Whatever tools that you have - pen, pencil, crayons, paints, markers, or the numerous supplies from a hardware store - what could you possibly create? I would say anything. Whatever you wanted to create, you could as long as you dared to dream, dared to imagine, and dared to work on it to all of your heart's content. Anything would be possible.
Artist Michelle Grabner's latest exhibit, Work from Home, is currently featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MOCA - Cleveland). Ms Grabner was an artist who literally used supplies from a local hardware store to start her career. Hardware stores have a lot of great stuff for everyone, including artists, so I would go in and look around in case someone thinks that could not possibly be the case. Anyway, Ms. Grabner has created everything from paintings to weaved works to sculptures to original and reproduced photographs that show her love of creating and birthing items in her artistic career and for observers' enjoyment.
Ms. Grabner does not just nurture her own talent. She and her husband, Artist Brad Killam, created a project call The Suburban where other artists literally stayed and lived in a shed in their backyard for sometimes months at a time and created unbelievable works of their own. There is a replica of The Suburban in the same area as the Work from Home exhibit. Ms. Grabner and Mr. Killam both remember their own struggles and triumphs as artists and want to help others as a result.
By looking at Ms. Grabner's own work as well as the collaborations with Mr. Killam and other artists; you see her ability and pursuit of creation. With bright colors, ambitious patterns, and items that represent her interests ( i.e. The Green Bay Packers), Michelle Grabner's exhibit shows creation at many levels as well as how creating can lead to a bright future with more creation as time passes. The artists that she has helped nurture show the same thing in their own ways. It is truly a joyful and thought-provoking exhibit to be a part of....even if for a few minutes.
Michelle Grabner's exhibit will be at MOCA - Cleveland until Sunday, February 16th. For more information, please visit www.mocacleveland.org or call 216-421-8671.