announcing U · turn Art Space

from left to right: Zach Rawe, Tricia Murphy,
Molly Donnermeyer, Eric Ruschman + me (Matt Morris)

U · turn Art Space
2159 Central Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45214
e: u.turn.artspace@gmail.com


U · turn Art Space is the newest addition
to the art district in Brighton, Cincinnati, OH.

U · turn Art Space is a collective-run alternative arts space that was initiated in fall 2009. The U · turn Art Space collective is comprised of five Cincinnati-based artists: Molly Donnermeyer, Matt Morris, Patricia Murphy, Zach Rawe and Eric Ruschman. Each month U · turn delivers fresh, compelling exhibitions of emerging and established artists. The gallery has a special interest in new developments in sculpture and object making, but is excited to represent the contemporary landscape of art as broadly as possible. Our goal is to bring shows into Cincinnati that are relevant; that provide an opportunity for discourse, ideas, and play to be forced together, awkwardly or elegantly, and offer itself to a viewing audience. Along with art exhibitions, U · turn hosts a range of accompanying readings, performances and events that raise probing questions and plural perspectives. U · turn’s efforts are intended for audiences in the surrounding Brighton district, Cincinnati at large and the whole of the Midwest. Opening receptions for exhibitions usually take place on the evening of the first Saturday of every month to coincide with other gallery openings in the area. The gallery will also have regular hours on Saturdays from 12-4 pm. Other viewings are by appointment. Gallery is free and open to the public, with street parking in front of the space and on nearby streets.

It announces its grand opening with its first exhibition Brought To you By, an invitational group exhibition that seeks to thank influential artists who have inspired the gallery’s collective in their creative efforts. Brought To You By features the work of Evan Commander, David Dillon, Tracy Johnson, Katie Labmeier, Elaine Lynch, Annette Monnier, Ellen Nagel, Rebecca Seeman, Suzanne Silver and Lindsey Whittle. The collective of five working artists that runs U · turn wishes to commemorate the beginning of this gallery venture by expressing gratitude and recognition to artists who have had indelible affects on each of their creative practices. As professors, mentors or leaders by example, the artists included have influenced U · turn and inspired collective members to be the artists and gallerists they are today. Individual collective members invited two artists each, resulting in this ten-person exhibition. The title of the exhibition is an Uroboros, a continuous idea that opens back onto itself. While the exhibition is brought to Cincinnati’s public through the efforts of the art space collective, the assertion of the exhibition is that, in many special ways, the exhibiting artists are responsible for inspiring and prompting this gallery into existence. Please come celebrate the opening of Brought To You By and the grand opening of U · turn Art Space on October 3rd!

U · turn is the latest art venture in Brighton, an inner city neighborhood adjacent to the Over-the-Rhine brewery district and the culturally diverse West End. It is neighbored by other arts organizations in the community, including Synthetica Gallery (2157 Central Avenue), semantics gallery (1107 Harrison Avenue) and the Freeman Central Gallery (window space on the corner of Central and Freeman Avenues). U · turn is one of two new efforts in Brighton, with the Brush Factory, a fashion co-op, currently preparing to open several blocks away on Central Avenue. While U · turn functions as a venue for contemporary art, it hopes to demonstrate an interest in the history of its space, a building that dates back to the 1800s. Originally the J. B. Lagemann general store specializing in fine dress goods, mixed paints and feathers; the first floor space has functioned as the Refuge Temple Church, the well-remembered Junior Gallery, and as a personal residence for artists.

For more information, please contact the gallery by e-mail: u.turn.artspace (at) gmail.com


while i haven't been here, i've been

evidently the second half of my 2009 is not as conducive to keeping an updated blog as the beginning of the year. even now, i'm making a note just to see if you're paying attention.

pretty soon, news will be bursting out all over the place.

things that are already public knowledge:

-three of my poems have been chosen to appear in Issue #10 of the Alice Blue Review.

-THIS WEEKEND is the enormous semantics benefit that features an art auction of more than 100 works, a delectable bake sale, a titillating performance from modern dance movement laboratory Pones Inc., tarot reading, Christian Schmit's famous Draw Box, and much much more. Benefit has a suggested donation gate fee of $10 and runs from 7-11 pm on Saturday night. semantics is at 1107 Harrison Avenue.

-to closely follow the (hopeful) success of semantics' fundraiser event, the gallery collective will be releasing a limited run of Art Boxes that will include small artworks from each artist currently involved in the operation of the gallery. i am excited about my contributions to the boxes and will be sharing more about these hot collectible items soon.

-stay tuned for more information about my upcoming exhibition at Aisle Gallery in the West End of Cincinnati that will open November 6, 2009.

-the third and final installment of my series of texts on public sculpture will be appearing in the September issue of Aeqai.

along with these stirring developments, new things are in the works, like

-a new website

-a new gallery venture

-new exhibitions coming up quickly in 2010

-a conference in TX?


so. where were we?

since my last post, i've been to chicago to see the new wing of AIC and the Twombly exhibition that is the first to grace its walls. the latest issue of Art Papers features two of my recent reviews. a couple of months of successful events organized by Guerilla Queer Bar.

this morning started with a span of time looking through Vogue's 2009 September issue.
this morning started out periwinkle.

i'm sorry that i don't have the time or exactly the focus to really dig deep into some ideas on my blog right now. a list will have to suffice. take these items as points in an aggregate composed into a portrait of my late summer:

-Lindsey Whittle back in the states with her fierce fashion sense.
-Its Blitz by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
-Carmel Buckley's exhibition Trace up through the end of this week at the Weston.
-artworks by dennis harrington, adam maloney, and alton frabetti i plan to bid on at the semantics auction.
-The Gossip's Music for Men
-Dana Hamblen's Chicken Lays an Egg- a "fashion gallery" currently in Camp Washington
-Shapiro's Deli in Indianapolis and all the other amazing road food had with Molly and Eric in Indiana and Illinois.
-Iris Book Cafe
-the soon to be Brush Factory- a fashion co-op in Brighton
-a building full of nice new neighbors
-Shearwater- one of the best things out of Texas maybe ever (it's a band).
-the Girl Scout cookie Blizzards at Dairy Queen (thanks to Tammy and Kevin Muente for the heads up about these majestic treats)
-Treasure Aisles (formerly Turtle Creek) flea market. Lousy with costume jewelry.
-Molly Donnermeyer's upcoming solo exhibition at Creative Gallery
-a physical collection of the containers eric and i drink diet coke fountain drinks from
-becoming friends with Benoit Maire on facebook!
-secret preivews of short stories by Christopher Backs
-The Floatation Walls with Jane Carver and Leif Fairfield at CS13, just days before Nathan Hurst's fashion show premiere at CS13.
-little vintage hats with veils
-Sandy Eichert's cocktail parties
-dressing as a haute couture mer-person on a boat on the ohio river.
-planning a year's worth of art shows for two galleries

lemon out,