28 Sep CCAC hosts NeoPorkopolis: Interactive Nostalgia with an Organic Flair
November 15 – December 6
Public Opening Night Reception
November 15, 6-9 p.m.
The Binford Experience
(Keith Skogstrom & Andrew Coppersmith)
Emerging Artists Enliven the Spirit of CCAC’s Developing Community
Making use of CCAC’s grand architectural spaces, NeoPorkopolis features four talented artists constructing large, interactive sculptural installations. The unique space on the first floor of the historic Clifton School sets the stage for the artists’ use of diverse materials, design and expression. The artists utilize a sense of history in play with organic forms, architectural design, woodcraft and social commentary to create constructed works and transformative spaces. NeoPorkopolis features The Binford Experience (Keith Skogstrom & Andrew Coppersmith), Gavin Price-Fuller, and Lauren Winnen, exhibiting together for the first time in this, their Cincinnati debut.
NeoPorkopolis will exhibit at the CCAC in the Old Clifton School building, 3711 Clifton Avenue, from November 15 through December 6, 2008. NeoPorkopolis will exhibit Thursdays (6-9 p.m.), Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays (noon – 6 p.m.), and Saturdays (9 a.m. -1 p.m.) to the public. Suggested donation for admission is $5 per person.
For more information, call 513.497.2860 or visit www.cliftonculturalarts.org.
About the Artists
The set of four artists all have ties to Ohio University, whether they received a B.F.A or teach for the School of Art; they excitedly came together for NeoPorkopolis.
“The Binford Experience” featuring collaborating artists Keith Skogstrom and Andrew Coppersmith, use installation, drawings and interactive pieces to describe architectural spaces, allowing the viewer to become involved.
Gavin Price-Fuller uses sculpture and woodworking to better understand the functions of the human body; his use of organic shapes and installation enthrall the viewer.
Lauren Winnen explores gender identity with flowing shapes and sculptural affects. Her sense of movement and history play an important part in her works as she represents the female form.
About the CCAC
The Clifton Cultural Arts Center was first imagined in 2004 after a series of community engagement meetings addressed the fate of two key historic buildings – the 1906 Clifton School and the adjacent McDonald Estate Carriage House – both scheduled to fall into disuse in 2008 as a result of imminent initiatives included in the Cincinnati Public Schools Master Plan.
The Vision of the CCAC is to renovate and utilize these historic buildings to create a nine-acre, multi-venue arts and learning center offering a variety of programming, classes, performances and exhibitions for a regional audience of all ages and backgrounds.
CCAC Programming partners include the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Preparatory Department, the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute (OLLI), and other small arts organizations that can reach new audiences they cannot currently serve due to space limitations or geographic factors.
The CCAC’s immediate focus is securing charitable gifts and grants for the renovation of the Carriage House and the 1906 Clifton School building.
Through grants funded by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Fine Arts Fund, the CCAC named Ruth Dickey as its founding executive director in March 2008.