by Aaminah Shakur With US IS THEM the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art has brought to Grand Rapids an exhibition that pulls together work from diverse artists, of diverse styles and mediums, the likes of which the city has not hosted before. The show features over sixty works by thirty two contemporary living artists of national and international … Continue reading
“In an era when e-mail and texting dominates long-distance communication, the nostalgia of ‘snail mail’ art is a welcome diversion.”
“I make art all the time and then sometimes I don’t. When I am not physically creating, it is living in my head, sometimes for months. When I start to make art, get out of my way!…I make a huge mess, I move from one thing to the next and from the outside it looks like…making madness.”
Chloe Viening-Butler is a poet, artist, caregiver, and advocate for the disabled. Her aesthetic practice and life are intermeshed more seamlessly than any artist I’ve encountered. Because her days are spent tending to the needs of her family clan, pets, and homestead, Viening-Butler typically works at night. Her studio is located above the garage in … Continue reading
“I tend to reflect on life and roll-around ideas for some time before putting them to print. Ideas and the possibilities are motivating in themselves.”
If Hieronymus Bosch, Kenny Scharf, and Mark Ryden made an art baby together, it would look like Eric Kuhl.
“Subversion changes things.”
“There is nothing like ‘doing’ as a way to improve. There’s opportunity out there if you’re open to it. Take the gift of one day at a time and just keep going.”
This little exhibit is a gem of painterly expression.
“Anne’s sense of adventure, her energy, her courage, and above all, her creative passion and her dedication to her art are an inspiration.”