ONTARIO GOLD

Cleveland SGS
September 15 – October 19

Opening Reception: 8-11 PM, Saturday, September 15

Cleveland SGS’ Ontario Gold honors the dividing line of Cleveland’s down-low and up-high cultures; it is a two-tone collection of images that explore the balance between inspiration and alienation. The exhibit’s namesake, Ontario Street, can be viewed as the epicenter of the city’s rebirth or simply as a street that people cross to get to Tower City. To the golden illuminations erected by casino magnates, it stands as a prism that tempers the dreams of the foolhardy and inspires children to strive for excellence. Cleveland SGS is both rare and nonreactive, Ontario Gold is the manifestation of these two most essential attributes.


Cleveland SGS is a homegrown group of street archivists and artists who, since 2006, have investigated the hidden meaning of Cleveland’s commercial narrative, one block at a time. From pawnshops to carryout, hair care to daycare, and back alleys to bar stools, SGS has painstakingly chronicled the homemade imagery that makes up so much of Cleveland’s landscape. Drawing heavily on the stories, images and visual vernacular they unearth in their travels across the city, SGS produces video, paintings, installations and signage deeply entwined with the city’s pulse.

In celebration of William Rupnik Gallery’s five year anniversary as one of Cleveland’s premier establishments for emerging fine artists, Ontario Gold opens with a public reception 8-11 PM on Saturday, September 15th. An after-party follows at Lava Lounge 11 PM – ? AM.

William Rupnik Gallery
1117 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland OH 44115

Lava Lounge
1307 Auburn Avenue
Cleveland OH 44113

Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 5-9 PM, weekends by appointment

Admission: free

Parking: Valet at Wyndam Hotel, Statler Garage (adjacent to gallery), curbside on neighboring streets

Visitor Information: Call (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

For further press information and images, contact:
William Rupnik, (216) 533-5575 or email info@wrgcleveland.com

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