US IS THEM Asks Hard Questions & Seeks Communal Solutions

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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

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

Flex Gallery and the Work of Madison May

Madison May, Untitled, dirt grass seed, suture, cheesecloth, ink on Canvas. Approx. 4 in x 14 in. 2017

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 past week and a half, I have been wearing the work of Madison May, a local printmaking and sculpture artist and recent graduate of Kendall College. I spoke with her last week to learn more about her work and her creative process.

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

Mailed Art: Delivery System, Holland Area Arts Council.  Photo Credit, Colette Finney

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

Tea and Talk with the Talented Featuring Pam Kravetz

Pam Kravetz, photo credit Jesse Fox

“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.”

The Boundless Creativity of Chloe Viening-Butler

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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

Tea & Talk With the Talented: Lee Ann Frame

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“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.”

Science and Semiotics: The Pop Surrealist paintings of Eric Kuhl at MercuryHead Gallery

If Hieronymus Bosch, Kenny Scharf, and Mark Ryden made an art baby together, it would look like Eric Kuhl.

Mark Mothersbaugh: Freedom from Propriety

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“Subversion changes things.”

Charles Goldman RE>CRETE>WORKS at 337 Project Space

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“The idea of ‘sculptural guilt’ has lead me directly to working with renewables and found materials. For me, making is about asking questions; thinking with our hands… I believe that art’s purpose is in asking them. ”