Loren Naji, Curator of the Scene Virtual Gallery
The Angel House Project, created by James Jenkins, provided a platform for artists to start from similar blank canvasses: actual photos of urban houses in Slavic Village of Cleveland. This gave participating artists a defined starting point from which they were able to expand on and create without limits.
Though there are stunning individual works, the strength of this show lies in the juxtaposition of the diversity of artists with their unique voices, interpretations and styles. This grouping makes for an eclectic show that wows the viewers!
James Jenkins, Curator of the Angel House Project
The Angel House Project is pleased and honored to present in this on-line format of selected works that first appeared as part of the Slavic Village, Cleveland “Rooms to Let” event held on May 17, 2014. This one-day “happening”, which included three installations in abandoned houses, a free-standing outdoor sculpture and the opening of two brand new galleries (Elevate Gallery and the Just a Glimpse Gallery, both on East 65th Street in the heart of the neighborhood) in combination with the annual Slavic Village Festival, marked a momentous day for the neighborhood and the city of Cleveland.
Conceived to celebrate the efforts to reclaim for its citizens the historic and formerly troubled neighborhood that had been derided as one of the worst in Cleveland, the work of all the artists involved showcased the way in which artists and ordinary individuals can make a difference in the life of our city. By turning abandoned houses into objects of wonder and beauty, the “Rooms to Let” installations made manifest the way art can transform and re-animate that which otherwise has lost its reason for being.
Because space was limited, and many artists missed out on the opportunity to be part of this collective effort, the Angel House Project in the two galleries allowed artists to comment on and celebrate that same spirit of renaissance in a way which was distinct from and yet complimentary to the other over-all theme of transformation and renewal.
Instead of working directly on an abandoned dwelling, each artist in the Angel House Project was asked to transform a photograph of one of the neighborhoods abandoned dwellings into an object of beauty, as if that same object had, indeed, been touched, if you will, by an angel. And the “houses” in this exhibit spoke directly to the “angels of our better nature “that make all re-birth possible. “
I hope you will enjoy these fantastic “takes” on what can happen when the ordinary and the inspired collide.
Special thanks to Jacci Hammer, Joan of Art (for the wonderful photographs), all the contributing artists, friends, and neighborhood supporters who made this show possible. Also, a special kudos goes out to The Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Case Western Reserve University, for giving the art work a second chance to be appreciated by many more viewers.
To purchase a piece of work or for further information, or please contact June.Hund@case.edu or 216-368-0722
Angels Around Us
Nico Pico Train
Anthony and Nina Funk
What Would Thomas Kinkade Do?
Norb Ziebold and James Jenkins
Into My House Garden
Real Time House
Angel House Party
Green House Effect
Mary J. Robb
Past, Present, Future
Joe Hughes and Diane Collins
So What’s Next?
Amanda Black and June Hund
Night Sky Watcher
Tiny Angel Big Change
Angel House 2014
Angel House 2014