Downtown’s ArtCraft Building (2250 Superior Ave., 6th floor) hosts a special, one night only event, United Nonsense, in celebration of the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion Residency Program. Four of its international artists and their hosts organizations (Cleveland Print Room, Negative Space, the Sculpture Center and Zygote Press) present the unique pop-up exhibition that opens with a free, public reception from 5 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 21.
"Creative Fusion Initiative is unique in partnering the international artists-in-residence with local arts organizations with a goal of maximizing the cultural exchange between the artists and the community,” says Cleveland Print Room founder and Executive Director Shari Wilkins. “The program focuses on bringing artists to Cleveland from cultures not well-represented in our community and in providing opportunities for the community to interact with the artists. This artist-driven group pop-up exhibition is an example of the collaborative spirit of this Cleveland Foundation Initiative as they work with each other and the local artist community. These international artists come from Chile, Iran and Vietnam gathering different mediums, styles and processes commemorating their stay in Cleveland by showing their work alongside the Cleveland artists and others that they spent time with."
There is no collective theme unifying the work in the exhibition. Instead, the event is dedicated to community, art and “getting together.” United Nonsense includes painting, sculpture, mixed media, video, installation and more.
In addition to sharing their work with the community, the artists saw an opportunity to invite fellow colleagues from the local art scene with whom they had shared studios, art experiences or got to know during their short three-month stay in the city. United Nonsense includes artwork by 14 artists from or passing through Cleveland. The exhibition showcases the five international artists from the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion Residency Program (Isabel Torres, Nicolás Grum, Behrang Samadzadegan, Hung Nguyen Manh and Adolfo Bimer).
Organizers hope the exhibition will enhance the interaction between local and international contemporary art, and create a dialogue amongst both the artists and their work.
Chilean Creative Fusion Artist Adolfo Bimer says, "The main purpose of our group exhibition is to gather the Cleveland Creative Fusion residents with some former Creative Fusion artists and other Ohio artists-in-residence, together with local artists from the city of Cleveland in one group show. The idea of this gathering of different styles, practices and approaches to visual art attempts to commemorate not only our personal experiences but also the collectiveness that has occurred during our stay with meeting different people in Cleveland."
United Nonsense includes work by Adolfo Bimer, John W. Carlson, Tony Franz, Lucie Freynhagen, Nicolas Grum, Hung Nguyen Manh, Heather Molecke, Behrang Samadzadegan, Ronny Szillo, Isabel Torres, Ari Michael Warner, Svenja Wichmann, Rebekah Wilhelm and students from Cleveland State’s Sculpture program.
(Cleveland Print Room) 2550 Superior Ave., 216-401-5981, clevelandprintroom.com