Cleveland Clinic, Miller Family Pavilion

How does art heal in a different way within an institution of healing?

The FRONT projects presented by Cleveland Clinic, which are imbued with optimism and symbols of rebirth, provide community-based answers to this question.

Jacolby Satterwhite created a public video-sculpture for the grounds of the Cleveland Clinic BioRepository at the corner of 97th Street and Cedar Avenue. Satterwhite’s video and wallpaper, titled Dawn, incorporate drawings made by residents of the surrounding Fairfax neighborhood that represent their utopian visions for the community. The video speaks to renewal and regeneration through exuberant animated dancers performing in the breaking dawn light and around a maypole, a historic symbol of new beginnings. The permanent installation acts as a junction point between Cleveland Clinic and its Fairfax neighbors.

Five Hundred Twenty-Four, a video by Lenka Clayton and Phillip Andrew Lewis. The video features singers from over twenty different Cleveland-area choirs counting numbers in an iterative process: one person sings “one,” then two people sing “two” and so forth, to 524. Each choir was filmed separately, and the artists weave together the audio while the video features each choir individually. Although the singers may have not been all in the same room, they become one collective musical body through the artists’ digital efforts—a way of fostering community many have become comfortable with through the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the Julia and Larry Pollock Gallery on Main Campus, a monitor silently denotes the passage of time. 365, a work by Dutch graphic designer Karel Martens, is a 2022 calendar. Each day, a unique representation of the date appears on the screen. The methodical rhythm of the video with its daily numbers echoes the counting of Five Hundred Twenty-Four and the daily reawakening represented in Dawn. These constants—counting and the daily cycle of the sun—provide a soothing cadence amid the unpredictability of the hospital.

Lenka Clayton and Phillip Andrew Lewis, Five Hundred Twenty-Four, 2022. Color HD video with sound, 26 minutes 46 seconds. Courtesy of the artists & Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco. Commissioned by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art with support from Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler. © Lenka Clayton and Phililp Andrew Lewis

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