Pop-Psychedelia: The Steve Leary Show at Holland Area Arts Council

Steve Leary creates paintings that resemble a hybrid of pop art and psychedelic posters. They’re colorful, animated, and slightly disorienting. His deft handling of enamel paint results in surfaces that are hard and shiny as candy. The Steve Leary Show at Holland Area Arts Council includes nearly fifty pieces, over thirty paintings, six painted cabinets, … Continue reading

Artist & Scholar Naima Lowe Visits The Fed Galleries at KCAD & UICA

Please note: In response to concern about the Coronavirus/COVID-19, These events have been cancelled. by Aaminah Shakur The Fed Galleries @ KCAD [https://kcad.ferris.edu/galleries/] and the UICA [https://www.uica.org/] are jointly hosting artist and scholar Naima Lowe in March, including an exhibition at the Fed Galleries, and events at both the Fed Galleries and UICA. This is … Continue reading

Outside: Unconventional Interpretations of Nature at 106 Gallery

The evocative potential of the natural world is profound

Drag and Paint: Star Buxom Offers a Spicy Alternative to the Paint and Sip Party

I saw the notification for the first Artsy, Fartsy, Drag and Paint Party on Facebook. These events are coordinated by the Queen of Caffeine Star Buxom, aka Bux, aka Bux Dhyne. I’ve known Bux for years, and asked if I could observe the party scheduled in late June. The venue was a loft on south … Continue reading

Drag Syndrome Creates Controversy, But Also Fruitful Conversation About Disability, Queerness, and Performance Art

by Aaminah Shakur The intersection of queerphobia and paternalistic ableism in West Michigan has brought controversy to an upcoming ArtPrize Project 1 performance event. Paul Amenta and Ted Lott have collaborated on an accessible theater structure that will be the site of musical, theater, and spoken word performances for the duration of Project 1, September … Continue reading

Portable Art: Zachary Johnson’s Flex Gallery at UICA

Flex Gallery: A Public Project by Zachary Johnson, can be seen at UICA through August 4, 2017

US IS THEM Asks Hard Questions & Seeks Communal Solutions

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

Time Passes and the Gulf Water Rises as New Orleans Airlift Rallies a Culture Against an Impending Apocalypse

New Orleans Airlift was founded in 2008 in response to Hurricane Katrina and the effect it had on upon local artists

The Postman rang many, many times at the Holland Area Arts Council

“In an era when e-mail and texting dominates long-distance communication, the nostalgia of ‘snail mail’ art is a welcome diversion.”

Machine Aesthetics: Sculpture by David Deming at the Muskegon Museum of Art

by Tamara Fox David Deming’s show at the Muskegon Museum of Art is comprised of approximately thirty sculptures, as well as several drawings and wood maquettes. The latter give insight into the artist’s working process, as well as the origin of several repeated forms. Some of the featured abstract motifs have been explored by Deming … Continue reading