In Echo, the new exhibition at Arts Collinwood, staffers took a chance on paintings that are not only figurative, but also are created by young, emerging practitioners. Kyle Dean Todaro and Steve Basel are 2012 Cleveland Institute of Art grads and former roommates with similar aesthetic tastes. Collinwood’s gamble pays off, as the two artists repeat in the fine arts something that has come to dominate low culture: the mashup.
In their scenes, persons and objects of different times and places are sliced out of unseen contexts and contained on one canvas. But each artist uses this spatial anarchy to different ends. Echo continues on display through August 5 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. For more information, call 216-692-9500 or go to artscollinwood.org.