Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art presents Johnny Coleman and Josh Kline

Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art presents Johnny Coleman and Josh Kline

Faith Patton

The Museum of Contemporary Art, located in the center of University Circle, is home to 11 art exhibitions, performances and films, including Josh Kline’s Civil War and Johnny Coleman’s Upon Reflections.

Josh Kline, born and raised in Philadelphia in 1975, draws his inspirations for his art form politics, labor, and the human body. Kline brought forward a major five piece exhibit that envisions the consequences of greed, capitalism, corruption, and society being overrun by technology and political war.

His display, titled The Civil War, consists of dozens of sculptures. The sculptures are vivid and realistic cast of broken down and decaying objects such as furniture, children’s toys and appliances.

The casts all together bring forth Kline’s imagination about a second Civil War in the year 2030, triggered by economic despair and job loss. Even though it’s futuristic, it draws from recent societal breakdowns, such as the intense political climate and devastating divestment, leaving behind abandoned homes and buildings.

Not far from where Kline and his art is displayed is Johnny Coleman, a now associate professor of art at Oberlin college, who shows his first and second installations of Upon Reflection.

Coleman uses sound, sculpture and visual to convey the center of his art: Glenville.

The first two installations are located on Stair A and the Cahoon Lounge. Stair A is a long, yellow staircase that has audio clips from interviews he conducted with elders of Glenville.

The second installation is in the Cahoon Lounge. The exposition is an antique telescope that is pointed towards Glenville, specifically St. Marks Church. Headphones reside on a nearby table where visitors can listen to soundscapes inspired by Coleman’s conversations and Glenville.

The third installation, Reflections from Here, is in Glenville itself and displayed outside St. Marks Church as a podium, two chairs on either side and three wooden pews on a raised platform. The audio playing is an about an hour-long interview he conducted with elders he met through the church while he was living in the area. Including gospel singer Bonita Wagner Johnson, who sings ‘Move On Up A Little Higher’ by Mahalia Jackson in the 1940’s.

Both Kline’s and Coleman’s art installations will be displayed until September 30.