After thirty years making art, Liz Maugans is taking an inventory of her life and transforming her experiences into new print based collage work titled “Beautiful Mess,” opening on June 21 5-9pm at HEDGE Gallery.
The most fascinating aspect of this exhibit is that Liz has used almost all repurposed materials to create her multi-layered work. The abundance of printed remnants, or what she refers to as “visual leftovers from her share of accumulated failures”, are the basis for many of her new pieces. These printed elements, combined with grocery bags, sympathy cards, letters, photos and other ephemera from her past and her family’s past, produce revelations for the artist and viewer that are both beautiful and painful.
Liz’s narratives as mother, wife and daughter surface in “Beautiful Mess” initiating commentary on parenting struggles, financial instability, declining health, changing/losing a job, aging and other curve balls life throws. After losing her mother, brother, and some very dear friends in the past year, Maugans is examining her role as an artist and the caretaker for their memories. Her poignant new work explores the emotional and psychological impact of life altering decisions and experiences; the covering up, the revelations, the recipes for living.
On April 19, HEDGE Gallery is proud to announce the opening of a highly anticipated exhibition, “Falling From the Sky of Now”, honoring Cleveland artist, Douglas Max Utter.
This comprehensive exhibition will portray the evolution of Douglas Max Utter's early art making years through present day. HEDGE Gallery will host an extensive volume of work, with never before seen oil paintings dating to the early 1970’s and 1980’s, prominent mixed media works on paper and mono-prints from the 1990’s and early 2000’s and his most recent paintings that have not yet been exhibited.
"Falling From the Sky of Now" will reflect on the breakthroughs and traumas that influenced Utter's career and will look into the future of his universal art making, as he continues his efforts as one of the region's most dedicated and influential living artists .
His experimental painting techniques which often include unfamiliar mediums such as tar, enamel, latex house paint and spray paint have resulted in extraordinary works that depict diverse subject matters: Childhood memories, history, religion, the human figure and the landscape. This exhibition will offer viewers the opportunity to experience Douglas Max Utter's most powerful works, executed in a broad variety of methods and poignant themes.
Douglas Max Utter (b 1950) is an award winning Cleveland based artist and writer, whose work has been shown extensively since the mid 1980’s, with over forty one- person shows in Cleveland, New York, Phoenix and Germany. Utter’s work in painting and criticism has been recognized with a 2011 Creative Workforce Fellowship, three Individual Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, the Best Painting Award at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show (1987), and journalism awards from the Cleveland Press Club and the Poets and Writers Guild of Greater Cleveland. He is the recipient of a 2013 Cleveland Arts Prize, Lifetime Achievement Award.
The imagery in Claudio’s relief woodcuts is inspired by family, nature, and traveling but also has heavy political overtones. Elements of the Italian and English language are woven into his works, drawing viewers in to decipher meanings between the literal and figurative. His woodcuts recognize the urgency of current events and address historical narratives in a bold, unabashed manner that offers a raw interpretation of life experiences.
Meghann Hennen’s new work focuses on the human body as an art making tool. Hennen’s extensive figure skating and dance background have laid the guidelines for much of her art making process, and are still integrated in her recent work. Her performance painting began during her graduate studies at Parsons in New York, and have been part of her definition as an artist for the past ten years.
In this new body of work Pinsky is searching for discoveries. She describes her process with specific goals and strict parameters in mind: “Once the yarns have been woven, pulled, tightened and distorted I'm painting each weaving with dye and then dip the weavings in resin. This is like embalming for me; the natural fiber has such a direct relationship to life. I want these weavings to be beautiful and frightening at the same time.”
Schneider’s current body of work, including printmaking, painting and drawing, explores her love of travel, while also processing memories of her relationship with her father, who had a great impact on her life and choice to be an artist. She recalls road trips throughout Ohio with her family, that led to her desire to travel cross country which she has been doing since 1995, logging approximately 22,000 miles (and counting). She collects soil, rocks, bones, and other natural materials on her journeys which find their way into many of her multi media art works, imbedding memories of place and time.
Featuring works by Justin Brennan, John Carlson, Rebecca Cross, Sarah Curry, Matthew Gallagher, Meghann Hennan, Christopher Kier, David King, Liz Maugans, Brian Mouhlas, Jessica Pinsky, Katy Richards, Dott von Schneider, Nikki Woods, Douglas Max Utter. HEDGE Gallery presents a group exhibition of the roster of 15 represented artists. Paintings, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, and encaustics are included in this show.
Matt explains that, “Meaningful discoveries are made through a willingness to engage with the physical world. Electromagnetic, sonic, and chemical processes exist around us that are constantly experienced but remain invisible. My mission is to deliver representations of these forces as art objects. These objects reveal properties of our environment that wouldn't otherwise be apparent, and it is my hope that they empower people to explore, experiment and engage with their surroundings.”
Cleveland artists Robert Banks and John Carlson. Challenging the idea that the female is a non equal counterpart to man, Banks and Carlson have collaborated on a series of work that boldly addresses inequality and the injustice that prevails in modern society.
The artists state, “From a man's perspective we feel that gender equality is not just an issue for women. Men are also stereotyped by gender roles. We believe that if society as a whole can place women and men on an equal level, the value of the female gender will increase, informing both sides of strengths, capabilities and contributions of the opposite sex. We would hope that as education on gender equality grows, there would be a decrease in the pressure individuals may feel to conform to standard ways of thinking, which often leads to oppressive behavior, abuse, and violence. ”
Rebecca’s techniques are similar to those of Cleveland designers Kevin Busta and Alex Loos, who both repurpose industrial cast offs and scrap metal into sleek, stylized functional pieces.These designers’ recent furniture and other repurposed creations will be paired with Rebecca Cross’ ephemeral installations, allowing two opposite materials, silk and steel, to form a new dialogue and intricate relationship.
David King and Dante Rodriguez will be exhibiting their most recent paintings and drawings in an exhibition titled “NEBULA” on view at the Gallery November 17 through December 29. The two Cleveland artists’ paintings and prints are focused on finding truth in obscurity, whether through historical references or self reflection. King’s vivid oil and pastel works capture memories of family history. Photo and film snippets from the past are translated through bright almost surrealist color into his contemporary paintings. Rodriguez explores symbols of identity through his most recent series of charcoal drawings on yupo paper, creating rich, layered line work and patterns that reference facial features, cultural fashion trends, and imagery of masks.
Nikki’s new work is also a commentary on our society’s ultra glamorous lifestyles and the false impressions they have on the everyday person. Her painting “Manhattan Triplex “ is derived from an image of Donald Trump’s 1985 living room, gaudy yet enticing with its golden candelabra and overflowing bowls of luscious flowers. The setting is an example of the conflicting emotions that exist in our society, and the tensions that are created in a place where things can and cannot be at at once.
Justin is known for his abstract expressionistic style, often combing oil, enamel, and spray paint to create thick, layered works that are energetic and spontaneous. Recently he has been focusing on the human figure, incorporating faces and torsos, while still pushing rich brush strokes and automatic mark-making. The figures are ambiguous, often with no facial features or large marks covering their heads, yet Brennan is still able to capture a raw emotion that is evident through bold color choices and the immediacy of his application.