At Tregoning & Company:
Lost in Space
Two shows confronting the viewer with space itself are now on display at Tregoning & Company on Cleveland's near West Side. In the first, Raw Materials, photographer Allen Lowry twists architecture by shooting it at angles one would never see in the course of a mundane day; we cannot say if we are looking at a wall or ceiling, or if it is actually a floor. In the second, Evolution, painter James Massena March presents abstract works from three distinct recent periods. One examines smooth, rolling planes and ovoid organic shapes, as in "Homage to the Square," left. Another winds through a world of rigid lines and blocky geometric forms. And in the final one, abstraction is achieved through the jumble of recognizable bits of machines arranged in impossible orders. Taken together, the shows challenge our perceptions of reality and imagination. The exhibition continues through February 28 at 1300 West 78th St. For more information, call 216-281-8626 or go to tregoningandco.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 at One South High St. Call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmusuem.org.
Arts Collinwood: GuitarMania 2012. Get an early peek at the preliminary designs for this year's round of giant guitars. The display continues Thursdays through Saturdays through Feb. 3 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. Call 216-692-9500 or go to artscollinwood.org.
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Adele Marihatt Memorial and Retrospective. The versatile Swiss-born painter is internationally known for her ability to fuse poetry, mathematical equations, and even hieroglyphs in her works. Through Feb. 25 at 1834 E. 123rd St. Call 216-721-9020 or go to artistsarchives.org.
Cleveland Artists Foundation: Paradise Lost. Painter August F. Biehle Jr. captured the pastoral grace of Zoar and the enthusiasm of the Modernist movement. The works in this exhibition are drawn from 25 years of his career and show his growing familiarity with both his subject and the genre. The show continues through March 10 at the Beck Center, 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Call 216-227-9507 or go to clevelandartists.org.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Copia: Retail, Thrift, and Dark Stores, 2001-11. Photographer Brian Ulrich hauntingly explores the psyche of the American consumer in a three-part exhibition that attempts to diagnose our national malaise. Through Feb. 26 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7350 or visit clevelandart.org.
Galeria Quetzal: Land of Color: Latin American Textiles. Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art's Textile Arts Alliance, this exhibition showcases the fiber arts of 16 countries alongside those of local artists working in the styles of Latin America. Through March 16 at 12400 Mayfield Road. Call 216-421-8223 or go to galeriaquetzal.com.
The Gallery at Trinity Commons: Cleveland Artists' Holiday Invitational. Trinity Cathedral hosts 40 artists practicing crafts as varied as painting, sculpture, multimedia, textiles, metalwork, and photography. Through Jan. 29 at 2230 Euclid Ave. To learn more, call 216-771-3630 or go to trinitycleveland.org.
Gallery at the Old Stone Church: Music & Legacy: Our City, Our Music & Our History. A collection of works amassed over a period of 30 years documents the development of the black gospel music movement in Cleveland. Through Feb. 27 at 1380 Ontario St.; to learn more, call 216-241-6145 or visit galleryatoldstone.com.
Harris Stanton Gallery: PhyllisSloane, A 40-year Print Retrospective. The late artist is honored with a career-spanning survey of her work. Through Feb. 11 at 2301West Market St., Akron. Call 330-867-7600 or visit their website at harrisstantongallery.com.
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 yet terrible moments frozen in eternity. Through Jan. 28 at 1305 West 80th St.; to learn more, call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com.
Kokoon Arts Gallery: Nature Revealed. The exhibition features an intriguing mix of historic and contemporary depictions of natural environments and the wild creatures that inhabit them. The exhibit continues through April 28 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-832-8212 of visit kokoonarts.com.
Legation, a Gallery: Duplicities. Sculptor and installation artist Derek Gelvin seeks to provide "comic relief" from the anxieties of contemporary life. Emerging artist Jim Leach creates original scenes to inspire new stories that viewers can share. Through Feb. 19 at 1300 D West 78th St. Call 216-650-4201 or go to 78thstreetstudios.com to learn more.
MOCA: Sculpture. Nationally recognized artist Ursula von Rydingsvard exhibits monumental-scale wooden sculptures emulating organic forms. Also: 8501 to 11400 [On Moving]. MOCA concludes its final season at its current home with an exhibition of new works and interactive projects from Brandon Juhasz, Ben Kinsley, and Corrie Slawson. Through March 31 at 8501 Carnegie Ave.; call 216-421-8671 or go to mocacleveland.org for more information.
1 point 618 Gallery: Blueprints. CSU professor Qian Li uses the texture of the palm rendered in print, photography, and materials like beeswax and soil to explore issues of identity in her native China. Through Feb. 12 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com for more info.
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. Works by Cleveland-born, New York-based photograher Keith Marlowe, including rock-concert images and pictures of ruined and decrepit structures taken from his "Abandoned" series. Through Jan. 27 at 1814 East 40th St., Suite 4B. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sculpture Center: Familiar Machines. Lauren Yeager and Scott Stibich recombine mundane household devices to make fantastic but functional machines. Also: Linda Ding: Still Life. The CIA grad uses sculpture and installation to examine and reveal the behavior of interior spaces. The exhibits continue through Feb. 18 at 1834 East 123rd St. Call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org for more information.
Studio 2091: Temporary: Photography, Installation, and Design Inspired by Post Industrial America. Artists David Desimone and Ron Copeland spent four years exploring abandoned places and have the poignant images to prove it. Through Jan. 28 at 2091 Front St. in Cuyahoga Falls. Learn more at studio2091.com.
William Busta Gallery: Menagerie. Michael Loderstedt's sculptural installations drape minimalist retellings of 20th-century German architecture in whimsy. Through Feb. 4 at 2731 Prospect Ave.; call 216-298-9071 or visit williambustagallery.com.
William Rupnik Gallery: Let the Chips Fall. Abstract painter Bob Peck draws on his experience as a graffiti artist to infuse his works with energy, immediacy, and bold contrasts. Through Feb. 5 at 1117 Euclid Avenue. Call 216-533-5575 or go to wrgcleveland.com for more information.
Willoughby Hills Community Center Art Gallery: To Abstraction. Well-known Cleveland photographer Michael F. Nekic is joined by mixed-media artist Martha L. Germano in a show that aims to shine a fresh light upon the faces of abstraction. Through Feb. 27 at 35400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills; call 440-918-8730 or visit willoughbyhillsgallery.org.
Zygote Press: Collected Gems II. Members and friends of Zygote Press share items from their collections. Included are works by Bridget Riley, Reginald Marsh, Holly Morrison, and William T. Wiley. The show runs through Feb. 18 at 1410 East 30th St. Call 216-621-2900 or go to zygotepress.com.
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.
Tregoning & Company: Evolution. James Massena March's paintings explore spatial relationships and color. Also: Raw Materials. Photographer Allen Lowry reorients our perception of construction sites by shooting them from extreme and dizzying angles. Through February 28 at 1300 W. 78th St. Call 216-281-8626 or go to tregoningandco.com.