January 29, 2015, Creative Fusion, Exhibitions, openings
February 6th – March 28th, 2015
opening reception: Friday, February 6 from 6-8pm
→ They Came, They Saw, They Printed! (19 Years of Swift, Victorious Prints)
When Cesar marched into Turkey in 47 BCE, he famously stated “Veni. Vidi. Vici.” (I came. I saw. I conquered). The phrase, confident to the point of hubris, has come to signify swift and decisive victory. 19 years ago, Zygote opened its doors at E.72nd and St. Clair to artists needing space to make print-based work—an idea that took, not hubris, but a lot of chutzpah. Founders Bellamy Printz, Kelley Novak, Liz Maugans and Joe Sroka opened a brave new frontier for the region’s visual art scene and, since 1996, Zygote has invited hundreds of artists through the doors to make new work.
Zygote began collecting work since the beginning and we have spent the last 18 months condition reporting and databasing the collection. With the hard work of interns Rebecca Roman, Katharine Vaughn and Allison Polgar, Zygote is able to show work that represents the wide range of artists who have come into our shop for short stays to make decidedly victorious work. Each artist in this exhibition came to Zygote through one of our programs; they include AIR & Monothon, for local/regional artists (who are often not printmakers), artists who have taken part in our Dresden Exchange program through the Ohio Arts Council and the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion Program. There are also artists, dear to Zygote, who were some of our most stalwart members and residents:
Mely Barragan, Anthony Bartholomew, Jerry Birchfield, Laurence Channing, Dexter Davis, Christa Donner, Isabelle Farnsworth, Alfonzo Fernandez, Mallorie Freeman, Jan Grossman, Don Harvey, Andrea Joki, Matt Krone, Eva Kwong, Craig Lucas, Emmy Lingscheit, Johannes Markolies, Liz Maugans, Ryan McCullough, Holly Morrison, Michelle Muldrow, Stephan Nestler, Kelly Novak, Bellamy Printz, Eric Rippert, Daniel Ruanova, Brant Schuller, Terry Schwarz, Joe Sroka, Dan Tranberg and Doug Max Utter.
March 28th – May 31st, 2015
→ Mauricio Critobal