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.
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)
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.
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)
On Friday night (April 21st, 2017), E11even 2 Art Gallery had one of it’s most memorable surprises yet. Singer/song writer, Brian Vander Ark (lead front man of the alternative rock band, The Verve Pipe) crashed our gallery to give our guests an unforgettable evening.
E11even 2, was housing its art exhibit called Rock, Paper, Scissors, ROCK! A tribute to all genres of Rock and Roll music, when guests were caught off guard to a live performance by Vander Ark. He’s probably best known for his song “The Freshman”, but is a very accomplished musician/performer. He played an hours worth of tunes including: “Cup of Tea”, “Villains”, “Photograph”, and “The Freshman”. Not to mention he played an acoustic rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Death Cab for Cuties “Into the Dark” (and more!).
We at E11even 2 thank our guests for their constant support of the arts and our business and we thank Brian Vander Ark for his musical talents and generous time. It just goes to show, you never know what’s going to happen at one of our gallery receptions!
R!ch Cihlar – “I’m a huge fan of 90’s/00’s alternative rock. Brian’s performance was far from forgettable. His guitar picking, vocal range, and professionalism is unmatched. There was a moment where my love for art, music, and business collided into one surreal memory. It was a night to remember.”
Christina Sadowski – “It was great having Brian perform at E11even 2 gallery on Friday. He has such an amazing voice an it brought back a ton of memories from my high school years. My best friend, Angie, and I played “The Freshman” on repeat. I’ve probably heard that song over a thousand times, but it was really special to hear it performed live right in front of me. Brian was so humble and spent time to chat with our guests. It really made for a special evening.
E11even 2’s exhibition “Rock, Paper, Scissors, ROCK!”, might just have guests throwing out their devil horns and lashing their hair all while checking out art work. On Friday April 21st from 5-9pm, nearly 20 artists will participate in this rock and roll genre art event. Curator and gallery owner, R!ch Cihlar, says “This show highlights all genres of rock music, sighting a specific band, solo artist, or song. I listen to music while I make art, and it only seemed right to show the influence behind the art.”
The title Rock, Paper, Scissors is a play on words for those who remember that hand game of picking one of the those objects, but introduces a new and modern hand signal, the rock devil horns. This exhibition will have an array of styles, mediums, and rock genres to please everyone’s visual pallet.
Rock, Paper, Scissors, ROCK! runs from April 21st – May 19th 2017, featured during the 78th Street Studios 3rd Friday events. (3rd Friday events offer 40+ Galleries/Studios and nearly 180, 000 Square feet of art!)
Who wants affordable art? Well it’s that time to pick up original art for a smooth $50. This one night only extravaganza will feature over 70 pieces of art by 16+ artists. Join us on March 17th, 2017 from 5-9p for a first come first serve cash and carry event. What’s cash and carry? That means when you buy it, you get to take it home! The 50 dollar show is the great way to start an art collection or add to a collection. StART yours on March 17th.