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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Popeye Gallery Moves to 78th Street Studios

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 11:09 AM

After three years of “popping up” in various venues throughout the Waterloo Arts District, Popeye Gallery has found what they're calling a semi-permanent home.

The gallery is beginning to curate regular exhibitions at Survival Kit on the third floor of 78th Street Studios. 

From the directors (note that Scene visual arts editor Josh Usmani is a co-director): "Local musician and Survival Kit co-founder Brian Straw will continue to use part of the space as a recording studio, and will continue to present live music after 9 p.m. on Third Fridays. Local painter Justin Brennan will be renting the studio space behind the gallery. Survival Kit curator and co-founder Alex Tapié recently left for Los Angeles to pursue her art and music-related ambitions on the west coast."

The first two shows Popeye presents at Survival Kit include a group show of emerging local artists, and a solo exhibition by one of Cleveland’s most celebrated and accomplished established artists, Dana Depew.

Popeye Presents Futures Past will open with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. during the next Third Friday event (Sept. 18). Featured artists include Benji Diaz, Andy Dreamingwolf, Jamey Hart, Mike Lombardy and Meg Wilson.

In October and November, Popeye presents new work by Dana Depew. The exhibition’s title, Assholes and Elbows, refers to a phrase his father used in regard to getting down to work. His work can be seen all over town and points beyond – including Melt Bar and Grilled and Big Fun. If you’ve been to 78th Street Studios recently, you’ve seen Dana’s colorful lights in the parking lot. He recently designed a new neon sign for Popeye's neighbors on the first floor, E11even 2.

Assholes and Elbows will consist of a collection of works produced from found and reclaimed objects,” explains Depew. “The materials will be transformed into sensory works utilizing light, sound, and video.”

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