Sockalypse Now Exhibition Opening

Our eighth exhibition, Sockalypse Now: The Never-Ending End Times Revival, opened on Fri 16 Dec 2016, and featured mixed media sculptures by Kira Geer. Coinciding with Walk on Woodburn, the big neighborhood celebration in East Walnut Hills, the night was electric, filled with positive energy and holiday cheer. Ms. Geer even brought a Christmas tree for guests to enjoy.

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Ms. Geer’s plushies held court with their musical instruments, miniature drinks and full-sized beverage cans acting as props.

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Things got a bit raucous as the evening continued, until the bongo player fell asleep in the middle of the impromptu concert.

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Here at the Ledge Gallery, we are always upping the ante, this time with the smallest Big Gulp you’ll surely ever see.

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Band Practice with the Sockalypse

Last night, we had the distinct pleasure of tagging along to band practice with the Sockalypse, as they prepare for Sockalypse Now: The Never-Ending End Times Revival. While their klezmer-influenced cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” still seemed a bit rough around the edges, we’re confident that the band will be on point by next Friday, and we hope you’ll stop by the gallery during Walk on Woodburn in East Walnut Hills.

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For a bit of historical context, the Sockalypse began in 2012 in anticipation of the end of the Mayan calendar. Brought to life by the power of static electricity and stitchcraft, a vicious band of sock squirrels attacked their complacent counterparts, a calm and kind-hearted rabbit colony. The gruesome massacre destroyed the rabbits as well as the oak tree, their beloved habitat. The voodoo and biological warfare involved resulted in the creation of the Frankentree, leading to the zombunnies’ uprising and revenge on the entire sock drawer.

Years later, a band was formed to memorialize these tragic events. The bunny duo debuted at the Shrewdness of Apes. Unfortunately, the pair was mismatched and broke up due to artistic differences. However woeful this tale may seem, if we have learned anything from the zombunnies, it is that good things never die. The end of times never came, and the Sockalypse tribute band evolved and resurrected the sounds of mayhem and destruction.

Play to the Gallery Exhibition Opening

Our seventh exhibition, Play to the Gallery: What Happens When Geers of Change Spends the Day at the Art Museum?, was the first in our new location at 2803 Woodburn Ave. The new space is 2/3 the size of our original location, and our opening receptions now coincide with Walk on Woodburn, the big neighborhood celebration in East Walnut Hills. Play to the Gallery opened on Friday, 11 Nov 2016, featuring brand new mixed media dioramas by Kristian Geer.

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Kira Geer went above and beyond with scale-appropriate food and seasonal decorations.

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Mr. Geer created a series of dioramas around the idea of a trip to the Cincinnati Art Museum, with recreations of iconic artwork in the museum’s permanent collection, including Andy Warhol’s serigraph portrait of Pete Rose.

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The artist cut a dashing figure as he held court at his reception.

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Play to the Gallery is on view through 9 Dec 2016.

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Field Trip with Geers of Change

Yesterday, the Ledge Gallery team had the distinct pleasure and honor of visiting Kristian Geer of Geers of Change in his Price Hill studio to witness the mastermind at work. We especially enjoyed meeting and chatting with his many friends.

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After a delicious lunch at Price Hill Chili, our gregarious group headed to the Cincinnati Art Museum where photogenic shenanigans were had by all.

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If you’re in the Cincinnati area, we hope you’ll stop by on Fri 11 Nov 2016, 6-9pm, for the opening of Play to the Gallery at our new location at 2803 Woodburn Ave. This opening reception will take place during Walk on Woodburn, a neighborhood-wide celebration of East Walnut Hills.

Visit to Julie Hill’s Hilltop Laboratory of Curiosities

Yesterday, the Ledge Gallery team visited Julie Hill in her hilltop Laboratory of Curiosities. Ms. Hill is a noted ladyfriend, talented miniaturist and accomplished baker with a love of portraiture, and Métamorphoses, her upcoming exhibition and the first in our sister gallery, L’Edge, will at last bring these passions together. We greatly enjoyed her hospitality as well as her cat, and got a sneak peek into her intricate process.

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Life’s a Pitch Exhibition Opening

Our fifth exhibition, Life’s a Pitch: The Semiotics of Baseball Card Iconography, opened on Final Friday, 30 Sep 2016 and featured baseball card oddities and curiosities from the personal collection of Zan McQuade, aided by her diligently researched curatorial statement and artifact didactics.

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Chris Glass surprised everyone with a custom Topps baseball card about Ms. McQuade.

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The usual assortment of tiny magnifying glasses, tiny name tags and tiny food included the addition of tiny boxes of Cracker Jacks which, as we hopefully all fondly remember, still come with tiny prizes.

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Ledge Gallery’s Director of Security ran a tight ship and made sure to keep out the riff raff.

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The reception included a show-and-tell element with more examples from Ms. McQuade’s archive shared and discussed by guests.

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Kleingassefest: a tiny celebration of all the tiny things

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On 11 Sep 2016, we had the honor and privilege of hosting Kleingassefest: a tiny celebration of all the tiny things in Coral and Drum Alleys in Over-the-Rhine. For this event, we teamed up with Spring in Our Steps, a nonprofit organization that reclaims, maintains and advocates for Cincinnati’s alleys and public stairs, and PhotoCorps, a program that encourages individuals to demonstrate photographic principles, explore neighborhoods and connect with others while creating meaningful photographs.

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Early in the day, Spring in Our Steps volunteers cleaned up the alley as Ledge Gallery installed signage and artwork:

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The event started with a PhotoCorps photowalk through neighborhood alleys, led by Christian Huelsman, executive director of Spring in Our Steps. Participants were encouraged to pick up tiny objects on their way, thus doing their part to clean up alleys while collecting materials for an activity later in the day.

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Bradley Cooper of Start Small Homes contributed tiny volumetric studies of tiny houses:

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A selection of tiny photographs of tiny found objects by Brianne Fahey of Found on the Ground Downtown:

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Christian Schmit‘s tiny paper sculpture delighted everyone when it lit up toward the end of the festival:

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Festival goers chatted up Phil Armstrong, one of the exhibiting artists:

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GIA & the Blooms, a florist located just around the corner from the festival site, created a miniature succulent wall garden:

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The haiku station had many contributions by the end of the day:

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Kira Geer of Geers of Change contributed plushies made out of lone socks:

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Kristian Geer of Geers of Change displayed miniature shadow boxes using figurines and his own original photographs of figurines in iconic Cincinnati locations:

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Phil Armstrong‘s Lilliputian Landscapes exhibition, featuring tiny portraits of tiny local buildings, was reinstalled for the festival:

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Richard Calkins contributed a series of photographs:

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Alley photowalk participants were encouraged to collect objects, which were then used to create sun prints:

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Wally German‘s site-specific installation was a full-scale diagram of a tiny house:

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The restroom facilities got a good deal of use:

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The day ended with Ledge Gallery’s own Maya Drozdz and Christian Huelsman of Spring in Our Steps taking care of some important business:

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This event came together in a week and a half, and we are humbled by the positive response we got and hope to do something like this again. Please contact us if you’re interested in participating or volunteering or have a suggestion for next time.

I’ve Got a Match Exhibition Opening

Our fourth exhibition, I’ve Got a Match: Highlights from the Chris Glass Matchcover Archive+Research Centre, opened on Final Friday, 26 Aug 2016 and featured never-before displayed artifacts from the collection of Phillumenist and People’s Liberty fellow Chris Glass. A custom bouquet by Over-the-Rhine florist Gia & the Blooms complemented the usual spread of tiny food and drinks. Our recently hired security detail controlled the rowdy crowd, and guests enjoyed free swag in the form of custom matchboxes and tiny textbooks.

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Staff Trip to Mmuseumm

The tiny staff of Ledge Gallery recently had the pleasure of visiting Mmuseumm and closely investigating its many varied exhibitions. Housed in a freight elevator in an alley in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, the museum is actually substantially larger than our own gallery space:

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Detail of The Cornflake Taxonomy, from the collection of Anne Griffiths:

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Detail of Designing for the Blind: Redirected Sensory Information, from the collection of Mmuseumm:

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Detail of Lineage of the Body Bottle: 1937-Present, from the collection of Sally Thurer:

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Detail of Nothing, Which of Course Is More Than Nothing, from the collection of Nature? God?

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