78th Street Studios’ Third Friday Offers a Flock of New Shows for May

Fri 5/18 @ 5-9PM

Spring has finally sprung, and this month’s 78th Street Studios Third Friday should be blooming with excitement as several new shows open around the building.

At HEDGE Gallery there’ll be new work by one of the HEDGE stable of artists Matthew Gallagher. Research and development features paintings, drawings and encaustic-based sculptures “inspired by unseen physical forces such as sonic frequencies.” With paint, ink and wax, Gallagher explores such physical phenomena as gravity, magnetism and sound waves

“Meaningful discoveries are made through a willingness to engage with the physical world.,” he explains. “Electromagnetic, sonic and chemical processes exist around us that are constantly experienced but remain invisible. My mission is to deliver representations of these forces as art objects.”

During the opening, John Cellura of Bent Crayon Records, also located in 78th Street Studios, will be DJing in the gallery.

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Down one floor at the opposite end of the building, E11even2 Gallery will debut Modern Guilt: New Works by Andrew Shondrick and Matt Miller.  It’s described as a “mix of ideas spawning from shifts in social values and constant overcorrection to the current state of the world in all of its good, bad and crazy.”

The artists met at the Myers School of Art in Akron, drawn together by their interest in “lowbrow,” pop-inspired work, exactly what E11eve2 specializes in.

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Also, look for a special exhibit called Adrift, a Dream, put together by the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland. It features multimedia work by artists addressing the refugee experience of dislocation, confusion, isolation, transition and eventual integration. It will be on view from 5-10pm both Fri 5/18 and Fri 6/15.

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And don’t forget to stop into the Derek Hess Gallery where Hess will be signing copies of his new book, 31 Days in May, which addresses mental health issues, including his own, through his powerful artwork. Read more here.

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