The Grand re-birth of Rotten Meat Gallery as Rant Gallery will feature over 25 cleveland area artists and artisans almost all of which are Rotten Meat Gallery alumni. (All Photos by Rustin McCann)
Stephanie Martin Lipscomb
John W. Carlson
Emily A. Deeken
The Cuddle Cult
The Circle Craft
Panarama-Rama / Twin Cities
A collection of black and white panoramic photographs taken over the last five years, on 35mm and 120 film. An exploration of the panoramic format, with influences ranging from street and surrealist photography to abstract painting. This exhibition is the first viewing of these photos.
All work shot on film, developed, scanned and printed by the photographers.
Twinned in 2002, this series is a collection of photographs exploring some of the similarities and differences between Glasgow, Scotland, and Havana, Cuba - two cities famous for their distinct cultures, music and the spirit of revolution.
It Took a Long Time to Get Here Don't Leave too Soon
New Works from Justin Michael Will
Justin Michael Will
It Took a Long Time to get Here, Don’t Leave too Soon.
I draw every day. I use color and line to make people laugh and smile, and I love to share what I do. Finding time to create these images is how I stay happy and calm. They are meditative and reflective moments guiding me through my day. Whichever way I’m affected by the world around me, I often try to focus on staying frivolous and loose with my content. With the ever-increasing level of information we receive in our daily lives, I often don’t want to add too much more. I simply hope the basic elements of my work will encourage my audience to smile and have fun. I don’t often get too deep in my work, but I’ll be damned if I don’t overthink the shit out of things most days.
While considering these ideas - and thinking and rethinking and overthinking - I’ve also been trying to be more personally mindful and reflective, and I'm really feeling that as I grow older I need to force myself to enjoy moments as they happen. Admittedly I am fairly addicted to my phone, I'm trying to knowingly put it to rest and enjoy what's in front of me, and I'm noticing that I sometimes draw more frequently because I feel the need to post and share with others. I know that I should simplify and just take part in the happiness I try to lend to others through my work.
I think about how wonderful yet how short time is for all of us and hope that I can work towards fully appreciating and experiencing it. Through the past year I’ve seen loss of family and friends, I’ve felt my body age and understood the age of those older than me, and I’ve truly thought that the world is absolutely a brand new nightmaretown. Don’t worry, I know it’s not actually a nightmaretown, I know people are good and I love them, but holy shit are some of them crazy and super scary sometimes.
I’ve been fortunate enough to talk to new and old friends about my feelings, and I’m still confused by them as an adult. I get very sad sometimes and I get very happy other times and I cry A LOT. Not knowing what’s going to happen is often terrifying. But I know that I am here, and I know that I’ve made and done and loved a lot of things. And I know that there are going to be things to make and do and love, so things are pretty much okay.
So anyways, here are some new ideas, as well as some old ones, that I hope will make you feel and think and smile and laugh and share with each other, because those are my favorite things about all of us, and that’s why I’ve made this work. I’ve embraced a series of older drawings that I had previously only posted online, and I’ve created some new versions of old ideas. I’ve made some furniture, which was very fun, and I’ve doodled and painted with my favorite colors. I hope you enjoy the color and shapes and splotches and all of the wobblies. I am so dang excited that I get to share these things with you! I am living in the moment and so are you and that’s really all we can do.
I am so lucky to be here and I am so happy you’re here with me.