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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

9/11: Wayfaring Strangers at Arts Collinwood

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Randall Tiedman’s brooding portraits of imagined landscapes are marked by industrial-looking facilities: factories with skylights, rectangular retention pools and utility poles. They’re dark, but they almost always show some sort of light on the horizon. Looking at Tiedman’s drafting skills, the consistency of his style and his expert use of light, you wouldn’t guess that he’s a self-taught artist. His paintings hang in the Butler Museum of Art, Case Western Reserve University and elsewhere. Cirque de Soleil owns some of his pieces, he recently won a National Arts Program’s Best in Show award and his work can be seen in an upcoming issue of New American Paintings magazine. Scene art critic Douglas Max Utter has also painted landscapes, but his work is dominated by the human figure in poses that evoke Western European portraiture and religious icons. Recent pieces are brighter and more colorful than work from a couple decades ago, but he consistently illuminates the complexity of human emotions. Tiedman and Utter’s careers are surveyed in Wayfaring Strangers, which opens with a reception from 6-9 p.m. at Arts Collinwood Gallery (15605 Waterloo Rd., 216.692.9500). The exhibit hangs through October 3. Admission is free. — Michael Gill

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