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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

 

The heART of Cleveland

 

The heART of Cleveland is an art exhibition and book compilation of  works by over 100 area artists.  The exhibition will open on Friday July 20th 2018 at E11even 2 gallery and feature the release of the companion book of the same name.

Scott Kraynak, author and artist, has been working relentlessly with the eclectic and diverse mix of artists who have been inspired by their hometown of Cleveland, Oh.  Kraynak says, “The heART of Cleveland is a showcase of our city’s long and proud contribution to the arts.  The book is not just about one medium or one school of art.  It celebrates all mediums, styles, and schools represented with one common link; being the city of Cleveland”.  In addition to the artwork, the book will also host other aspects of history and poetic insight to city of Cleveland.

The exhibition will feature many of the artists represented in the book, ranging in all forms of mediums.  This exhibition is free and open to the public and is family friendly.

Opening Reception July 20th 5-9p

Closing Reception Aug. 21st 5-9p

Modern Guilt…. Who’s Got It?

Modern Guilt: New Works by Andrew Shondrick & Matt Miller is the next exhibition at E11even 2.  Modern Guilt is mix of ideas spawning from shifts in social values and constant over correction to the current state of the world in all of its good, bad and crazy.

Miller says, “Andrew and I met in art school while earning our BFA degrees at The Myers School of Art.  I think our mutual interests in Lowbrow and Pop Surreal Art (really all things deemed NOT “art school worthy”) as well as our stubbornness to only make what we wanted to make began a friendship that evolved as our personal work grew from intro level courses all the way to our final semester of advanced painting courses.”

What can guests expect from the exhibition? Andrew Shondrick says, “I wanted to take a step back and try to identify some of the subtleties of this liquid state within my own life and familiar surroundings. I am ultimately sympathetic to the human condition and our quixotic intentions. We have success and folly. We often muddle the two and can rarely tell them apart. We are doing our best, as best we know.”

The works will be in the form of paintings in the mediums of oil and acrylic paints.

These works will be on display May 18th – June 15, 2018.  The opening reception for Modern Guilt will be on May 18th  from 5-9 pm at e11even 2.

Echo – An Exhibition on Textures, Repetition, and Patterns

 

Echo is the next exhibition at E11even 2.  It explores the world of repetition, textures, and patterns.  Curated by R!ch Cihlar, the exhibit features 15 artists that focus on configurations that are mathematical, found in nature, or aesthetically pleasing.  Works featured will be in multiple mediums including, painting, collage, found objects and more.

These works will be on display March 16- April 20, 2018.  The opening reception for Echo will be on March 16th  from 5-9pm at e11even 2.

Featured Artists are:

  1.  Bob Peck
  2. Sergio Andujar
  3. Randy Maxin
  4. George Kocar
  5. Eileen Dorsey
  6. Clare Kolat
  7. Dan Kearsey
  8. Rick Sans
  9. R!ch Cihlar
  10. Beth Ryan
  11. John Ryan
  12. Leslie Edwards Humez
  13. Higo Gabarron
  14. Nick Taylor
  15. Justin Will