A Deeper Look

The public is invited to attend the closing reception of Influence from 7-9PM

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Flex Gallery and the Work of Rachel McKay

By Zachary Johnson In response to a lack of public art opportunities during winter, on January 11th, I launched Flex Gallery, a mobile public art space located on my left arm. For the project, I sent canvas armbands to six artists, requesting they turn them into artworks. Each artist works in a wide variety of … Continue reading

Noble Experiments: An Interview with Kate Lewis of Neighbor Gallery

“I wanted to do something meaningful with my opportunity to curate this space. I set out to create an example of what a diverse art show would look like, and this project helped me to achieve that vision.”

Flex Gallery and the Work of Christopher Sutton

Zachary Johnson interviews artist Christopher Sutton about his artistic process and Flex Gallery, a mobile public art space.

Drew Damron Transforms Grand Rapids Into a Role-Playing Game

by Zachary Johnson With GRpg, Drew Damron single-handedly turns Grand Rapids, Michigan into a Super Nintendo-style role playing game. And like game designer Shigesato Itoi, who took inspiration from his relationship with an absent father, Kurt Vonnegut, and his young daughter’s handwriting when creating Earthbound for SNES, Damrom inserts his own life into GRpg. While … Continue reading

Reconsidering the Commonplace: Jihyun Hong’s (extra)ordinary at UICA

Jihyun Hong invites us to see everyday objects not by their familiar functions … but as the interesting visual objects that they really are.

In New Buffalo, Dowagiac and Hartford, the Four Winds Casinos Exhibit Native American Art with Pride

The first decade of the twenty-first century has been a busy one for David Shannaquet. If one studies the Native American paintings displayed at the Gun Lake, Firekeepers, and the three Four Winds Casinos, Shannaquet might be the most ubiquitous. Gun Lake Casino exhibits his paintings of Sandhill Cranes, the comeback bird celebrated throughout the facility. … Continue reading

Walnut Ink Studios Brings the Power of Arts Networking into Michigan City

US Route 421 is a main drive through Michigan City Indiana, passing through Cool Springs Township as it descends into the city. The Calumet River also makes this descent. Route 421 transforms into Franklin Street and passes through a collection of buildings, some from the days of the carriage trade. It is an old part of … Continue reading

The Spectre of Surveillance: Terms of Service at UICA

Terms of Service is on view at the UICA through April 17th.  The exhibit “explores identity, individualism and the conditions people face as a result of our increasingly surveilled lives”. I have never fully read the terms of service contract for my iPhone and I’m guessing that I’m not alone on that front.  Jon Chambers’ … Continue reading

Gaspard presents “Beholder”

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 textual contribution, while … Continue reading