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.
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
When you need a distraction, stay connected with e11even 2. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and on our website. We are working to add new art, videos and making the online shopping experience easier! We can’t wait to see you all soon!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.