links for 2009-12-24   12.24.09

Abandoned Gingerbread House Building Sites (
"When the global economy unravelled last year the Irish countryside was left with a lot of empty, unsold, and unfinished housing estates. This holiday season I thought it would be nice to celebrate these unique landscapes by making them into picturesque gingerbread-house decorations that will rot and eventually be thrown out much like the unfinished housing estates themselves." (via Eyebeam blog)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-12-22   12.22.09

Andy Warhol Foundation funds bid to rehab homes near Watts Towers as live-in art objects (Los Angeles Times)
The Watts House Project, a grassroots nonprofit thats enlisting neighborhood residents and volunteer artists to turn the row of homes facing the Watts Towers into an aesthetically engaging place to visit and live, will get a $125,000 boost from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

As the SPACELab turns   12.17.09

If you were able to stop by the gallery in the past couple months you have probably experienced the first four projects created through our newly revamped SPACELab program. As we say good-bye to the fall season, it is time to welcome the next four Northeast Ohio artists set to experiment and create new projects in 2010.

Wes Johansen

Living and working in Cleveland, Johansen has presented projects at Asterisk Gallery, Ingenuity Festival, Heights Arts and Loft 305. A barista by day and installation artist by night, Johansen has been working with themes of technology and nostalgia throughout his career as an artist.

Chris Kulcsar

In 2008 Kulcsar received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati before returning to his hometown of Cleveland where he teaches at Lakeland Community College. Working in both audio and visual art forms, Kulscar relies on spontaneity, instinct and gut reactions as indispensable parts of his process.

Joshua Parker

Parker is currently working on his masters at Kent State University where he also received his BFA in sculpture. As an artist, he produces things that he would want to see which often results in fantastical multi-media installations.

Corrie Slawsonnn
Printer and painter, Corrie Slawson graduated with a BFA from Parsons School of Design and with an MFA from Kent State University. Her interest in abandoned space and society's arbitrary value systems led her to co-found the online journal Hotel Bruce and continues to inform her artistic practice.

Only time will tell what these individuals will create, but there will be many opportunities for public interaction with both the artists and their projects. If you miss any of the artists' projects you can find links on the SPACELab archives and for the kick-off of this season check out the 2009 fall issue of Cleveland Magazine.

Many thanks to the SPACELab committee members for all of your help during the revamping of this program.

*SPACELab applicants were asked to "depict a horse in the box" as part of the application. Not meant to make or break someone's acceptance into the program, the horse box acted as a fun exercise to mix up the stiff structure of application forms.

--Susan Vincent, SPACELab Manager

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

links for 2009-12-16   12.16.09

Recipients of United States Artists grants can get creative with spending them --
Winners of United States Artists grants usually pump the money directly into their work. But no strings are attached to the $50,000 awards, so some artists use part of their newfound wealth to travel, pay off mortgages, buy life insurance, get new glasses or have their teeth fixed. Others become philanthropists, pitching in on colleagues' projects.

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-12-10   12.10.09

SPACES awarded $35K for Access to Artistic Excellence by National Endowment for the Arts (
Access to Artistic Excellence grants support the creation and presentation of work in the disciplines of dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, and visual arts. Projects include commissions, residencies, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, and professional development programs.

James Franco on General Hospital and Performance Art -
I was recently treated to an early prototype of a dessert that Marina Abramovi, the "grandmother of performance art," created with the pastry chef Dominique Ansel. It's a cylindrical pastry with a lychee center sprinkled over with chili powder and raw gold. I was instructed to kiss a napkin that had been printed with a square of gold powder that would transfer to my face before eating the dessert. This way the dessert would pass through a golden gateway before it was ingested. I did as told, then suggested to the chef that it needed more chili. Was this art?
(tags: James.Franco General.Hospital

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

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