Graffiti Smart: Open Concept Gallery and Con Artist Crew showcase Detroit artists Malt and Tead

On Saturday, January 19th, Open Concept Gallery sponsored Silent Flight, a fundraising event showcasing the art of Malt and Tead, hosted by Grand Rapids’ Con Artist Crew. The two Detroit-based artists produced a large diptych mural in the CAC space between Friday and the early hours of Saturday.  The event functioned both as an exhibition of … Continue reading

Imposing order on Chaos: Clusterf*ck at Craft House

On the back door of Craft House, there is a sign that reads, “This is not a bathroom. When you urinate here, it drips into our kitchen.  Please be courteous or we will call the police.”  It occurred to me that the exhibition currently on display at Craft House, is like that sign, an attempt to manage … Continue reading

Sheryl Budnik’s Relentless Landscapes

It is exceptional to see landscape paintings that are as evocative as those by Sheryl Budnik. The landscape is a popular subject because everyone has some basis from which to contextualize it, and without the impediment of narrative, it’s easy for the viewer to enter into the work.  Budnik’s paintings are surprisingly challenging because of their … Continue reading

Location, Location, Location: Utopia/Dystopia at UICA

On December 21, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art hosted “The End of the World Party”, to coincide with the opening of the featured exhibition, Utopia/Dystopia.  According to the complex Mayan calendar, the date of December 21, 2012 marks a shift to a new long calendar, kind of like turning the page at the end of … Continue reading