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Enjoy some Art About Art at the Sandusky Cultural Center

The Sandusky Cultural Center is currently putting on a show all about how the art of others inspires artists today.
Lori Demres
Sep 24, 2012

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WHAT: Art About Art
WHEN: 1-4 p.m. every day except Saturdays, now through October 14
WHERE: Sandusky Cultural Center, 2130 Hayes Ave., behind Sandusky High School; Ring the bell as doors need to be locked for school safety

COST: Free
INFO: 419-625-1188

When searching for inspiration artists of all types generally look to those who have excelled and become great in their chosen field, whether it be writing, acting, singing, or painting. Art about Art, a show at the Sandusky Cultural Center, has gathered six such painters and print makers who are each paying homage, in their own way, to great artists who have preceded them.

“These are not copies of famous works of art,” says Charles T. Mayer, Sandusky Cultural Center Director. Patrons may recognize portions of previous works of art but they are done in such a way that the original artist themselves are being honored.

Paul B. Arnold, now deceased, studied wood cut in Japan and has incorporated all the artists of his chosen works and literally included them in his wood cuts. In a similar fashion, but by methodically using 19 layers of color, Mary McKane clearly makes a statement for Van Gogh.

Mayer also states the obvious, “[This show] is colorful and even humorous.” The minute one walks in the door the color just splashes out. Much of the color is evident on the very large canvases of Daniel Corrigan made expressly for this show. These are tributes to the spirit of African American artist Basquiat who is considered the first to make graffiti and street art legitimate. These paintings swarm with whatever was popping into the artist’s mind at the time – phone numbers, math equations, food items, etc.

At first it’ll look like a Pieter Claesz work except a cartoony-type hand a la Looney Tunes is depicted as though painting the picture itself. These creations would be by artist Harris Johnson. Joining Johnson with the humorous art would be former American Greetings illustrator George Kocar who currently has a one man show in Cleveland as well. Kocar puts his own signature on one of the famous “Dogs Playing Pokr” paintings by adding Picasso playing cards with the canines.

According to Mayer, “[A person] needs to spend time to catch the nuances [of the art].” Among the wood cuts, the street art and the humorous art are paintings that appear to be right out of the 15th century by University of Michigan graduate student Joshua Risner. These are very traditional looking until those subtle nuances catch the eye. A Raphael-type Madonna in the foreground of a more modern Picasso-style piece with jet streams streaking through the sky provides symbolism as much as it inspires awe and wonder.