An Interview with Jimmy Kuehnle

Megan Lykins Reich: How did you approach designing the sculpture’s form? Are there any references that inspired its shapes and protrusions? How did the architecture influence your design choices? 

Kuehnle's Walking Fish

After his artist talk at the Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern last week, Jimmy Kuehnle activated one of his inflatable suits, Walking Fish (2009). He blew the suit up at the east end of Uptown Ave, and charted his way across Toby’s Plaza to join the crowds gathered for The Beat.

MEET THE ARTIST: Christi Birchfield

Name:  Christi Birchfield

Born:  1983, Cleveland

Lives and works: Cleveland

In the region:
I grew up on the west side of Cleveland.  I attended college at the Cleveland Institute of Art where I received by BFA in Printmaking.

Rock, Rocky, Rock-esque, Rock out.

What is it about rocks that makes them so compelling? We collect, sort, classify, prize, and imitate them. The pitted surface of Harris Johnson’s Rock (2014) is almost convincingly rock-esque. This sculptural imitation employs papier mache and modeling paste to convey heft and density.

A musing on black holes (inspired by Harris Johnson's work)

Harris Johnson’s painting Black Hole (2015) addresses the bizarre scientific concept of the same name, a concept that is strange and fraught with existential paradox. Calling something a “hole” implies that it is an empty space; a void, a vacuum, an absence. And to our human eyes, that’s what black holes look like: they’re black, empty circles; they are points in the sky where the stars have been erased and nothing is left behind to see. But scientifically speaking, that understanding is patently false.

unspecifically pissed off

Harris Johnson’s American Ramble is a stream-of-consciousness text painting directly on the gallery wall. As you read it, a growing sense of anxiety takes over, a kind of tidal wave of boredom, violence, and hopelessness. And yet, in league with Johnson’s other work, it also manages to somehow be funny. Not “funny Ha-Ha” but terribly funny: satirical, flippant, and sharp.

MEET THE ARTIST: Harris Johnson

Meet How to Remain Human artist Harris Johnson. Throughout this week the Remain Human blog will continue to focus on this artist:

Born: 1986

Lives and works: Just relocated from Richmond, VA and to Brooklyn, NY

Regional connections:

Grew up in Columbus, attended the Cleveland Institute of Art (BFA, 2009)


Self-Portrait (1983)

I really can’t get How to Remain Human artist Mary Ann Aitken's Self-Portrait (1983) out of my mind. The artist floats in a rough black field, a turbulent void. She wears her red painting robe, donned in the studio to protect her clothes from paint. In the painting, it protects her from the void. Compact and raw, her features are indistinct (two merged, bluish dots, a glob of dirty blonde) but her presence and energy are strongly felt.