THOUGHT VACATION: New Works by
Joey Goergen, Justin Michael Will, Karolena Kuhn, Kristina Kuhn, Buzz Szilagyi, and Justin Michael Will
PopEye/Survival Kit, Suite 303
78th Street Studios
1305 W. 80th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102
Opening Reception, 5 - 9 pm April 21st
Closing Reception, 5-9 pm May 19th
PopEye Gallery proudly presents our first group show of 2017 "Thought Vacation" This exhibit is Curated by current CIA student Joey Goergen in conjunction with Omid Tavakoli and is funded by a generous grant from the Fenn Educational Foundation.
The five artists in this show, Joey Goergen, Justin Michael Will, Karolena Kuhn, Kristina
Kuhn, Buzz Szilagyi, and Justin Michael Will all work in a way that is vibrant and often times whimsical. There will
be wall to wall art covering the expanse of the gallery. Each artist will have a set aside space to
do with as they please and to begin work with the space and communicate with the other artists
in the show. To coincide with the show, built into the gallery, will be a pop up shop where the artists
will be selling shirts, pins, and zines.
This show aims to bring to viewer out of every day life and into a ‘thought vacation’. The
title stems from life being filled with routine and undermining that lifestyle and poking holes
through the 9-5. The idea of a Thought Vacation is also reflected in the work of the artist
whether it be a desert waiting room designed by Karolena Kuhn or an amorphous cartoon character
crawling out of a pool at a picnic drawn by Justin Michael Will these themes begin to tie into the framework of
common life coming undone and being rebuilt into new light.
An opening reception for Thought Vacation takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April. 21 during Third Friday at 78th Street Studios. The exhibition remains on view for Third Friday in May (May 19th). Immediately following both receptions, local musician and co-founder of Survival Kit Brian Straw presents free performances by local bands and musicians in the gallery.
PopEye Gallery is located in Suite 303 on the third floor of 78th Street Studios. As always, all Third Friday events are free and open to the public. For more information about PopEye Gallery or these artists, visit PopEyeGallery.com.
This exhibition is made possible by the Creativity Works grant available to sophomores at the Cleveland Institute of Art through the generous support of the Fenn Educational Foundation.