On Display at Wall Eye Gallery: Old Masters Remix
Wall Eye Gallery is hosting a show that is both traditionalist and classical in its conception, but great fun in its execution. For NEO-Renaissance, curator Joe Ayala challenged area artists to "pick any Renaissance work of art and remix it. They had total freedom ... I had no idea what they would do, and it grew into a dream show." For him and for us: The exhibition not only invokes nostalgia for the first serious art we learned about in school, but gives figurative artists — a group that has been somewhat marginalized by contemporary tastes — a chance to show their stuff. The pieces range from the thoroughly traditional to the experimental. On your left, for instance, Philippe J. Velazquez's "Sybil," based on a painting by Michelangelo, could be mistaken for a piece in a museum if its paint weren't so fresh. CSU professor George Mauersberger faithfully redraws Albrecht Dürer's famous woodcut of a stylized rhinoceros — and excerpts the Wikipedia article on the same piece. Photographer Natalia Dale reimagines Hans Memling's allegory of the deadly sin "Vanity" as a commentary on our celebrity culture. Rafael Valdivieso's installation "The Last Supper" presents the diners again and again, all at once or a few at a time, in ghostly outlines of black and gray acrylic paint, interspaced with red-pink wedges of watermelon. Even the most familiar pieces (the Mona Lisa makes an appearance under Ayala's own hand) are fresh, engaging, and suddenly contemporary. The exhibit is open by appointment through August 7 at 5304 Detroit Ave. For more information, call 216-640-7769 or go to walleyegallery.com. — Joseph Clark
1point618 Gallery: An Odd Itinerary of Scenes. The classically and unabashedly surrealist painter Joe Stavec immerses us in landscapes of the unconscious where physics, logic, and expectations are made punchlines. The show runs through September 25 at 6421 Detroit Avenue. For more information, call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com.
Akron Art Museum: Kaleidoscope Quilts. Fiber artist Paula Nadelstern's quilts capture the symmetry, luminosity, and intricacy of kaleidoscopes, and inspire makers of these instruments in return. Through Oct. 2. Also: The Vogel Collection: 50 Works for Ohio. Featuring works by 26 artists, the paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures in this exhibition are part of a far-sighted private collection amassed over a 40-year period. Through October 16 at 1 South High St.; call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmuseum.org.
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Defining an Artist: The Art of Anita Rogoff. Lifelong Cleveland native, retired Case Western Reserve University professor, and archived artist Anita Rogoff displays portraits, landscapes, and watercolors from a lifetime's work. Through August 13 at 1834 E 123rd St. For more information, call 216-721-9020 or go to artistsarchives.org.
The Beck Cafe Gallery: Elisa Vietra. Local photographer Elisa Vietri exhibits her first solo show. Through August 26 at 17823 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. For more information, go to beckcafe.com or call 216-712-4746.
Cleveland Museum of Art:
The Lure of Painted Poetry: Japanese and Korean Art. Designed to illuminate the intricate connections between Chinese poetry and its reinterpretation as visual art by Japanese and Korean artists, this exhibition features 80 diverse works spanning nearly seven centuries; almost all of the pieces are drawn from the museum's preeminent collection. Through August 28. Also: Indian Kalighat Paintings. Highly stylized and brightly colored, these works were originally created as souvenirs for 19th-century tourists. Today, they are highly regarded as marking the beginning of modernism in Indian art. Through September 18 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7350 or visit clevelandart.org.
Feinberg Gallery at Cain Park: Camera Ready. Two photographers make very different use of darkness. Brad Cohn explores nighttime scenes on a digital camera, but shoots precisely to avoid the need for after-the-fact editing. Ronnie Pyles uses a black-and-white camera to capture architecture and vintage shoes. Through August 13 at 14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights. Call 440-371-3000 or go to cainpark.com/arts_gallery.asp.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Two-Man Exhibition. Though separated by two generations and vastly different mediums, sculptor Marco Vaccher and photographer Casey Callender capture the irony of images that contrast nobility and strangeness. Through September 10 at 1305 West 80th St. For more information, call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com.
Kokoon Arts Gallery: 100th Anniversary Celebration. Historic treasures from the original Kokoon Arts Club keep company with contemporary works inspired by the theme of metamorphosis. Through September 10 at 1305 West 80th St. For more information, call 216-832-8212 or go to kokoonarts.com.
Legation, a gallery: Climbing Through the Keyhole. Emerging artist and designer Oliver aims to break down traditional artist-viewer barriers with a series of paper dolls and marionettes intended for audience handling. Through August 6 at 1300 D West 78th Street. For information and hours, call 216-650-4201 or go to legationagallery.com.
Morgan Conservatory: Double Exhibition. In this two-man show, eclectic Youngstown native James Pernotto teases and celebrates the bound text in a stack of lovingly defaced volumes, and John Kollig exhibits his DADA series of prints, a parade of fragmentary pieces that speaks to the confusion and curiosity of human endeavors. Through August 14 at 1754 East 47th St. For more information, call 216-361-9255 or go to morganconservatory.org.
Museum of Contemporary Art: Delicious Fields. In an homage to Man Ray, nine Ohio photogs invoke surrealism to reframe or reassert psychological and social issues. Also: Terrain. Julianne Swartz's soundscape is a multilingual audio-ecology as winding and mysterious as the subconscious. Through August 13 at 8501 Carnegie Ave.; call 216-421-8671 or visit mocacleveland.org.
Opus Gallery: All Women All Art. This sixteenth annual show was created to showcase the work of female artists of Northeast Ohio of every medium, including painting, pastel, multimedia collage, jewelry, photography, and embroidery. The exhibit continues through September 1 at 27629 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood. Call 216-595-1376 or visit opus-gallery.com.
Pop Shop/(Art)ificial Gallery: Avenging Cleveland. An exhibition of studio art celebrating Marvel Comics' superheroes draws from the creativity of a host of local artists. Also: Midnights on Oak: Amber McElreath and John Hill collaborate on 200 "Artist Trading Cards" in ink and mixed media, exploring music, culture, and the sources of creative inspiration. Both shows continue through August 6 at 17020 Madison Ave., Lakewood. Call 216-227-8440 or go to popshopgallery.com.
River Gallery Arts: Cleveland Craft Masters. The living legends of Cleveland's artisan communities (including five creators who have been displayed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum) display jewelry, glasswork, ceramics, metal sculpture, and more. Through September 10 at 19046 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River. For more information, call 440-331-8406 or go to rivergalleryarts.com.
The Sculpture Center: SculptureX: 6 Sculptors of Ohio & Western Pennsylvania. This curated exhibition highlights the work of six prominent sculptors teaching at universities in Ohio and Western PA. Their works draw upon everyday materials to reflect the intersection of urbanization, nature, and the use of manufactured objects. Through August 20 at 1834 East 123rd St. For gallery hours and information, call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org.
Shaheen Gallery: Art, Life & Fashion. Born in Cincinnati and based in New York, painter Keith Mayerson returns to his home state for a show that provides a thematically broad sampling of his works, including portraits of fashion icons and historical figures. Through August 18 at 740 West Superior Ave. Call 216-830-8888 or visit shaheengallery.com.
Tregoning & Co.: I/Travel/Eye. San Francisco-based fiber artist Libby Chaney returns to her native Cleveland to exhibit textile works that are not "problems to be solved," but "meditations for the eye" and celebrations of color's power to move. There is no apparent order to the multitude of shapes and shades, but each piece has its own harmony. Through August 31 at 1300 West 78th St.; call 216-281-8626 or go to tregoningandco.com.
Willoughby Hills Community Center Gallery: The Photography of Marcello Mellino & Joseph Zupko. Two photographers take you around the world and back, presenting landscapes and urban scenes from Italy, the Far East, and local sites. Through September 5 at 35400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills. For more information, call 440-918-8730 or go to willoughbyhillsgallery.org.
Zygote Press: Craig Lucas: Friends Recollect. The irrepressible, frank, and driven Kent State professor and abstract painter Craig "Pirate" Lucas, who died earlier this year, is honored by students and colleagues through works displaying his prolific influence throughout his life. Through September 1 at 1410 East 30th St.; call 216-621-2900 or go to zygotepress.com for more information.
Solon Center for the Arts: La Bella Vita, the Beautiful Life. Painter Diane Arthurs exhibits works inspired by the Mediterranean. Through July 29 at 6315 SOM Center Rd. in Solon. Call 440-337-1400.