The idea for “Low Expectations” was birthed when CHOD was working on an art project that felt stagnant and boring. He wanted to feel the joy of just creating art for fun sake with no expectations other than to just have FUN! Three pieces were created and they all had one similarity; they all had characters from Pop Culture. Just with a different take on them. Other than just stopping and moving on to the next thing, he started to think of the different possibilities for adaptation. And the idea to put them all together for a show. CHOD has since produced 20+ pieces for the show and approached 17 sensational Cleveland based artists to contribute 1 to 2 pieces each. The object is to bring joy to the artists in creating these pieces and to the viewing public in experiencing them. With this lineup of artists this could be the MOST FUN you have at an art show in 2023! Oh wait, never mind, “Low Expectations”.
Opening Reception, May 19th, 2023 5-9p Closing Reception, June 16th 2023 5-9p
E11even2 Gallery’s upcoming exhibition “Variable Speed” features the work of Katy Clark and R!ch Cihlar. The two regional artists, in collaboration around the common theme of “birds,” take full flight, alighting on various media, styles, and techniques. Within the pedantic naturalism of John James Audubon and the reductive vision of Constantin Brancusi, Clark and Cihlar, in tandem, soar in their distinctive manifestations of the avian, airborne, the essence of the wonder of flight.
Recently returning to her hometown from Madison, Wisconsin, Katy Clark demonstrates a lyrical fearlessness in all her work, readily veering from decorative illustration to bold abstraction. With virtuosity in acrylic, gouache, watercolor, pen/ink, and cut-paper collage, Clark can be joyfully gestural, intensely chromatic and then sinuously precise with controlled curvilinear line. Observing birds in nature, singularly or in flocks, she ranges from meditative to exuberant.
R!ch Cihlar, as part of Don’t Panic! has helped propel graffiti art into Cleveland’s cultural mainstream. His work offers a dynamic counterpoint to Clark’s fluid brushwork and intricate draughtsmanship with his multi-layered, spray-painted stenciled forms. As Clark’s birds flutter and hum, Cihlar’s scream. Along with his paintings, he perpetuates the Pop vernacular by appropriating found objects in quirky crafted “skateboard birdhouses,” fully functional and ready for backyard birdwatching.
In preparation for “Variable Speed,” Cihlar states, “In its simplest form this exhibition will look like a bird themed show, but the constructive result will be the completed work from two artists who were given the same project but ended up with much different results.” Celebrate Spring and anticipate Summer with “Variable Speed” at E11even2 Gallery. Surround yourself with images of birds, these magical, mysterious creatures that perch on our trees, peck at our flowers, and gloriously populate our skies.
Opening Reception for “Variable Speed” at the E11even2 Gallery is May 20, 5-9pm with the Closing Reception June 17, 5-9pm
Let It Be: Reimagined, is the next fun filled themed exhibition created by E11even 2. E11even 2 isn’t playing around when it comes to the Fab 4. Beatles fan and gallery owner R!ch Cihlar says, “We love pulling artists together to create solid exhibitions and collaboration artwork. And you can’t go wrong with the Beatles”. The focal piece of the Let It Be: Reimagined exhibition is a 8f x 8ft “Let It Be” Mural, created by 30 Cleveland artists (to be unveiled at the opening).
Each artist was given a 15 inch square canvas to reproduce one section of the puzzle (provided by e11even 2) in their own unique style. Some pieces range from spray paint and collage to fabric and vinyl. “It’s really an impressive piece to see in person, the textures come to life,” says gallery owner Christina Sadowski.
In addition to the mural, the 30 artists were also asked to reimagine artwork themed to their favorite Beatles memory, which will be on display. An edition print of the mural will be on hand at the opening reception along with other surprises.
This is a must see show for any Beatles fan. This event will be held during the 3rd Friday events at the 78th Street Studios This show is free and open to the public.
Artists include: Daniel Kearsey, R!ch Cihlar, Melanie Ross, Mark Overlow, Nancy Notarianni, Billy Nainiger, Christina Sadowski, Gabe Nainiger, Dorian Nainiger, Bill Fiest, Jared Gepperth, Beth Ryan, Josh Haplea, John Ryan, Rick Sans, Thomas Conger, Celeste Stauber, Heidi Kramer, Nicole Edwards, George Kocar, Allie Primisch, Tom Masaveg, Jake Knowlton, Jack Ryan, Lacy Cihlar, Leslie Edwards Humez, Lilly Buttitta, Audrey Warrenfeltz, SERGANDDESTROY, Kevin Monahan, Rose Masaveg and more.
Hello everyone, I’m putting an exhibition together for E11even 2 (at W.78st Studios). I’m looking for 5 artists for a group show. Please email R!ch at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration, subject “Variable Speed Exhibition”. Please feel free to share this post. Here are the bullet points.
The exhibition is called “Variable Speed” (referring to the different approaches and speeds in which artists work)
This is not a themed exhibition, but an exhibition to show the works in which an artist creates work independently. Works should be new or have not been shown with in a 50 mile radius of the gallery. All mediums will be considered. Works must be cohesive as a grouping.
Number of works per artists will be based on size. Ex. 10 Small works (if under 12 in x 12 in), 7 Medium works (if under 24 in x 24in) and 5 Large works (if over 24 in x 24 in, but under 48×48). Works over 48×48 must be discussed prior with curator.
Submit a current website with updated images (not Facebook/IG) or 5 images along with your name, contact info and any other pertinent information to email@example.com
The exhibition will open and run from April 15-May 20, 2022 (Drop off of works will be at the end of March, TBD)
Artists should live in the Greater Cleveland area and be able to attend the opening reception and follow gallery/contract rules. A contract can be found on the exhibitions tab of e11even2.com
Submissions will be accepted until the 5 spots are filled.
If you have any question, please email R!ch. Thank you!
E11even 2 presents it’s next BIG! We mean small…. show entitled, “The Smol Show”. Artists were asked to create intimate works for this exhibition. Pieces average in size from 4×4 inches to 6×6 inches. We hope to see you on Friday, Aug. 20th from 5p-9p. This is a one night cash and carry event. Get their early to get your pocket sized artwork.
Beyond the Garden Gate, is a group exhibition featuring work that explores nature, landscapes, and themes that sometimes fall in the darker and mysterious side of scenic art. Please join E11even 2 and the participating artists for walk through the garden in their next exhibition.
April 16 – May 21 Opening Reception, Friday April 16th, 2021 5p-8p
Featured Artists: 1. Carly Zimmerman 2. Grace Kildoo 3. Lilly Buttitta 4. Ben Lambert 5. Lisa Schonberg 6. Josh Haplea
Meet Jared Gepperth and Celeste Stauber. Jared and Celeste will be guest curating some of the upcoming exhibitions at E11even 2 starting with an exhibition called “Introductions”.
The Introductions exhibition will feature works from the duo’s studios. Gepperth’s work features ceramic sculptures and functional pottery. Stauber’s work studies the human form with works in drawing, mixed media and painting.
Stop down and say hello to our guest curators. Also, check out some of the exhibitions they will be curating for 2021 (under Exhibitions).
Extravaganza of Strange is the next featured exhibition at E11even 2 gallery opening on Friday, September 18th, 2020 from 5p-8p. Artist and creator, Bili Kribbs says “EOS is a slightly spooky freakshow of the unnatural with unhinged creatures and fun characters. I think there is also humor throughout the show that is a hard push into the surreal imagination.”
Guests can expect the unexpected, says Kribbs. “During the duration of the event there are timed lighting and audio changes that reveal images not seen under the normal light. UV paint (invisible ink) was used, and when under black-light, different images appear on many pieces.”
Attendees can expect to see something different in both regular and black light while visiting. These light and audio changes are frequent, requiring the visitor to stay long enough to see what changes in the artwork under different lighting.
Kribbs also mentions, “It’s important to share art with everyone. This is why there are prints and small castings available at the every-person price of $15 and up. Surprise! Art is accessible for all! This event is family friendly.
Extravaganza of Strange
Works by Bili Kribbs
Opening Reception Friday September 18, 2020, 5p-8p
We miss seeing you all so much! So, we put together a Quarantine Challenge for you! Take a photo of yourself with your favorite piece of artwork you purchased (or were gifted) from @e11even2gallery and post it to IG or publicly on FB, tag us and let us know why it’s your favorite! We will randomly pick a winner for a special e11even 2 Mystery Grab Bag! Contest will end 5/6! Get to posting!! #bestdamngallery #cle #cleveland #quarantinechallenge #artistsoninstagram #supportsmallbusiness @ e11even 2
“We’re Cleveland Tough and we’re all necessary,” state the owners of e11even 2. We all have jobs to do, some are small and some grand but that’s what makes the world work. “When you come to 78th Street Studios for a Third Friday event, e11even 2 is on your list of “absolutely necessary” places to visit,” says Christina Sadowski. We work hard to make sure our guests and friends enjoy themselves after a rigid week of life. Life is tough enough and along with the art we share, we want to divert our guests rough week into a few hours of fun. We offer quirky themed exhibitions, a lively atmosphere, and top it off with a friendly welcome. We all want to have a good time and not seeing our friends in-person is starting to put a damper on what we do. We are adjusting like everyone else, but it’s not the same behind a computer.
“Although separation from the gallery is distressing I have to be an optimist” says R!ch Cihlar. “The best thing I can do right now is what I’ve been doing all along. I make art, I plan art, and I think art. It’s what I do, so I’m not going to stop because I can’t hang out with my friends or go to the store. I’m still creating, just under different circustances. I still see my friends, on social media or via video chat, and I know that I will see them in person in time.”
“On my days home, I have focused on building robots” says Billy Nainiger. “It has been a good way to distract myself from the current situation. I am looking forward to when we can get back to holding the Third Friday events, seeing our friends and sharing our artwork. Until then, keep washing your hands!
Did you Know? The owners of e11even 2 are all deemed essential employees. We are working hard each day to stay safe and do a vital job.
Billy Nainiger is a Cleveland Fireman. As a first responder, he is on the front lines every day. He constantly answers the call to help. Each and every time he responds to a call or tends to a sick or injured person, he is putting himself at risk.
Christina Sadowski is a Safety Officer for Cleveland Public Power. She ensures the electrical crews are working safely and have the necessary PPE to do their job. She is out in the field regularly helping reduce the number of workplace injuries and keeping the essential workers at work! Without CPP, many of us would be in the dark! Shop her Etsy store at: www.etsy.com/shop/christinasadowski
R!ch Cihlar is an Art Department Office Manager. While schools are closed, he ensures studio supplies are available to students along with overseeing a direct line of communication to all resource’s. Education and communication are vital to the culture. Richardcihlar.com
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