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.

A Deeper Look

Influence Ave Arts Space Gallery 2016

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

Flex Gallery and the Work of Tag-Hartman Simkins

Tag Hartman-Simkins. Boyfriend Twins. Image transfer on canvas. Flex Gallery, Grand Rapids, Chicago

“…I went to school for English, but ended up doing creative writing anyway and mashed it up with art in the end.”

Flex Gallery and the Work of Rachel McKay

Rachel McKay The Plant Keeper in progress

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

Flex Gallery and the Work of Alyssa Roach

Alyssa Roach 1 Rana

When you take art and a topic in social justice, I feel like it’s really powerful because it’s not just the information people are getting, it’s also engaging their imagination in another way… it creates a super powerful experience.

Megan Roach: Fiber Artist & Entrepreneur

Parliament the Studio. Grand Rapids, MI. 2016

I think there’s definitely that connection to personal histories with textiles..

Flex Gallery and the Work of Christopher Sutton

Christopher Sutton Armband

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

A World on Display

Jerry Gretzinger Jerry's Map installation view

Over his three decades working on the map, Gretzinger’s style has not remained stagnant. Instead, he has used the map as a framework in which he’s experimented with new techniques over the years.

Emerging Kendall Student Margeret Olson

Margaret Olson, Prepare, Produce, 2015.  Collage, 15" x 20"

“ I want [the viewer] to think about their own body. I want them to think about humanity. What keeps us together? What binds us? And what binds them?”

Drew Damron Transforms Grand Rapids Into a Role-Playing Game

GRpg, Drew Damron

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