What's Up Cleveland?: Josh Usmani   05.13.15

It's time for another edition of What's Up Cleveland? For our second episode we interviewed artist Josh Usmani at his Cleveland studio. Josh is an artist, writer and instructor, who, in 2009, began an unusual collaboration by re-facing paper currency. What started off as Joker faces drawn on one dollar bills eventually evolved into "Funny Money" in which Usmani re-faced 100 paper currency bills from the US, India, United Kingdom, and Fiji. Usmani notes that he will probably never meet his "collaborators"--the artists behind the original designs on the bills, but acknowledges the beauty of their work and how it informs his choices when re-facing the bills.

Since money can instill a wide range of emotions in people based on their own personal experiences with it's scarcity or abundance, Usmani enjoys watching people's reaction to his drawings. He points out that this body of work stemmed from his own frustrations with money and the economic hardships which resulted from the recession and began re-facing bills as a way to vent his anger about the situation. Since his "Funny Money" show in 2012 at Naji, Naji and Tekler inside the 78th Street Studios, his re-faced bills have gained a lot of interest, and he has put together "Funny Money II," which will be shown at Tregoning & Company, from May 15 - July 9th, 2015, with the opening reception on May 15th, 5 - 9pm.

For more information on Josh Usmani visit his website at

Author: Michelle Epps, Community Engagement Manager
Category: What's Up Cleveland?

What's Up Cleveland?: Julie Friedman   05.06.15

There is a LOT going on in Cleveland right now, especially in our ever-expanding art scene. At the forefront of this cultural revitalization are Cleveland's artists. SPACES supports the creation of new work by Cleveland artists by helping them realize projects that may not otherwise have a venue in this city or elsewhere. Even with 13 major projects and 30 events each year, we can't work with every Cleveland-based artist who piques our interest--that's why we're introducing the new video series, What's Up Cleveland?

What's Up Cleveland? takes viewers into the core of the creative process by filming conversations with Cleveland-area artists as they make their work. These videos provide viewers the opportunity to learn more about artists they may already love, or find out about an artist's work that they haven't seen yet.

Our first filmed studio visit was with Julie Friedman, who opened up her Medina studio to the SPACES crew. Julie spent the afternoon talking to us about her techniques for turning tyvek into complex landscapes.

Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: What's Up Cleveland?

In Memory of Jane Farver   05.01.15

SPACES mourns the loss of Jane Farver, our dear friend, former Executive Director (1982 - 85) and Board Member (1979 - 85). Susan Channing shared a few words about Jane, which we lovingly post here:

Word of Jane Farver's innovations at SPACES reached me before I moved to Cleveland with my family from Philadelphia in 1985. Although she and John had already left for New York, the energy SPACES radiated clearly bore her mark.

Aligned with SPACES since its infancy, Jane ignited the spark for artists that the community needed. It was there that she cut her teeth, believing in and working with artists. Just as Jane launched artists in Cleveland, SPACES provided a springboard for her own international career.

Jane inspired a group of young CIA graduates to create the legendary benefit Eat at Art's. They invented, constructed, and staffed it because they believed in her and SPACES' focus on artists. Jane and the same artists went on to organize The Domo Project-an artist-designed and created urban living space more inventive than any exhibition I had seen before. What a fantastic introduction to Cleveland!

Though Jane was a daunting act to follow, I was privileged to continue the artist-run space she and the board had begun. Throughout my tenure, Jane and I talked many times, and I will always miss her quick, acerbic wit, empathy for artists, and disdain for equivocation. Her leadership of SPACES inspired all of us who followed her.

- SPACES staff and friends

SPACES Board Members and Executive Directors, past & present
SPACES Board Members and Executive Directors, past & present

Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: History

SPACES Monster Drawing Rally images   04.16.15

Sat 4/11 - Cool Cleveland

SPACES' fifth annual Monster Drawing Rally fundraiser featured 100 area artists creating pieces in hour-long shifts, while visitors watched them create and honed in on their favorite pieces to try to be the first to claim them when they went up on the wall, selling for $75 a piece.Some of the biggest names in the local art scene participated, along with up-and-comers. And there was a designated kids area for younger artists who might be up-and-comers a couple of decades from now.

View the images from coolcleveland PHOTOSTREAM here.

-Anastasia Pantsios

by Catherine Butler - for Monstrer Drawing Rally 2015, ink , paper
by Catherine Butler - for Monstrer Drawing Rally 2015, ink , paper

Keywords: anastasia pantsios, artists, cool cleveland, event images, monster drawing rally
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

eFELT subscription 07 | Jessica Langley   03.24.15

FELT BOOK - eFelt newsletter #7
This week features Jessica Langley.

Sunset Meditation
listen to the sound of the sunset
be silent for one hour before the sun goes down
record the silence to assure yourself that you will not make noise

listen to the sounds around you
there is a lot that will make noise
try getting into a tin canoe without making a peep

you will make sound
others will forget that you are being silent and ask you things
try to do your best to ignore them

you will notice that the sky is beautiful
then you will wonder why no one else is paying attention
you will feel good about yourself for having made a conscious effort to enjoy this moment

you will think about how everyone else lets beauty pass them by
you will feel so blessed to see this phenomenon
and you hope that feeling will stay

but this is a meditation
you shouldn't be worrying about other people right now
try to just enjoy the moment

Jessica Langley


The FELT BOOK is a new collaborative publication by the Institute for New Feeling (IfNf) . A selection of artists contributions from the full publication are on view at SPACES , January 30-March 27, 2015.

The book is a collection of home remedies created by 40+ invited artists. The works submitted are as simple as a single sentence, while others include images, video, and web-based interactions. Each invited artist was asked to take on the IfNf mission statement: to explore "new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new."

Visitors are invited to sign up for the free eFELT subscription service to receive a weekly remedy by email.

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For a current full list of FELT BOOK artists click here

The Institute for New Feeling, is
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