have fun.  He loves color, texture and arranging shapes without worry as to correctness.  This body of paintings exemplifies the idea that true art comes from self-expression without censorship of a critical outside world.  He has retained the creative child within himself that allows him to make beautiful free and fanciful compositions that are fun to look at and have a true sense of who is!

 

Artist Statement

In their 2008 survey of North American art schools and university art programs, Garrett-Petts and Nash discovered that nearly 90%  of them teach composing artist statements as part of the curriculum.  Additionally, they found that:

Like prefaces, forewords, prologues, and introductions in literary works, the artist statement performs a vital if complex rhetorical role: when included in an exhibition proposal and sent to a curator, the artist statement usually provides a description of the work, some indication of the work’s art historical and theoretical context, some background information about the artist and the artist’s intentions, technical specifications – and, at the same time, it aims to persuade the reader of the artwork’s value.

But I didn’t go to art school.  And I make paintings, not prefaces or prologues, nor do I indulge in technical specifications and its cousin, self love.  I was born and bred in Northeast Ohio but have spent half of my life living in New York City.  The historical context?  You mean this blurry media burrito post-everything again, surface-is-everything, eye-candy, anything goes satiated vortex we live in?  How many social platforms must the contemporary artist in America maintain anyways?  What was the question?  Something about post-history?  I can’t persuade you about these paintings’ ‘value’ since I am no longer clear what is meant by ‘value’ in the art world, but that’s ok too.  The mountain top is overrated.  Just go ahead and look at the paintings with your beautiful human eye-balls without it being a test or a measuring stick.  Just be aware there is a difference between paintings in ‘real life’ and reproductions in digital universe.  I guess multi-verses are cool, and we can dance and have fun with the irreconcilable differences.  Its important to have fun and its important to understand what it is that you’re afraid of. My fears include having my passion for painting reduced to mere commodity.  I also fear ghosts and white rabbits with red eyes.  I want to say something about Love in all of this but I don’t know how.

image (1)

Lost in Disguise

acrylic on canvas

24″ x 36″

image (2)

Amsterdam Painting

acrylic on canvas

50″ x 50″

image (3)

Western Arcade

acrylic on canvas

24″ x 36″

image (4)

Future Apparition

acrylic on canvas

24″ x 18″

image (5)

Mother with Child in Central Park Sun Light

private collection

acrylic on canvas board

18″ x 12″

image (6)

Visible City

acrylic on wood wall relief

image (7)

Sea Land

private collection

acrylic on wood wall relief

image (8)

City Market

acrylic on canvas

18″ x 24″

image (9)

“Oh no pilot!”

acrylic on canvas

24″ x 36″

image

Outer Libations

acrylic on canvas

36″ x 48″

Naturally Industrial by Kristopher J. Petrenko

Curator’s Statement

Kristopher J. Petrenko makes rich toned works that have the allure and feel of vintage antiques and old photographs.  He does this by staining old wood and applying the medium of photography into this luscious surface.

Now to move past the visually stunning images he makes, we can discover where it really gets interesting!  The fact that the wood comes from the sites he photographed adds a fetish value to the piece itself.  The idea of using the technical medium of photography in conjunction with old school craft wood staining and finishing adds an edge to these works that makes them interesting as hell!  His images of grimy Cleveland done on a grimy surface tie all this together with layers of meaning and intrigue!.. WOW!

 

Artist Statement

Kristopher Petrenko (Cleveland Institute of Art ’03, Cleveland, Ohio) creates works that utilize a variety of subject matters, which include still life, cityscapes, nature and industrial photography taken from Cleveland and its surrounding areas.  All images are tied into an idea of transforming repurposed materials (in his case wood), and all images are transferred by the artist to found wood from the location that the photo was taken.  Petrenko takes these materials that are cast off/unused and then paints over them using with different layers of natural colored stain. Working this way converts the natural to industrial and vice versa, while paying respect to the industrial rust-belt where he was born.  Petrenko’s work has been added to a variety of private collections as well as being displayed in galleries/shows.

Kristopher J. Petrenko

216-849-2288

http://www.GetWineboxes.com

Broke Down on Carnegie

Broke Down on Carnegie

photo on wood with stain

16 ½” x 30 ½”

$400.

Cleveland Stained

Cleveland Stained

photo on wood with stain

21” x 32”

$700.

Cleveland Warehouse

Cleveland Warehouse

photo on wood with stain

10” x 8”

$55.

Inside the Swear Jar

Inside the Swear Jar

photo on wood with stain

10” x 8”

$55.

Morning 90

Morning 90

photo on wood with stain

 7” x 11”

$50.

Smelting Pot

Smelting Pot

photo on wood with stain

13” x 16” (with frame)

$65.

Split

Split

photo on wood with stain

13” x 16” (with frame)

$70.

The Skull in the Room

The Skull in the Room

photo on wood with stain

21 ½” x 14 ½”

$300.

Theater Leftover

Theater Leftover

photo on wood with stain

16 ½” x 30 ½”

$400.

Where Steel Went to Drink

Where Steel Went to Drink

photo on wood with stain

20” x 16”

$300.

Wine Barrel Grit

Wine Barrel Grit

photo on wood with stain

10” x 8”

$65.

Wood on Wood

Wood on Wood

photo on wood with stain

13” x 16” (with frame)

$ 65.

Wooden Bridge

Wooden Bridge

photo on wood with stain

21 ½” x 16”

$300.

Wooden Floral

Wooden Floral

photo on wood with stain

16” x 19”

$300.