This month’s Walk All Over Waterloo first Friday event includes two opening receptions for new exhibitions in Collinwood. I’ll Be the One in the Mask is a solo exhibition by Eric Leroy at Gallery One Sixty. On the other end of Waterloo, Praxis Fiber Workshop debuts recent work by ten members of Cleveland Institute of Art’s fiber alumni.
Eric Leroy Alleman is an artist working a variety of mediums; including music, literature, poetry, performance, theater, printmaking, collage and painting.
"I have worked in many artistic mediums,” he explains. “I have been attempting, through these exercises and others, to rid myself of the negative. To try to convince myself there is a state I can achieve where everything is ordered and good and pleasant. However, I have recently come to believe that this is impossible. There will always be bad. There will always be chaos and disorder, and unpleasantness, so I have decided to bring all those disciplines to bear and attempt to find some balance between the good and the bad, the order and the chaos, the pleasant and the unpleasant. These are some examples of my most recent attempts.”
I’ll Be the One in the Mask is a collection of new works by the artist, also known as “Eric Leroy.”
"I'm really excited to bring my new work back to Cleveland,” explains the artist. “The art scene there was very supportive during my 12 years living there and has continued to be even after I moved back home to Youngsotwn. Can't get rid of me. I'm glad to see all the wonderful new developments in the city, especially the Waterloo Arts District. I can't wait to share some of the new ideas and mediums and sizes and colors I've been experimenting with."
This new work includes large, expressive works with dynamic compositions and interesting, engaging imagery. Despite its gritty, raw aesthetic, the exhibition is thoughtfully conceived.
The exhibition opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to midnight during this month’s first Friday Walk All Over Waterloo event on Friday, Aug.7.
Meanwhile, Praxis Fiber Workshop partners with Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) to present Close Connections: A CIA Fiber Alumni Exhibition, featuring recent work in a diverse variety of mediums, ranging from traditional fiber techniques to digital works and performance art incorporating processes rooted in traditional fiber practices.
"This show has been a fantastic reunion and is an extraordinary display of the talent that has come out of CIA over the past decade. We are proud to host these artists at Praxis and to always maintain these close connections," explains Jessica Pinsky, the director of Praxis Fiber Workshop.
Participating CIA alumni include Brittany Campbell, Ash Fiasco, Mathew Grady, Bill Lorton, Natalie Grieshammer, Sarah Gotowka, Deborah Silver, Annmarie Suglio, Simone Schiffmacher and Hildur Jonnson Each will be showing recent work in a diverse and exciting exhibition showcasing contemporary works ranging from traditional mediums such as weaving, to digital works and performance art employing processes rooted in traditional fiber practice.
CIA Professor Tina Cassara is very familiar with most of the artists in Close Connections through her role as co-chair of CIA’s former Fiber + Material Studies Department. Cassara now co-chairs CIA’s Sculpture + Expanded Media Department.
“I’ve seen the work and I’m just on top of the world,” says Cassara. “I’m incredibly proud, and delighted, and gratified to see the work in this show. It excites me. The dialog is very sophisticated and ongoing. It’s wonderful to be able to see this work together at Praxis and it’s wonderful that Praxis is making this dialog live. The work is really strong; it can stand up to anything in any gallery in any city. I hope people come out and see this show."
The show opens with a public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 7. Public viewing hours continue on Wednesdays, 12 to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 12 to 4 p.m.; and Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m. Admission to this show is free.
You’ll also have additional chance to see the latest round of installations at Loren Naji’s Satellite Gallery and Brandon Juhasz’s IRL (In Real Life) at the Maria Neil Art Project. All events are free and open to the public.
(Gallery One Sixty) 16008 Waterloo Rd., 440-715-0603, galleryonesixty.org
(Praxis Fiber Workshop) 420 Waterloo Rd, praxisfiberworkshop.org