At 1point618 Gallery:
Identity, Society, Etc.
The unique patterns on our hands are markers of individuality: reminders of the uniqueness literally at our fingertips. At the same time, superstition attributes the power to forecast destiny to them. In her Blueprints exhibition at 1point618 Gallery, CSU professor Qian Li takes inspiration from both notions. She uses the texture of the palm rendered in print, photography, and materials like beeswax and soil to explore fatalistic strands of thought in her native China, a society still rooted in tradition and sometimes suspicious of individual achievement. "These landscapes probe how life is governed by the unknowable and bound by perceived restraints," says the artist. Featured works include "The Reflection of Water" (detail at left), an image that turns a thumbprint into a swirling eddy: a character in itself, yes, but one shaped by external forces. A video installation also echoes the theme: A school of fish is suspended in a crowded glass box, which itself floats in an endless ocean. The whole project is an insightful commentary on striving for freedom under conditions not of our choosing. The show continues through February 12 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Learn more at 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com. — Joseph Clark
Akron Art Museum: Landscapes From the Age of Impressionism. More than 50 French and American impressionists provide an overview of the style and its interpretations. Through Feb. 5. Also: SuperNatural: Ohio photographers Bruce Checefsky and Bruce Underwood use technology to push the boundaries of the landscape art genre. Through March 4. Landslide Between a Rock and a Place: Kent artist Michelle Droll transforms a gallery into a vibrant sculptural installation. Through Feb. 19 at One South High St. Call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmusuem.org.
Bonfoey Gallery: Return. Cleveland painter Frank Oriti examines the rugged power and solemn mien of America's young, blue-collar work force. In the process, he paints a provocative picture of a generation's dashed hopes when facing a crippled economy. Through Jan. 6 at 1710 Euclid Ave. Call 216-621-0178 or go to bonfoey.com.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution. Works from the modern Chinese master Fu Baoshi (1920 to 1965) trace a turbulent time in that nation's history, as placid landscape paintings give way to politicized pieces commissioned to express Maoist ideology. Ticketed exhibition. Through Jan. 8 at 11150 East Blvd. Call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org to learn more.
Double Feature Gallery: Previews of The Marilyn Project. Cleveland photographer Alena Rosa Reyes has spent countless months researching Marilyn Monroe and photographing Clevelanders dressesd as the icon. The exhibition is an early look at Reyes' ongoing narrative on female sexuality and social justice. Through Jan. 18 at 1392 West 65th St. Call 440-263-2254 or see the Double Feature Facebook page.
The Gallery at Old Stone Church: Junkyard Essays. International multimedia artist Stacy Gibboni uses items from New Jersey salvage yards to tell stories about the art of the working man. Through Jan. 3 at 1380 Ontario St.; call 216-241-6145 or go to oldstonechurch.org.
The Gallery at Trinity Commons: Cleveland Artists' Holiday Invitational. Trinity Cathedral hosts forty artists practicing crafts as varied as painting, sculpture, multimedia, textile, metalwork, and photography. Through Jan. 29 at 2230 Euclid Ave. To learn more, call 216-771-3630 or go to trinitycleveland.org.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Atmospheric Distortions. Falling somewhere between landscape, abstraction, and classical Japanese painting, Judith Brandon's canvases feel at once like cataclysmic events and elegant, terrible moments frozen in eternity. The exhibition runs through Jan. 14 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com.
Kokoon Arts: Regional Visions. Regional painters and photographers interpret the local landscape in ways both traditional and abstract. Through Dec. 30 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-832-8212 or go to wgsproductions.com.
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage: Hardship to Hope. In collaboration with CSU, the Maltz Museum highlights the contributions of African American painters and sketch artists in Cleveland during the Great Depression. Through Jan. 1 at 2929 Richmond Rd. in Beachwood. Call 216-593-0575 or go to maltzmuseum.org.
MOCA: Sculpture. Nationally recognized artist Ursula von Rydingsvard exhibits monumental-scale wooden sculptures emulating organic forms. Through March 31 at 8501 Carnegie Ave. Call 216-421-8671 or go to mocacleveland.org.
1 point 618 Gallery: Blueprints. CSU professor Qian Li uses hand prints and minimalistic images to explore how history and society influence identity (see feature, above). The show continues through Feb. 12 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com for more info.
Opus Gallery: New Museum Collection 2011-2012. Russian-born Yuri Gorbachev, whose pieces have been collected by the Louvre, Kremlin Museum, and White House, will exhibit his signature works rendered in precious metals, gems, lacquers, and oil. Through Jan. 1 at 27629 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood. For more information, call 216-595-1376 or go to opus-gallery.com.
Pentagon Gallery: Conscious Compassion. Three local artists — Natalya Romanovsky, Diane Hoeptner, and Joe Grand — reflect aspects of the theme of universal compassion. Through Feb. 4 at 3102 Mayfield Rd. in Cleveland Heights.; call 216-321-3362 to learn more.
Rotten Meat Gallery: Armed and Fairly Well Equipped. The inaugural exhibition at Dan Miller's new gallery features works by Cleveland-born, New York-based photograher Keith Marlowe. It's a tasty blend of Marlowe's rock-concert images and pictures of ruined and decrepit structures taken from his "Abandoned" series. Through Jan. 27 at 1814 East 40th Street, Suite 4B. Visit the Rotten Meat Gallery page on Facebook or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seiberling Gallery: Life on the Towpath. The Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society embarked on a one-year project to document life on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Capturing the resource in all its natural glory, the resulting exhibition is on display through Feb. 25 at 1403 West Hines Hill Rd. in Peninsula. Call 330-657-2909 or visit conservancyforcvnp.org for more information.
Shaheen Gallery: Bill Radawec: A Retrospective. The art of Bill Radawec, visual and three-dimensional artist, is celebrated in this career-spanning show. Through Jan. 20 at 740 West Superior Ave., Suite 101. Call 216-830-8888 or visit shaheengallery.com.
Shaker Historical Society: Dream Weavers: The Art of the Loom. The work of contemporary fiber artists is contrasted with the utilitarian simplicity of the Shakers. Through Dec. 30 at 16740 South Park Blvd. Call 216-921-1201 or go to shakerhistory.org.
Spaces: Boundaries. Experimental composer Christopher Auerbach-Brown creates an installation using the gallery's windows as amplifiers and speakers. Also: Make CATopia Real. Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langley consult cats, through their owners, on the idea of utopia. And: Comfort Women Wanted. Chang Jin-Lee uses posters, photographs, and video installations to recount the horrors endured by Japanese women pressed into sex slavery during WWII. Through Jan. 20 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Call 216-621-2314 or go to spacesgallery.org.
Survival Kit Gallery: Pens and Needles: Works on Paper by Carla Fontecchio, Sarah Isenhart, and Aaron Troyer. Three artists render intricately detailed floral shapes and abstract assemblages in a variety of mediums. Through Jan. 20 at 1305 West 80th St. Suite 3C. Call 216-533-4885 or go to survivalkitgallery.com.
Tregoning & Company: Spiritus: Recent Photographs by Elisabeth Sunday. The photographer uses mirrors to transform her African subjects into haunting archetypes of the unconscious. Through December 31 at 1300 West 78th St. Call 216-281-8626 or visit tregoningandco.com for more information.
William Busta Gallery: Ohio Lands Forever. Brinsley Tyrrell renders landscapes in colors and moods tuned to enchant the urban-dweller. Also: Works by Cecelia Philips, Stephen Yusko, and Barbara Polster. Through Dec. 31 at 2731 Prospect Ave.; call 216-298-9071 or visit williambustagallerycom.
Zygote Press and Jakprints: The Black Balloon. A celebration of the work of late Cleveland printmaker Anthony Bartholomew, this exhibition continues through Jan. 5 at 1410 East 30th St. Call 216-621-2900 or go to zygotepress.com.