On View This Week

At local galleries and museums

At Spaces:

Creative Destruction

Baltimore installation artist Marty Weishaar's Speculative Models, opening this week at Spaces, presents a modern megalopolis half in ruins, animated by planes and ships dry-docked "like trophies." The massive work, which encompasses some 700 square feet of floor, plus the walls and ceiling, appears haphazard, built from matchbox cars, cardboard, zip ties, spray foam, and fat bundles of packing tape. Society, and its guiding assumptions, is literally falling apart here, despite the quick fixes evident in pieces like "Bridge Project" (above). "It's failed, in the sense it's trying to rebuild while it's still standing," says the artist. Yet he adds that the whole undertaking is about "conquest": not in the sense of overpowering anyone, but in our struggle to overcome circumstances inhospitable to our ideals. An opening reception will be held February 3 from 7 to 9 p.m., and the exhibit continues through March 30 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. For more information, call 216-621-2314 or go to spacesgallery.org. — Joseph Clark

Akron Art Museum: Landscapes From the Age of Impressionism. More than 50 French and American impressionists provide an overview of the style and its interpretations. Free admission on Feb. 5, which is the final day of the exhibit, at One South High St. Call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmusuem.org.

Arts Collinwood: GuitarMania 2012. Get an early peek at the preliminary designs for this year's round of giant guitars. The display continues Thursdays through Saturdays through Feb. 3 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. Call 216-692-9500 or go to artscollinwood.org.

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Adele Marihatt Memorial and Retrospective. The versatile Swiss-born painter is internationally known for her ability to fuse poetry, mathematical equations, and even hieroglyphs in her works. Through Feb. 25 at 1834 E. 123rd St. Call 216-721-9020 or go to artistsarchives.org.

Cleveland Artists Foundation: Paradise Lost. Painter August F. Biehle Jr. captured the pastoral grace of Zoar and the enthusiasm of the Modernist movement. The works in this exhibition are drawn from 25 years of his career and show his growing familiarity with both his subject and the genre. The show continues through March 10 at the Beck Center, 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Call 216-227-9507 or go to clevelandartists.org.

Cleveland Museum of Art: Copia: Retail, Thrift, and Dark Stores, 2001-11. Photographer Brian Ulrich hauntingly explores the psyche of the American consumer in a three-part exhibition that attempts to diagnose our national malaise. Through Feb. 26 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7350 or visit clevelandart.org.

Galeria Quetzal: Land of Color: Latin American Textiles. Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art's Textile Arts Alliance, this exhibition showcases the fiber arts of 16 countries alongside those of local artists working in the styles of Latin America. Through March 16 at 12400 Mayfield Road. Call 216-421-8223 or go to galeriaquetzal.com.

Gallery at the Old Stone Church: What's in Our Attic. A collection of archival holdings from Old Stone Church's rich and varied history Through Feb. 28 at 1380 Ontario St.; to learn more, call 216-241-6145 or visit galleryatoldstone.com.

Harris Stanton Gallery: PhyllisSloane, A 40-year Print Retrospective. The late artist is honored with a career-spanning survey of her work. Through Feb. 11 at 2301West Market St., Akron. Call 330-867-7600 or visit their website at harrisstantongallery.com.

Kokoon Arts Gallery: Nature Revealed. The exhibition features an intriguing mix of historic and contemporary depictions of natural environments and the wild creatures that inhabit them. The exhibit continues through April 28 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-832-8212 of visit kokoonarts.com.

Legation, a Gallery: Duplicities. Sculptor and installation artist Derek Gelvin seeks to provide "comic relief" from the anxieties of contemporary life. Emerging artist Jim Leach creates original scenes to inspire new stories that viewers can share. Through Feb. 19 at 1300 D West 78th St. Call 216-650-4201 or go to 78thstreetstudios.com to learn more.

MOCA: Sculpture. Nationally recognized artist Ursula von Rydingsvard exhibits monumental-scale wooden sculptures emulating organic forms. Also: 8501 to 11400 [On Moving]. MOCA concludes its final season at its current home with an exhibition of new works and interactive projects from Brandon Juhasz, Ben Kinsley, and Corrie Slawson. Through March 31 at 8501 Carnegie Ave.; call 216-421-8671 or go to mocacleveland.org.

1 point 618 Gallery: Blueprints. CSU professor Qian Li uses the texture of the palm rendered in print, photography, and materials like beeswax and soil to explore issues of identity in her native China. Through Feb. 12 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com for more info.

River Gallery: New Photography. Jessica Malone's image transfers combine evocative gestures with eerie tableaus. Mark Inglis catalogs urban glass architecture. Chad Gordon and Dan Morgan offer visions of winter. An opening reception will be held Feb. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 19046 Old Detroit Rd., Rocky River. The show runs through March 24. Call 440-331-8406 or go to rivergalleryarts.com.

Rotten Meat Gallery: I just don't know anymore. Artist Malcolm Barrett fuses the methods of traditional painting with guerrilla stencil art. An opening reception is set for Feb. 3 from 6 to 11 p.m. The exhibit continues through Feb. 24 at 1814 East 40th St., Suite 4B. E-mail [email protected] for more information.

Spaces: Speculative Models. Baltimore artist Marty Weishaar fills the gallery with bridges, airplanes, and toy car tracks to create a microcosm of crumbling infrastructure. Also: Cuyahoga Fugues Revisited. Nine years after her first Spaces residency, Guggenheim Fellow Margaret Cogswell returns to create a series of drawings and a mixed-media installation inspired by her time with the Cuyahoga. Also: It's All Yours: Posture Pointers to Make You Prettier. Printmaker and artist-in-residence Christi Birchfield builds an installation that meditates on the relationship between the ephemeral and the making of art. A free lecture by Margaret Cogswell begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3; an opening reception follows from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibitions continue through March 30 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Call 216-621-2314 or visit spacesgallery.org.

The Sculpture Center: Familiar Machines. Lauren Yeager and Scott Stibich recombine mundane household devices into fantastic but functional machines. Also: Linda Ding: Still Life. The CIA grad uses sculpture and installation to reveal the behavior of interior spaces. The exhibits continue through Feb. 18 at 1834 East 123rd St. Call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org for more information.

Solon Center for the Arts: Ryn Clarke Photography Exhibition. A sequence of woodland photographs taken over a year tells the story of the creative destruction of the seasons. The show runs through March 2 at 6315 SOM Center Road; call 440-337-1400 or go to solonohio.org/index.aspx?nid=257.

Wasmer Gallery at Ursuline College: A Journey of Education and Empowerment. Ursuline College and H.E.L.P. Malawi recreate an African open-air marketplace to present photographs, paintings, and authentic fiber art from that African nation. An opening reception is set for Feb. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition continues through March 30 at 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike. Call 440-449-4200 or go to ursuline.edu.

Tregoning & Company: Evolution. James Massena March's paintings explore spatial relationships and color. Also: Raw Materials. Photographer Allen Lowry reorients our perception of construction sites by shooting them from extreme and dizzying angles. Through February 28 at 1300 W. 78th St. Call 216-281-8626 or go to tregoningandco.com.

William Rupnik Gallery: Let the Chips Fall. Abstract painter Bob Peck draws on his experience as a graffiti artist to infuse his works with energy, immediacy, and bold contrasts. Through Feb. 5 at 1117 Euclid Avenue. Call 216-533-5575 or go to wrgcleveland.com for more information.

Zygote Press: Collected Gems II. Members and friends of Zygote Press share items from their collections. Included are works by Bridget Riley, Reginald Marsh, Holly Morrison, and William T. Wiley. The show runs through Feb. 18 at 1410 East 30th St. Call 216-621-2900 or go to zygotepress.com.

Willoughby Hills Community Center Art Gallery: To Abstraction. Well-known Cleveland photographer Michael F. Nekic is joined by mixed-media artist Martha L. Germano in a show that aims to shine a fresh light upon the faces of abstraction. Through Feb. 27 at 35400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills; call 440-918-8730 or visit willoughbyhillsgallery.org.

Zygote Press: Collected Gems II. Members and friends of Zygote Press share items from their collections. Included are works by Bridget Riley, Reginald Marsh, Holly Morrison, and William T. Wiley. The show runs through Feb. 18 at 1410 East 30th St. Call 216-621-2900 or go to zygotepress.com.

Seiberling Gallery: Life on the Towpath. The Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society embarked on a one-year project to document life on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Capturing the resource in all its natural glory, the resulting exhibition is on display through Feb. 25 at 1403 West Hines Hill Rd. in Peninsula. Call 330-657-2909 or visit conservancyforcvnp.org for more information.

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