U·turn's Literati Glitterati Fundraiser + CS13's Today Show

hello bright beacons,

Watch for my small piece about CS13's Today Show in this week's CityBeat. Here are a few details about it now: Our friends at the alternative arts space CS13 will be presenting a 24-hour long exhibition called The Today Show that begins at 5 pm on Friday, February 18th and culminates in a reception on the evening of Saturday, February 19th, from 5-7 pm. A number of the artists included in their exhibition have shown or will be showing at U·turn in the coming months. The artists will mount an exhibition in which all of the work is conceived, created, installed, documented, written about and presented to the public in a 24 hour period. CS13 is located at 1420 Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. Make it an evening all about alternative spaces in the city: start at CS13 at 5 pm and then join us for dinner and a poem or two at 7 pm.

What that last part is referring to is U·turn's Fundraiser event on Saturday night. Here are some details for the event:

Literati Glitterati: A U·turn Fundraiser
February 19th, 2011, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
$10 suggested donation at the door

Cincinnati, OH—In little more than a year and a half of consistent monthly programming, U·turn Art Space is proud to have exhibited sixty artists from our region and from around the world. Now we are asking for your help. But don’t worry; we put the ‘fun’ in fundraiser. On the evening of the 19th, there will be books, buffets and beauty. Along with a delicious homemade meal, we will be offering beer for sale, live poetry readings and intermissions filled with a playlist designed especially for the event.

The evening will double as a book release night. Here are a few of the exciting releases planned:

-Brighton Approach Gold Edition- A special edition of Brighton Approach, U·turn’s art and literature periodical, will be available for sale. A number of the writers included in the book will be reading their work throughout the evening, including Keith Banner, Jennifer Glaser, Michael Hennessey, Meg Prichard, Nick Story and Dana Ward. These books have been printed full color, with art and writing contributions from Cincinnati and all across the country. As a Gold Edition, the book has been themed around alchemy, the pursuit of transforming the mundane into something precious. As an alternative arts space, we readily identify with such a goal.

-The U·turn Folios- The gallery has created four sets of full color digital prints, featuring work by the collective, as well as over twenty other artists that have exhibited with the space since October 2009. Three small folios have been curated and each will be available for $15. A larger folio that includes all of the prints from the smaller collections will available for $30. All folios will include a certificate of authenticity from the gallery. These will be printed in a limited run for the event.

-Exhibition Catalogues- Since the beginning of 2010, the gallery has been designing print-to-order catalogues for every exhibition. A full run of these books will be unveiled, with information about how to order them from our online store (if you’d like to preview some of these books, visit the web address: http://stores.lulu.com/UturnArtSpace). This run of catalogues include essays and poems by Christopher Backs, Keith Banner, Shawnee Barton, Craig Damrauer, Micah Freeman, Hollis Hammonds, Isaac Hand, Justine Ludwig, Matt Morris, Patricia Murphy, Zachary Rawe, Eric Ruschman and Dana Ward.

A little about the cost of running the space:

U·turn is comprised of five members, all working artists with day jobs. The gallery takes no commission off of the sale of artwork in the space, wishing instead to pass all profits back to the artists. So far, we have financed the space with our own incomes.

It costs an estimated $585 a month to operate the gallery. This includes rent and energy as well as costs for producing an exhibition, such as wall paint, lights, reception refreshments, postcards and the cost to ship work back to artists. For a professional art gallery, this is amazingly economical. In the winter, our heating bills are much higher. We hope that this fundraiser will help us offset these expenses and make our spring exhibitions easier to produce.This event coincides with our remarkable current exhibition, Marcia Hafif: Glaze Paintings. The renowned Hafif has designed a spacious installation of 8 small monochrome paintings that activate the entire room.

Steve Rosen reviewed this exhibition recently in CityBeat: http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-22668-marcia-hafif-finds-sanctuary-at-u-turn.html

For more information about the exhibitions U·turn has presented for over a year and a half, please visit our blog: http://www.uturnartspace.blogspot.com/

We hope you'll join us on Saturday to support U·turn and the exhibition programming we bring to the city!


birdwatching, hafif watching, catalogue crushing

hi dreamers,

this week in CityBeat I plugged the freshly opened For the Birds, an invitational exhibition at NKU's Galleries. I was speaking with an aspiring young curator last Sunday (and I hope that at least some of my subjective experiences were useful to be retooled into strategies), and considered aloud that there may be (at least) two or three loose catagories on how to approach curating an exhibition. A first and most common is to detect a trend, a train of thought running through a number of artists, and bring them together under that heading. A second is to begin with a line of inquiry, and to use the curating experience to either seek answers or modify the questions. A third is working on a solo exhibition. Now these can be especially interesting, because there are still questions driving the exhibitions, but they come from within the work, the artist's practice.

For the Birds is definitely the first type I described. We made it to the opening at the very end (and I might complain that while the press release promised free parking, we were charged b/c some kind of sports event was taking place). When you draw together all kinds of work on the basis of it all containing birds, there is going to be stronger and weaker work. There's a mixture here. There is one sculpture, and while I wasn't interested in the birdcage shaped as a church or the seed mixture shaped into Saint Francis, the actual proximity to small happy/cranky little live birds (finches?) really held all of the other works in place.

I also want to direct readers to Steve Rosen's really spectacular review of Marcia Hafif's exhibition currently on view at U.turn. Marcia's work has been a sublime, stunning, moving experience to work with. We are so pleased that Rosen shared in some of that profundity. Thank you Steve!

I will note that we are not a non-profit, nor do we think we are (the mention of this in the article will only first aggravate critics who have touched on this distinction. We are a not for profit alternative space. U.turn is not a registered 501(c)(3), nor does it plan on becoming one. We are very happy with how things are running.

My big work of this week has been on finalizing all of U.turn's catalogues. Since the beginning of 2010, the gallery has been designing print-to-order catalogues for every exhibition. A full run of these books will be unveiled, with information about how to order them from our online store . We're gearing up for a fundraiser on February 19th at the space starting at 7 pm.