Local Artist's Final Exhibition in Cleveland Showcases Symmetry in Nature


Jared Åkerström’s Formulated Play is an exhibition inspired by the symmetry regularly found throughout nature that offers us insight into the physical properties of the known universe. Åkerström uses these forms and patterns as inspiration for his creative process. The shapes, known as regular and non-regular convex polyhedra, are inherently designed to take shape in three-dimensions. In this way, Åkerström is repurposing nature’s own creative processes with his own imagination.

“Jared is one of the smartest artists I've had the pleasure to get to know and work with,” says Survival Kit curator and co-founder Alex Tapié. “His process is labored and technical but not at the expense of fun. There's a really easy-going and engaging pop sensibility to his images and sculpture, yet he also impresses you with his geometric calculations and he has put an extensive amount of research into his method of working.”

This will be Åkerström’s final exhibition in Cleveland before departing for Rhode Island School of Design to pursue his MFA. He earned a BS in Studio Art (Sculpture, Metals) from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY in 2009. He moved to Cleveland shortly thereafter, and recently spent time as the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory’s Intern Coordinator and Documentation Photographer for the Progressive Arts Alliance.

It will also be Tapié’s final exhibition as curator of art at Survival Kit. She’s heading to Los Angeles soon after next month’s closing reception (Fri. Aug. 21, 5 to 10 p.m.) in continuing pursuit of her artistic and musical endeavors. Some of you may know her better as the singer and guitarist of the band Likenesses.

“Jared will be moving to the East coast to attend RISD for grad school a few weeks after the show comes down, and I will also be heading to the West Coast to Los Angeles for an indefinite amount of time,” explains Tapié. “So this is also a fun little farewell show for the both us at Survival Kit. We're both really pleased we were able to come together for a last exhibit in Cleveland for the forseeable future.”

Tapié earned a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art in Fiber and Material Studies in 2008. In early 2011 she and three friends founded Survival Kit. For the past several years, Tapié and her partner Brian Straw have run the space alone. Straw plans to maintain Survival Kit’s recording studio, but hopes to find someone to continue curating shows in the gallery. Stay tuned for more information about future art exhibitions at Survival Kit. In the meantime, stop by during Third Friday to help celebrate Tapié’s stellar efforts.

Formulated Play runs through Friday, Aug. 21. A closing reception will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. during Third Friday on Aug. 21. Both receptions are free and open to the public.

(78th Street Studios) 1300 W. 78th St., 330-819-7280, 78thstreetstudios.com
(Survival Kit) Suite 303, survivalkitgallery.org

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