WAS IT A DREAM? WAS I IN IT?
"These drawings are scenes from my daydreams," writes artist Amber Kempthorn. "In them, awkward creatures engage one another in funny and often peculiar circum-stances I've orchestrated. They are parts of me and give me the chance to revisit my history and to encounter make-believe places." Many of these make-believe places include islands floating in the sea or in outer space. Kempthorn's love of music inspires her dreams, which are interwoven with fragments of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Blur. Kempthorn is a 2000 graduate of Hiram College, and her first solo show opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday and hangs through July 23 at 1point618 Gallery (6421 Detroit Ave., 216-281-1618, 1point618gallery.com). Admission is free.
— Michael Gill
In their new show, Andrew Curlowe and Joshua Rex create replicas of historical documents and personal belongings and pair them with death masks of famous dead people. Among the items: Kurt Cobain's suicide note, the score from Mozart's Requiem, a bunch of Colonial-era currency, and a draft of a Sylvia Plath poem. "Primary sources" refers to the very real artifacts, documents, and people that historians use to reconstruct the past. Curlowe and Rex's parody opens a new window to the meaning: not merely that the opposite of real is fake, but more along the lines of imitation can indeed be flattering. Primary Sources kicks off with a reception from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday as part of the West 78th Street Studios' Third Fridays event. The show hangs through July 2 at Legation Gallery, 1300 W. 78th St., 216-334-7080, legationgallery.com. Admission is free. — Gill
Asterisk Gallery: Troika: Installation-based works by Scott Goss, Eddy Ostrander and David Politzer. Through July 3 at Asterisk Gallery, 2393 Professor Ave. Call 330-304-8528 or visit asteriskgallery.com.
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Seeing Green: Creating Art in an Era of Sustainability: Cleveland artists use environmentally friendly and recycled materials to create art, all in the spirit of going green. Through July 16 at 1834 E. 123rd Street. Open Wed.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m. Call 216-721-9020 or visit artistsarchives.org.
Cleveland Artists Foundation: The Kokoon Arts Club: Cleveland Revels! The Kokoon Art Club was founded in Cleveland in 1911, and to fund their activities, the group would throw an annual bal masque that brought out thousands of Clevelanders. In this exhibit are costumes, photos, and poster sketches, all from those Kokoon events from long ago. Through July 31 at Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood. Call 216-227-9507 or visit clevelandartists.org.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Andrew Borowiec: Cleveland Photographs: The Akron native documents the Flats through black-and-white photography. 40-plus gelatin silver prints are on display through October 17 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 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.
Cleveland State University Art Gallery: Another Way of Looking: Influences from Islam : Contemporary art influenced by Islam. Includes images of mosques, prayer, and the holy city of Mekka. Through June 26 at Cleveland State University Art Gallery, 2307 Chester Avenue. Open Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday fom noon-4 p.m. Call 216-687-2103 or visit csuohio.edu/artgallery.
Heights Arts: Lake Effects: A tribute to Lake Erie, this exhibit shows a collection of work from regional photographers giving their unique perspectives. Through July 24 at 2163 Lee Road. Open Thursday-Saturday from 1:30-9:30 p.m. Call 216-371-3457 or visit heightsarts.org.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Mary Gehr: Mary Gehr traveled around the world to Asia, the Mediterranean, and Central America, creating sketches she would later craft into paintings in her Chicago studio. Using oil on canvas, Gehr's paintings capture the scenery of foreign lands. Through July 5 at Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery, 1305 W. 80th St. Open Wednesday-Saturday from noon-5 p.m. Call 216-631-6719 or visit kennethpaullesko.com.
Kokoon Arts Gallery: Spring Salon: A collection of works from Frank Wilcox, Andrea LeBlond, Keri Gortz, and Paul Jacklitch. Through July 16 at Kokoon Arts Gallery, 1305 W. 80th St. Gallery open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call 216-832-8212 or visit kokoonarts.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, shot up-close. 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 the Museum of Contemporary Art, 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.
Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art: Neil Macdonald: History Paintings: Macdonald has searched through history books and browsed the web to find classic historical images and put his own touch on their recreations, in a sense, rewriting history in his own way. Through June 11 at Shaheen Galley, 740 W. Superior Avenue, Suite 101. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call 216-830-8888 or visit shaheengallery.com.
SPACES: Detour: Five artists met to discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and by the end, each was given an obstacle — such as being required to work with a partner when the artist would rather work alone — to deal with as they created their art. Also: Sometimes an Entrance Is Actually an Exit: Josh Parker's multimedia experience challenges observers to question their concepts of time and space as they walk through a labyrinth. Through July 16 at SPACES Gallery, 2220 Superior Viaduct. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., till 7 p.m. on Fridays. Open 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 216-621-2314 or visit spacesgallery.org.
Tregoning and Company: George Adomeit: Reconsidered: Unknown paintings from George Adomeit between 1904-1961 show rolling farmlands, tranquil rivers, and a peaceful view of the countryside. On display now at 1300 W. 78th St. Open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., till 8 p.m. Thursdays. Open noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 216-281-8628 or visit tregoningandco.com.
Walleye Gallery: Voices Worth Hearing, Art Worth Sharing: A three-part exhibit that documents the life of refugee families living in Northeast Ohio. A photography exhibit, video documentary, and a day of multicultural food and artwork. On display June 18-27 at 5304 Detroit Avenue. Visit walleyegallery.blogspot.com for times for each of the exhibits.
William Busta Gallery: Brinsley Tyrrell-Ohio Lands Forever: When he moved to Portage County in 1975, Tyrrell began drawing the vast landscape around him in pastel. After several years, Tyrrell put his work on hold, moving on to other endeavors. Years later, he has picked up his habit of drawing the landscape he knows again — this time using glass enamels. Ohio farmland comes to life with scenes of all four seasons from Tyrrell's memories. Through July 31 at William Busta Gallery, 2731 Prospect Avenue. Open Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 216-298-9071 or visit williambustagallery.com.
Zygote Press Gallery: The Art Quarter Exhibition: A juried show of works by artists in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood.. Open Wednesday noon-3 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m. Through July 30 at 1410 E. 30th Street. Call 216-621-2900 or visit zygotepress.com.