We opened our doors the first time October 2009. This being our 10th season, we wanted to focus in on what we do and have done best. Always going small. That scale suits our main endeavor: keeping Raymond Thunder-Sky in the mix as much as possible. While his mission in life was developing his own artistic practice and living his life to pursue that unending goal, he did so in a very humble manner, without a lot of words or pomp. He was marginal in the most magnificent way. That’s what we strive for – the margin, on our own terms. The shows we’ve pulled together for our 10th anniversary season exemplify beautiful stubbornness, a willingness to pursue ideas and aesthetics to wherever they need to go. “Smallville” is where Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent, grew up. In many ways, Cincinnati was and continues to be Raymond’s Smallville. He spent many years here as an alter ego, a construction-worker by day, a dreamy-eyed clown by night secretly compiling a dossier of visions and drawings that show a Metropolis being demolished, paving the way for the ultimate Fortress of Solitude.
ART SCHOOL: Clint Bassinger, Curtis Davis, Malik Harris, Arvind Sundararajan, and Ethan Waldeck. Opening January 5, 2019, reception 6 – 10 pm. Show closes February 15, 2019. Artists in high school, art school, and participating in the school of life shown side by side, with an emphasis on how practice makes perfect.
CHARLOTTESVILLE: Thomas Condon and Charlotte McGraw. Opening February 23, 2019, reception 6 – 10 pm. Show closes March 30, 2019. McGraw is an artist from Columbus, Ohio who has developed a vision and style all her own; Condon lives and works here in Cincinnati, focusing on the connection between meaning and perception. Both their works and visions help to create an alternate universe where kindness and mischief rule.
MURDER IN A SMALL TOWN: John Auer, Emily Brandehoff, Megan Christ, Sarah Lalley, Christian Schmit, and Evan Verrilli. Opening April 6, 2019, reception 6- 10 pm. Show closes June 1, 2019. The inspiration for this exhibition is drawn from the life and career of Frances Glessner Lee, who was the first female police captain in the United States and known for her painstaking construction of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a series of 20 dioramas depicting actual crime scenes. In response to Lee’s efforts, we’ve selected 6 artists to create work that either depicts a “scene of a crime” or alludes to a crime scene.
CALL AND RESPONSE: Antonio Adams and John D. Ross. Opening June 8, 2019, reception 6 – 10 pm. Show closes July 31, 2019. Ross is an artist living in Indianapolis; Adams is the Thunder-Sky, Inc. Artist in Residence. They met each other recently, and now are creating works in response to each other’s oeuvre. The resulting exhibit will focus on how aesthetics thrive in response to someone else’s impulses and inspirations.
FRONKENSTEIN: A Retrospective of the Works of Robert Fronk. Opening August 10, 2019, reception 6 – 10 pm. Show closes October 4, 2019. Fronk has had an extensive career in a variety of media and venues. He currently lives and works in the Camp Washington area, and the exhibit will survey current works.
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW: Dale Johnson, Carla Knopp, Brigham Martin, Zach Schwab, and Brant Withers. Opening October 12, 2019, reception 6 – 10 pm. Show closes December 13, 2019. Works by a variety of artists who delve in appropriating and reconfiguring photographic works through collage, technology, and other means, each artist finding new ways to distort what some call “reality” and others call “dream” or “nightmare.”