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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Asterisk Gallery in Tremont Closing

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Dana Depew will support Cleveland art in other ways. Frank jackson will still wear this shirt.
  • Dana Depew will support Cleveland art in other ways. Frank jackson will still wear this shirt.

Artist and Asterisk Gallery proprietor Dana Depew reports that he has decided to close his gallery—a mainstay on the Tremont art walk— after a ten-year run.

“I found myself awake at three a.m. trying to hook up a bunch of TVs for a show after working all day at a chemical factory. I made the decision then,” he said.

So when is it closing for good and what can you expect from the last show?

A retrospective show of his own work — sculpture and installations made of found materials, from his peep hole viewing boxes to his outsized jellybean-shaped chandeliers—will be Asterisk’s last show. It opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, during the Tremont Art Walk, and closes with a final reception during the art walk the following month.

“Here I am almost forty years old, and I think it’s time to focus on my own work,” Depew says. The gallery always cost more than it took in, and he subsidized the rented space with money from the aforementioned day job. “It was never a financial payoff, but I met a lot of artists, and a lot of wonderful things happened there.”

He says he may resurface in the spring, but with a smaller space he’ll use primarily as a studio, but where he may host openings.

In the mean time he plans to clean out his basement—a “Sanford and Son” style collection of stuff he integrates into his work.

—Michael Gill

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