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June 10 - July 29, 2016
Opening Reception: Fri, June 10 @ 5:30 - 8 PM<
Juror Amy Gilman introduction of artists and discussion @ 6:30 pm
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Conceptual Migrations: Installation, Process and Place
With artists Andy Curlowe and Megna Helwig, Abdullah Qamer, Rainbow Lightening (Erica Hoosic and Chelsea Blackerby), and Lauren Yeager
Curated by Laila Voss
On view through September 2
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Information about Abdullah Qamer Creative Fusion Spring 2016

Abdullah Qamer Bio:

"I graduated from University of Karachi in Fine Arts in 2008. Since then my work has focused on sculpture revolving around a conceptual representation of society and its evolution. Art is a means of interpreting society through a platform of perception and intellectual enquiry and that is the intention of my practice.

I believe in art activism as well, in the positive impact of using visual art for community intervention. Apart from my studio practice I am a founding member of the Dhaaba Art Movement in Pakistan; we are a group of young artists using art as a medium of social awareness and therapy. We initiated street exhibitions and theatre activities in politically volatile areas of the city in periods when the security issues made our efforts risky. The intention was to create an alternative narrative from the violence and the hatred that was predominant. Under the banner of the Dhaaba Art Movement I have initiated art therapy workshops for street kids, street literary society, street discussion groups etc. I remain as the President of the organization"

Abdullah Qamer is The Sculpture Center's hosted foreign artist-in-residence, participating with five other artists in the spring 2016 Creative Fusion program, generously sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation. Abdullah is with us from March 1 - May 31, 2016. Please contact The Sculpture Center if you would like to invite Abdullah for a studio visit or to talk about his social practice with the very successful Dhaaba Art Movement, of which he is the founder and current president. Read an excellent article about the Dhaaba Art Movement here.

Read more about all the spring 2016 Creative Fusion artists in the CAN Journal Spring 2016 issue here.

Read the review on CFile, with great photos of the exhibition: Nathan Prouty & Zimra Beiner Highlight the Richness of Moments Overlooked by Cleveland's own Justin Crowe.

John Seefeldt: Fragments of Reconstruction and Longing and Ron Lambert: House Wear
W2S 2016 exhibitions

Solo exhibitions of new work by two outstanding early career sculptors of our region - Ohio, the Great Lakes region and surrounding states.

Opening November 13 @ 6-9 pm
The History of Power
New Work by Nicolás Grum, Creative Fusion Artist-in-Residence at The Sculpture Center
Artist's Presentation at 6:30 pm in the Main Gallery
On view through December 19

Nico is holding an open studio at the Main Gallery through the end of November. You are welcomed to drop in anytime. If you want to be sure to find him there, get in touch with Ann Albano by email or phone (216-229-6527) to schedule a visit with him.

United Nonsense.
November 21 @ 5 - 9 pm
At the Artcraft Building 2570 Superior Ave (6th Floor)
One night event and exhibition of new work by 4 Creative Fusion Artists-in-residence and invited Cleveland Artists

SculptureX Symposium 2015: Value Added, Friday October 9-Saturday, October 10 at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Come to the sixth annual SculptureX Symposium 2015: Value Added hosted by the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, Wayne State University (Detroit, MI). It's generously and collegiately co-sponsored by the Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University, the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

NETWORK, MEET, LISTEN, DISCUSS, ARGUE, LOOK, AND HAVE A GREAT TIME IN DETROIT. IT'S GONG TO BE ALL SCULPTURE ALL THE TIME FOR A DAY AND A HALF. Revel in receptions at four sculpture exhibitions at Wayne State and Cranbrook. Attend professional development workshops for students. Finally, if you've got an ounce of strength left, hear Keynote Speaker Sheila Pepe and join panels on Social Practice and Process. You can stay at the Atheneum Hotel for a reduced rate, be shuttled about, and walk from Wayne State to the Detroit Institute of Art for free admission to their fabulous collections.

For more information and registration go to Sculpture X Symposium 2015. Learn more about SculptureX.

Sheila Pepe is this year's keynote speaker. Pepe is best known for her large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculpture made from domestic and industrial materials. She has exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad in solo and group exhibitions as well as collaborative projects. Pepe is also know as an educator who likes to trespass the boundaries of fixed disciplines in art and design. She has taught since 1995-for many years as adjunct faculty in a variety of programs and schools including Brandeis University, Bard College, RISD, VCU, and Williams College-until 2005 when she took a full-time position at Pratt Institutes as the assistant chair of fine arts. Her own artistic development was a mix of academic training and non-degree granting residencies: BFA, Massachusetts College of Art, 1983; Haystack School, 1984; Skowhegan School, 1994; MFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1995; and Radcliffe Institute, 1998-99. Pepe was a resident faculty member at Skowhegan School, 2013. She is now on the faculties of Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design.

May 13 - 17 Frieze Art Fair New York
See Przemyslaw Jasielski's new work at the Frieze Art Fair New York in Le Guern Gallery from Warsaw. Stop by the Focus section, Stand A3, and say hello to Przemo if you'll be at the fair.
Przemo was a 2013 Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion artist-in-residence at The Sculpture Center. He returned to Cleveland last fall to be part of Machined Senses for which he made Minotaur, an interactive, emotional sculpture. Emotions Control Unit, on view at Frieze, is the next iteration of this concept.
More about Emotions Control Unit

Przemyslaw Jasielski
Emotions Control Unit

The project is the latest continuation of the Control Units series of works. It is trying to negotiate nostalgia for the simple machine designed to resemble early radio receivers with typically human emotions. Based on the custom built wooden enclosure, equipped with distance and touch sensors and the microphone it uses, an especially created program reacts to behavior of the viewers in the gallery, showing its emotions on sets of meters. Viewers can switch on and off sets of sensors responsible for three dimensional seeing, touch, and hearing, changing the machine's behavior and fine tuning the particular "emotions".

The project is a simulation of the basic emotion model. This model holds that words such as "anger", "sadness", "fear" etc. describe a unique mechanism, which is triggered by discrete mental states, leading to unique, measurable outcomes. In this view exists a limited number of biologically determined basic emotional processes, which considering specific form, function and a cause, are different from mental processes like cognition or perception.

What is interesting is that, despite its superficial simplicity, the work causes extremely emotional reactions, it's treated as if it would have free will and subjectively experience emotions itself or as if it would act intentionally. The viewers accept with no hesitation the reality of electronically created emotions. Most of the viewers are convinced that the object presents specific reactions to each of them. Using technology while simulating phenomena remaining beyond our current technical possibilities was sufficient to present one of the most basic contemporary paradoxes - treating creations of human technology in a personalized way.

Le Guern Gallery
Frieze Art Fair New York
May 14-17, 2015


Sat May 16 @ 11 AM - 4 PM in the Sculpture Center's Euclid Avenue Gallery
Meet Mkrtich Tonoyan, the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion artist-in-residence at The Sculpture Center, to discuss a residency at ACOSS in Yerevan, Armenia. You can have an in depth discussion with Mkrtich and show him your portfolio online. The residency is open to artists of all kinds and researchers. The length of the residency can be tailored to your needs. Light refreshments.

Tuesday, May 19 @ 7:30 to 10 PM, ArtCraft Building, 2550 Superior Avenue Building
6 Interventions, an exhibition of the work of the 6 Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion artists-in-residency paired with Cleveland artists. Join us.

The production of this catalog was made possible by generous funding from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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