On view now at area galleries and museums:
Lunar Paraphrase: The Terrain of Intimicacy
For more than two decades, painter Douglas Max Utter's work has been pulled in several directions. Many of his paintings (especially the ones featuring human figures) show off his charcoal drawing skills. His canvasses are often composed with color fields, and within those fields you'll find his love of paint as a material. He poured it on thick and allowed it to crack like the surface of a dry mud flat, or applied it with heavy brush strokes. His career retrospective Lunar Paraphrase: The Terrain of Intimacy includes 18 mostly large paintings and runs through September 19 at the Artseen Gallery (5591 Liberty Ave., Vermilion, 440-963-0611, theartseengallery.com). It's open from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
— Michael Gill
Akron Art Museum: Andrew Moore-Detroit Disassembled: Moore has put together a collection of photos that capture the decline of this once-great industrial giant of a city, showing the vast empty space that once used to be populated areas. Moore's exhibit debuts in Akron before moving on to tour nationally. Through October 10 at the Akron Art Museum, One South High Street in Akron. Call 330-376-9185. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. Thursday.
Asterisk Gallery: Troika: Installation-based works by Scott Goss, Eddy Ostrander and David Politzer. Through July 3 at Asterisk Gallery, 2393 Professor Ave. Call 330-304-8528 or visit asteriskgallery.com.
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Seeing Green: Creating Art in an Era of Sustainability: Cleveland artists use environmentally friendly and recycled materials to create art. Through July 16 at 1834 E. 123rd Street. Open Wed.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m. Call 216-721-9020 or visit artistsarchives.org.
Cleveland Artists Foundation: The Kokoon Arts Club: Cleveland Revels! The Kokoon Art Club was founded in Cleveland in 1911, and to fund their activities, the group would throw an annual bal masque that brought out thousands of Clevelanders. In this exhibit are costumes, photos, and poster sketches from those events. Through July 31 at Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood. Call 216-227-9507 or visit clevelandartists.org.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Andrew Borowiec: Cleveland Photographs: The Akron native documents the Flats through black-and-white photography. Through October 17 at 11150 East Boulevard. Open Tuesday-Sunday at 10 a.m. Closes at 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, and at 5 p.m. all other days. Call 216-421-7350 or visit clevelandart.org.
Heights Arts: Lake Effects: A tribute to Lake Erie, this exhibit shows a collection of work from regional photographers. Through July 24 at 2163 Lee Road. Open Thursday-Saturday from 1:30-9:30 p.m. Call 216-371-3457 or visit heightsarts.org.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Mary Gehr: Mary Gehr traveled around the world to Asia, the Mediterranean, and Central America, creating sketches she would later craft into paintings in her Chicago studio. Through July 5 at 1305 W. 80th St. Open Wednesday-Saturday from noon-5 p.m. Call 216-631-6719 or visit kennethpaullesko.com.
Kokoon Arts Gallery: Spring Salon: A collection of works from Frank Wilcox, Andrea LeBlond, Keri Gortz, and Paul Jacklitch. Through July 16 at 1305 W. 80th St. Gallery open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call 216-832-8212 or visit kokoonarts.com.
Legation Gallery: Primary Sources: Andrew Curlowe and Joshua Rex create replicas of historical documents and personal belongings and pair them with death masks of famous dead people, from Kurt Cobain to Mozart. Through July 2 at 1300 W. 78th St., 216-334-7080, legationgallery.com.
Museum of Contemporary Art: Aïda Ruilova: The Singles 1999-Now: New York artist Ruilova has created single channel videos characterized by screams and whimpers mixed with images of darkness and confined spaces. Through August 15. Also: Marilyn Minter: Super close-ups of turgid lips, licking tongues, sultry eyes — Minter's 2009 video Green Pink Caviar is made up of eight minutes of models' mouths sucking and licking Jell-O and candy, shot up-close. But that video, as well as Minter's photos and large enamel-on-aluminum paintings, also have grotesque qualities that seem to be more criticism than celebration of the decadent glamour we typically associate with fashion mags. Through August 15 at 8501 Carnegie Ave. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Call 216-421-8671 or visit mocacleveland.org.
1point618 Gallery: Was It a Dream? Was I In It? Amber Kempthorn's love of music inspires these "scenes from daydreams," interwoven with fragments of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Blur. This is the first solo show for the 2000 graduate of Hiram College. Through July 23 at 6421 Detroit Ave., 216-281-1618; 1point618gallery.com.
SPACES: Detour: Five artists met to discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and by the end, each was given an obstacle — such as being required to work with a partner when they would rather work alone — to deal with as they created their art. Also: Sometimes an Entrance Is Actually an Exit: Josh Parker's multimedia experience challenges observers to question their concepts of time and space as they walk through a labyrinth. Through July 16 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., till 7 p.m. on Fridays. Open 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 216-621-2314 or visit spacesgallery.org.
Tregoning and Company: George Adomeit: Reconsidered: Unknown paintings from George Adomeit between 1904-1961 show rolling farmlands, tranquil rivers, and a peaceful view of the countryside. On display now at 1300 W. 78th St. Open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., till 8 p.m. Thursdays. Open noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 216-281-8628 or visit tregoningandco.com.
William Busta Gallery: Brinsley Tyrrell-Ohio Lands Forever: When he moved to Portage County in 1975, Tyrrell began drawing the vast landscape around him in pastel. Years later, he has picked up his habit of drawing the landscape he knows again — this time using glass enamels. Ohio farmland comes to life with scenes of all four seasons from Tyrrell's memories. Through July 31 at 2731 Prospect Avenue. Open Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 216-298-9071 or visit williambustagallery.com.
Zygote Press Gallery: The Art Quarter Exhibition: A juried show of works by artists in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood. Open Wednesday noon-3 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m. Through July 30 at 1410 E. 30th Street. Call 216-621-2900 or visit zygotepress.com.