Nostalgic Pharmaceutical Works in TRANSOM


Is your prescription running low? Although CWAL Gallery will bring you back to the sensibility of a drug store from the 1930s, you will be hard pressed to find any hard drugs on hand. TRANSOM is a new exhibition exploring the forgotten world of old-time pharmaceuticals featuring works by Andy Dreamingwolf and Scot Phillips opening Friday June 19, 2015 from 6-10 p.m. at CWAL Gallery inside of 78th Street Studios. The exhibition is on view through July 17, 2015.

Scot Phillips

More than 20 pieces will be on display, presenting the artists’ unique take on painting the nostalgic blue-collar era of “five and dime” stores and the miracle cure advertisements of yesterday. Yet, Americans today are sold a new bill of goods with the latest trendy pills sensationalized through glossy and poorly acted television commercials listing more “side effects” than remedies. The juxtaposition between the past and present is the crux of the lively new works on view by this compelling duo.

According to the artists, “TRANSOM” will take the viewer to a time our grandparents remember using the techniques of contemporary art which speak to America’s dicey commercial future.”

Andy Dreamingwolf

An Akron born artist, Andy Dreamingwolf, is completely self-taught and has shown in several art exhibitions throughout Ohio. Dreamingwolf’s lavish and seductive painting techniques painstakingly layer color on wood panel, building depth and nuance to his finished works. In 2013, he was selected by the Jonathan LeVine Gallery of Manhatten to participate in a juried exhibition at Parlor Gallery. Hand picked by Jonathan LeVine himself from hundreds of candidates, Andy Dreamingwolf has been named “one of Ohio’s rising contemporary art stars” by the Curatorial Collective.

Scot Phillips is an Akron-based artist and a graduate of Kent State University.  His works primarily examine hand-painted halftone patterns through a process called dithering, in which the density and pattern of black dots are varied to simulate different shades of gray. In most cases this process is used in offset printing or screen-printing, but Phillips recreates this dot-pattern by hand, exchanging work normally completed by technology with that of human labor. In addition to his fine art pursuits, Phillips works at the Massillon Museum and operates 25th & Lincoln Mural Company, which is currently completing a project at the Water Street Tavern in Kent.

About CWAL Gallery:
The mission of the Cleveland West Art League is to foster an inclusive artist community in greater Cleveland by providing exhibition and collaborative opportunities, resources, and education.

CWAL Gallery Hours:
Open every Third Friday of the month from 6-10 p.m. and by appointment.

Location: CWAL Gallery is located inside 78th Street Studios, 1305 W 80th St, Suite 110, Cleveland, Ohio 44102. Free onsite parking is available around the gallery.