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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New SPACES Exhibitions Deconstruct Familiar Forms and Conversations

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 8:15 AM

click to enlarge Theodoros Stamatogiannis, Untitled, 2011, 2011, wood , photo courtesy of the artist
  • Theodoros Stamatogiannis, Untitled, 2011, 2011, wood , photo courtesy of the artist
This Friday evening, SPACES celebrates the opening of its latest exhibitions with a free, public reception from 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 29. These exhibitions include I AM GOAT STAINS ON THE DOORS by SWAP resident artist Theodoros Stamatogiannis (Athens, Greece), Underneath Is Before by Geologic Cognition Society (Cleveland), and selections from The Vault, curated by Jessica Langley (Queens, NY). SPACES promises, “A large-scale floor sculpture, a replica salt mine and the dismantling of power structures.”

Theodoros Stamatogiannis’ work explores our perception of physical space and architecture by introducing psychological, physical and social alterations, and incorporating architectural elements such as doors, floors and windows in unexpected ways. For his exhibition at SPACES, Stamatogiannis focuses on the role of storefronts as vertical barriers between public and private spaces. Inspired by both vibrant and vacant neighborhoods throughout Northeast Ohio, Stamatogiannis explores how storefronts impact our experience of an urban environment.

The exhibition’s title, I AM GOAT STAINS ON THE DOORS, is actually a rearrangement of the letters in “Theodoros Stamatogiannis.” This title reflects the artist’s process of deconstructing a familiar form and allowing a new perspective to emerge.

The Geologic Cognition Society’s Underneath Is Before is inspired by the 300-year old salt deposits under Lake Erie. Through this exploration, the artists investigate our collective sense of place and connect our past to our present. The exhibition takes visitors down on an immersive journey through the formation of this ancient salt deposit. The Geologic Cognition Society has reconstructed a salt chamber inside SPACES and filled it with salt mined specifically for this exhibition. In the solitude of the chamber, visitors will physically interact with this ancient salt, and connect with the history of its formation.

The Geologic Cognition Society is comprised of Ryan Dewey, Dru McKeown and John Daniel.

“This 3 person collaborative, comprised of an artist, an architect, and an electronic musician, is reconstructing the salt mine beneath Lake Erie inside the SPACES gallery,” ellaborates SPACES Executive Director Christina Vassallo.

“Underneath Is Before is a multi-sensory experience that includes a 30 foot-wide projection of lapping lake water, synthesized soundtrack of a mine shaft, salt mine installation and graphite wall mural. Visitors will experience a physical connection with 300 million year-old salt that was mined specifically for this exhibition underneath nearly 2,000 feet of lake water, glacial clay, and Cleveland bedrock.”

The latest collection of videos from SPACES’ Vault is curated by Jessica Langley. g00g13 34r+h collectively explores concepts of space and terrain from a variety of perspectives. The title refers to Google Earth, and questions the role of both the artist and viewer, as well as how we see and create an object, a place or a landscape.

g00g13 34r+h includes work from Leah Beeferman (Brooklyn, NY), Jerstin Crosby (Hampton Bays, NY), Julie Grosche (Richmond, VA/New York, NY), Ad Minoliti (Buenos Aires, AR) and Leslie Thornton (Providence, RI).

Friday’s Opening Reception is free, and the exhibitions remain on view through March 25.

click to enlarge INTERLOCUTORS photo by Roman Heller; live performance at B-Seite Festival - Mannheim, Germany - March 2015
  • INTERLOCUTORS photo by Roman Heller; live performance at B-Seite Festival - Mannheim, Germany - March 2015
After Friday’s opening reception for its latest exhibitions, SPACES hosts a very special evening of collaborative audio and video performances. From 8 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 30, SPACES presents INTERLOCUTORS: A Live Video & Music Experience, curated by Andrew Auten and Lisa Miralia.

“An interlocutor is a person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation,” says organizer and local experimental musician Lisa Miralia. “Our program on Saturday, Jan. 30 is showcasing these kinds of conversations, improvisations, dialogues and collaborations between film, live video art and live sound art. The featured video artist is KASUMI, who is recognized worldwide for her accomplishments as an avant-garde filmmaker, visual artist, performer, musician and writer. Collaborating with her will be seasoned sound artists Mike Crooker + Ron Pyrosonic, and the Silence Quartet featuring Andrew Auten, Jason Rodriguez, and the Moniker duo, all performing using electronics, strings and percussion. The rest of the program features The Celluloid Liberation Orchestra, a North Coast group of electronic/electro-acoustic musicians who compose/improvise film scores. Led by Adam Holquist (piano/electronics), with Steve Lull (guitar/electronics) and Ian Maciak (percussion), the CLO will be performing their original soundtracks to early 1900's silent sci-fi and surrealist films.”

The evening's program begins with the Celluloid Liberation Orchestra (Cleveland/Erie, PA) performing a live partly composed, partly improvised score to Georges Méliès' 1904 French silent film, The Impossible Voyage (Voyage à travers l'impossible), and to Germaine Dulac's 1928 Surrealist silent film, The Seashell and the Clergyman (La Coquille et le clergyman).

Following a brief intermission, the program continues with Cleveland-based, internationally renowned filmmaker, visual artist, performer, musician and writer Kasumi collaborating live video with both the Silence Quartet (Cleveland) and Mike Crooker/Ron Pyrosonic Slabe duo (Kent) in an improvised mulitmedia performance. Creating an endless loop with infinite layers, the musicians react to Kasumi’s video projections, while Kasumi simultaneously reacts to the musicians’ sound, including feeding their audio into her live video feed for psychedelic layers of sights and sounds.

Admission to Saturday’s performance is $10, and proceeds go to the artists. A cash bar will serve beer, pop and popcorn. Doors open at 7 p.m.

(SPACES) 2220 Superior Viaduct, 216-621-2314,

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