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)

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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

RATIO 1:12

ratio 112Ratio 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.

 

The Day Cle Stood as 1M

Photograph by Christina Sadowski

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)

Rock, Paper, Scissors, ROCK!

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!)

Art for $50… and Plenty of It!

50 showWho 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.