Front International art exhibit at the former Quaker Square Mall in Akron

Front International art exhibit at the former Quaker Square Mall in Akron

Artist Chakaia Booker, featured in the exhibition at Quaker Galleries, is best known for her work transforming old car tires into sculptures.

Launched in 2018, “Front International: Cleveland Triennial of Contemporary Art” is a free public exhibition of contemporary art consisting of artist commissions, performances, films and public programs in Northeast Ohio every three years.

This year’s edition of Front is titled O Gods of Dust and Rainbows, taken from a poem by Langston Hughes, and has the overarching curatorial vision of seeing art as “an agent of transformation, a mode of healing and a therapeutic process. ”

Over 30 locations are participating in Northeast Ohio, five of which are in Akron.

The former Quaker Square Mall is one of several Akron locations for the

Of course, the theme of art as an agent of transformation can be felt in one of Front’s featured locations in Akron at the former Quaker Square Inn, Restaurants and Shops. In partnership with Front and the University of Akron, the arts organization Akron Curated Storefront, which is best known for bringing art to underutilized buildings throughout downtown, took over part of the building and turned it into four galleries featuring work from regional and international artists.

Artist Charmaine Spencer's work is part of the

The first floor hosts Front International and features works by Chakaia Booker, Charmaine Spencer and Alyssa Taylor Wendt. Three galleries located on the second floor of the former shops and restaurants feature works from the Curated Storefront and Hieronymus Objects collections, as well as regional artists or artists with local ties, the biggest name being Peter Christian Johnson.

Walking through the remodeled spaces can feel a little daunting at first. However, if you turn on your sense of adventure, you won’t be disappointed with what you’ll find as you wander around the building, which looks great, even if it’s a little rough around the edges. The work selected for inclusion in the galleries is also enhanced and enhanced by the building’s unique features.

In 2013:UA will take the remaining public rooms at the Quaker Square Inn

In 2015:UA will close the last remaining stores in Quaker Square

Chakaya Booker's sculptural works are full of gesture and movement.

At the front of the first floor, Booker’s work is extremely engaging. Booker is best known for her work turning old car tires into sculptures. The work is saturated with gestures and movement. It’s as if the artist found a way to harness all the energy used by the tire throughout its life and then explode that energy into a new form.

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