Photo by Patrick Kaminowski

Three of Jim Leach's photographs at the galleries show his emphasis on landscapes. The exhibit lasts until Oct. 14 at the 1307 Euclid Ave. venue.


September 18th, 2017

Northeast Ohio artists gather and discuss their work at ‘The Galleries’

The Cleveland State Arts Campus started off the 2017 fall season on Friday Sept. 1 with a presentation featuring exhibiting artists at The Galleries.

The first artist to present, Jim Leach, began in the North Gallery with his “The Beauty of Losing and Forgetting” exhibit.

Leach’s work included performative objects, including a sled model, as well as photographs displaying desolate locations depicting land and skyscapes.

“My decisions for my work can be intuitive or directly logical,” Leach said.

He explained his photography work is usually planned two months ahead with the help of a friend to document material.

The Center Gallery featured abstract formalist structures titled “Harmonic Cycles: Frescoes and Alter Stones.”

Artist Jim LoParo presented his large, square-shaped sculptures that are made up of several layers of plaster to represent the duality of man in layered events.

He describes these events as paralleling natural energy and time. LoParo says to the audience that he deliberately uses a disciplined and lengthy process to prep his work and that his influences come from Italian painters and Renaissance fresco.

The gallery also features a media room where Elena Harvey presented her video, “Final Boss.” The film draws on a mother’s experience and video game technology’s role in shaping her children’s identity.

Harvey also discussed how the influence of details such as seeing everyday spaces, virtual spaces, and human movement have considerably helped shape her film.

The last presentation, “Push Right Back,” by Elizabeth Emery, took place in the South Gallery. Emery’s work is made up of small textural combinations made of plaster, silicon, and thread.

Fabric bags act as the base, while the colored threads adorn the top.

Emery said she develops her ideas from mostly found objects and what is rolling around in her mind.

Director and Chief Curator Robert Thurman says that The Galleries have about 11-13 exhibitions per year, with the potential of up to 20.

The Cleveland State Art Department is made up of approximately 200 students, according to Marian Bleeke, Chair of the Department of Art and Design.

The Galleries at CSU has viewing hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, viewing hours are held from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. Showings can also be made by appointment by calling 216. 687. 2103.


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