Thursday, October 16, 2008

Spangle Magazine

Two vastly different art exhibitions opened Friday, Oct. 10. One inspired viewers with the amazing life story of the artist. The other inspired the masses to rise up and create that proverbial social change.

First on the agenda was Within Reach: New Works by Andrew Reach at Tregoning & Co. (1300 W. 78th St., Cleveland). Reach greeted patrons and walked them through nearly two dozen of his bold digital prints that were on view. Several patrons’ jaws dropped after reading his artist statement, which detailed the debilitating spine disease that ended Reach’s architecture career and was the catalyst for his turn as an artist. For Reach’s first local exhibition the evening was a success; before the night was over he sold a couple of the seven-foot images. The show runs through Nov. 15. After that, Reach will prepare for his first museum exhibition, which will open in December at the prestigious Frost Art Museum in Miami. Read more about Reach on Spangle here.

Next was the opening party for Counting Days: 17 Artists Respond to Eight Years of Destruction at Asterisk Gallery (2393 Professor Ave. in Tremont). Curated by Debra Shepherd and gallery owner Dana Depew, the politically charged show features dozens of works in a variety of media, all in response to the Iraq War and George W. Bush’s administration. Highlights include a series of intense paintings by Craig Bungo, who used military tarp for his canvas, and an interactive installation in which patrons could color and display pages from a Dubya-themed coloring book. The show runs through Nov. 1; hours are by appointment only.