August 8, 2013
MOCA Cleveland Opens New Exhibition August 24
Day of events include experimental music and creative car culture
CLEVELAND (Aug. 8, 2013) – MOCA Cleveland will open the exhibition Everything All At Once, featuring the work of four Cleveland-based artists, on Saturday, August 24 in the Toby Devan Lewis Gallery. Day and evening festivities (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) will include a mash-up of contemporary art, experimental music and creative car culture.
The art exhibition, which runs through October 13, will present the work of Jeffery Chiplis, Dana Depew, Elizabeth Emery, and Jenniffer Omaitz.
Starting at 1 p.m., Toby’s Plaza, adjacent to MOCA, will be filled with some of the best local examples of innovative automobile aesthetic, ranging from home-built monster trucks to expertly graffitied luxury cars, with attendees voting on the Best of Show. Plaza events are free until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. general admission is $8. MOCA members and college students with ID are free.
Between 5-9 p.m., sound artists and electronic musicians will enliven MOCA’s exterior and interior with dynamic improvisational performances. At 7 p.m., MOCA will host a reception and talk by exhibition guest curator Liz Maugans, followed by the band, Blaka Watra, performing a concert on the plaza.
Summary Schedule of Events:
1 p.m. Car Show Begins
5-9 p.m. Pop-up Musical Events
7 p.m. Exhibition Talk
8:30 p.m. Blaka Watra concert
About the Exhibition Everything All at Once:
Four Cleveland-based artists all create work by restructuring and assembling found materials. These common things – picked up, repainted, repaired, or completely transformed – navigate between the ordered space of the museum and the material jumble of the outside world.
The work of each artist engages with the emerging cultural and economic “upcycle” of Cleveland, drawing on a grass-roots movement that finds hope in the humorous reinventing of “everything all at once.” Mining detritus from industry and human excess, they generate compelling and resilient new forms.
Jeffry Chiplis scavenges fragments of argon and neon, which he breaks down and merges together to transform commercial signage into playful new emblems and imagery. He is a graduate of Indiana University.
Dana Depew creates immersive sculptures with discarded building materials in a way that combines the categories of old/new, high/low, and destructive/redemptive. He studied sculpture at Kent State University.
Elizabeth Emery’s cast sculptures draw viewers’ attention to the negative space and surface textures of everyday items, creating new objects that are at once familiar and strange. She has a B.A. in art history and Italian studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
Jenniffer Omaitz builds layers of paper, cardboard and wood into dense accumulations that seem to stretch and grow in space, referring to a shifting landscape dotted with landfills and condemned houses. She earned a B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an M.F.A in painting from Kent State University.
Also on view in the main gallery through Oct. 13 is the exhibition Realization is Better Than Anticipation, a group show featuring the work of 12 painters from the region.
For more information on MOCA and all of its programming, visit www.MOCAcleveland.org or call 216-421-8671.
MOCA Cleveland, founded in 1968, is a leading force in Northeast Ohio’s cultural scene and is recognized nationally and internationally for its presentation of contemporary art and ideas.
MOCA Cleveland · 11400 Euclid Avenue · Cleveland, OH 44106 · 216-421-8671
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