Seriality in the Archive: Works by Jeff Kraus and Chris Cox

Whether the archive reignites an old vision, or fuels an unanticipated new direction, its purpose is fulfilled when the work returns to life.

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Long Reign the “Little Queen”!

By Colette Gehr The Queen Mum and her model twin have made an unexpected stop at the Holland Area Arts Council (HAAC) in Downtown Holland. Encouraged by the visitor comments, “royally superb” and “grand job,” I wanted to see just what was so special about the photography exhibit and was not disappointed. Initially puzzled by … Continue reading

Easy to Swallow: Burtynsky’s Water at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Edward Burtynsky: Water is on-view at the Grand Rapids Art Museum through April 26. The exhibit features sixty large-scale Cibachrome photographs divided into the themes of Distress, Control, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Source, and Waterfront. I had every intention of attending the opening of Water in February, but I was waylaid at the I AM reception that … Continue reading

Committed to Paper: Master Drawings and Prints by Sculptors at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park January 31– April 27, 2014 “Committed to Paper: Master Drawings and Prints by Sculptors,” is curated from the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens‘ permanent collection of works on paper, which includes pieces by such modern masters as Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and Louise Nevelson, as well as notable contemporary artists including Kiki … 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

Poignant Vignettes: Photographic Works by Tracy Longley-Cook and Rachel Girard Reisert

…the pairing is well-suited. Both series obliquely reference polite Victorian divertissements like illustrated armchair travel books, journaling, or collecting natural specimens.

ArtPrize: Overexposed

by Jennifer Steensma Hoag Professor, Calvin College During ArtPrize last year I visited the Frederick Meijer Sculpture Gardens, one of the few venues that adhered to strict photography policies during the event.  In the gallery I overhead an interesting exchange between a museum guard and a visitor.  “Photography is not allowed, sir” the museum guard asserted.  “What … 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

Come for the Eggs, Stay for the Sociopaths

by Tamara Fox Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, at the Detroit Institute of Art, and From Here to There:  Alec Soth’s America at Cranbrook Art Museum            I had the unusual good fortune to see two exhibits in one excursion to Detroit:  Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, at the Detroit Institute … Continue reading

Reflecting on Windows: What do Terry Johnston and Claude Monet have in Common?

I met Terry Johnston in April of 2010, at Michigan Land of Riches, the first SiTE:LAB event at the old public museum on Jefferson Street. Before I was allowed to start installing, I was informed that I had to have my picture taken in one of the wildlife dioramas. The resulting portraits of every participating … Continue reading