Head Stands for Love by Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch and David Ike

Curator’s Statement

Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch and David Ike collaborate and create Dadaesque photos that allude to Pilgrims’ performances as well as producing stunning coreographed and staged pieces.  The playful absurdity of her headstands draws the viewer to study the connections of her pose to its background or stage.

This is a fun out-of-the box blend of athletic prowess, performance, composition and photography!

Another layer is added when one discovers that this art is intended to support various causes!  Kudos to Pilgrim and David!

Artist Statement

Head Stands for Love is a collection of headstand photos raising awareness for the puppetry arts.

Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch likes to stand on her head and she is doing so to help support her body puppet organization “OpenheartCreatures”.  These body Puppets of Columbus spread messages of wellness through performance & improv in the streets, schools, libraries, and museums.

Topics include anti-bullying, self confidence, spontaneous acts of kindness, and love.

Community members challenge Pilgrim Heidi to do a headstand in a specific public place.  Once she provides the photos the challenger gives a donation for her puppetry projects.

Why a headstand?   Why a puppet?   Why not?

These absurd reminders act as tools to catch the attention of the heart.

Love intention is spread with each headstand by getting upside down to feel a new perspective shift.

See something new through upside down eyes or through the eyes of a puppet.

David Ike likes to take naps in hammocks after getting lost in the woods.  His professional perspectives through the lens often resemble the places he visits in his dreams.   At times he will wander off with Pilgrim Heidi to capture magical head stands for love happenings.  To view more images visit David Ike’s facebook page, “David Ike Photography”

A portion of these sales will help Pilgrim Heidi’s puppet with a purpose movement.

Visit OpenheartCreatures.wordpress.com or “Heidi Headstand Challenge” facebook page for more information on the Puppet with a purpose movement.

Cleveland Scene Fotos

Heart  Reflection

12″ x 16″

$240.

Cleveland Scene Fotos-2

Clouds Change

12″ x 16″

$240.

Cleveland Scene Fotos-3

Rolling with Gut

12″ x 16″

$240.

Cleveland Scene Fotos-4

Food for Thought

12″ x 16″

$240.

Cleveland Scene Fotos-5

Ghosts Laughing

12″ x 16″

$270.

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Butterfly Cocoons

12″ x 16″

$240.

Cleveland Scene Fotos-7

On Edge of Smile

12″ x 16″

$240.

Cleveland Scene Fotos-8

Picked Pumpkin

12″ x 16″

$240.

Cleveland Scene Fotos-9

Water Reflection

12″ x 16″

$240.

   $240.

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Goat in a Boat

12″ x 16″

$270.

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Half Dipping

12″ x 16″

$400.

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The Fame Shame Blame Game… and More by Laura and Gary Dumm

Curator’s Statement

Coming soon!

Artist Statement

Comic book artist, Gary Dumm, and Pop art painter, Laura Dumm, spent the past year creating 9 large paintings for their most recent show, “The Fame Shame Blame Game”, which was at Breakneck Gallery during September 2014.  The first 8 works seen here are the synergetic depiction of their rather critical views of the present wacky world in which we all live.

They both worked on the same canvases, contributing together what each does best.  Their process is to brainstorm ideas, after which Gary begins sketching (followed by critical discussion), then he refines the drawings further and transfers those final drawings to canvas.  He then hands that canvas off to Laura, who does the lion’s share of the painting.  If Laura needs help tweaking something, Gary has been known to actually pick up a brush and add some color, but he quips, “If it were up to me the whole world would be done in glorious black & white!” (Ordinarily, due to his comic book duties, he works only in black & white.)

Working this way is different from the way they usually collaborate.  “I have to count on Gary to have the next canvas ready for me when I finish a painting,” says Laura.  “And if a problem crops up we both discuss it and come up with a solution.  Two heads are definitely better than one.” The quotes below each image were added to give an extra “left-brain” dimension to the works from the FSBG show.

Laura is first and foremost a  painter.  “I’m a typical Gemini, I need change.  I have never worried about having a signature style, painting the same way over and over is a bit boring to me.”  For example, from 2008 to 2011, she was painting people/animals in abstract quilt like patterns, then recently changed to a more realistic pop art style.  The one constant in her work is a bright color palette.  She is the colorist for Gary’s black & white cartoon projects, including art for Harvey Pekar’s autobiographical comic American Splendor and other publications.

The couple lives in a multiple cat household, all rescued strays, and are very supportive of animal rights issues.  In 2003, Laura had a one woman show titled “A Cats Eye View” at SmarTArt Gallery in Tremont, Ohio. In 2013 she had a solo show titled “BubbaPalooza”.  The show included 30 different artistic depictions of the same pose of Bubba, a 17 pound orange cat and her muse.

Gary worked with Harvey Pekar on his autobiographical comic book “American Splendor” since that author’s self-publishing venture started 30 years ago.  He has shown artworks in exhibitions nationally from Cleveland to San Francisco and internationally from Canada to Germany.  His cartoons have been published in Cleveland’s Scene, Free Times and Plain Dealer, with appearances also in Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times and France’s Le Monde.  He is currently working on a 300 page graphic novel (fiction based on fact) set in Cleveland in 1916 about Irish and Italian immigrants digging under Lake Erie to create the infrastructure bring fresh water to the city.  It is due out 2015-2016.

Recently, they have been involved in public art projects around the city such as the St. Clair Superior “Year Of” animal sculptures celebrating the Chinese New Year.  They did 1 tiger (2010), 2 rabbits (2011) and 2 dragons (2012).

In 2013 the Dumms installed their 60 foot long mural entitled “A Love Letter to Cleveland” in Ohio City (a few doors down from the West Side Market, facing its parking lot) with the monetary assistance of a Creative Workforce Fellowship granted through CPAC/CAC.  They have also participated in numerous group shows locally throughout the years.

Visit over 28 of their individual galleries at their website www.dummart.com

Email them at artcat12@sbcglobal.net

Follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheDumms

or individually at https://www.facebook.com/laura.dumm for Laura

or Gary at https://www.facebook.com/gary.dumm.7

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Laura & Gary Dumm
Toe Drug Twins
acrylic on canvas
36” x 48”
$3,000.
“All men dream, but not equally.  Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”  –T. E. Lawrence

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Laura & Gary Dumm
More is Never Enough
acrylic on canvas
36” x 36”
$2,000.
“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.”
–Erich Fromm

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Laura & Gary Dumm
GMO Lunch Special
acrylic on canvas
$1,500.
“Gene technology is driven by bad science.  It may well ruin our food supply, destroy biodiversity and unleash pandemics of antibiotic resistant infectious diseases.” –Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, head of the Bio-Electrodynamics Laboratory at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK

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Laura & Gary Dumm
Made in China
acrylic on canvas
36” x 36”
$800.
“If CEOs insist that middle class Americans compete with cheap foreign labor, why not outsource the jobs of CEOs?  If business is all about cost, they should be the first to volunteer.” —Lou Dobbs

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Laura & Gary Dumm
Druggie Land
acrylic on canvas
36” x 36”
$1,750.
“I used to think a drug addict was someone who lived on the far edges of society.  Wild-eyed, shaven-headed and living in a filthy squat.  That was until I became one…”  –Cathryn Kemp

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Laura & Gary Dumm
Television Reality
acrylic on canvas
36” x 36”
SOLD
“In day-to-day commerce, television is not so much interested in the business of communications as in the business of delivering audiences to advertisers.  People are the merchandise, not the shows.  The shows are merely the bait.”  –Les Brown

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Laura & Gary Dumm
Karma Game
acrylic on canvas
36” x 36”
$1,250.
“Inside each of us, there is the seed of both good and evil.  It’s a constant struggle as to which one will win.  And one cannot exist without the other.”  –Eric Burdon

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Laura & Gary Dumm
The Scratch Game
acrylic on canvas
36” x 36”
$800.
“The score never interested me, only the game.” -Mae West

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Gary & Laura Dumm
cover and poster for game, Mobocracy Body Count, Tabletop Skirmish Game(without type)
pen & ink – colored on the computer (Photoshop)

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Gary & Laura Dumm
Super American Splendor
signed numbered (3/3) digital poster 12” x 18”
pen & ink – colored on the computer (Photoshop)
$100. print

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Masterful Marks, by Monte Beauchamp
The Cartoonist, page one from an 8 page story of Hugh Hefner included in the book
Pen & Ink – colored on the computer (Photoshop)
$24.99 at bookstores or Amazon.com

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Gary & Laura Dumm
Interview with Bubba, cover from the comic book
pen & ink – colored on the computer (Photoshop)
$5. per comic book

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Gary & Laura Dumm

Harry the Hippy, from the series “Pretty Uglies”
pen & ink – colored on the computer (Photoshop)
 signed poster 12” x 16”
$30.

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Gary & Laura Dumm
Spike E. Dude, from the series “Pretty Uglies”
pen & ink – colored on the computer (Photoshop)
 signed poster 12” x 16”
$30.

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Gary & Laura Dumm
The BoneLady Poster
pen & ink – colored on the computer (Photoshop)
signed poster 12” x 16”
$30.

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Laura Dumm
Electric Voodoo Man- Jimi Hendrix
acrylic on canvas
16” x 20”
$800.

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Laura Dumm
Master of the Wowzi Zowie- Frank Zappa
acrylic on canvas
16” x 20”
$800.

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Laura Dumm
Heart of Saturday Night- Tom Waits
acrylic on canvas
16” x 20”
$800.

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Laura Dumm
Bukowski- Dirty Old Man
acrylic on canvas
36” x 36”
$1,500.

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Laura Dumm
A Cat for All Seasons
acrylic on canvas
36” x 36”
$2,000.

Hodge Podge by Bessie Songbird Young

Curator’s Statement

As a photographer, one has a very difficult task: to choose from the billions and zillions of infinite images possible, and make an image that become their own.  The best photographers have a discerning eye that can take the ordinary and the overlooked, and produce striking images that capture the viewer.

Songbird does this in an amazing way!  She can do what has been done millions of times and still make it extraordinary.  When I describe her photos of rusted and decayed objects or landscapes, one might become bored.  A possible response might be, “Yeah, I’ve seen lotsa pics of rusted buckets and junk yards.”  Well, all I can say is trust me and take a look; Songbird chooses the right rusted bucket with the right viewpoint, composition, and colors, and produces stunning images that will blow you away.

The funny thing is that you won’t even know why you love it!

Artist Statement

Bessie Young is a multimedia artist who lives by the tenet that life is art.  Though best known for her work as a songwriter/musician & frontwoman of the Cleveland based band, “Jane Dough”, she has increasingly gained attention in recent years for her photographic work, which has been featured in galleries, auctions, & web magazines.  Her passion for photography has taken her around the country in search of unusual & abandoned locations, which lends her imagery a distinctively edgy, post apocalyptic style.

This collection features an assortment of desolate images taken during a recent trip throughout the Southwest, & includes various locations in California & Arizona, as well as various uninhabited Lake Erie locations around NE Ohio.

All images are sole property of Bessie Young, copyright 2014, & are not to be used for sales, distribution, or promotional purposes without express written permission from the artist.

The images shown are for viewing only, & are watermarked for copyright purposes.  The fine art prints will not be imprinted with a watermark. All sales are final, orders will be shipped within 7-14 days of purchase.  Sizes shown are for print sizes, & do not include the dimensions of the mats.

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serpent & rainbow
giclée on metallic paper
matted unframed
8″ x 10″: $300.00 USD
16″ x 20″: $500.00 USD

Sunset rainbow taken on a deserted beach along Lake Erie directly following a monsoon, August 2014.

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after the goldrush
giclée on high quality photo paper
matted unframed
8″ x 10″: $250.00 USD
16″ x 20″: $450.00 USD

Post storm waterfall at sunset, taken directly after standing in a monsoon on a deserted beach along Lake Erie.

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smoke signals
giclée on high quality photo paper
matted unframed
8″ x 10″: $250.00 USD
16″ x 20″: $450.00 USD

Taken on a deserted beach along Lake Erie, September 2014.

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nearly a laugh
giclée on metallic paper
matted unframed
8″ x 10″: $300.00 USD
16″ x 20″: $500.00 USD

Taken during a snowmelt on a winter motorcycle ride along the coast of Lake Erie, March 2014.

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free ur mind
giclée on high quality photo paper
matted unframed
8″ x 10″: $250.00 USD
16″ x 20″: $450.00 USD

Freeform desert sculpture made of rusty up ended cars & bicycles.  Taken during a pilgrimage March ’14 to Slab City, located in Niland, California.

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extinction event

giclée on metallic paper

Due to its unique dimensions, this will be made available as a large, custom matted/framed piece only.  This is a one of a kind piece, only one will be released.  Exact dimensions to be determined.

$2,000 USD

Post-apocalyptic panorama of the abandoned Salton Sea.  Bombay Beach, California, March 2014.  This beautifully deadly sea has lethally high salinity levels, & kills almost everything that tries to live in or around it.  The only living things I saw there were seagulls & pelicans.

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wailing wall
giclée on high quality photo paper
matted unframed
8″ x 10″: $250.00 USD
16″ x 20″: $450.00 USD

A salt encrusted wall, located at the Salton Sea, Bombay Beach, California.  The Salton Sea is a dead sea, & can support very little to no animal/plant life, due to its extremely high levels of salinity.  Everything is coated in thick layers of salty brine, & the beaches are composed of the crushed bones of the multitudes of fish & birds that have perished here.

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wikid heart
giclée on metallic paper
matted unframed
8″ x 10″: $300.00 USD
16″ x 20″: $500.00 USD

Taken at an abandoned RV park on the Salton Sea, Bombay Beach, California, March ’14.

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road to nowhere
giclée on metallic paper
matted unframed
8″ x 10″: $300.00 USD
16″ x 20″: $500.00 USD

Taken during sunset along the coast of the Salton Sea.  Bombay Beach, California, March 2014

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vestigium de carbo (carbon footprint)

giclée on high quality photo paper
matted unframed
8″ x 10″: $250.00 USD
16″ x 20″: $450.00 USD

Taken during sunset on a completely deserted beach along Lake Erie.  September 2014

Nothing Succeeds like Excess by Leslie Edwards Humez

Curator’s Statement

Bright, shiny tactile Pop Art ceramics would describe the work of Leslie Edwards Humez.  However, through reading her statement, one learns that this ceramic quality is obtained through hand painted air dried clay covered with a clear coat.

In any case, her work employs attention grabbing fun colors, patterns, and form fitting shapes with recognizable figures, and food and fruits as her vehicle.  Her pieces exaggerate the quality of the forms, but not necessarily the color: her figurative females bring out the femaleness of that form, her apple brings out the “appleness” of an apple!  Her work brings out the “funness” of fruit, sandwiches, and figures.  There is nothing boring or drab here as Leslie says, “Let’s have a party!!!” with her work!

Artist Statement

“Nothing succeeds like excess.”  Can you really ever have too much of a good thing?

I’m Leslie Edwards Humez and there’s something enviable about the confident flippancy of Oscar Wilde’s above quote that appeals to the introvert inside me; the quote influences my work as do other literary allusions, metaphors, and word play.

I make my own materials using a blend of natural porcelain clay and cellulose fiber, which air dries, making it environmentally friendlier than kiln-fired pieces, and the finished work is as resilient as wood.  Each sculpture is sanded smooth and painted with acrylics.  A final clear coat transforms the surface to one that is highly reflective, like a sheen of glass, and is often mistaken for ceramic ware.

I would like to change the perception that as a sculptor, I neither paint nor draw.  Nothing could be farther from the truth; sculpture is simply a focal point for other mediums.  Take a moment to look beyond the physical construction of the work into its design, color, and pattern, and you will realize that I face the added challenge of painting on three-dimensional surfaces.

News just in!  Gallery +, in the 78th St. Studio art mecca, is now home to my work and I couldn’t be more excited.  Having a permanent sense of place is a plus.

Visit my website to see how work is made: clevelandartsculpture.com

FB: facebook.com/leslieedwards.humez

CAN Journal:  PERSPECTIVES  http://canjournal.org/events/perspectives/

1)Sweet Somethings

Sweet Somethings

commissioned by Main Street Gourmet LLC of Cuyahoga Falls, manufacturer of custom baked goods

    SOLD ($2450. value)

My 2014 Akron Arts Prize entry is characterized by excess, bounty, and abundance.  Public voting decides the awards, and I need your vote!(More info at http://clevelandartsculpture.weebly.com/akron-arts-prize-2014.html)

2)Gluttony-Make Me One With Everything

Gluttony

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Akron Arts Prize 2013/8th in 230 entries by public vote

Abundance is also redolent in the Dagwood sandwich, which needs no explanation beyond mentioning that it was fun to throw in unexpected components like fish heads, marbles and monkeys, the harlequin octopus and a stub of a stogie.  How great is life when life’s work is such fun?

3)Greed

Greed/Make Me One with Everything

Valley Art Center Catalog cover, 2012

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various awards

Greed/Make Me One With  Everything is yet another sort of bounty, manifest in the allusive vignettes painted on each scoop of this over-the-top bowl of ice cream.  This piece also includes a familiar political protagonist: the octopus, that liminal, elusive creature with enough reach to snatch everything out from underneath us.

4)Sundae Shoes

Sundae Shoes

12″ x 12″ x 8″ wide at base

                   Olivia Olssen Memorial Award, Salmagundi Club, NYC, 2013

$2050.

Sometimes the title comes first.  This fusion of ice cream and footwear came to my consciousness  as I recalled my first pair of spike heels.

5)Steppin' Out

Steppin’ Out

17″ x 8″ x 6″ wide at base

$600.

Steppin’ Out  is another piece whose title came first.  A spooky 40’s tune (“Steppin’ Out With My Baby”) combined with a leggy “pear-shaped” figure that is walking away from the little black dress at her ankles (not shown here) brought this work out of the closet.

“Tall Walls” kudos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPlHDhN5CVs

7) Pop-Up Girl-Eat Your Heart Out, Stan Lee

Pop-Up Girl/Eat Your Heart Out, Stan Lee

17″ x 6″ x 4″ wide at the base

$1250.

What would a super-heroine look like if I she were created to destroy internet pop-ups?

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Luminaria

sizes available from 10″ to 6′

custom work from $50 to $2300.

I get a kick out of pushing boundaries, riding the edge of reality, and exploring the hidden corners of possibility.  Combining the unlikely is the ultimate boost.  Luminaria, mood lighting with a tribal feel and a subtle inner fire, are cobbled together from bamboo and paper.  They call to mind primitive villages, new beginnings, inner circles, and intimacy.  Each 10 inch to six feet tall made-to-order sculpture helps manage my homegrown bamboo forest, and repurposes its leaves and a variety of papers.

6) Who Pulled The Plug

Who Pulled The Plug?

SOLD (valued at $350.)

And while we’re in the armoire of emerging ideas, Who Pulled The Plug? makes note of the prisons of self we construct for ourselves and the difficulty we face when coming out of them.  The wide-eyed incredulity of the octopus illustrates his shock as he emerges into a different world.   9) Random Acts of Art

Random Acts of Art Cleveland

pro bono/civic/inquiries encouraged

“Random Acts of Art Cleveland” is a fresh new civic venture for me.  It’s driven by two ideas: first, we all understand that a rising tide floats all boats, and secondly, we firmly believe that on-location, pop-up demos heighten public awareness and make art more user-friendly by demystifying the process.  We believe that by presenting artists as real working people, we can draw in the hesitant passer-by and remove perceived elitism and snobbery from the arts equation.  Random Acts promotes discourse and provides an accessible bridge for the uninitiated that invites gallery exploration and growth the arts in general.

Hence our “Random Acts” work is pro bono, and nothing is sold.  What’s in it for us, you may ask?  We get time out of the studio, add to our following, and engage the passing public in a friendly, unassuming way that entertains, enlightens, enriches lives (ours included), and promotes an interest in the arts.   In short, we enjoy doing our part by getting out there and contributing to the dialog.

10) Perspectives

Perspectives, an upcoming exhibition

The Art Gallery Willoughby

Join us at The Art Gallery Willoughby during the Perspectives exhibit, October 10th through December 24th, 2014.  Receptions: October 10th from 6 to 9 p.m. and November 22nd from 6 to 9 p.m., with Zackary Hoon, George Kocar, Marilyn Dolence, Ted Lawson, and introducing my better half, cartoonist Nick Humez.