Thursday, October 28, 2010

Asterisk Gallery/ Dana Depew Gallery/ Garage Sale

Starting on Sat Nov 6 - I will be having a garage/gallery sale. I have closed the gallery and will be moving out of Tremont.   Furniture, lots and lots of artwork, memorabilia, and other weird stuff I have collected over the years. This would be a great opportunity to obtain artwork for gifts for the upcoming holiday season or to add to your collection.

- tons and tons of artwork by Dana Depew large scale paintings, sculptures, found objects assemblages, collages, etc

-A turn of the century medical examination table - complete with medical instruments.

- couches, chairs

-lamps - lots of lamps



I will be posting images of works for sale regularly and you want to buy something before the sale starts just email me back and it is yours.

the dates for this sale will be

Sat Nov 6 - noon until 5pm

Fri Nov 12 - 6 - 10pm for the nov artwalk

Sat Nov 13 - noon until 5pm

or by appt 330-304-8528

I will need to have everything out by Dec 1

Thursday, October 21, 2010

"Skulls and Revolution @ Wall Eye Gallery

Skulls & Revolution!

Opening Reception:

Friday Oct. 29th 6 – 11pm

On Friday October 29th , 2010, Wall Eye Gallery will present Skulls & Revolution! organized by Alejandro Rivera and Dante Rodriguez. Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, this exhibition explores the current socio-political relationship between the U.S. and Mexico as seen through the works of the following Northeast Ohio Artists:

Gadi Zamir • Dante Rodriguez • Alejandro Rivera • Beth Whalley • Alex Kelly • Stephanie Lipscomb • Rich Cihlar • Hector Castellanos Lara • Lauren Voss • The Sign Guy • Alexander Corona • Jeff Hulligan • Dominic Scibilia • Laura Skehan • Ralph Mercado Jr. • Stephanie Ayala • Jim Englemann • Greg Ruffing • Joe Ayala • Dana Depew • Joshua Rex • Jeff Finley • Barbara Konrad • Hannah Verbeuren • Aaron Koehn • Wendy Mahon • Michael Abarca • Kyle Kershner • Todd Hoak • Claudio Orso-Giacone • Kimberly Grice • Linda Ayala • Peter Billington • Bob Peck • Chris Kulcsar • Ben Haehn • Rafael Valdivieso Troya • Melissa Orberdoester • Jacob Wesley Lang • Augusto Bordelois • Adam Dumont • Jason Rudolph

Also open November 6th and 7th is The 6th Annual Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) Celebration at the Cleveland Public Theatre East Campus 6205 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102. For more info about this celebration, call 216.235.0811 or go to

new work for upcoming exhibiton

Dana L. Depew

oil, acrylic, automotive enamel, tile adhesive on canvas
5' 11" x 3' 10 1/2"

nearly finished work for the upcoming "Skulls and Revolution" exhibition at Wall Eye Gallery. This piece consists of an exact replica of Jasper Johns "Three Flags". The piece is inverted to represent a distress. The blue color field of the Ame...rican flag is substituted with the flag of Mexico (1934 - 1968) in which the eagle is substituted with the pirate Jolly Roger flag.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Gina DeSantis @ Lakewood Arts Festival

Hi Everyone,

A reminder that I will be in the Lakewood Arts Festival on Saturday, August 7th from 10am-6pm. My booth is located between St. Charles and Warren Rd.

Also my classes are up for the fall. This includes classes at my studio, Art House and the Orange Art Center. Visit the link for more info.

Finally save the dates for Screw Factory Artist Open Houses: November 6th, December 17th and 18th. More info to come this fall!

Best Wishes,
Gina DeSantis
Buy Handmade!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dana L. Depew "Studies in Nepotism" - recent sculptural work

Due to the fact that I need to reassemble and rephotograph recently produced sculptural work and instead of disassembling them after they are shot and putting the works back into my borderline hoarders basement studio, I am going to leave work up for an impromptu makeshift sculpture exhibition that will open Sept 10. No real theme or concept except that it is large scale sculpture made from found objects that I have collected and reassembled throughout the past few years. Most of these works were produced for various exhibitions and were not intended to be exhibited together.
Opening Reception - Sept 10, 6 - 10pm

“BEYOND THE APEX” – an exhibition of the awesome curated by Pink Eye ex-Magazine

“BEYOND THE APEX” – an exhibition of the awesome curated by Pink Eye ex-Magazine at Asterisk Gallery opens Friday August 13th containing new works by the following artists:

IAN P.E. -

In celebration of two years existing, from free art magazines to the publishing of limited edition books, the Pink Eyes (Leigh Ring and Ian P.E.) have collected some of their favorite local visual artists to take part in a progressive display of cutting edge art. The walls will not be holding the art on this night, but part of it. Landscapes of the mind installed into public view…reverberations from the hinterland, where a mixed crew of non-genre artists come together for a display of the now - a glimpse into the future of Cleveland art!

Opens Friday August 13th (as part of Tremont’s monthly art-walk)

Asterisk Gallery (2393 Professor Ave, Cleveland)
6pm – 11pm

And please join us for an after-party at the Happy Dog, where an equally impressive showcase of sonic genius will be the place to catch the incredibly talented aural massages of:
Terminal Lovers
Self Destruct Button
Oblique Orchestra 

The Happy Dog (Detroit and W. 58th)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New works

"Green Hornet" 
These two lamps were recently produced to be exhibited in the storefront of Apothecary on Detroit.

Apothecary will be opening August 5th

My good friend Joe will be opening a cocktail lounge next to Niko's on Detroit in Lakewood.  I had the opportunity to exhibit two new lamps that are installed in the storefront.

Matt Dibble upcoming exhibition at Arts Collinwood

Matt Dibble preparing for an exhibition of new paintings which opens- Sept. 17th 2010 at Arts Collinwood Gallery.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

" The I of the Test @ Riffe Gallery in Columbus

This exhibit will open on Thurs and I will be exhibiting 3 pieces that I have spent the last 4 months producing. 

This exhibition features the work of 16 Ohio artists who use words as the driving force to create an experience around the myriad associations and meanings of text. The artists focus on the ways that the meaning of text and our interaction with it are transformed by current events, technology, socioeconomic status and race.

more info here;

Drawn and Quartered Part ll: Saturday, May 8th, 7-10 at Asterisk Gallery in Tremont

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Asterisk Gallery, 2939 Professor Street, Tremont, Cleveland, OH / (330)-304-8528

We would love to see you ALL there. Any artist who are not on a team are welcome to come and draw and enter a separate contest for guests, prizes given at the end of the evening! Bring yer sketchpads and weapons of mass drawings. If you don't draw, but love art, having a few drinks, mingling, and havin fun, please, come on out, and bring your friends! Feel free to put this on your blogs, or websites, we want to share this great event with as many people as possible!

Teams of artists will compete against each other during timed drawing

sessions. This year's event will have a 2-hour long pose, and eight 5

to 20 minute short pose events including: moving models; best likeness;

odd angle; draw the crowd; and blind contour. The drawing is fast, fun,

furious, and extremely competitive,... with every artist utilizing all of

their talents and tricks!

Announcing Teams and Artist's:

Murray Hill Group led by Deb Steytler with artists Juan
Quirarte, Adam Pate, Ken Talley, Jeff Suntala, and Jack Flotte.

Team Dr. Sketchy led by Dr. Aaron (Aaron Erb) and Dr. Jason (Jason Tilk) with artists
Vanessa O'Brien, Ron Kretsch, Mark Overlow, Jim Janek, and Erin Schechtman

Pretentious Artists of Tremont led by Tim Herron with artists Jim Gerber, Larry Zuzik,
and Jeff Scolaro.

Utrekkers from Utrecht Art Supplies led by Beth A. Bryan with artists: Beth Yurich, Nick
Gulan, Gennifer Bone, Jose Estrada, and Shannon Hope Meeks.

Live models, contests, fabulous prizes, loud audience clapping, hooting,
and rooting for their favorite team and artists, and this year, we will have rotating judges, including the audience and teams. Think wide world of wrestling meets art

school meets cabaret.

The audience will have a chance to draw as well, supplies provided. Donation for drinks

available; music, and entertainment including dancers and caricatures

available for the audience to enjoy.

Michael Salinger will return as this year's Emcee!

The event will be photographed by Alex Rivera of Alejandro Rivera Photography.

A short film of the event will be shot and edited by Dennis Yurich of Yurich Creative.

Prizes sponsored by: Prizm;

Utrecht Art Supplies Cleveland;

SPACE INVADERS - The Big Invasion: Columbus

The Big Invasion: Columbus

Saturday, May 15, Depart from SPACES at 9:30 a.m./Arrive in Columbus around 11:30 a.m.

Participants have the option to ride with SPACES or meet the group in Columbus (dependant upon price option). A detailed agenda will be emailed to each participant of the Columbus Invasion.

The Wexner Center for the Arts / The Riffe Gallery

Have you ever visited a museum or gallery and found some of the work hard to grasp? Have you left an exhibition thinking that the art is simply from another world—one that is exclusionary and difficult to navigate? Join SPACES as we invade Northeast Ohio's (and beyond) art venues ready to tackle and discuss challenging work. Participants will learn how to fearlessly analyze and talk about contemporary art through SPACES' popular program Space Invaders. of the invasions as open critiques and evaluations of what you see—an opportunity to hash out what is (or isn't) successful. Discover the best ways to approach and talk about different media and concepts. You will then be equipped to stride into any contemporary museum or gallery with confidence.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

"Room Full of Strangers" A solo exhibition of new and old works by Douglas Max Utter

Asterisk Gallery Proudly Presents:

"Room Full of Strangers" A solo exhibition of new and old works by Douglas Max Utter

Opening reception May 14

Show runs through June 5

hrs by appt


Saturday, March 27, 2010

3rd Annual Tremont West Art & Cocktails Benefitis sekking art donations

3rd Annual Tremont West Art & Cocktails Benefitis sekking art donations . This year, we will be holding Art & Cocktails, our primary annual fundraising event, at Asterisk Gallery on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Fundraising events are crucial to support Tremont West Programming, such as Community Organizing. Please help us uphold our mission of “improving and maintaining the living, business and cultural conditions for all Tremont” by becoming one of our Art & Cocktails sponsors. Tickets are $25

if you have questions, please feel free to contact Michelle Davis at 575-0920

Lantern Awards

The LIT (formerly The Poets’ and Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland) is proud to announce The Lantern Awards to honor and celebrate the most talented literary artists who live and work in Northeast Ohio. The winners will be announced and awards will be presented at ALL LIT UP: An Evening of Literary Excellence on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Ohio Theatre of PlayhouseSquare.

Eight Different Genre Categories Include:

I. Poetry:

Published anthology, chapbook of poems, collection by a single poet; and publication of a single poem

II. Fiction:

Novel length publication; and short fiction: collection and single publications accepted

III. Graphic Novel:

Full-length publication

IV. Memoir:

Book length publication; and essay length publication

V. Creative Nonfiction:

Book length publication; and personal essay, collection and single publications accepted

VI. Journalism: Personal Interest Story:

Individual article and series accepted

VII. Playwriting/Performance:

Original work written then performed in a public venue (please submit printed flyers, press clipping, reviews, invitations, along with the typed manuscript. The playwright, author, or poet only are eligible for the award (not cast).

VIII. Blog, Blog, Blog:

Literary interest general interest blogs with demonstrated excellence of craft AND 50+ readership list (must be submitted with nomination).

Guidelines and Restrictions –

~ Deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 1, 2010.

~ Work must have been published or performed (see publication & performance guidelines) within the past two years (January 2008-May 2010).

~ Writers must live in the following counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, or Wayne.

~ Work must be submitted in published form, or photocopied from published texts, including online publication in legitimate publications. Publication information and/or performance information (including source and date) is necessary. Actual texts are required.

~ Exclusions: self-published or vanity press works.

~ Work can be self-nominated, or nominated by an outside source (publisher, colleague, friend, agent, etc.). The author's permission to have the material considered is mandatory.

~ Attach biographical information about the author, including name, address and phone number. Reviews of the work (stating sources) are encouraged.

~ Entries should be marked "Literary Awards" on the outside of the envelope, and mailed to: 2010 LITerary Awards; c/o The LIT, 2570 Superior Avenue, Suite 203, Cleveland, OH 44114.

~ Submissions will not be returned.

Books sales and support are provided by Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Legacy Village. 20% of book sales proceeds will be donated to the LIT during this event. An independent, local bookstore, Joseph-Beth Booksellers celebrates 10 years in the Cleveland community this year. For more information, visit


Since 1976, The LIT has been dedicated to the improvement, appreciation, and growth of the literary arts by fostering and promoting a thriving community of writers of all ages and across all genres. Founded as The Poets’ and Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland, The LIT works to grow and sustain an appreciation and audience for the work of literary artists and in doing so, strives to advance literacy throughout the Northeast Ohio region. For more information, please contact:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Minus Signs by Andy Netzel - Cleveland Magazine Jan 09

Minus Signs by Andy Netzel - Cleveland Magazine Jan 09

Anyone who actually hated Cleveland wouldn’t have enjoyed this.

This wasn’t an event for Pittsburghers or Cincinnatians. No, the All Things Cleveland exhibit opening at Tremont’s Asterisk art gallery was personal — a show that took the tired old Cleveland joke and turned it into a funhouse that warped, distorted, amplified and, at times, accurately reflected the state of the place we call home and our stew of feelings about it.

Even the advertising for the exhibit— a “CLE –” symbol that parodies the Cleveland Plus campaign’s pro-Northeast Ohio bumper stickers — drew a brief, authentically Cleveland moment of consternation when an attorney for the Greater Cleveland Parthership sent the gallery a cease and desist letter.

How could outsiders appreciate a trio of musicians all dressed as Super Host who served as the exhibit’s opening-night entertainment? Or a painting of one of the new downtown buses navigating a shaky bridge over a valley full of orange barrels? Or a re-airing of the Tribe’s 1995 World Series loss to the Braves? Or the overwhelming smell of sauerkraut wafting from the Crock-Pots near the entrance?

That’s why curator Dana L. Depew limited his call for artists to those who grew up here. “I asked for a grittier view of Cleveland from Clevelanders,” he says. “I didn’t want pretty publicity shots. I wanted people who grew up in Cleveland to create the work to get an insider view. In the eight years I’ve curated shows, I’ve never had a bigger response from artists.”
But even though I got all the artists’ jokes — maybeespecially because I did— the pieces evoked a full range of emotions in me.

I shook my head with empathy when I saw Eileen Dorsey’s series of paintings depicting Browns fans, which asks viewers to commiserate a fictional interception with her orange-and-brown-clad faithful — one man looking disgusted, another heartbroken.

A work titled Growth in Midtown prompted a chortle with its vacant industrial building covered with ivy, but the clever “Be Leavin’ Cleveland” twist on the “Believe in Cleveland” billboards around town stung me. And my heart downright broke when I saw the photo essay of vacant homes framed by a door from one of the city’s once-grand neighborhoods.

Outside the gallery, John Friscat, a 27-year-old Cleveland Heights resident, said he didn’t know how to feel. There was some beauty and some laughs, but also something else. It wasn’t anger, he said — maybe a little melancholy.

And in an art-imitates-life/life-imitates-art moment, Toby Radloff (the self-proclaimed nerd-made-cult-figure by way of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor comics and accompanying movie) offered that maybe it’s because of our toughness that reveling in such self-deprecation is OK for our civic psyche. “Cleveland has a lot of guts and a lot of heart,” he said. “Cleveland can laugh at itself.”

I hope he’s right. But such tough love only matters if it forces us to find the fresh ideas and leadership to combat the city’s problems. And All Things Cleveland only works as humor if reveling in the psychic weight we give our city’s collective negativity and stereotypes finally provides us a way to escape it.

Dante Launches Artists Series to Support Local Art and Food

Dante Launches Artists Series to Support Local Art and Food

For Immediate Release

March 12, 2010 – Tremont, OH

Dante restaurant in Tremont, a big supporter of local artists and local food, kicks off seasonal art shows featuring changing art with a changing menu.

The first cocktail party in the series takes place Sunday, March 28 from 6 - 8pm at Dante. The party will feature large scale photographs by Dan Morgan, who plans to select the next artist to follow him with an autumn themed exhibition.

Many Clevelanders will recall Morgan owned and operated Gallery 0022 for five years above SPACES before moving to New York. There he worked for Sothebys auction house. Morgan’s love for the arts is now being rivaled by his love for, slow, local food. He and his wife Annette now operate a Farm Stay vacation rental property in Ashland County.

Soggiorno in Fattoria, Italian for Farm Stay, is the title of the inaugural exhibition on March 28. The event offers guests the first opportunity at purchasing the limited edition work, printed on canvas gallery wraps with special archival inks.

Kari Moore with Slow Food Northern Ohio will assist as Chef Dante Boccuzzi will offer various appetizers featuring meats and cheeses from area farms, as well as a selection of fine wines.

For tickets, call 216.274.1200. Dante • 2247 Professor Ave. • Tremont • Ohio • 44113


3rd Annual Tremont West Art & Cocktails Benefit . This year, we will be holding Art & Cocktails, our primary annual fundraising event, at Asterisk Gallery on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Fundraising events are crucial to support Tremont West Programming, such as Community Organizing. Please help us uphold our mission of “improving and maintaining the living, business and cultural conditions for all Tremont” by becoming one of our Art & Cocktails sponsors. Tickets are $25
you have questions, please feel free to contact Michelle Davis at 575-0920
Arts and Cocktails facebook page

“Objects to be Destroyed” CALL FOR ARTISTS

“Objects to be Destroyed”

Fall 2010 @ Asterisk Gallery

Curated by Dana L. Depew

This is an open call for artists to participate in an performance/exhibition of artwork and installations that is created to be destroyed during the opening. Works that are audience interactive are encouraged. For example a painting of a dartboard in which participants can throw darts at it during the opening etc.

please email submissions or working concepts, ideas to -
or call 330-304-8528

The Original Readymade

The original Object to Be Destroyed was created as a readymade in 1923. According to Man Ray, the piece was originally intended as a silent witness in his studio to watch him paint. In 1932 a second version, called Object of Destruction, was published in the avant-garde journal This Quarter, edited by André Breton. This version featured an ink drawing of the Object To Be Destroyed with the following instructions;

Cut out the eye from a photograph of one who has been loved but is seen no more. Attach the eye to the pendulum of a metronome and regulate the weight to suit the tempo desired. Keep going to the limit of endurance. With a hammer well-aimed, try to destroy the whole at a single blow.

1932 was the year Man Ray's lover, Lee Miller, left him to return to New York. To make the connection to Miller more explicit, the object's original eye was replaced with a photo of hers.[1] This metronome was exhibited for the first time at Galerie Pierre Colle, Paris, as Eye-Metronome in 1933.

Subsequent exhibitions called the piece Lost Object, 1945, Last Object, 1966 and Perpetual Motif, 1972.[2] Man Ray stated that he had always intended to destroy it one day, but as a public performance.

Fortune of the day

This was from a fortune cookie I keep in my wallet from July, 2009
A fortune cookie is a crisp Asian American cookie usually made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and oil with a "fortune" wrapped inside. A "fortune" is a piece of paper with words of faux wisdom or a vague prophecy. In the United States and Canada (although also available in other parts of the Western world), it is usually served with Chinese food in Chinese restaurants as a dessert. The message inside may also include a list of lucky numbers (used by some as lottery numbers) and a Chinese phrase with translation. The exact provenance of fortune cookies is unclear, but various immigrant groups in California claim to have popularized them in the early 20th century, basing their recipe on a traditional Japanese cracker.  The cookies are mostly unknown in mainland China or Taiwan.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

“Illuminated Installation”

“Illuminated Installation” – as part of Asterisk@Ingenuity, fiberglass, faux fur, lighting, and found objects, dimensions variable, 2009.

“Suessian Stoplight”

“Suessian Stoplight” – (work in progress), fiberglass, steel, and lighting, 15’ 2”, this is a proposed image of an outdoor public art piece that will be installed at Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan June 2010

“Galloping Gertie” - video installation, as part of the Bridge Project

“Galloping Gertie” - video installation, as part of the Bridge Project, dimensions variable, 2009. A site- specific installation that consisted of multiple images and video projections of historical bridge collapses including the Tahoma Narrows Bridge in 1940 and most recently the I-35W located in Minnesota. These images were projected against the existing white subway tile and also were also broadcast on multiple televisions that were scattered on the floor amongst concrete rubble and debris. The intent of this piece was to create an environment that forces the viewer to concentrate on their immediate surroundings. The ultimate effect was to raise awareness and concern of the potential hazard that the adjacent Main Avenue Bridge holds. The Main Avenue Bridge has the same design as the I-35W and has become the target of much public scrutiny because of its current state of disrepair

“Testing the Integrity of the Building”

“Testing the Integrity of the Building”- Dana L. Depew – pencils, 12’ x 1’, I drilled hundreds of holes into the main load bearing support post of my gallery/studio each day for five straight days. I then placed pencils into each of the holes. One the six day my landlord left a note demanding that I “immediately stop this nonsense because I was ruining the integrity of the building”, 2009.

“Rubberneck Composition – (Chain Gang)”

“Rubberneck Composition – (Chain Gang)” Dana L. Depew– I obtained original jailhouse drawings made by Richard Ramirez and John Wayne Gacy. These drawings were enclosed in frames and mounted behind bars. I then painted the images they drew large scale on reclaimed doors and shutters. The pieces were then uniformly joined together with a heavy chain, 14' x 7', 2009.

"Chasing Lawler" real time video installation - Dana L. Depew

Dana L. Depew

“Chasing Lawler”

real time video installation


The piece produced for this exhibition is a reference of a reference. The original work I based my piece on is a photograph by Louise Lawler entitled “In and Out of Place”.
     Lawler is an artist and photographer. From the late 1970s onwards, Lawler's work has focused on the presentation and marketing of artwork. Much of this work consists of photographs of other peoples' artwork and the context in which it is viewed. Examples of Lawler's photographs include images of paintings hanging on the walls of a museum, paintings on the walls of an art collector's opulent home, artwork in the process of being installed in a gallery, and sculpture in a gallery being viewed by spectators. “In and Out of Place” consists of a photograph of Andy Warol’s “Brillo Box” resting on the floor of the collector’s home, near rug with a similar color schemeand a black leather chair
     My intention was not to prerecord a video but have the video create itself unscripted during the opening of the exhibition. I wanted the viewers to without their knowledge become active participants in the work. A color reproduction of the Lawler piece is hung low on the upstairs gallery wall. A video camera is placed unassumingly near the piece and records viewers walking past the piece through the duration of the opening. The recorded image is projected in real time as a live feed in the lower gallery. When the viewers witness the projected image they soon realize they were unknowingly a participant in the production of the final piece.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Prints by Noel Reifel and Anthony Bartholomew


New Prints by Noel Reifel and Anthony Bartholomew


Exhibition runs through April 3rd

When does a former student realize an art career high? When he is given the opportunity to exhibit his work with his professor. Zygote Press is pleased to present Noel Reifel and Anthony Bartholomew, who are now colleagues at Kent State University.

Associate Professor of Art Noel Reifel has been teaching printmaking and drawing at Kent State University since 1976. Reifel’s work concentrates primarily on the media of relief and intaglio printmaking.His approach has ranged from traditional to experimental. Since 1980, his work has concerned itself largely with combined media prints resulting in varied editions, often comprised of unique prints. Since the mid-1970s Reifel’s work has been exhibited in China, Great Britain, Germany, India, Canada, Costa Rica, Thailand, Venezuela, Egypt and Mexico as well as the United States. His work is in numerous public and private collections including The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery, The Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown. Reifel describes his new prints as "unique variations of four etchings/engravings. They are extremely spare,rectilinear drawings that occupy 18”x24” horizontal spaces and divide the picture plane into two parts. The variations are impressions that take the viewer through an experience of the act of printing, made transparent."

Anthony Bartholomew received his bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking from Youngstown State in 2004 and a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from Kent State in 2008. In addition to teaching at Kent he is a shop coordinator at Zygote Press and a screenprinter at Jak Prints, a commercial print shop. "Learning is important, and teaching is important", says Bartholomew, "I strive to continue both. Life has given me art and I am grateful for it."
*quote from Lewis Hyde

Zygote Press is a non-profit, artist-run fine art print cooperative in Cleveland dedicated to creating active communications among artist-printmakers and increasing public awareness in contemporary printmaking. Zygote is supported by its resident artists, generous members and individual donors, the Ohio Arts Council, The George Gund Foundation, and special project grants from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Zygote Press is located on the first floor at 1410 E. 30th Street (between Superior & St. Clair) Gallery Hours: Wednesday 11 - 3 Saturday 12 – 4 and by appointment

Monday, March 1, 2010

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day - March1, 2010




Meaning: the character * used in printing or writing as a reference mark, as an indication of the omission of letters or words, to denote a hypothetical or unattested linguistic form, or for various arbitrary meanings

Example Sentence

Words in the text that are defined in the glossary are marked with an asterisk for quick reference.

Did you know?

If someone asked you to associate the word "asterisk" with a heavenly body, you would probably have no problem relating it to a star — even if you didn't know that the word "asterisk" derives from "asteriskos," a Greek word meaning "little star." "Asterisk" has been a part of the constellation of English since at least the late 1300s, but it is far from the only shining star in our language. The Greek forms "astēr," "astro," and "astrum" (all of which mean "star") still cast their light in English by way of such words as "asteroid," "astral," and "disaster" (which originally meant "an unfavorable aspect of a planet or star"). Even "star" itself is a distant relative of "asterisk."

Sunday, February 28, 2010


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR LABOR & INDUSRTY 2010 - call for submissions of works for inclusion in the 3rd installment of "Labor and Industry" This exhibition will be held at Asterisk, opening Sept 10, 2010

Please send images or working concepts to -

2010 Biennial Sculpture Invitational: New Works

I have the honor of participating in this event.  I will be producing three outdoor lanterns for this exhibition of varying sizes ranging between 9 - 12ft and made from reclaimed fiberglass watertanks and street poles.
2010 Biennial Sculpture Invitational: New Works
Opening Reception: Friday, June 18, 5:30-7:30pm
Since 1996, the Krasl Art Center has presented its Biennial Sculpture Invitational. Exploring a variety of themes created by artists near and far, showcasing three-dimensional artworks inside the galleries and out, on art center grounds and throughout the community, this exhibition is a platform for public art, community and the KAC’s commitment to contemporary sculpture. The 2010 invitational will host sculpture and installations by regional artists never before seen in this series, particularly emerging artists developing new ideas, inquiries and expressions through the three-dimensional form.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Brite Winter, tonight, 5-10pm, Hart Crane Park

Louise Lawler (born 1947, Bronxville, New York) is a U.S. artist and photographer

Louise Lawler (born 1947, Bronxville, New York) is a U.S. artist and photographer. From the late 1970s onwards, Lawler's work has focused on the presentation and marketing of artwork. Much of this work consists of photographs of other peoples' artwork and the context in which it is viewed. Examples of Lawler's photographs include images of paintings hanging on the walls of a museum, paintings on the walls of an art collector's opulent home, artwork in the process of being installed in a gallery, and sculpture in a gallery being viewed by spectators.

Along with photography, she has created conceptual and installation art. Some of her works, such as the "Book of Matches", are ephemeral and explore the passing of time, while others, such as "Helms Amendment (963)," are expressly political.

"Referential – Homage, Montage, Sabotage"

Asterisk Gallery Proudly Presents:

"Referential – Homage, Montage, Sabotage"

(Videos based on other artworks)

curated by Cynthia Penter

Opening Reception March 12, 6 - 11pm

Referential: Homage. Montage. Sabotage. will be an exhibition of video loops based on an original artwork from another medium. The show is being curated and organized by Cynthia Penter, a local media artist, with the assistance of Dana Depew, the gallery’s owner. “I asked a group of artists to make a short looping video about a master artwork or artist which they either love or hate. I wanted their response to the artwork and to see them transform the originating piece into the medium of video, displayed appropriately for a gallery experience. I wanted to see the 2D and 3D art brought to life.”

The artists have been encouraged to treat the work with any approach they desire. They can study and recreate the piece, they can deconstruct or reconstruct its ideas or intentions, or they can satirize or critically treat the artwork. The idea of tableaux vivants was also recommended as a method for the recreations.

Tableau vivant (correct plural: tableaux vivants) is French for "living picture." The term describes a striking group of suitably costumed actors or artist's models, carefully posed and often theatrically lit. Throughout the duration of the display, the people shown do not speak or move.* The approach thus marries the art forms of the stage with those of painting/photography, and as such it has been of interest to modern photographers.

Pictures of this sort are sometimes casually called "staged photography," but this is an imprecise term – since the simple posing of fashion models in the street is also 'staged photography'. Tableau vivant is a more precise term to use, if the staged picture obviously draws on the traditions and conventions of either the theatre or painting. Observe also that early photography involved exposure times in the minutes, so that there was the need to hold a pose.

The 30 artists invited to participate included students, former students, and friends of Penter, as well as video artists from other states. All were invited based on previous work and to share in what Penter hopes will be a fun and engaging art experience.

Participating Artists:

Robert Banks

Matt Bartel

Kristin Bly-Rogers

Derek Carney

Amanda Cates

Kevin Coyne

Dana Depew

Shannon English

Andrew Fenske

R Ferris

Lillian Goodwin

Dustin Grella

Jody Hawk

Ben Hardin

Noah Hrbek

Mark Hughes

Patsy Kline

Zak Long

Mark Lyman

Jerry Mann

Maria Miranda

Jeff Morrison

Michelle Murphy

Vince Packard

Cynthia Penter

Lauren Sammon

Kevin Shahan

Andrew Strasser

Marc Tomko

Lauren Voss

Daiv Whaley

Adri Wichert

show runs through April 3, 2010

hrs by appt


"Exit Strategy" found object sculpture

For the past several weeks I have been obtaining old exit signs that have been reclaimed from abandoned buildings in downtown Cleveland. They have been repaired and retrofitted with led and compact florescent lighting to replace the higher wattage incandescent fixtures. I found an old wooden grandfather clock and mounded scavenged plywood around the structure to use as a foundation. Then I began assembling the lights on the frame in an aesthetic manner keeping in mind that boxes would need to be able to open freely and unobstructed in order to be able to change the bulbs. The piece will then be disassembled and the boxes and faces will be painted camouflage. When finished this piece will be 7' 1" tall and 4' 2" tall and will be exhibited at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio as part of the "I of Text" exhibition curated by Liz Maugans.

Friday, February 26, 2010

"repetition/correspondence" at Asterisk in April

Asterisk Gallery Proudly Presents"


curated by Dana L. Depew

opening reception Friday April 9, 6 - 11pm

show runs through May 1


hrs by appt

repetition -

1. the act of repeating; repeated action, performance, production, or presentation.

2. repeated utterance; reiteration.

3. something made by or resulting from repeating.

4. a reproduction, copy, or replica.

correspondence -

1. written communication: communication by means of exchanged written messages such as letters or e-mail

2. written messages: written messages, especially letters

3. conformity: conformity, consistency, or agreement between two or more things

Bob Bucklew
Stephe DK
Mallorie Freeman
Jake Kelly
Jim Lanza
JS Makkos
Christine Mauersberger
Liz Maugans
Loren Naji
Melissa Olson
Joyce Porcelli
Meghann Snow
Laila Voss
Bob Walls
Chris Zahner

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Playing With Fire by Douglas Max Utter

Playing With Fire

Wince and Volker explore hot topics at Asterisk

by Douglas Max Utter

Charles Wince's tightly executed oil-on-canvas works seem to flicker. The effect — in works like his searing two-panel composition "Terminal Apocalypse" — comes from expressive, at times downright psychedelic, color combinations and the fact that the Columbus-based artist often uses a field of pointy, zig-zagging flame-like shapes to energize his depictions. Long ago categorized as an "outsider" artist ("whatever that means," remarks the laconic Wince, now a mellow 54), it's no surprise that his artistic journey began with a gasoline fire, caused by playing with matches in his boyhood hometown in central Ohio. The 11-year-old Wince was lucky to be alive, with burns over 84 percent of his body. It took him about a year to recover physically, but the mental scars persisted.

1-2 Punch at Asterisk Gallery is a two-man exhibit of new and older works by Wince and his longtime friend, Columbus writer, gallerist and painter Paul Volker. Volker, also known as a cartoonist, produces images that are by turns whimsical, satirical and forlorn. Twelve smaller Volkers are titled "How to look like an artist" at the top, with a line of explanatory text at the bottom; each shows a pair of hands, stretching into the picture plane to frame a scene or object. In one, a hat, a toaster, a screw, a cup of coffee and other objects float in mid-air, and the text explains, "Technically, the big bang is still happening and protective clothing is recommended." A larger painting shows a man reading a newspaper at a table, looking depressed. A sparkly unicorn grins winsomely next to him. Will the man notice the unicorn? We hope so.

Not nearly as user-friendly, some of Wince's paintings from the 1980s spell out their message also, with words inscribed right in the middle of the action. "I heard the prophet/and he hit the floor real hard" states a large orange-and-red work from 1984, depicting an assassination intersected by a receding stream of identical TV sets, all tuned to the same talking head.

Wince's most ambitious painting, in process since 1994, is the 12-foot-by-six-foot "Mother Russia Meltdown." When it's not being toted around to galleries, the huge oil on canvas is housed in Wince's bedroom ("It's the only room large enough to hold it"), where the temptation to fine-tune its tangled web of images is ever present. The work is a fantasia on the theme of the former Soviet Union's collapse and an unmistakable, no-holds-barred masterpiece. Designed something like folding money from another planet, it blends hundreds of images in a punkadelic Sistine vision of imploding one-world culture, hovering around a central image of a baby with Medusa hair. Somebody should really offer Wince enough money to buy it, so he can have some room to sleep.