How to Remain Human continues MOCA’s focused engagement with artists connected to Cleveland and the surrounding region, including neighboring cities in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The Remain Human blog is a portal to the world behind How to Remain Human and into the lives and works of the 14 artists on view. Expect fun facts, curatorial insights, and a lively (at times strange) exploration of art and artists connected to Cleveland + the region.
Remain Human Blog
Megan Lykins Reich: How did you approach designing the sculpture’s form? Are there any references that inspired its shapes and protrusions? How did the architecture influence your design choices?
In this video, Jimmy Kuehnle, the artist behind Please, no smash (2015), a neon pink installation commissioned for MOCA Cleveland's atrium, speaks about his work, which he says is about
Name: Jimmy Kuehnle
Born: Atlanta 1979
Lives and works: Cleveland, Ohio
Name: Christi Birchfield
Born: 1983, Cleveland
Lives and works: Cleveland
In the region:
I grew up on the west side of Cleveland. I attended college at the Cleveland Institute of Art where I received by BFA in Printmaking.
What is it about rocks that makes them so compelling? We collect, sort, classify, prize, and imitate them. The pitted surface of Harris Johnson’s Rock (2014) is almost convincingly rock-esque. This sculptural imitation employs papier mache and modeling paste to convey heft and density.
Harris Johnson’s American Ramble is a stream-of-consciousness text painting directly on the gallery wall. As you read it, a growing sense of anxiety takes over, a kind of tidal wave of boredom, violence, and hopelessness.
Meet How to Remain Human artist Harris Johnson. Throughout this week the Remain Human blog will continue to focus on this artist:
Lives and works: Just relocated from Richmond, VA and to Brooklyn, NY
I really can’t get How to Remain Human artist Mary Ann Aitken's Self-Portrait (1983) out of my mind. The artist floats in a rough black field, a turbulent void. She wears her red painting robe, donned in the studio to protect her clothes from paint.