Who Has Junk in the Trunk?

We all seem to have junk drawers in our home, and  what’s an artist to do with all of that junk?  They build Junk-bots of course.  E11even 2’s next exhibition explores the endless possibilities of building these quirky junk robots.  E11even 2 invites you to opening reception on March 20th, 2020 from 5p-9p.  This exhibition is free and family friendly.

Featured Artists
1. Daniel Kearsey
2. R!ch Cihlar
3. Mark Overlow
4. Bill Fiest
5. Clare Kolat
6. Christina Sadowski
7. Bob Peck
8. Felicia Crane & Jon Lee
9. Josh Haplea
10. Tim Switalski
11. Rick Sans
12. Thomas Conger
13. Nicole Edwards
14.  Joseph Shaw
15. Billy Nainiger
16. George Kocar

Nightfall: Cleveland After Dark

Nightfall: Cleveland After Dark is a photography exhibition offering a new perspective of the city.  Artist and gallery owner Christina Sadowski says “I wanted to go back to my roots and photograph the city I love. However, I wanted to capture the city after dark which is something I had not done before.”

  Sadowski went out downtown after sunset and shot several long exposure images. The buildings were lit up, streaks of cars passing by and people wandering on foot. Sadowski says, “I opted to edit all the images to black and white. Early on in my career, this was the way I worked. I moved away and focused on colorful imagery. When working in a monochromatic palette, you have to consider the subject matter and composition in a different manner than if you were using full color palette. Contrast, shadows, tones and textures all guide the emotion behind the images. I hope this collection presents Cleveland as a thriving underdog.”

These photos will be on display January 17 – February 21, 2020.  The opening reception for Nightfall: Cleveland After Dark will be on January 17th from 5-9pm at e11even 2 Gallery.  

Are You Feeling Dangerous?

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September 20 – November 15,  2019

Dangerous is the next featured exhibition at E11even 2 gallery opening September 20th  from 5p-9p  Artist and gallery owners, Billy Nainiger, Christina Sadowski, and R!ch Cihlar share their support for the upcoming Cleveland Browns Season by creating an array of original art works.

Nainiger, known for his pop art influence and mixed media approach to his work, says “I wanted to host a Browns exhibition because I have been a huge fan since the days of Bernie Kosar, Ozzie Newsome, Ernst Byner and the rest of the Dawg pound.  Cleveland is a football town and everybody seems to love the Browns, win or lose.  E11even 2 wanted to put on a show to help celebrate the love we have for our boys in orange and brown.”

Works featured in this exhibition will be a variety of mixed media and painted pieces from all 3 owners.  Guests will also have an opportunity to collect the limited edition Dangerous can Koozie (while supplies last).  This is a family friendly event.

Clevelands Best Art Gallery

Don’t Panic! Tread Lightly

“Don’t Panic! Tread Lightly”

Collaborative works by R!ch Cihlar and Bob Peck

May 17 – June 21, 2019

Don’t Panic! Tread lightly is the next exhibition at E11even 2 gallery to open on Friday, May 17th from 5p-9p.  The name, ‘Don’t Panic!’,  that’s used by R!ch Cihlar and Bob Peck for their art collaborations started out as a title to bring on a sense of excitement for their initial showing together.  As R!ch and Bob ensured more live-painting events together, they realized the name could also be tied to the audience’s reaction to their process as they layer their work.  Onlookers have had shocked reactions as they watch various sections of each painting being sprayed over repeatedly by the artists, often appearing as the image is being defaced by the other before the final product is unmasked.  This dynamic duo continues to leave their imprint on the city with murals, scavenger hunts, fine art and more.  And this time, they’re back with a word of advice. “Tread Lightly”.

Works featured in the upcoming exhibition pay reverence to the little things in life.  Those that may be neglected as posing a threat or to think twice about.  R!ch says, “ When Bob and I were planning this exhibition, I was thinking about things that could really ruin your day, something like getting stung by a bee or being bit by a snake.  It may or may not kill you, but you should never underestimate the little guy. So the collaborative works in this exhibition, are just that.  Bob came up with the secondary title “Tread Lightly”, as a means of explaining these things could be found right under our feet, literally and figuratively. That’s the concept of the exhibition, a mere warning to be aware of your surroundings.”

Bob Peck says “The idea of treading lightly ranges from sidestepping a poisonous creature, to removing toxic people from your life.  Keep your head on a swivel and always be aware of your surroundings.  At the same time, we wanted to juxtaposition them with artistic flair and dynamic imagery.  Just because something is dangerous, doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful as well. ”

Bees, snakes, and more are all fair game for R!ch and Bob as they pair up on the new series of paintings.  R!ch creates highly detailed stenciled images and Bob works over, under, around and through them with his abstract style, using color and line work to help set the tone.  In the end, each collaborative piece ends with a harmonious mix of spray paint and acrylic paint that ensures excitement with its kinetic energy and unassuming dialog.

Also being released during the exhibition is the official “Don’t Panic!” affiliation pin.  An enamel pin featuring the Duo’s namesake for those who want to join the cause.

Opening Reception Friday May 17th 5p-9p

Closing Reception Friday June 21th 5p-9p

 

Great Walls of Vinyl, Part Deux

 

Great Walls of Vinyl, Part Deux is the next exhibition at E11even 2.  GWV will open on Friday, March 15th from 5-9p. This exhibit will be an optical mash up classic vinyl records with layered collage and graffiti elements.  Artist Garrett Weider presents the idea of covering the gallery with vinyl records (floor to ceiling) as his canvas.  Garrett says, “I want the show to be sensory overload, a lot to see, and make it a memorable experience.”

Why is this Part Deux?  Weider states, “I had a show a few years ago where I covered a two story wall with records, and the event and outcome was very successful. I wanted to replicate that idea, but fill an entire room.”  Each piece will be a cool $25, and this will be a cash and carry event.  That means guests will be able to take the work immediately off the wall and a new record will replace it, making the show a revolving and transforming experience.

Opening Reception Friday March 15th 5-9p 2019

Closing Reception Friday April 19th, 5-9p 2019

Wanderlust: Featured Photography by Christina Sadowski

Wanderlust is the next featured exhibition at E11even 2 gallery opening on Friday, January 18th, 2019.  Photographer and gallery owner, Christina Sadowski sets out to capture the world around us in her travels near and far with a new body of photographs.

Sadowski says “Wanderlust’s definition is the strong desire to travel. And after this year I can safely say that term embodies what I am.”  The exhibition will feature over twenty architectural and landscape photos from Sadowski’s 2018 journeys.  These journeys include but are not limited to Oregon, Kentucky, Switzerland, Germany, The Czech Republic, France and more.  

Sadowski states, “2018 has taken me on quite an adventure, mentally, physically, and emotionally.  I anticipate my photos offer some insight to my  past excursions, and perpetuate guests to take their own adventures and voyages.

Opening Reception Friday January 18, 2019

Closing Reception Friday February 15, 2019

Door no. 1, Door no. 2,…. How about Door 112!

Stop out for our Holiday Showcase, Dec 8th (10a-9p) & 9th (10a-6p) and Dec. 21st (5p-9p) featuring great holiday gifts by Clevelands own, Serg and Destroy, Rick Sans, George Kocar, Greg Renkas, Jenny Goe, Jared Gepperth, Sam Gorczyca, Celeste Stauber, & Nicole Fraley.

E11even 2 will also be featuring its newest Koozie for the holidays. “Step Aside Coffee! Holidays are a job for Alcohol!”  Available while supplies last.

Time Warp: A Twisted Exhibition

Time Warp, a new exhibition opening at E11even 2 will commemorates the 5 year anniversary of the Cleveland based contemporary gallery. Time flies when you’re selling art in this exhibition.  The opening reception is Friday, November 16th from 5-9p during the 3rd Friday events at 78th St. Studios.

Owners- Christina Sadowski, Billy Nainiger, and R!ch Cihlar set out to make a new body of work for their special occasion.  Each artist/owner created a series of work following their own interpretation of words “Time Warp”.

R!ch set out to build bottle openers inspired by vintage pop crates, a reflection into the past.  His works cater to the aesthetic of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s logos and symbols.  He says, “It’s the feeling or memory of what we all call ‘Retro’.  My pieces will remind guests of years past.”

Billy focused directly on time, using clocks as focal point and building around them with mixed media and found objects.  Nainiger, states he’s always been interested in clocks, mechanically, and found the exhibition ideal for his style of work.  He also states, “Plus, they’re functional and decorative works”.

Christina, a photographer, shot landscapes with a Lensbaby circular fisheye lens to warp her images into complete circles.  Sadowski says, “The process was fun and tricky.  Trying to capture the essence of Cleveland in a new manner was exciting and challenging.  With this lens, I am able to explore new perspectives of iconic Cleveland structures.”

November 2nd 6p-8p (e11even 2 day/5 yr anniversary party)
November 16th 5p-9p (third friday’s @ 78th st. studios)

Reservoir Fiction: An Exhibition of Two Tarantino Films

Reservoir Fiction is the next featured exhibition at E11even 2 gallery opening September 21st from 5p-9p  Artist and gallery owner, Billy Nainiger mashes up his favorite Quentin Tarantino films (Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction) in this heist style art display.

Nainiger, known for his pop art influence and mixed media approach to his work, says “I am sticking with a pop art stylistic approach,  like my last 2 “movie” shows. I will be focusing on portraits of main characters from both Tarantino films. I think it will relate to countless people since both films are so well known and relative to my generation. It’s interesting to me to take footage from a film and convey it into visual art pieces that hang on a wall.”

Nainiger’s medium can be summed up as “Mixed Media”, but it’s a bit more involved than that.  Nainiger states “The portraits consist of many different styles and textures of papers that I cut out by hand with an x-acto knife and then it’s layered for a three dimensional effect.  One sheet on top of the next brings the portraits all together. Most pieces also include paint, pastel, image transfer and found objects. I’ve always liked adding many different elements and mediums to my pieces, but the main material is layered paper.”

Opening Reception Friday, September 21, 5-9p

Closing Reception October 19, 5-9p

Extra Hours in July! I CAN, You CAN, We CAN!

 

We’ll be open for the CAN triennial events:

Saturday July 7: 12p-8p
Saturday July 14: 12p-6p
Sunday July 15: 12p-6p
Thursday July 19: 5:30 – 8p
Friday July 20: 5p-9p
Saturday July 21: 12p-6p
Sunday July 22: 12p-6p
Thursday July 26: 5:30p-8p
Friday July 27: 7p-9p