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Potter-Belmar Labs performing live at Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, NY, August 2009
PBL will be visiting SPACES Thursday, December 10 for a live performance! Don’t miss it.

Catching you up to speed …

  • Mary Magsamen (Co-Existing and Co-Llaborating Curator) & Stephen Hillerbrand: maryandstephan.com
  • Temporary Services (Currently exhibiting and distributing Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics): temporaryservices.org
  • Lutz Bacher: ratio3.org
  • Ellen Harvey: ellenharvey.info
  • Kate Budd: art.uakron.edu
  • Julia Christensen’s Big Box Reuse: bigboxreuse.com
  • Futurefarmers (Contributors to Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics): futurefarmers.com
  • Former SWAP Artist Frances Whitehead: saic.edu
  • Jason Byers: jasonbyers.us
  • TR Ericsson: trericsson.com
  • Potter-Belmar Labs (featured in Co-Existing and Co-Llaborating): potterbelmar.org
  • Duke and Battersby (featured in Co-Existing and Co-Llaborating): dukeandbattersby.com
  • Luis Gispert: zachfeuer.com
  • Watts House Project: wattshouseproject.org
  • Former SPACELab Artist BJ Vogt bjvogt.blogspot.com
  • Erica Duffy Voss: ericaduffyvoss.com
  • Mitch Cope: ericaduffyvoss.com
  • Just Seeds: Visual Resistance Artists Cooperative (Contributors to Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics): justseeds.org
  • Travis Hanmer: hanmerproject.com
  • Sarah Paul: mostlymad.com
  • Steve Lambert: visitsteve.com
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    DOUBLE #DailyArtDose Round-Up

    Opening Reception, Artist's Talk
    Donner gives a lecture on Pregnancy Test (installation detail), at SPACES, 2008, latex, paint, ink, and paper, 96″ x 120″; Photo courtesy of Jerry Mann Photography

    Week of September 14

  • David Maisel: davidmaisel.com
  • Case Simmons & Andrew Burke: simmonsandburke.com
  • DJ Sniff: djsniff.com
  • Bigert and Bergström: bigertbergstrom.com
  • Michael Iskowitz: dollhousesociety.com
  • Week of September 21

  • Lucas Murgida: cjamesgallery.com
  • Fionna Banner: fionabanner.com
  • Former SWAP artist, Christa Donner: christadonner.com
  • WochenKlausur: wochenklausur.at
  • Randall Szott: three-walls.org
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    Um, excuse me, but is your wordle showing?

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    Sometimes I am surprised about what Cleveland art lovers don’t know about SPACES.

    For example, I’ve had conversations with people who attend every SPACES opening, but were not aware of our amazing artist-in-residence program, the SPACES World Artists Program (SWAP), which (to date) has brought 27 artists from around the world to live and make art in our city.

    “Oh, that’s so cool! I didn’t know about it,” I’ve heard more than one exhibition attendee say, once they have the full scoop on SWAP.

    It makes me wonder sometimes exactly what we’re conveying in our messages … emails … conversations … about SPACES. Sometimes as a fundraiser, it’s really, really hard to know how to tell my organization’s story effectively. What words resonate? How much text is too much? Are we staying on-message?

    Today, though, I learned about Wordle, and never again will I have to wonder what we’re conveying on our homepage. According to the website, Wordle is “a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.”

    Here’s our Wordle. It might not tell you everything about SPACES … but it’s kind of pretty.

    — Posted by Sarah “Give us Money” Hoyt

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    What the NEA means to us …

    I’d like to start by saying, simply, I <3 the National Endowment for the Arts. I’ve worked at three different arts organizations in the last 10 years (The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and now SPACES) and all are regular recipients of NEA funding. For example, the SPACES World Artist Program (SWAP) has received NEA funding for the last six years.

    Reason enough to love the NEA, right? They support fabulous art institutions that bring quality art to communities of all sizes across the United States.

    But, as with all relationships, it’s a little more complicated than that.

    Rewind almost three years …

    I was working from my home office in Cleveland for Mid-America Arts Alliance, which is located in Kansas City, Missouri. As a fairly recent transplant to Ohio, I wanted to get to know the area, so I volunteered at the Cleveland Artists Foundation. The nice gallery manager there, Nicole Edwards, told me that there was a development manager position open at SPACES. Shortly after that, she started working for SPACES in a communications role, and I was hired for the development position.

    We share an office, the same middle name (Louise) and the same taste in music. She’s a really, really wonderful person to work with.

    But we almost didn’t live happily ever after …

    Things are tight, folks. We are a nonprofit, and I’d be kidding you, me, and a whole bunch of other people if I said that we aren’t thinking a lot about where the next dollar is coming from. Fortunately, the National Endowment for the Arts used funds allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for job preservation. More precisely: to support the preservation of jobs that are threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn.

    We applied and received funds to preserve the communications manager position. That means Nicole  — without whom I wouldn’t have this job — can count on keeping her job.nicole

    I love the NEA …

    ~ Posted by Sarah Hoyt, Sr. Marketing & Development Manager

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    Naked Performance Art: always makes you wonder

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    When I met our upcoming artist-in-residence, Jiří Surůvka (Ostrava, Czech Republic), I knew he would be a good fit at SPACES. Jiří doesn’t seem to be afraid to say what’s on his mind, talk about difficult things, or be politically incorrect for the sake of strong ideas. Plus he’s fun.

    We’ve been requesting images of Jiří’s recent work so that we can blast you with his amazingness and convince you to hang out with him and see his performance and exhibition this fall. You can see images of his work “Massage de luxe” from 2008 above (Jiří is the guy standing over the painted body. He’s kind of naked on top, too). It reminded me of a performance by Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s La Pocha Nostra: Mapa Corpo.

    In both performances, the artist is a conductor, drawing responses and actions out of the audience. A body, somehow altered, becomes the focal point upon which visitors must act—this kind of engagement feels very powerful. I haven’t yet had an opportunity to discuss this work with Jiří, but I do know that the body acted upon in Mapa Corpo was a female. For me, this brings up age old questions: When talking about misrepresentations of women, ignorance about cultures, sexism and colonization, does it help to use women’s bodies? Does it move us forward? Especially if the ‘director’ is a male? I’m not trying to make generalizations, or critically judge either of the artists I’ve mentioned. I’m putting this out there to see what you all think—are there other performances where you’ve thought about these issues? What kinds of resolutions have you come to? Have you engaged with the performance and participated in some kind of action? How did it transform your experience and understanding of the work?

    I’ll be talking more about Jiří as we prepare for his arrival in early August. And I’m excited to tell you tales of his residency during the coming months. It’s gonna be CRAZY!

    Posted by Sarah Beiderman, Manager, SPACES World Artist Program

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