DOWN IN FRONT

I had a tiny mention in ArtForum due to the GRAPHIC show at Artist Archives of the Western Reserve:

"Of course, comics and graphic literature have deep roots in Cleveland, and some local artists, feeling snubbed by FRONT’s lineup, even mounted their own event devoted to the genre (this is one of at least three local-led spinoffs, including CAN and, for those who didn’t make it into CAN, CAN’T. The former was quickly embraced by FRONT as a complementary event). “GRAPHIC,” devised by Gary and Laura Dumm, opened on July 19 at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, and includes work by younger artists like Ashley Ribblett and Angela Oster as well as legends like Jerry SiegelJoe ShusterReed CrandallRobert Crumb, and Harvey Pekar. I hope the effort offers something that seemed missing from the mostly gritless FRONT, which was low on the rusty cynicism and underdog resilience I (stereotypically, perhaps) consider intrinsic to the town that birthed both Superman and American Splendor."

-- Zack Hatfield for ArtForum, at the inaugural FRONT Triennial

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