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Tony Ingrisano's "Open Streets" video up at SPACES   05.30.18

In late-2017, SPACES spearheaded Hingetown Culture Works, a platform for the co-creation and implementation of free cultural activities that serve the diverse populations living in and visiting this area of Ohio City. Our inaugural project as an alliance-comprised of partners like the Music School Settlement, Transformer Station, Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio City Inc., residents and local business owners-was creating an artistic hub in Hingetown, during Open Streets on May 6, 2018.

For this engaging one-day event, Hingetown Culture Works commissioned 6 new artworks that celebrate people-powered movement and promote decreasing dependency on automobiles. One of the artists, Tony Ingrisano, filmed the skaters, cyclists, and pedestrians enjoying the day's activities and created the video work, Open Streets, which is on view at night, in the SPACES corner window, through June 17, 2018.



Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: General

Kid Art Revewi #11   05.15.18

For this edition of "Kid Art Review" our guest reviewer is Evan who is a fan of the Beatles and a member of the Junior Model UN . Evan joined us after school last week and gave his review in the fanciest words he could think of.

Kid Art Review #11

(SPACES) What is your favorite piece in the show and why is it your favorite?

(Evan) My favorite is Ward Shelley's Back Office in the Flats because it is creative, funny and had a lot of effort put into it. The labels on the boxes were really funny. My parents are always arguing about the Beatles and Elvis. My dad likes the Beatles, which I 100% agree, and my mom likes Elvis, because that's what she was raised on. So to see "Beatles > Elvis" was really, really funny.

The art wasn't what I expected, I wasn't expecting any of it to exist, I was expecting picture frames with small little paintings with fancy lines. Not what this is, so glad what it is, because this is so much better.

(SP) If this artwork were a movie what kind of movie would it be? A love story, science fiction, comedy, documentary, action, horror, etc.

(EV) It would be a comedy. It would be an action comedy, like the world is being taken over by robots in the future and this is the last library ever. Each one of the boxes contains all the stuff. Like a sci-fi comedy.

(SP) What do you think a caveman would think of this artwork?

(EV) He would be confused and grunt, because he couldn't read anything and because he would just see oddly shaped things stacked on top of each other. He wouldn't know anything; it would be kind of funny.

(SP) How would you explain this art to an alien?

(EV) I would choose simple words to explain it, and then Google fancy words for it. If they were more advanced than me a thousand fold I would need to use fancy words. I would try to find a fancy word for box, it's a word you use everyday, but I would use fancy snazzy words like "rectangular prism." I don't think aliens would find the boxes funny if they were literally advanced, like if they were more evolved than us, but if they were just technologically or intellectually advanced, I think they would find some of the boxes to be funny.


(SP) If you could sum the show up in one word what would that word be?

(EV) Creative, because there is just so much going on. Each one you could describe with 10 different words and that's what I call Creative, or miscellaneous chaos. Creativity is a self-evaluated trait of a non-living object, which is very hard to achieve. The definition of creativity is something can't break down through literality and statistic, and a lot of these pieces you just can't.


(SP) If there was one thing you could say to the artist what would that be?

(EV) This is so cool, you should make more like it. I thought the "Back Office in the Flats" was amazing and really cool. You can tell he was running out of ideas for labels and actually gets funnier. One of my favorites, I'm guessing it's one of the last boxes he did, that said "Ideas for labels." I thought that was really funny.


(SP) If there was one question you could ask the artist what would that be?

(EV) How long did it take for you to make "Back Office in the Flats." If he had daily things to deal with it looks like it would take several years.


(SP) Out of 5 Truman's how many Truman's would you give this show ?

(EV) I gave 4 and a half Trumans. My original plan was to give 6, but then I remember that this was supposed to be serious in a way and I'm trying to use the fanciest words I can conjure up. My secondary plan was to give 5, but then I remembered some of the other pieces I didn't completely understand, and I don't like being confused.

Author: Michelle Epps, Community Engagement Manager
Category: Kid Art Review

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