To explain how excited I was for the debut of ECO the new showing at Translations art gallery in Canton, someone had to point out that Steve Ehret’s art had been hung from the ceiling across the gallery, rather than plastered to the walls before it registered.
Indeed, from the first steps taken into the gallery, it was apparent that this was no ordinary show. Curator Craig Joseph explained that ECO has been in the works for about a year and that he and Steve had been in contact hammering out the details to make it a special event.
Though Steve may be best known for his colorful creatures that range from friendly and furry to fierce and frightening, this collection is almost completely devoid of any living beings at all. Instead, the focus is on where his creatures live, breath, eat, work, play, and from the looks of it, where they collect clouds.
Sure, the keen eye will detect something slithering from a cave here or peeking its bulbous eyes above swampy waters there, but the main focus is pear shaped dwellings, trunks jutting from the ground and expelling mysterious smoke, ladders leading into the abyss, exotic plant-life, observation towers thrusting upwards, and…the skies. Breathtaking and magical while simultaneously welcoming and foreboding, Steve Ehret’s skylines are a mixture of emotions that seem to attract the most attention from the growing crowd. ECO: new works by Steve Ehret is showing at Translations all month, and I strongly suggest you go in with an empty imagination because ECO is an enormous buffet of creativity.