An “art happening” has been historically used to reference a moment in time, most often related to performance art, with the expectation that the audience will participate.

In recent years, entrepreneurs have sought to engage clients and audiences by creating “pop-up” shops. This is particularly important at a time when so much of our shopping is done online. The shops are temporary locations that may be open for a few months or even just one day, where people can see items in a more traditional setting.

Pish Posh is a pop-up gallery that highlights new trends and styles in art. It also transforms a previously unused office space and creates a vibrant “living organism” of a gallery for a specific moment in time, pointing us to future possibilities for downtown Akron: What if the city was full of restaurants, living spaces and retail? How might that actually look? While this is of course happening in pockets, this pop-up gallery helps to keep that conversation going and will perhaps spark new ideas, energies and possibilities.

Pish Posh is a partnership of Hieronymus and Superchief Gallery. Founded in 2014, Hieronymus is inspired by the 15th-century painter Hieronymus Bosch, originally established as an online and appointment-only gallery to showcase the collection of the Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation. The collection is eclectic and full of work by some of today's most influential artists.

Superchief is an artist-run gallery founded in 2012 with locations in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. The artists Superchief represents come from all over the world and have been featured in exhibits and magazines internationally.

So right now, you can come to downtown Akron and tap into a vibe and style of artwork that might be a new experience, one you might not have ever seen before. It's not just exciting to walk through a space that has been transformed from an office to an art gallery, it's also fun and transportive.

The outside of the gallery is easy to spot as it features a temporary mural down the side of the building, painted by four artists: Sheryo, The Yok, Steiner and Lauren YS. On the front of the building facing East Market Street there is a neon light installation by local artist Jeffrey Chiplis.

Many of the artists in this exhibit represent trends that don't hold to traditional or academic ways of making or even thinking about becoming an artist. It's a “no holds barred” approach that doesn't care where you went to school or where you're from, but rather cares about what you are making, what it means and how it looks.

Work by artists represented by Superchief runs down one side of the gallery, works from Hieronymus down the other. The lines do blur at different points in the space, but the general vibe of the two galleries is very similar, the pieces playing off each other nicely and keeping you interested.

Peanut Butter Party is an acrylic on canvas by Uriel Correa in a somewhat absurdist style that features bright pink colors, yellow and even a sea-foam blue/green. It resembles faces and bodies, intertwined in a pile of color. It has an energy and style that pulls you in and reaches out to get your attention all at once.

Double Trouble is made with spray paint and acrylic on a wood panel by the artist Steiner. This graphically interesting work is reminiscent in style of several other pieces in this show. Bold colors and sharp lines along with a more nontraditional subject is a trend among the artists these two galleries feature.

Michael Lucero is one of the more influential artists working in ceramics over the past 30 years. His Untitled is a large sculpture of a poodle that has been covered in a layer of multicolored yarn. He has consistently made work that lacks fear of any traditionally artistic boundaries and has pushed the envelope of his medium. His works feature a love of color and palpable energy. The piece on display here is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this artist's work.

Pish Posh is happening in concert with the FRONT International Triennial that is taking place all over the region. This is one of those unique occurrences that come about when a lot is happening in a community and people work to actively support that type of investment. Pish Posh also blazes its own trail and transforms a small part of Akron into a trendy new visual arts space for the next few months. It would be well worth your time to see, support and participate.

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