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ONTARIO GOLD

Cleveland SGS
September 15 – October 19

Opening Reception: 8-11 PM, Saturday, September 15

Cleveland SGS’ Ontario Gold honors the dividing line of Cleveland’s down-low and up-high cultures; it is a two-tone collection of images that explore the balance between inspiration and alienation. The exhibit’s namesake, Ontario Street, can be viewed as the epicenter of the city’s rebirth or simply as a street that people cross to get to Tower City. To the golden illuminations erected by casino magnates, it stands as a prism that tempers the dreams of the foolhardy and inspires children to strive for excellence. Cleveland SGS is both rare and nonreactive, Ontario Gold is the manifestation of these two most essential attributes.


Cleveland SGS is a homegrown group of street archivists and artists who, since 2006, have investigated the hidden meaning of Cleveland’s commercial narrative, one block at a time. From pawnshops to carryout, hair care to daycare, and back alleys to bar stools, SGS has painstakingly chronicled the homemade imagery that makes up so much of Cleveland’s landscape. Drawing heavily on the stories, images and visual vernacular they unearth in their travels across the city, SGS produces video, paintings, installations and signage deeply entwined with the city’s pulse.

In celebration of William Rupnik Gallery’s five year anniversary as one of Cleveland’s premier establishments for emerging fine artists, Ontario Gold opens with a public reception 8-11 PM on Saturday, September 15th. An after-party follows at Lava Lounge 11 PM – ? AM.

William Rupnik Gallery
1117 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland OH 44115

Lava Lounge
1307 Auburn Avenue
Cleveland OH 44113

Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 5-9 PM, weekends by appointment

Admission: free

Parking: Valet at Wyndam Hotel, Statler Garage (adjacent to gallery), curbside on neighboring streets

Visitor Information: Call (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

For further press information and images, contact:
William Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

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RUINS RELICS REVELATIONS

Brandon P. Davis
August 11 – 31

Opening Reception: 7-10 PM, Saturday, August 11th


Ruins Relics Revelations is the first solo exhibition by emerging photographer Brandon P. Davis showcasing the finest examples of urban decay found within the Rust Belt. Whether it be spaces used for recreation, education, or manufacturing, Brandon’s photographs depict compelling scenes of decay and neglect. Thought provoking and emotional, these photographic works leave the audience asking how and why such beautiful structures end in dissolution. From a wide angle view narrowed to gritty details, this collection wholly depicts aspects of midwestern ruins with an additional hint of mystery, allowing the viewer to reveal their own beliefs and conclusions.

Brandon P. Davis is a Cleveland-based photographer whose pursuit is capturing examples of blight and dereliction in urban environments. He ventures into desolate structures in hopes of discovering a scene that has been forgotten and cast aside by those that once occupied them. Paying close attention to the existing architectural details of the building and what parts have fallen into disrepair, Brandon beautifully composes his photographs to ultimately tell the story of environmental and societal demise.

Ruins Relics Revelations opens with a public reception 7-10 PM on Saturday, August 11th followed by an after-party at Lava Lounge 10 PM – ? AM.

William Rupnik Gallery
1117 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland OH 44115

Gallery Hours: by appointment only

Admission: free

Parking: Valet at Wyndam Hotel, Statler Garage (adjacent to gallery), curbside on neighboring streets

Visitor Information: Call (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

For further press information and images, contact:
William Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

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FORT

Paul Sydorenko
July 14 – August 3

Opening Reception: 7-10 PM, Saturday, July 14th

“When i was young, there was a fort in the woods at the end of my street. All of the neighborhood kids knew about it, but no one knew who built it? Maybe it was left over from the older kids who had grown up and moved on to driving cars and dating? It had definitely seen better days, yet this ramshackle fort made of old scrap wood and plastic tarping was magical to us. Even with the soiled carpet flooring, cigarette butts, and beer cans; it was awesome. Maybe that’s what made it awesome… it was an escape. It was adventure. It was the start of us trying to act like adults or trying to act cool. Becoming soldiers or looking at water damaged penthouse magazines that had sat through storms, winters, god knows what? It was there for at least ten years. And then one day, just as it magically arrived, it was gone. I still think about that fort today. I think about how cool it was to sit in that fort and just imagine… imagine that anything and everything was possible.” – Paul Sydorenko

Paul’s latest solo exhibition, Fort, brings those memories back to life in an ambitious series of installation, mixed media and conceptual works. On view for three weeks only at our downtown gallery, Fort opens with a reception 7-10 PM on Saturday, July 14th followed by an after-party at Lava Lounge 10 PM – ? AM.

William Rupnik Gallery
1117 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland OH 44115

Gallery Hours:
12-4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
12-4 pm Saturday, Sunday
Also by appointment

Admission: free

Parking: Valet at Wyndam Hotel, Statler Garage (adjacent to gallery), curbside on neighboring streets

Visitor Information: Call (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

For further press information and images, contact:
William Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

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RECENT WORKS

Group Exhibition

On view at Lava Lounge, April 13 – May 6

This month at Lava Lounge, we present recent works and consignments from some of the gallery’s represented artists and others, including: Ryan Jaenke, Cleveland SGS, Paul Rogers, John Ryan and William Rupnik.

1307 Auburn Avenue
Cleveland OH 44113

For further press information and images contact:
William Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

MINT CONDITION

Kent State University’s
2012 Senior Photo-Illustration Exhibition

May 4 – May 13
Opening Reception 6-9 pm, Friday, May 4th

The Kent State University, School of Visual Communication presents Mint Condition, an exhibition of photographic works by 2012 graduating seniors. The exhibition will showcase a selection of images ranging from location portraiture to delicate still lives from photographers Ellen Brinich, Heather Campbell, Katherine Case, Devin Casper, Spenser Dickerson, Sam Hedrick, and Kristen Swartz. Kent State University’s 2011 Photo-illustration alumni have also been invited to exhibit select works from their current portfolios.

Kent State’s Photo-Illustration program prepares students for careers in studio and illustrative commercial photography. Photo-Illustrators are intermediaries between clients and their audiences, acting as interpreters and messengers in photographic form for commerce, industry, and culture at large.

Please join us for the Mint Condition After-Party, hosted at Lava Lounge, immediately following the gallery reception on May 4th. A swank atmosphere with live DJ, sumptuous foods and artfully-crafted drinks welcome gallery show-goers. An exhibition of artworks from the gallery’s consignment collection will be on view in the downstairs lounge. Lava Lounge is located at 1307 Auburn Avenue, in the historic Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.

Mint Condition opens with a reception at the gallery 6-9 PM, Friday, May 4th. An after-party at Lava Lounge follows, 9 PM – ? AM.

William Rupnik Gallery
1117 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland OH 44115

Gallery Hours:
12-4 pm Tue-Thu
12-4 pm Sat-Sun
Also by appointment

Admission: free

Parking: Valet at Wyndam Hotel, Statler Garage (adjacent to gallery), curbside on neighboring streets

Visitor Information: Call (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

For further press information and images, contact:
William Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

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ABNORMAL GROWTH

John Ryan and Beth (Kappa) Ryan

April 7 – April 29

John Ryan and Beth (Kappa) Ryan’s newest exhibition, Abnormal Growth, presents original artworks that playfully meld the integration and disintegration of pattern, color and form using paintings, found objects and man-made organic forms.  The artworks are intended to be both serene and disquieting; a sensitive abnormality of collaborative invention.

The portfolio of works began with a search for images and objects that could be seen as a host for other art forms, including painting and installation.  John and Beth playfully toyed with the idea of these objects and artworks containing physical “growths”.  As the works progressed, they realized the growth was not only a mesh of physical products, but also a mutual collapse of object and form.

John and Beth have been collaborating on artwork since 2005.  Their collaborations have not always been intentional, yet a mutual design aesthetic has grown between them.  Abnormal Growth is the first complete exhibition that showcases this growth of ideas, both individually and combined. 

Please join us for the Abnormal Growth After-Party, hosted at Lava Lounge, immediately following the gallery reception on April 7th. A swank atmosphere with live DJ, sumptuous foods and artfully-crafted drinks welcome gallery show-goers. An exhibition of recent artworks from the portfolio, Lost Track by Cleveland-based artist Mallorie Freeman will be on view in the downstairs lounge. Lava Lounge is located at 1307 Auburn Avenue, in the historic Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.

Opening reception at the Euclid Avenue gallery 7-10 PM, Saturday, April 7th. After-party at Lava Lounge 10 PM – ? AM.

William Rupnik Gallery
1117 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland OH 44115

Gallery Hours:
12-4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
12-4 pm Saturday, Sunday
Also by appointment

Admission: free

Parking: Valet at Wyndam Hotel, Statler Garage (adjacent to gallery), curbside on neighboring streets

Visitor Information: Call (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

For further press information and images, contact:
William Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

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LOST TRACK

Recent works by Mallorie Freeman

On view at Lava Lounge, March 9 – April 12

1307 Auburn Avenue
Cleveland OH 44113

For further press information and images contact:
William Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

PARLOR TRICKS

Mallorie Freeman

March 10 – April 1, 2012

Mallorie Freeman’s mixed media works and oil paintings have been gaining considerable attention, finding their ways into collections both large and small, private and public. We are now thrilled to bring you Parlor Tricks, Mallorie’s newest solo exhibition following her 2009 sell-out, Spicy Dames and Tales of Mystery. This time around, Mallorie draws inspiration from Victorian-era Spiritualism, the techniques that were used to connect with the afterlife, and the swindlers and charlatans that exploited the trade. Figurative with elements of text from vintage advertisements, Mallorie’s new body of work brings into question what is real and what is trickery.

Coinciding with with the gallery exhibition, selections from Mallorie’s recent portfolio, Lost Track, will be on view at Lava Lounge. Please join the artist, curator, and crew immediately following the gallery reception on March 10th. A swank atmosphere with premier DJs and a sumptuous food and drink menu welcome gallery show goers. Lava Lounge is located at 1307 Auburn Ave., in the historic Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.

Opening reception at the Euclid Avenue gallery 7-10 PM, Saturday, March 10th. After-party at Lava Lounge 10 PM – ? AM.

William Rupnik Gallery
1117 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland OH 44115

Gallery Hours:
12-4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
12-4 pm Saturday, Sunday
Also by appointment

Admission: free

Parking: Valet at Wyndam Hotel, Statler Garage (adjacent to gallery), curbside on neighboring streets

Visitor Information: Call (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

For further press information and images, contact:
William Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

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LADY PLAY

New works by Rose Marincil

On view at Lava Lounge, February 10 – March 8

1307 Auburn Avenue
Cleveland OH 44113

For further press information and images contact:
William Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

LET THE CHIPS FALL

Bob Peck

January 14 – February 5, 2012

All too often these days, we are all looking for the big picture. The answer of all answers, the last puzzle piece that ties it all together and makes confusion become cohesive.  All the dots connected and the image revealed.  

Humans crave conclusion.  It lets them know that they have reached their goal, and they can move on to the next quandary.  

It has been said that “life imitates art”.  In the abstract art world, the casual viewer and veteran-critic alike are often looking for the sum of the work.  More than they are willing to admit, artists concoct lengthy statements brewed from a sludge of art school rhetoric and sub-culture buzzwords, which in the end, becomes a wordy haze that overshadows the image itself. Smoke and mirrors save the artist for another day. 

Bob Peck has fallen victim himself at times, spewing statements about graffiti art and transcendence alike. In the end, though, he is an abstract artist, regardless of the roots that may add that sense of Vice-Magazine-counter-culture-bad-boy-ism to his work.  He is simply a man who loves to paint the designs trapped in his imagination. 

If you want to hear a story about Peck’s artwork, ask him face-to-face and he will tell you a good one from his past.  Just do not expect a long and drawn out statement next to each painting in the gallery.

Reception at the Euclid Avenue gallery 7-10 PM, Saturday, January 14. After-party at Lava Lounge 10 PM – ? AM.

William Rupnik Gallery
1117 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland OH 44115

Gallery Hours:
12-4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
12-4 pm Saturday, Sunday
Also by appointment

Admission: free

Parking: Valet at Wyndam Hotel, Statler Garage (adjacent to gallery), curbside on neighboring streets

Visitor Information: Call (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

For further press information and images, contact:
William Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

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