Main Gallery and Euclid Avenue Galleries
June 9 – August 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, June 9, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M.
The Juror and the Artists Talk: in both Galleries begin at 6:30 P.M.
Steve Locke, our distinguished juror, selected small sculptures by 20 artists from an open call for sculptors of our greater region, including students. The selections feature a broad range of forms with figuration in the ascendancy. Art materials include found objects, alabaster, ceramic, wood, and bronze with noted deviations into other directions such as drywall and joint compound, latex paint skin, salt and oatmeal, and pig intestines.
“I have always been interested in and excited by the work of other artists. Having the opportunity to jury this show has been a challenge and a pleasure. The former because of the sheer number of exciting applicants; the latter because it has been incredible to see the exhibition in its final form. While the selections were mine, Ann Albano’s considered installation allows the work to make its impact.”
“The artists herein deal with things coming together and coming apart, address groups dynamics, challenge personhood, and ask us to reconsider things that we could have easily overlooked. It’s for these reasons that I chose this work. In these challenging and perilous times, the artists in the show ask us to pay close attention and the reward us with the results of their deep engagement with a variety of methods and materials. Each of them asks us not just to look, but to linger, to empathize, and perhaps to understand – others and ourselves. In their criticality and rigor, these artists hold a vital place in the contemporary dialog around sculpture.”
“This is some of the best work I’ve seen in a long time. I hope you enjoy it.”
Juror and artist
Steve Locke is an African American artist who explores figuration and perceptions of the male figure, themes of masculinity and homosexuality, and violence against African Americans through drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation art. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio (1963), raised in Detroit, Michigan, and is currently living and working in Boston, Massachusetts, where he teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has had recent solo exhibitions at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (then traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit), Samsøn, Boston, and Mendes Wood gallery, Sao Paolo Brazil. Steve’s recent exhibitions, The School of Love and Family Memories (Nov. 2016), have been reviewed in Big, Red and Shiny (Nov. 2, 2016) and Lense Scratch (April 25, 2017), among other publications.
Steve will be at The Sculpture Center for the June 9 opening. He will also be the visiting artist for the third Cleveland Sculptors Network panel, Unfettered, Artists who Work across Media (more info), Saturday, June 10 @ 7 pm, with Master Reviews & Collective Discussion on June 11 @ 10 am – 1 pm (for selected artists only. Not open to the public.)