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Smoke and Steel
Creativity Works project

May 21
May 12 2021

When 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Where The Sculpture Center
1834 E123rd Street
Cleveland, OH
Artists David K. Ross

Still from Smoke and Steel by David K. Ross

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Join us on Friday, May 21 at The Sculpture Center gallery in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood for a special exhibition, Smoke and Steel, by David K. Ross.

Smoke and Steel is a projected video installation which considers the poetic reverence of steel work offered by poet Carl Sandburg weighed against the artist’s own experiences working as a machine operator in a contemporary steel manufacturing plant.

David K Ross is a Sculpture X emerging artist and student in the Sculpture + Expanded Media department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Smoke and Steel incorporates pastoral and idyllic representations of the natural world within ethereal renderings of the architecture and ephemera of steel manufacturing. This work presents imagery representative of the dissociative and transfixing experiences of contemporary labor from the perspective of the worker.

Smoke and Steel will be located within the interior courtyard adjacent to the David Davis studio within The Sculpture Center from 8pm to 9:30pm on Friday, May 21.

Smoke and Steel was organized through CIA’s Creativity Works program, designed to create self-initiated real-world experiences for students in the visual arts and craft majors, and is supported by the generosity of the GR Lincoln Family Foundation and the Fenn Educational Fund of the Cleveland Foundation.


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The Sculpture Center
1834 E123rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44106

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