BEYOND THE APEX
Ian P.E. and Leigh Ring came back to Cleveland from San Francisco in 2007 and launched Pink Eye, a glossy magazine dedicated to the local visual art scene, with interviews and plenty of color. The magazine is on hiatus until winter, but this week they celebrate two years in business with Beyond the Apex, a collection of their favorite artists, among them some of Cleveland's most ubiquitous. It's a diverse bunch, from the black-and-white drawings of Jake Kelly (seen in concert fliers and the occasional restaurant wall around town, and easily mistaken for linoleum prints) to the colorful, dynamic abstractions of Bob Peck. Also exhibiting are Sunia Boneham, Ron Copeland, Stephe DK, Steve Ehret, Mike Gezze, Wesley Johansen, Robin Latkovich, Vanessa LaValle, and Pink Eye's own Ian P.E. It opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Asterisk Gallery (2393 Professor St., Tremont, 330-304-8528, asteriskgallery.com). — Michael GillOn view now at area galleries and museums:
Akron Art Museum: Andrew Moore-Detroit Disassembled: Moore has put together a collection of photos that capture the decline of this once-great industrial giant, showing the vast empty space that once used to be populated areas. Moore's exhibit debuts in Akron before moving on to tour nationally. Through October 10 at the Akron Art Museum, One South High Street in Akron. Call 330-376-9185. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. Thursday.
(Art)ificial Gallery: Cinematic Redux: Lakewood resident Chad Kimes invited more tha two dozen 30 artists to riff on the posters made for movies of the last 50 years or so. Most of the posters are painted, though some use silkscreening and others employ media that strays far afield in the poster world, like cross-stitchery and quilting. A few riff on original poster art — like a Gone With the Wind piece that uses the same basic layout as the original, but replaces Rhett Butler with a zombie. But in most cases, the artist has started from scratch, casting an entirely new image for the old film. (Gill) Through August 21 at 17020 Madison Ave., Lakewood. Open noon-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; call 216-227-8440 or go to whatisartificial.com.
ArtsCollinwood Gallery: Primal Cuts: Cleveland Institute of Art student Katy Richards paints meat: The kind you find in grocery stores and the kind of sweaty flesh you might find in a proverbial meat market. Through August 13 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 216-692-9500 or visit artscollinwood.org.
Lunar Paraphrase: The Terrain of Intimacy: For more than two decades, painter Douglas Max Utter's work has been pulled in several directions. This career retrospective includes 18 mostly large paintings. Through September 19 at 5591 Liberty Ave., Vermilion. Open from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 440-963-0611 or visit theartseengallery.com.
Cleveland Museum of Art:
Midwest Modern: The Color Woodcuts of Mabel Hewitt: Cleveland artist Mabel Hewitt uses her woodcuts to show scenes of remote areas of the United States, such as views of Provincetown as well as Sagatuck, Mich. Through October 24. Also: Andrew Borowiec: Cleveland Photographs: The Akron native documents the Flats through black-and-white photography. Through October 17 at 11150 East Boulevard. Open Tuesday-Sunday at 10 a.m. Closes at 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, and at 5 p.m. all other days. Call 216-421-7350 or visit clevelandart.org.
Legation, a Gallery: Dott Schneider: The Burrows: An expression of Schneider's "connection to and observation of the desert," a series of mixed-media paintings and a large-scale installation that represent the impact desert life left on her as an artist. Through September 17 at Legation, A Gallery, 1300 D, West 78th St. Call 216-650-4201 or visit legationagallery.com.
Local Girl Gallery: Unheard Of: Photos by Lakewood artist Tate Davidson. Through August 14 at 16101 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Gallery is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from noon-5 p.m., and till 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 216-228-1802 or go to localgirlgallery.com.
Museum of Contemporary Art: Aïda Ruilova: The Singles 1999-Now: New York artist Ruilova has created single channel videos characterized by screams and whimpers mixed with images of darkness and confined spaces. Through August 15. Also: Marilyn Minter: Super close-ups of turgid lips, licking tongues, sultry eyes — Minter's 2009 video Green Pink Caviar is made up of eight minutes of models' mouths sucking and licking Jell-O and candy. But that video, as well as Minter's photos and large enamel-on-aluminum paintings, also have grotesque qualities that seem to be more criticism than celebration of the decadent glamour we typically associate with fashion mags. Through August 15 at 8501 Carnegie Ave. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Call 216-421-8671 or visit mocacleveland.org.