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Alumni contribute to final art exhibition

By Mark Pace
On November 14, 2011

  • Above. In Praise of Mechanics by Russ Revocks from the class of 1986. Below
  • Above. In Praise of Mechanics by Russ Revocks from the class of 1986. Below

The street address for the Cleveland State University Art Building is 2307 Chester Ave. It is also the name of its final show: "2307 Chester Ave., The Last Exhibition."

It features work by some of the best and brightest alumni and creates an interesting and diverse expedition.

Joe Filak, an alumnus from 2007, had a piece called "Gag Reflex," which featured recycled mixed mediums.

The piece showed some recycled trash you may see around the city such as spilt coffee cups, cigarettes and chewed gum. The way he repurposed these items is fascinating.

Another alum artist, George Kocar from the class of 1977, had an acrylic painting that was done in a cartoon style. Though cartoonish, Kocar's painting was political.

It featured men in suits wearing donkey and elephant heads arguing. This painting was fun, colorful and, because of its cartoon-like apperance, humorous.

Tomas Gafton Lee, class of 2008, used a utility pole, rope and lead to construct a piece called "Utility." The use of an actual utility pole created something large and unique and gave the piece a very urban look.

There is much more alumni art work at the gallery for "The Last Exhibition," and it is open and free to all students. The Art Department will move to the Middough Building on East 13th Street in the near future.

Needless to say, this is the last time students will have an opportunity to see a gallery exhibit in the current location.

The gallery will remain open until Dec. 10 and is free to the public.

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