2015 Late Fall Creative Fusion Exhibitions
November 13 - December 19, 2015
The History of Power
For A History of Power Nicolás Grum presents a body of work created during his art residence in Cleveland that includes sculpture - largely miniature figures and models based on dioramas, drawings, and video that focus on issues, particularly environmental, in the United States. Oil, fear, museums, and pop icons are metaphors of systems developed to maintain inequality and control over society.
Also on view in the Euclid Avenue Gallery is Nathan Prouty and Zimra Beiner: Fabricated Fictions. Click here for more information.
about Nico Grum and the Creative Fusion Program
Meet Nicolás Grum and his choreographer and performance artist wife, Isabel Torres. Nicolás (b. 1977) lives and works in Santiago, Chile, and is a graduate of Pontifical Catholic University. An artist of many media, Grum's work ranges from sculpture to video to performance and is deeply concerned with political and social justice. During the last decade he has focused upon the dynamics of power relationships and their various manifestations in differing contexts. Most recently, he has been considering the political shift of power from the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet through The Transition to a democratic government. Nico also tackles many other Chilean social and political issues that have occurred throughout the last 20 to 30 years. His work has been shown in the Biennial 798 (Beijing, 2009), Triennial de Chile (Santiago, 2009), and many other solo or group shows around Chile, New York, Berlin, and even Shanghai.
The Sculpture Center has the honor of hosting Nico and Isabel this fall, September - November 2015, through the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion foreign artist-in-residence program. This is our third Creative Fusion artist. For all of them, we have partnered with Cleveland State University's Department of Art. The artists engage with the CSU students of Sculpture Professor Irina Koukhanova in a special project. They also use CSU's Sculpture Studio and work with Professor Koukhanova to learn new sculpture techniques.
Nico, for the first time, has been working in ceramics and casting in bronze and aluminum. His special project for the sculpture students is an incorporation of text with three dimensional shapes that are made only of wood, glue, and one other material. The students have learned how to create artwork for outdoor public display and public interaction that can also be exhibited indoors.
While in Cleveland, Nico and Isabel are also working on a special art project with seventh graders at Cleveland Municipal School District's Scranton K-8. The students are creating a Scranton School Art Collection using any form of art favored by each student - as drawings, paintings, photographs, videos, sound recordings, or objects.
Isabel, as choreographer and performer, is working independently with a 13-year-old girl at the Cleveland Sight Center to create a collaborative art project.
Nico's residency is made possible by the generosity of the Creative Fusion program of the Cleveland Foundation. Creative Fusion is an urban-based, community-engaged residency program for international artists to bring global arts and culture to Cleveland. The program consists of two, three-month residencies in Cleveland in the spring and fall each year. Each residency period hosts up to six artists from cultures not well represented currently in Cleveland's professional arts sector. More information on the Creative Fusion program can be found here.
The Sculpture Center is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to the advancement of the careers of emerging Ohio sculptors and the preservation of Ohio outdoor sculpture as a means to provide support for artists and to effect the enrichment, education, enjoyment, and visual enhancement of the Cleveland community and greater region.
The Sculpture Center receives generous support from The Callahan Foundation, the Kulas Foundation, The John P. Murphy Foundation, the Bernice and David E. Davis Art Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, studioTECHNE|architects, the Leonard Krieger Fund of The Cleveland Foundation, Sculpture Center board members, and many individual donors to Friends of The Sculpture Center. Additional generous public funding comes from the citizens of Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio through:
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