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Upcoming events at Silver Scuro Studio and Gallery

Oscura Luce: photography and sculpture by K Austin
to Jul 28

Oscura Luce: photography and sculpture by K Austin

Inspired by his love for the idealized and stylized figurative art from Baroque painters, K Austin's solo exhibition "Oscura Luce" presents drawing, photography, and sculpture as a medium to talk about figurative art in a more contemporary time. Austin is a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and this exhibit is being presented with support from CIA and Creativity Works.

"Clothing is a barrier from the idea that the skin we’re in is natural. The thin fabrics seen throughout the photography portion of my project is the ideation of the clothing. The light in the pieces bringing the figure out of the darkness is connected to this idea that working with the figure in both drawing and sculpture is a lost idea that is looked down upon in society today. The beauty of these pieces is intended to change this idea.

Wood is looked at as a strong structure that our society lives on. I will use this material to draw the figure on to, whether it being male, female, and different ethnicities to enhance the idea that the skill of portraying the figure is a lot stronger than pencil on paper. Each wood drawing piece will be cut or developed in a specific way based on the particular model or models’ personality that is in the piece. In all hope the viewer would see this piece with a lot more emotion than they would have if they just saw it as a drawing."

Oscura Luce opens at Silver Scuro Gallery, 5606 Fleet Ave, on Saturday July 7 from 6-10PM, and will be on exhibit by appointment and Friday, July 13 and 20, 4-7PM. Join us for an artist's talk on Saturday, July 21st at 1PM (NOTE: date changed from 7/14).

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K Austin

is a photography and sculpture student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and is presenting a solo show at Silver Scuro Gallery this summer through an internship program sponsored by Creativity Works and CIA.

photo by Barry Underwood

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"Sticks and Stones" at Heights Arts
to Jul 29

"Sticks and Stones" at Heights Arts

I'm excited to be stretching out from my space this month AND showing a completely new body of work as part of a group show at Heights Arts. Based on sketches and taking their inspiration from the subject matter as materials, these new photograms are actually more drawings and printmaking than photography.

Sticks and Stones opens June 15 at Heights Arts and is on view through July 29. This summer exhibition showcases the amazing relationship between artist and nature. Contributors include Andy Curlowe, Ryan Dewey, Jeanetta Ho, Kevin Kautenburger, Steven Mastroianni, Freeland Southard, and Olga Ziemska.

Curator Bill Schubert described his thought process behind the exhibition’s title: “Humankind’s relationship with sticks and stones is fundamental. Sticks and stones were our first tools, our first weapons, and the materials we built our first dwellings of. All over the world and for thousands of years, people have been using stones to grind grain into flour and then baking their bread over burning sticks. The history of art also begins with sticks and stones. The first known drawings were drawn on the stone walls of the Lascaux caves (1700–1500 BC)…The giant heads of Easter Island (1200–1499). The great totem poles of the native North Americans (1700s to present). And eventually the work of the Land Artists and Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970)… sticks and stones are the stuff of art. These seven great regional artists demonstrate that eternal truth.”

Read the full review in CAN Journal

"...Mastroianni’s examples, titled “Roll,” “Rock,” “March,” and “Cold Snap,” look like phosphorescent trails, or they could be constellations, flaring against deep darkness. The marks we see are actual light-imprints of little sticks and stones. Mastroianni’s tachistic trails evoke age-old traditions of trace-leaving and mark-making, but considered from a larger perspective, they’re also about the impossible flare of identity as it burns against the darkness of time, about the strangeness of our journey." -Douglas Max Utter, CAN Journal


"Roll" 20x24 Silver Gelatin print

"Roll" 20x24 Silver Gelatin print

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Blowout: Terry Durst and Jon Gott
6:00 PM18:00

Blowout: Terry Durst and Jon Gott

Silver Scuro Gallery will feature new collaborative work by Terry Durst and John Gott on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Work is available for sale, cash/CC and carry, so come prepared to add one of these amazing new works to your collection. We will have a preview for collectors and those who can't make the public showing on May 12 from 11-3PM, and during the week of May 13th by appointment only. Read the review at CAN Journal.

Jon and Terry met at The Cleveland Institute of Art in the mid-2000s when Terry was a painting instructor and Jon was in his class. Terry has been showing in Cleveland with a few shows out-of-state since 1989. They've both shown individually and together since 2005. Terry was born in Wadsworth, Ohio and Jon was born in Washington DC. Terry's BFA is from Kent State University in Sculpture and Film, and Jon's is from CIA in Painting. Jon also has a Master's Degree from The University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign, in Sculpture. Terry has taught at Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus, and also at CIA. Jon taught in Champaign during grad school.

Blowout: These objects are collaborative histories of accumulated found material. It's better to blowout than it is to rust...

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