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
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.
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.
Reflections of Cleveland is a photography exhibition observed from a new perspective. Artist and gallery owner Christina Sadowski says “After purchasing my purple kayaks, dubbed “The Mermaid Squad,” I decided it would be a great idea to incorporate 3 of my passions- photography, Cleveland and kayaking. What started out as a “let’s see what I can get” took off into a “I think I can make a solid show out of this.”
Sadowski went out on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie at sunrise and captured the city before it woke up. The glass-like water created a mirror effect and the beautiful colors that came to life in the sky were breathtaking. Sadowski says, “I found beauty in the abandoned buildings, steamships and work zones. The skyline lit by the morning sun intrigued me. Being in a kayak allows you to sit extremely close to the water and offers a very unique vantage point. I hope that people get a sense of what it was like for me on those early morning paddles and can appreciate the serenity in these images.”
These photos will be on display January 19 – February 16, 2018. The opening reception for Reflections of Cleveland will be on January 19th from 5-9pm at e11even 2.
Ratio 1:12, a new exhibition opening at E11even 2 will commemorate the 4 year anniversary of the contemporary gallery. The opening reception is November 17th from 5-9p during the 3rd Friday events at 78th St. Studios.
Owners; Christina, Billy, and R!ch set out to make a new body of work for the occasion. Each artist/owner created 12 works that were similar but slightly different, hence the ratio of 1:12. (Not to mention the 1:12 is a pun on the galleries name). Each artist explains their approach to the exhibition.
R!ch – “I created a variety of sunsets and seasonal color changes around Cleveland’s iconic Guardian bridge for my series. The initial idea sprouted from asking myself what could I do thematically around the number 12? And the idea of 12 months/seasons emerged as well as a clock having 12 morning hours and 12 evening hours. So my series shows those changes in the form of times of the day and months. I like to think of them as paintings of sunsets/sunrises during the year. There’s nothing more peaceful then watching the sun rise and set.”
Christina – “I took a photo trip to Nevada this past March. While shooting in one of my favorite locations, El Dorado Mining Town, I decided to photograph the front grills of some of the vehicles. The cars of yesterday had such a presence and demanded attention. Many of the grills were large and prestigious while some are modest and obscure.”
Billy – “The first thing that came to mind was the months of the year. I’m approaching each of my works as one of the 12 months, basing its color pallet on the temperature of the month (as seen by living in Cleveland, OH). Cleveland is known for having random weather patterns and heat waves/cold fronts that contradict the assumed seasonal temperatures or forecast.”
Stop out for a sneak peak of “RATIO 1:12” during E11even 2 day or during the opening reception on November 17th.
We all have our favorite movies of all time and some may argue which movie is truly the best (or the worst). Welcome to “Cult Classics”, a movie poster exhibition. This exhibit explores 22 artists and their renditions of cult classic movies. Curator and gallery owner, Christina Sadowski, says “Movies are something everyone can familiarize themselves with, and I wanted to see what ways artists could re-imagine some of those cult favorites in the form of an art exhibit”. Original paintings and mini posters will be available during the exhibition. This exhibit opens on Friday September 15th from 5-9p at E11even 2 and closes on Oct 20th.
Step Right UP! A carnival inspired exhibition will have guests feeling like a kid again. E11even 2 is excited to announce its next exhibit to open on July 21st from 5-9pm featuring over 40 artists. Guest curator Leslie Edwards Humez, had this to say:
“Exhibiting artists were invited to create new work for this exhibit that leaned toward the nostalgic or surreal and drew heavily on their childhood memories: that magical time when things loomed larger, brighter, and more colorful. Where the element of surprise provoked involuntary shivers, amusement parks rocked, and carnival kisses cost a buck.
In STEP RIGHT UP, there will be work with a sunlit perspective that highlights fun foods, midway wheels-of-chance, thrill rides, blue-ribbon competitions and more. Or (thanks to Cher) the work may sneak a peek at the edgy side of the traveling show with its gypsies, tramps and thieves who beckon us with crooked fingers into that unsettling neon space where flim-flam rules and fortune-tellers, floozies and freaks hide behind midnight faces.”
Tucked up on the shores of Lake Erie is the city of Cleveland, Ohio. A long time manufacturing town that has seen its share of rough times. From losing jobs to losing sports teams, Cleveland is well familiar with heartache. It is a blue collar town with a strong love for sports, and a relentless loyalty to teams who have seemingly always let them down.
We waited for so long for a sports team to give us life and hope. While the losing streak had presence well before I was born, I can recall the sadness of the Tribe losing in the 1997 World Series, crying when the Browns were moving to Baltimore (then inevitably won 2 Super Bowls), and wanting to destroy all my LeBron gear after “The Decision.” Yet through thick and thin, we were there for the teams and the players that seemed to never show up for us.
In 2014, LeBron announced he was returning to Cleveland. I always compared this moment to taking an ex back. “We had such a good thing and I loved you so much but I really hated the way you broke up with me. I guess we can give this another shot.” It hurt but it was exciting. Reading the letter about him returning gave me goosebumps and an unbelievable hope he would really make it happen. This city needed it, I needed it, we all needed it.
Unfortunately, we had to feel the burn once again when the Cavs made it to the Finals in 2015 only to fall in Game 6 to the Warriors. There we were again, so close, let down, but feeling so much more proud! Next year, right? That’s the motto in Cleveland. There’s always next year!
Well, next year came and we had healthy players and some great additions to the team. The level of energy and excitement in the city was nothing I had ever experienced! The season was fun. We wanted it so bad but as fans we were cautiously optimistic. We had grown a wall around our heart from the years of disappointment. There was just something different this year that felt like it just may happen, and then it did!
I witnessed many of the games outside the Q in the Watch Parties with hundreds of others. The vibe was good. The sense of unity was great. Then we won! We actually won! 52 years of waiting for a championship and it happened! Everyone thought people would riot in the streets and burn the city, like they had done previously in San Francisco and Boston. That didn’t happen though. Fans rushed the streets celebrating, high fiving strangers, dancing on cars, but no riots or violence. We were all too happy and too united in this long-term drought of winning.
Soon after came the plans for the parade. I took to the streets to photograph the people. I had no idea I would be one in a million that day. I had no idea how epic that parade would be. One million people in the streets of Cleveland celebrating. Young and old of all races peacefully came together to show support for our team and our city. I captured images of the young kids who had no clue how monumental this day was to the older folks who probably were still wiping tears from their eyes. There was nothing but joy, love and happiness this day in Cleveland. People forgot about their life problems, or the racial tension, or the political divides that were happening all around us. But that day… we came together as one… one million. I have always been proud to say I was from Cleveland but especially after witnessing the community and fans in June of 2016. – Christina Sadowski
The Day Cle Stood as 1M is a photography exhibition that captured the historic 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers parade as seen by the loyal fans in downtown Cleveland, OH. This exhibition will open and close on Friday, June 16th 2017 from 5p-9p at E11even 2. (This is a one night only photography exhibition by Christina Sadowski)