Becoming an Image, 2014
Photo Credit: Heather Cassils Alejandro Santiago

Facing Identity: I AM at Kendall College Fed Galleries

by Tamara Fox Currently on display at Kendall College Federal Building galleries are the second and third installments of I AM, curated by Michele Bosak. The first of the series I AM: Money Matters, was open as an ArtPrize venue, and rightfully received a lot of attention from the public and ArtPrize jurors. I AM: … Continue reading

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Gaspard leaves its mark

by Tamara Fox In 2012, art critic Jerry Saltz, visited Gaspard while he was in town for ArtPrize. After offering some feedback regarding Spiritual Lake, Saltz asked Chris Cox some questions about the gallery and pronounced, “You will go to art heaven for this.” Friday August 1, marked opening of Free, the last exhibition at Gaspard, … Continue reading

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“I Am Not Who You Think I Am” Is More Than You Think It Is: Salvador Jiménez Flores Revisited

by Michael DeMaagd Rodriguez Recently, Kevin Buist, artist, writer and ArtPrize Exhibition Director, posted a short essay of his initial impressions of the Kendall College of Art and Design 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition. In it, he gently lamented what he saw as an often overcrowded, over-polished, “capital M Meaning” art production. He asks the artists … Continue reading

Committed to Paper: Master Drawings and Prints by Sculptors at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

By Tamara Fox Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park January 31– April 27, 2014 “Committed to Paper: Master Drawings and Prints by Sculptors,” is curated from the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens‘ permanent collection of works on paper, which includes pieces by such modern masters as Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and Louise Nevelson, as well as notable … Continue reading

Rock that Yields: “Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone”, at the Muskegon Museum of Art

by Tamara Fox Jason Quigno works exclusively in stone, but with a variety of types which is exceptional, because while the finished product may have superficial similarities, each stone has inherent properties that are nearly as different as wood is to metal.  Soapstone is waxy, alabaster is translucent and brittle, marble allows crisp detailed carving, … Continue reading

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Gaspard presents “Beholder”

by Tamara Fox This Friday, December 6, the public is invited to Gaspard for the official introduction of Beholder, a carefully composed book created by Chris Cox, Ben Biondo, and Jacob Bullard. It consists of 56 pages, 42 color images, and a mere 21 words (if you don’t count the frontispiece and title page). Bullard’s … Continue reading

Hope Gangloff, Sara Vanderbeek in her Bath Closet,  2010

Hope Gangloff’s Idle Hipsters

by Tamara Fox The Genres:  Portraiture Featuring Hope Gangloff, on view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Twelve figurative paintings by Hope Gangloff are the focus of the exhibition, The Genres:  Portraiture Featuring Hope Gangloff, at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in Lansing. Gangloff has had some recognition for her portraits … Continue reading

Tom Duimstra brings beguiling sculptures to UICA in “Zero +”

By Steven Davison Grand Rapids artist Tom Duimstra has been an activist and advocate for Outsider art for nearly three decades.  His tireless support for the Grand Rapids art scene over the years is evidenced in the “Camera and Collage” show he curated for the Avenue for the Arts in the spring 2013.  “Camera and … Continue reading

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Creative Time Summit hits home in Grand Rapids- a local take on that darn buzzword, “Placemaking”

by Steve Davidson “A true sense of place is a virtual immersion rooted in lived experience, political commitment and a topographical familiarity that is really kind of rare these days” – Lucy Lippard, Keynote Address, 2013 Creative Time Summit Last weekend, the Office for Public Culture of Grand Valley State University hosted a public screening … Continue reading

Tracy Longley-Cook, Vase and Stem, 2010

Poignant Vignettes: Photographic Works by Tracy Longley-Cook and Rachel Girard Reisert

by Tamara Fox The current exhibition at Collins Gallery in Grand Rapids Community College, features  photographic works by Tracy Longley-Cook and Rachel Girard Reisert. Cook’s contributions are from her series titled “Estremoz”, after the Portuguese town where she took these photographs. Reisert’s series “Tropism” consists of eight cyanotype triptychs depicting trees. The exhibition is small, … Continue reading

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