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Exhibit preview: “Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present” aims to put artistic medium into a new light

“Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present” is an exhibition representing a medium that, despite being responsible for some stunningly beautiful and innovative work over the last five decades, has often been misunderstood, and frankly underappreciated, by much of the art world. “Fiber” — which made its debut in October 2014 at Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and is currently on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts through April 12 before heading to the Des Moines Art Center in May — is designed to realign the perceptions of fiber sculpture.
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Art preview: Chad Lambert

This Saturday, World’s Greatest Comics will celebrate its fourth anniversary by having three special guests appear in town. Cincinnati-based Chad Lambert, creator of a biographic comic about the late ’70s sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” is not to be missed. Lambert was always a huge fan of the CBS series, which led to him working in radio for many years. Lambert’s “WKRP” comic tells the stories of how the show was created, along with anecdotes on some of the series’ most memorable moments — it’s raining turkeys!
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Exhibit preview: “Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present” aims to put artistic medium into a new light

“Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present” is an exhibition representing a medium that, despite being responsible for some stunningly beautiful and innovative work over the last five decades, has often been misunderstood, and frankly underappreciated, by much of the art world. “Fiber” — which made its debut in October 2014 at Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and is currently on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts through April 12 before heading to the Des Moines Art Center in May — is designed to realign the perceptions of fiber sculpture.
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Art preview: “Beyond Materials: Artists Pushing the Boundaries of Basketry”

You may not expect some of the most interesting and exotic art currently exhibiting in Columbus to be in the form of basketry, but that’s entirely true with the current exhibit at Ohio Craft Museum. Eight artists have work in “Beyond Materials,” but the star of the show is distinguished Ohio artist Dorothy Gill Barnes.
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Literary Profile: Carmen Winant’s Collage of the Creative and Critical

Carmen Winant embraces her identity as a writer, artist and professor, even as she recognizes that these modes require both setting and blurring boundaries. Winant, who moved to Columbus this past fall to teach at CCAD, holds both an MFA and MA in Visual and Critical Studies. “The idea was always that my intellectual and studio life could not be extricable from each other,” she shared when we spoke about her work. Her new book, “My Life as a Man” (published by Horses Think Press), explores and explodes the creative process of both art-making and writing.
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Studio Proof: “The Evolution of Stripes”

If you’ve never visited Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, near the corner of Long and High streets downtown, the current exhibit “Evolution of Stripes” by Michael J. Halliday is just the excuse you need. Alright, you don’t ever need an excuse to see the work on display at Fresh A.I.R. — all from individuals affected by mental illness and/or substance abuse — because it’s occasionally provocative, usually charming and/or striking, and always interesting.
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Exhibit preview: “Paint By Numbers” showcases unique and rich collaboration

Almost a year ago experienced painters Simon La Bozetta and J.T. Thompson moved into a basement studio on Parsons Avenue in Olde Towne East. Even though both have been a part of the local art community for years — although each took some time away for careers and family — and knew of each other’s work, the two had never thought about sharing a space.
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Art preview: “A Gift of Clarity”

Local artist Adam Kolp hasn’t had the easiest path. As a teenager, he was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease that affects the corneas, and eventually lost his vision in college. Having been drawing since he was a toddler, Kolp was still able to create art during his ordeal. After two corneal transplants, Kolp regained his vision and will hold his first solo art show celebrating how these experiences have given him a new perspective on both his life and his art. A reception will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 7.
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Art preview: Last Chance: “King of the Comics: William Randolph Hearst and 100 Years of King Features”

To celebrate the centennial of King Features Syndicate, a print syndication owned by The Hearst Corporation, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is holding an exhibition featuring original drawings by the artists, printed pages, photographs, correspondence, advertisements and more from some of the most iconic King creations. Works from “Beetle Bailey,” “Hi and Lois,” “Flash Gordon,” “The Phantom,” “Krazy Kat” and more are on display in this extensive collection.
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Art preview: “Claudel”

The Columbus Dance Theatre’s annual production of “Claudel” is one of the must-see dance performances of the year. So it’s no surprise “Claudel” is moving to a bigger venue this year to accommodate demand. Telling the story of sculptor Camille Claudel (disciple and lover of August Rodin) through a multimedia performance — music by the Carpe Diem String Quartet, poetry by Kathleen Kirk, theatrical performance by Christina Kirk and the choreography of CDT artistic director Tim Veach — “Claudel” is truly an artistic achievement.
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Art review: “The Greeks: The Murders”

Some 2,500 years ago, the Greeks invented theatre, more or less. But if you harbor any doubts about how relevant those plays remain, you owe it to yourself to see Otterbein University’s current production of “The Greeks: The Murders.”
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Studio Proof: “Strip Malls are the Plains/Lonely Like a Highway”

The two-artist exhibition “Strip Malls are the Plains/Lonely Like a Highway” from Liz Roberts and Elena Harvey Collins can be described as fun, mischievous and even a little strange. But that’s the point. The foundation of the video (two projected on ROY G BIV Gallery’s front windows and another on a screen inside) and installation (a palette of mulch positioned throughout the interior) components is a thoughtful and spirited distortion of ordinary life.
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