'A Seinfeld Exhibition' and Fall Debuts Highlight This Week's Third Friday at 78th Street Studios

This month, many of the galleries at 78th Street Studios debut their new fall exhibitions. With four floors and more than 150,000 sq. ft. of art galleries, artist studios and more, we’ve got you covered with the most must-see attractions during Third Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 21.

Start by entering through the entrance off 78th St., accessing renowned local sculptor Giancarlo Calicchia’s exhibition at Tregoning & Company, as well as Derek Hess Gallery’s Acting Out exhibition from their separate entrances. (You can read more about the exhibition and the entire Acting Out! Festival here.) Derek Hess Gallery is located on the second floor, just above Tregoning & Co.

“The Source: A Life in Sculpture has utilized our galleries to a degree never equaled in our 8 years here at 78th Street Studios,” says William C. Tregoning III, owner of Tregoning & Company. “We consider this one of our most significant exhibitions of the gallery's 34 year history.”

Speaking of separate entrances, don’t forget FORUM Artspace, which hosts John W. Carlson and Shari Wilkins’ Destruction of Form 2 (DOF2). The exhibition continues the collaborative efforts between Carlson, a local painter, and Wilkins, founder and Executive Director of the Cleveland Print Room.

Once again, both artists explore vernacular photography (found photography featuring imagery of everyday life). “We’ve altered the original photograph’s premise,” says Carlson. “It may be presumptuous of me to know the intent of the photo, but when the premise of the photo is destroyed it becomes an entirely new photo. A lot of this is about context and perception.” A follow-up to Destruction of Form (which originated at the Cleveland Print Room and later travelled to BAYarts), Carlson and Wilkins continue their collaboration with paintings, drawings, as well as two- and three-dimensional constructs.

Navigating your way through “Cleveland’s art maze,” stop by ARTneo and the many other spaces on the lower “ramp” level.

On the first floor, Cleveland West Art League presents Rich Cihlar and Bob Peck’s Don’t Panic! 2. Like FORUM’s DOF2 exhibition, CWAL’s exhibition is a follow-up to Cihlar and Peck’s Don’t Panic! Collaborative exhibition at E11even2. For their sequel, Cihlar and Peck collaborated to create works with bright pop imagery and colors, but often with elements of anxiety, stress and unease – juxtaposing child and adult viewpoints. In each work, Cihlar produces sharply rendered imagery of toy guns, robots, sugary snacks and more, and Peck adds his trademark abstract spray paint and acrylic paint. The show also features the debut of Peck’s exciting new three-dimensional works.

Directly next door to CWAL, Cihlar’s E11even2 (which he co-owns) continues its Seinfeld-themed exhibition. Featuring more than 50 works, Yada, Yada, Yada: A Seinfeld Exhibition even includes a partial installation of Jerry’s apartment. Yada, Yada, Yada is curated by E11even2 co-founder Billy Nainiger. Friday’s Third Friday is your last chance to view this exhibition.

The second floor includes two new exhibitions presented by HEDGE Gallery, Christopher Kier’s Architectonic and Carmen Romaine’s Fabric of Time. Architectonic is Kier’s first local solo show since relocating from Toronto to live and work in Cleveland. Through his encaustic wax technique, Kier creates topographic environments on his canvases – juxtaposing 19th and 20th century buildings, dwellings and monuments. Kier’s work explores “the concept of shelter as a tactile experience.”

Carmen Romine is a 2010 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Through her carefully crafted paper fabrications, Romine creates abstract landscapes by working mainly with paper waste and other natural or recycled materials. These dimensional drawings and collages explore both sustainability and patterns in nature. Both exhibitions at HEDGE Gallery remain on view through Dec. 2.

Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery continues its Cinema 07. This year’s cinema-themed group exhibition features 16 artists from 11 cities in four countries. Cinema 07 remains on view through Nov. 12.

Finally, the third floor features the closing reception for PopEye Gallery’s Melt Art Challenge, celebrating Melt Bar & Grilled’s 10 Year Anniversary. 30 local artists created artwork inspired by Melt, its food, history, décor and more. Matt Fish himself, as well as many of the artists will be in the gallery for Friday’s closing reception. (Disclosure: I’m the co-director of PopEye Gallery and curator of the show).

There’s plenty more to see and do from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 21.
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