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Notre Dame College Exhibits Hip Hop, Urban-inspired Works of Cleveland Artist

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “Intricate Beholding,” a premier showing of hip hop and urban-inspired paintings by award-winning Cleveland artist Martinez E-B.

An opening reception will take place in the library from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 17. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through September 12. 

A Cleveland native, E-B said he is a conceptual artist who strives to introduce his audience to a new way of seeing or understanding urban life by recontextualizing certain signs and symbols found in the inner city. The paintings in the Notre Dame exhibit are part of his 105 series and feature teddy bears and bandannas in unexpected ways.

E-B, who is of African-American descent, said he utilizes his art as a way of exploring the “black experience” in the country and hopes his works will surprise viewers, sparking conversation and encouraging ongoing dialog.

A former high school drop-out who earned his GED and worked for years before receiving his BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) in 2012, E-B has exhibited extensively throughout Cleveland.

He has shown his work at The Sculpture Center, the Beck Center for the Arts, CIA’s Reinberger Gallery, Waterloo Arts Gallery, North Collinwood Studios, Euclid Tavern and Kent State University. He also exhibited at Cuyahoga Community College, where he won Best in Show.

His works also appear in various local private collections, including those of Dealer Tire LLC, the Burton Bell Carr Development Corp. and the Rid-All Green Partnership. He has been featured in the Sun Messenger; Cleveland Magazine; and La Prensa, Ohio’s largest Hispanic newspaper.

E-B is a master teaching artist (MTA) for the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, formerly Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio, and  served as guest curator for “Producers of Culture: Esperanza’s Youth Art Exhibit” at the Bruno Casiano Gallery last year.

He also has served as a featured artist, panelist or guest speaker for numerous organizations, institutions and events, including the Boy Scouts of America-Greater Cleveland Council, the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium, the Case Western Reserve Social Justice Think Tank, the American Heart Association and Lake Erie Comic Con, as well as CIA.

Additional information about E-B and his work is available online at http://martinezeb.com/home.html.

The “Intricate Beholding” exhibit at Notre Dame may be viewed during the library’s summer hours: from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The library is closed Sundays.

For additional information about the show or for new gallery hours after August 24, contact Karen Zoller, library director, at 216.373.5267 or kzoller@ndc.edu.

 

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