Cleveland Print Room's New Exhibition Confronts Force of Scale

Cleveland Print Room's New Exhibition Confronts Force of Scale
The word “scale” has many meanings. One example: “a graduated range of values forming a standard system for measuring or grading something.” Opening from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 19, the Cleveland Print Room (CPR) hosts an opening reception for its latest exhibition, Scale3, featuring the work of Toby Kaufmann-Buhler, Lori Kella and Jacob Koestler. The exhibition’s title refers to both this particular definition of the word, as well as the three artists contributing to the show.

“We respond to work on a different level especially when size is increased or decreased,” explains Shari Wilkins, executive director of CPR. “We are often faced with dealing with situations in distinct ways. For instance, when things are small we may feel superior. When things are larger we are forced to look at things in more equal terms.”

Kaufman-Buhler’s experimental VIDEFILMOTEXT series explores film and text as visual artifacts through video. Working frame-by-frame, Kaufmann-Buhler uses Super-8 film to collect brief quotations from texts of works published by his family. The accompanying audio echoes this deconstructive and reconstructive process with a manipulated and treated musical saw.

Kaufmann-Buhler holds a BA in fine arts from the University of South Florida in Tampa, as well as his MA in communication art and design from the Royal College of Art in London, England. Self-described as a “collage narrative,” his work incorporates video, sound, text and found media artifacts to produce videos exploring personal identity and family history. Through his work, Kaufmann-Buhler mines his own family history to examine the “complex and often conflicting emotions, stories and mythologies” of our culture.

Kella’s the Seven Summits and the Lesser Peaks I Remember depicts the highest peaks on each continent, as well as several “smaller” mountains the artist has “scaled.” Through photography, Kella explores the representation of these landmarks both physically, and as a metaphor for her ambitions and disenchantments as an artist.

Kella earned her MFA in photography from Cornell University in 2001, after receiving her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. By day, she serves as part-time Assistant Professor at Kent State University’s School of Art. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as the Cleveland Museum of art, MOCA Cleveland, Wooster Art Museum, Texas State University, The Print Center in Philadelphia and Gallery Drei in Dresden, Germany.

Koestler’s Black Body is a single-channel video loop, and part of The Natural Bridge, a larger multimedia exhibition created between 2012 to 2016. Channeling Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Koestler utilizes a video feedback loop to re-shoot and project large-scale photographs of caves throughout Appalachia. In Black Body, Koestler explores the “gray area” between still and moving, perception and reality and inner and outer space.

Koestler is the technical specialist and adjunct instructor in the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Photography + Video program. After receiving a BS in photography from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Koestler earned his MFA in photography and integrated media from Ohio University in 2014.

The following day, the artists will be discussing their work and processes during an artist talk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. Scale3 remains on view through Sept. 23. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment (closed Sunday and Monday).

(Cleveland Print Room) 2550 Superior Ave., 216-401-5981,

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