It was an absolute honor to be invited to design and execute a mural for the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. During the month of May, myself along with 4th,5th, and 6th grade students from Fairview-Clifton German Language School and my talented art friends cranked out this 5 x 42 foot cubist montage inspired by the art of Juan Gris. The mural faces the front lawn of CCAC, the historic and recently restored Probasco Fountain, as well as the intersection of Woolper and Clifton Avenues, which sees more than 40,000 vehicles each day. I would like to thank Fairview’s art instructor Katie Mitalski and her students for giving their all in helping this vision come to life. I would also like to thank my talented crew of art friends Previn Noble, Ann Knellinger, Diamond Snowden, Jan Brown Checco, and Evan Shelton for working through the good and bad weather making this mural the vivid masterpiece it is. Most of all I would like to thank Leslie Mooney and the CCAC staff for giving me this opportunity to let loose and create a work of art that speaks to the enduring creative spirit of the arts.
The exhibition Talking Blues, featuring recent paintings and drawings by Cedric Michael Cox holds a metaphoric and literal definition with works that celebrate his cubist influence, fused with literal elements from the worlds of music, architecture, nature and the eternal creative spirit.
“Historically my art draws from Cubism and the fracturing of forms through the picture plane. In contemporary terms, I deconstruct the meaning of music in particular and the elements of urban and natural environments. This past school year I had the honor of celebrating the artwork of Spanish Cubist painter Juan Gris in my lessons with my students. Unlike Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and other artist who occasionally used cubism as a means of expression, Gris stayed loyal to the movement and created works of art that still to this day inspire me. Reviewing Gris’s work and other past influences that worked in the genre ignited a new insight and interest in my painting. As Miles Davis( in Jazz) or Picasso termed the color Blue in their art forms, Talking Blues, is my own reference to the rediscovery of past influence and how it still evokes the visual experiences that arouse my senses, as I examineand interpret, the world around me, quietly and loudly.” Come out to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center for the opening reception on October 2nd. The exhibition will continue through November 5th, 2015
In the last week of December 2012, the Cincinnati Enquirer featured individuals whose work was advancing the arts in the Cincinnati region. In the final week of December 2013, the Enquirer caught up with last year’s top picks to see what we’ve been up too. I would like to thank writer Julie Engebrecht for checking in with me and including me in this year’s report, Revisiting Our 10 picks for 2013 .