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.”
If Cleveland wasn’t feeling lucky already, the Lucky Charms exhibition will provide more elements of good fortune for Clevelanders.
Opening July 15th from 5p-9p at E11even 2, the works of Andy Dreamingwolf, Randy Maxin and R!ch Cihlar will be on display. The term, Lucky Charms, means so many things to so many people, but all elements of this exhibition will reflect on some of those feelings.
Dreamingwolf says “I’m genuinely fascinated by objects in which their outcome or output is based on their given users actions with said items. It’s a sort of “luck is what you make it” analogy. To me when a “Lucky Charm” is stripped of its habit and superstition, the core you’re left with is comfort. And that can come in many forms, be it confidence, memories, or tangibles.
R!ch says “When I typically think of lucky charms, I think of cliché items like horseshoes, rabbits feet, or a four leafed clover, but I also realize that there are so many other objects or thoughts that make me feel lucky. My works will reflect both of those ideas of traditional and nontraditional lucky charms.”
Maxin says “I feel lucky everyday, having the friends and family that I do. My pieces will reflect more of the sentiment behind the objects in the form of patterns and repetition. The idea that everyday is a good day… or a lucky day.”
R!ch, Christina, and Billy have been creating new exhibitions for the 2016/2017 season. Interested artists can apply to the corresponding curator on the upcoming events tab. Group & Themed Shows include:
Yada, Yada, Yada, A Seinfeld Exhibition – September 2016 – All artwork will refer to the 90’s hit sitcom, Seinfeld.
Skateboard Art Show – January 2017 – All artwork will be created with or on a wooden skateboard decks
$50 Show – March 2017 – All artwork will be priced at $50 for one night only/cash and carry event.
Rock, Paper, Scissors, ROCK! – April 2017 – All art work will reflect the music world.
Cult Movie Poster Show – September 2017 – Artwork of new/recreated movies that have “Cult” status.
Plus more! (TBA’s will be listed soon)
For consideration for any of the upcoming exhibitions please email the corresponding curator with 5 images of current work, a link to your website (or Facebook if a website is n/a) and any other pertinent information about your work (materials/medium, past exhibitions, etc…) Artists should live within a 50 mile radius of Cleveland. Artists should also review the contract listed on the upcoming events tab prior to applying for any exhibitions.
We are pleased to announce our next show, “What’s in the Bag?”. This exhibit allows artists to create works based on or inspired by junk drawer items in a brown paper bag. Works will include paintings, mixed media, photography, and more. Please join us on February 20 and March 20th, 2015 from 5-9pm for the opening and closing receptions of “What’s in the Bag?” Items in the bag include: playing cards, dominos, clothes pins, keys, matches, hair pins, nail polish, metal slugs, scrabble tiles, tongue depressors/popsicle sticks, plastic army men, bottle caps, buttons, and the brown bag.
1. R!ch Cihlar
2. Rick Sans
3. Sergio Andjuar II
4. David Kraska
5. Katie Harroff
6. Christina Sadowski
7. Eileen Dorsey
8. George Kocar
9. Sam Young
10. Billy Nainiger
11. Donna Fischer
12. Nicole Edwards
13. Dan Nainiger
14. Melanie Agnich
15. Paul Garcia
Don’t forget to wear a robe to the opening reception of “The Dude Abides” on November 21st from 5-9pm, works by Billy Nainiger. There will be plenty of memorable movie concepts, props, and great art to relive the movie. Parental Advisory is advised, guests 18+.