Wednesday, January 13, 2010

1/15 & 16: West 78th Street Studios Experience

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Legation, A Gallery director Hilary Aurand calls Intrepid a conceptual sculpture show that conveys the “broken structure and unsettled tensions” that working people endure as they ride the industrial economy and get through life. The show’s two artists approach this concept from materially different perspectives. Derek Gelvin — a 2006 Cleveland Institute of Art graduate who has done commercial metal-design work with signs and furniture — expresses life’s inner tensions in wall installations that feature intersecting and overlapping planes of steel. Annie Stimson (who is pursuing an MFA in sculpture at Kent State University) works in paper: silk-screened, cut into shapes, shredded and suspended from the ceiling by thread. Aurand says one of Stimson’s pieces moves with the pull of static electricity if you poke it with your finger in the right place. We can’t wait to try this. Intrepid opens as part of the West 78th Street Studios Experience inside the old American Greetings creative studios building. Other galleries in the building include Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery (which will show new acquisitions), Kokoon Arts Gallery (featuring Lee Heinen’s large, colorful nature-inspired paintings and organically derived ceramics by Andrea Leblond), Tregoning & Company (exhibiting geometric abstract paintings by Tarrence Corbin) and artist Judith Brandon, who will show works from a new series. It runs 5-9 p.m. today and 3-7 p.m. tomorrow at the West 78th Street Studios (1300 W. 78th St., 440.503.5506). Admission is free. — Michael Gill

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