Timothy Callaghan, Hilary Gent & Darius Steward
and Featuring videos by Sarah Paul*
(presented at opening and Art Bar)
June 28th-August 31st
Opening reception Thursday June 28th from 6-9pm
Founded during America’s westward push in the late eighteenth century, Cleveland has traced the classic trajectory of American cities. A trading outpost, Cleveland ascended during the industrial revolution, playing host to John D Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company, and Thomas Edison’s Neela Park. The city’s rise was epitomized by development of the 52-story Terminal Tower, the second tallest building in the world upon its completion in 1930, a title held until 1967. But slowing industrial growth triggered decline, and only two years later, in 1969, a burning oil slick on the Cuyahoga River providing a less vibrant symbol that would indelibly mark the City. Worthington Yards is a living lesson in Cleveland’s rise, decline and re-awakening today. Founded to equip workers constructing the Ohio and Erie Canal, the Geo Worthington Company grew to supply 1500 hardware stores. The company’s eventual decline paved the way for the redevelopment of its headquarters into a vibrant apartment building and our own Yards Project Space, together offering the perfect 360-degree view of a creative vision that is also shaping Cleveland. There is no better space in the city to take in these views and vistas then from our own (FRONT) yard.
Tim Callaghan, Hilary Gent, Sarah Paul and Darius Steward each apply a keen power of observation to reveal the authentic people, places and neighborhoods that comprise Cleveland. As FRONT (and the CAN Triennial) takes shape this summer around the theme ‘An American City,’ these Cleveland-based artists capture through their own street-level lens, a familiarity, pride, humor and perspective, the essence of what is essentially Cleveland. Each of these artists contributes to the Cleveland arts community and supports future generations of artists as full-time teachers, professors, community-engaged artists and advocates, while remaining fiercely dedicated to their own studio practices. ‘Cleveland Front and Seen’ profiles their collective response and reaction to this American City with a BE HERE NOW attitude, shared during one of the most exciting cultural times our city has ever SEEN.