Take A Joke, And Enjoy A Drink
Gregory Bae, Troy Briggs, Rashayla Marie Brown, Matt Morris

Curated by Tony Lewis. A collaboration between Bellwether and MOCA Cleveland.

September 3 – September 13, 2016

1555 East 40th St.| Entrance on Cooper St.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 3, 6-9pm
The artists will give remarks at 7pm.

The exhibition will be on view from 12-5pm:

Saturday, 9/5
Sunday, 9/6
Saturday, 9/12
Sunday, 9/13

There are art educators with an intense dedication to a studio practice, which equals the commitment they have to their students. After all, one can’t deny the ethical imperative of education inherent in the production, analysis, and theater of art. In these and other stages of a work of art’s life there is a constant building up and breaking down; continuous learning and unlearning; a consistent becoming which mirrors the maker, and reflects itself as the viewer sees. This is the kind of mind that invests in the shaping of younger minds unaware of how self-aware they will become.

There are artists with loud, contradictory voices, and bigger ideas, which challenge their immediate environment; artists with a relationship to a particular material, which causes you to redefine the material, artists who are affirmed by belief, and not dissuaded by it. They make things that are as big as the world, and simultaneously as small as a light bulb. Their art offers the opportunity to participate in the seemingly self-sustaining folly that is generosity. It is also hate, anger, and anguish. Self-doubt is as strong as any color, and the tension between the two is where we play.

There are also friends who can take a joke and enjoy a drink. This exhibition brings together artists and friends from Chicago traveling to Cleveland and back. I look to these artists for their brilliance, generosity, commitment, and energy for what they do everyday: the self-examination of the mind as an artist, to challenge each other, and those around them; as well as their capacity for friendship. It’s because of this willingness to work together no matter how agonistic it may become, that we can keep the solipsistic anxiety of making art in check. To work hard in thought through (and with) collective minds is as critical as making the work alone, as valuable as absurdity, and for many artists, it is the material.

Tony Lewis

With support from Thomas Frontini and Paula Izydorek

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