Artist Profile: Tom Condon
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Artist Profile: Tom Condon

 “I’ve had the experience of losing my sight,” Tom Condon said as he removed his new pieces from a flat-file and began to arrange them on the worktable, “I’m intrigued by visual art that can make people consider sight.”

Tom suffered from impaired vision and temporary blindness when he was in his early teens. An onset of Idiopathic Pseudotumor Cerebri, caused by an excess of spinal fluid, meant that he would spend the latter half of his childhood in and out of military hospitals. Doctors conducted detailed scans, painstakingly mapping out his changing fields of vision. The years of medical examination, and his subsequent treatment, made an indelible impression on the young artist. After two decades, he would return to that trying period in his life as the basis of a new experimental series.

Condon’s current body of work blends his interests in painting and photography with his own personal history. At the heart of his series is an intriguing irony, making a visual experience out of Braille. “I love the symbology of language.” Tom continued, “Most languages are visually rich apart from their content.”

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Interview with Cleveland Artists Foundation’s Lauren Hansgen

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On Saturday February 2nd I sat down with Laruen Hansgen, Executive Director of the Cleveland Artists Foundation to talk about the Cleveland art scene. The Cleveland Artists Foundation has its offices and gallery within the Beck Center for the Arts, at 17801 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44107, 216.227.9507.

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Rustin McCann: So what is the mission of the Cleveland Artists Foundation?

Lauren Hansgen: The Cleveland Artists Foundation promotes and preserves the significant visual art and architecture of the North East Ohio region. We are equally committed to advancing the current and future arts in greater Cleveland as we are to celebrating its proud history. Am I a good ED or what?
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