After commenting on Twitter how seeing the Tony Tasset: Judy’s Hand Pavilion reminded me of FRONT International 2018 (read details in my blog post about visiting moCa Cleveland on September 24, 2021), I received a reply tweet from FRONT International Executive Director Fred Bidwell saying "more to come!" Therefore, I knew to watch for something to happen soon regarding FRONT International 2022, which led me to see . . .
. . . the announcement about the Friday, October 8, 2021, FRONT 2022 Preview Exhibition Opening & Party: Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools at Transformer Station!! This blog post shares what I saw at the preview party and some of what I learned about next year's FRONT International 2022.
I am glad I saw @OhioCityTweets’ tweet announcement for @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 Preview Exhibition Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools.https://t.co/KyyjxgmB0z— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 8, 2021
Reserve your FREE entry ticket to visit this exhibition through 1/2/22 at @TransformerStat https://t.co/EXMkkGOMuO https://t.co/PV929hvqwZ pic.twitter.com/fT48OBJvda
This Friday Transformer Station is hosting a FREE public opening and party celebrating FRONT 2022's Preview Exhibition, Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools. Featuring music by DJ Red-I and live screen printing of artist-designed t-shirts. RSVP here: https://t.co/SLfVEsrMoh pic.twitter.com/kYtGkIc99b— Ohio City (@ohiocitytweets) October 4, 2021
GRAND PROTOTYPES, HUMBLE TOOLS is opening tomorrow—an ever-changing exhibition that gives Clevelanders a behind-the-scenes look at what's in development for FRONT 2022.— Dushko Petrovich Córdova (@DushkoP) October 7, 2021
Get on over to Transformer Station if you can! @FrontTriennial @wechselmann https://t.co/loeRLQu2Ep
Interesting to read @CreativeGroove's article in @FreshWaterCLE about @FrontTriennial's opening of the Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools preview exhibition.https://t.co/RpdZriNUEX— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 8, 2021
October 8 – January 2, 2022 at @TransformerStat.https://t.co/dIrWGloMyOhttps://t.co/Rcm3tvUcCd pic.twitter.com/aJIzESL5Sr
"Ladies and gentlemen, the weekend" -- What a great way to start my weekend -- the opening of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art Preview Exhibition. Thanks to the FRONT International sponsors for making this possible!!!
I enjoyed @FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2018 https://t.co/mQyDtusZTk so now looking forward to tonight’s #FrontArt2022 preview exhibition party for “Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools” at @TransformerStathttps://t.co/EXMkkGOMuO— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 8, 2021
Thanks @FrontTriennial sponsors!https://t.co/KyyjxgmB0z pic.twitter.com/ihSbISJazf
FREE Public Opening & Party -- FRONT 2022 Preview Exhibition: Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools
Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools
Friday, October 8, 2021
FREE, Public Opening & Party on Friday, October 8, 2021, 6–9pm EDT for FRONT 2022 Preview Exhibition Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools. This exhibition will be on view at Transformer Station from Friday October 8, 2021–Sunday, January 2, 2022. . . . How can the everyday processes of art making be transformative for artists and their communities? To explore this question, the first exhibition of FRONT 2022, Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools, will embrace a uniquely transparent and iterative curatorial approach: existing artworks will be exhibited alongside projects still in development for next summer, and the show itself will undergo changes over its three-month run as artists add to, revise, and reconfigure the works being displayed.
Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools includes: Jacolby Satterwhite’s Dawn, a utopic CGI fantasy film developed in an ongoing engagement with residents of the Fairfax neighborhood and Cleveland Clinic; Dansbana!, a Stockholm-based architectural trio, creating a Bluetooth-powered open-access dancefloor in Akron; Leigh Ledare’s The Task, a discomfiting film that emerged out of close involvement with the Tavistock therapeutic community; Sarah Oppenheimer’s I-001-7070, a participatory sculpture that explores the potential for visitor input in gallery display structures; Asad Raza, whose ongoing film Ge explores the interconnections of ecology and deep time; seating prototypes by architecture firm SO-IL, who are designing Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Euclid Avenue; tufted sculptures by Loraine Lynn, whose work expands on the idea of gathering; as well as work from other FRONT 2022 artists such as Dexter Davis and Paul O’Keeffe, who both live and work in Cleveland, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed, La Wilson, Renée Green, Tony Cokes, and others.
The interesting part of this opening was that this is not the final version of these artists' creations, since the artwork is continuing to evolve as part of preparing for FRONT 2022. Instead, the exhibition asks the following questions as part of this evolution: "How can the everyday processes of artmaking be transformative for artists and their communities? How can art catalyze healing?"
My following photos that I shared on Twitter don't capture the full story. For that, you need to visit the exhibition in person to read the artwork descriptions and interact with the pieces. Fortunately, the exhibition is open at Transformer Station through January 2, 2022.
“How can the everyday processes of artmaking be transformative for artists and their communities? How can art catalyze healing?”@FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022 preview exhibition “Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools” at @TransformerStat.https://t.co/EXMkkGOMuOhttps://t.co/KyyjxgmB0z pic.twitter.com/VM8zqsIgBV— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 8, 2021
“What is deep reading?”— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 8, 2021
“…considering empathy and complicity in the context of rising global protests against anti-Black racism.”@FrontTriennial #FrontArt2022 preview exhibition Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools at @TransformerStathttps://t.co/EXMkkGOMuOhttps://t.co/KyyjxgmB0z pic.twitter.com/KdFYwscAqi
@CleInstituteArt graduate Loraine Lynn presents a suite of new tufed textiles.@FrontTriennial’s #FrontArt2022 preview exhibition party for “Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools” at @TransformerStat.https://t.co/EXMkkGOMuOhttps://t.co/KyyjxgmB0z pic.twitter.com/p3jH4Isvoq— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 8, 2021
Since I have not attended many events this year due to COVID-19, it was great to be out again, talking to people I have not seen in person in a year and a half. I only attended the opening because I am fully vaccinated, and all attendees were required to wear masks.
Great evening at @TransformerStat for preview!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 9, 2021
Thank you, @FrontTriennial!
In addition to the artwork, the best part was talking to a couple of people I have not seen in person for a long time & an artist who I talked to at @MidTownCleInc Murals week. https://t.co/FMwhihcHEi pic.twitter.com/1CaKovip5f
The Photography of Emanuel Wallace
As I mention above, there were a few people I talked to that I had not seen in person in a year and a half. One of them was Scene Magazine photographer, Emanuel Wallace (@MannyWallace - @ClevelandScene), who took some great photos from the evening, including a photo of me. Be sure to see all his photos in his online slideshow from the opening:
Photos From FRONT Triennial’s 2022 Preview “Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools” Exhibition
Photos by Emanuel Wallace posted October 9, 2021
@MannyWallace, it was very good to talk to you at @FrontTriennial opening at @TransformerStat!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 11, 2021
Appropriate that your photo of me was where I was wearing the mask that @ClevelandArt gave me, since I should see you next at @ClevelandArt’s exhibition https://t.co/PdLsgrKzAF https://t.co/6eKW37wx3W
A few more photos. pic.twitter.com/Wz8Twq79ND— Emanuel Wallace (@MannyWallace) October 9, 2021
Everything we saw at the FRONT Triennial's 2022 preview https://t.co/vpo30hfmpa— Cleveland Scene (@ClevelandScene) October 12, 2021
@MannyWallace, I enjoy your great photos from the opening of the @FrontTriennial preview at @TransformerStat.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 13, 2021
I recommend everyone see your: "Photos From FRONT Triennial’s 2022 Preview 'Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools' Exhibition" on @ClevelandScene https://t.co/3hzrGi3Ie8 pic.twitter.com/1EcJdUUcAt
Thanks Stuart!— Emanuel Wallace (@MannyWallace) October 13, 2021
Thanks for all your posts!— Fred Bidwell (@fredbidwell) October 14, 2021
You are most welcome, @fredbidwell.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 14, 2021
FYI, I really like @MannyWallace’s photo of you & @just_AmandaKing.
Thanks to you and the @FrontTriennial team for the Preview Exhibition at @TransformerStat.
Be sure to follow @MannyWallace on Twitter, since I know he will be sharing photos from other events happening in Cleveland, including the opening tonight (Thursday, October 14, 2021) of Picturing Motherhood Now at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I will also be attending, and plan to write a blog post about it soon.
Yes @KelleyNotaro way too long!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 11, 2021
The same time you tweeted, I was writing a tweet to @MannyWallace about how it was good to talk to him for @FrontTriennial opening at @TransformerStat
With masks, social distancing & most importantly vaccines, it is good to attend events again! https://t.co/7RAw0OTE3r pic.twitter.com/xwhdwvolia
"Picturing Motherhood Now" opens this week at @ClevelandArt.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 11, 2021
"...a diverse range of contemporary #artists who reimagine the possibilities for representing #motherhood." https://t.co/Rzo5arIvcn
Sat, 10/16/2021 to Sun, 03/13/2022 pic.twitter.com/5iVbFYFENR
Yes, @CarolineHerself, I am looking forward to attending @ClevelandArt’s opening for their “Picturing Motherhood Now” exhibition. https://t.co/Rzo5arIvcnhttps://t.co/eRYuEfAZ1c— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 11, 2021
I RSVP’d today to @KelleyNotaro to let her know that I will be attending. pic.twitter.com/ge2i9v5YiO
You are most welcome, @MannyWallace!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) October 14, 2021
I really enjoyed your photos of the opening of @FrontTriennial at @TransformerStat. https://t.co/3hzrGi3Ie8
I now look forward to seeing photos you take for @ClevelandScene of @ClevelandArt’s “Picturing Motherhood Now” as it opens tonight. https://t.co/FS6QzTduO0
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