Joseph Becherer’s ArtPrize Venue Reviews

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Our very own Chief Curator and Vice President for Collections and Exhibitions Joseph Becherer is once again writing about ArtPrize and reviewing nine of the major ArtPrize venues for The Grand Rapids Press.

Below are links to those articles and reviews. Visit MLive’s coverage of ArtPrize to see their complete coverage of ArtPrize 2014.

ArtPrize jurors show their respect for Grand Rapids with Shortlist

ArtPrize 2014 may be just what the doctor (and patients) ordered.

Dana Lynn Harper works on her ArtPrize entry "Bloom Bloom" outside the Grand Rapids Downtown Market Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

Dana Lynn Harper works on her ArtPrize entry “Bloom Bloom” outside the Grand Rapids Downtown Market Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

 

Meijer Gardens invites sculptors to select emerging works in ‘Highly Recommended’

Loris Cecchini's 'Wallwave Vibration' is one of the sixteen works featured in Meijer Gardens' ArtPrize exhibition, 'Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors.' Carrie Westra of the Meijer Gardens staff applies paint Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Chris Clark | MLive.com)

Loris Cecchini’s ‘Wallwave Vibration’ is one of the sixteen works featured in Meijer Gardens’ ArtPrize exhibition, ‘Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors.’ Carrie Westra of the Meijer Gardens staff applies paint Tuesday, September 16, 2014. (Chris Clark | MLive.com)

 

Grand Rapids Art Museum enters ‘[Dis]Comfort Zones’

Anila Quayyum Agha's "Intersections" as part of an ArtPrize 2014 media preview at the Grand Rapids Art Museum Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The GRAM will be showcasing 19 ArtPrize artists. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

Anila Quayyum Agha’s “Intersections” as part of an ArtPrize 2014 media preview at the Grand Rapids Art Museum Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The GRAM will be showcasing 19 ArtPrize artists. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

 

UICA’s ‘Collaboration’ is diverse, engaging

"Bio Interloper" created by Crystal Wagner is a large-scale site-specific installation made using everyday materials like birthday party table cloth, cut paper, and chicken wire in combination with layered screen prints. The piece explores ideas related to human beings and the increasingly severe divide between themselves and the natural world by growing, as if it were a life form, through the gallery. The ArtPrize piece is on display at UICA in Grand Rapids, Mich., September 15, 2014. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)

“Bio Interloper” created by Crystal Wagner is a large-scale site-specific installation made using everyday materials like birthday party table cloth, cut paper, and chicken wire in combination with layered screen prints. The piece explores ideas related to human beings and the increasingly severe divide between themselves and the natural world by growing, as if it were a life form, through the gallery. The ArtPrize piece is on display at UICA in Grand Rapids, Mich., September 15, 2014. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)

 

Ford Museum presents technically impressive works

ArtPrize entry 'kNights Watch' by artist Justin La Doux can be seen at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. (Emily Rose Bennett | MLive.com)

ArtPrize entry ‘kNights Watch’ by artist Justin La Doux can be seen at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. (Emily Rose Bennett | MLive.com)

 

Women’s City Club collection is intimate, thoughtful

ArtPrize entry by Grand Rapids resident David Dodde is a portrait of his father who passed in 2013. The artist used silver and his father's ashes to create the image that was screen printed by hand. The piece can be seen displayed at the Women's City Club. (Emily Rose Bennett | MLive.com)

ArtPrize entry by Grand Rapids resident David Dodde is a portrait of his father who passed in 2013. The artist used silver and his father’s ashes to create the image that was screen printed by hand. The piece can be seen displayed at the Women’s City Club. (Emily Rose Bennett | MLive.com)

 

Cathedral Square hosts calm, peaceful experience

"Urban Tumbleweed" created by Nathan Lareau is one of the ArtPrize entries hosted at Cathedral Square (360 Division Ave. S.), Grand Rapids, Mich., September 23, 2014. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)

“Urban Tumbleweed” created by Nathan Lareau is one of the ArtPrize entries hosted at Cathedral Square (360 Division Ave. S.), Grand Rapids, Mich., September 23, 2014. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)

 

Site:Lab @ Morton is passport to global art world

Ryan Roa, second from left, talks about his ArtPrize installation "Space Drawings" at the SiTE:LAB @ The Morton exhibition will feature live performance. Photo taken in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Chris Clark | MLive.com)

Ryan Roa, second from left, talks about his ArtPrize installation “Space Drawings” at the SiTE:LAB @ The Morton exhibition will feature live performance. Photo taken in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Chris Clark | MLive.com)

 

Kendall College exhibit explores money and art

Annie Krempa and Patrick Bradley look at Steve Lambert's ArtPrize entry "Capitalism Works For Me" at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. "I like that it's interactive," said Krempa about the entry. Krempa and Bradley are from Traverse City. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

Annie Krempa and Patrick Bradley look at Steve Lambert’s ArtPrize entry “Capitalism Works For Me” at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. “I like that it’s interactive,” said Krempa about the entry. Krempa and Bradley are from Traverse City. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

 

Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors – Meet The Artists, Part 2

Fall means ArtPrize, and with that comes a new sculpture exhibition opening at Meijer Gardens. This year’s exhibition, Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors, features 16 artists and also serves as our fall exhibition, running from September 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

Meijer Gardens maintains a close relationship with artists in our permanent collection and relied on their recommendations of new and upcoming sculptors to form this group exhibition.

Meet the rest of our participating artists below, and see our Meet The Artists Part 1 blog post to read up on the other artists that are participating in Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors.

Osman Khan

Osman Khan was born in Pakistan and grew up in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York in 1995.  He is an artist interested in constructing artifacts and experiences for social criticism and aesthetic expression. His work plays and subverts the materiality behind themes of identity, communication, economics and public space through participatory & performative installations and site-specific interventions.

Osman Khan

House by Osman Khan. Vote Code: 56655

Sean Paul Lorentz

Born in Petaluma, California, Sean Paul Lorentz lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area and is the West Coast Studio Manager for sculptor Mark di Suvero. He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts at Studio Art University of California. His work is the product of an instinctive process involving personal experience and the perpetual development of skills within the mediums of life and steel.

 

Bogie by Sean Paul Lorentz. Vote Code: 57577

Bogie by Sean Paul Lorentz. Vote Code: 57577

Alyson Shotz

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Washington, Seattle, Alyson Shotz has upcoming solo exhibitions at Millesgarden Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, and the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum and Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art among others.

Spiral Helix by Alyson Shotz. Vote Code: 56209

Spiral Helix by Alyson Shotz. Vote Code: 56209

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Price

Tom Price (b. London, UK, 1981) studied at Chelsea College of Art (2001-2004) and received a MA at the Royal College of Art, Sculpture School (2004-2006). In 2009 he was featured alongside Grayson Perry, Michael Landy, Sir Anthony Caro and Cornelia Parker on the BBC 4 television documentary, Where is Modern Art Now?, presented by Gus Casely-Hayford. In 2010 he featured on BBC 4’s, How to Get a Head in Sculpture, also featuring Marc Quinn and Sir Anthony Caro.

Network by Tom Price. Vote Code 57469

Network by Tom Price. Vote Code 57469

Daniel Silver

 

 

 

 

 

Born in London in 1972, Daniel Silver was raised in Jerusalem and moved back to London in 1994. He has exhibited extensively across the UK and internationally. He holds a BA of Fine Art from Slade School of Art and an MA of Fine Art Sculpture from the Royal College of Art.

 

 

Untitled by Daniel Silver. Vote Code: 56854

Untitled by Daniel Silver. Vote Code: 56854

Alisha Wessler

 

 

Alisha Wessler lives and works in New York City. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Johansson Projects (Oakland), MeetFactory (Prague), Claire Morris Gallery (Ireland), Blütenweiss (Berlin), G2 (Chicago), Gowanus Studio Space (Brooklyn) and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (Ann Arbor).

From Afar It Is an Island by Alisha Wessler. Vote Code 56457

From Afar It Is an Island by Alisha Wessler. Vote Code 56457

Christopher Yockey

Christopher Yockey was raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. He has a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and in addition to his own work, works with sculptor Mark di Suvero. He is also an avid hockey player, living in New York City with his wife and daughter.

You Have Options by Christopher Yockey. Vote Code 56621

You Have Options by Christopher Yockey. Vote Code 56621

Antonella Zazzera

 

 

Antonella Zazzera lives and works in Todi, Italy. She completed her studies with a degree in painting at the Pietro Vannucci Academy in Perugia in 1999. Over the years, she has deepened her knowledge of Italian Art and the recovery of its values: Sign, Light and Space. Always faithful to her first intuition, her current work of sculpture is the result of a process which springs from photographic researches leading her to focus the importance of Light in the definition of both Space and Form.

Armonico CLXVII by Antonella Zazzera. Vote Code 56891

Armonico CLXVII by Antonella Zazzera. Vote Code 56891

Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors – Meet The Artists, Part 1

It’s almost time for ArtPrize, and that means a new sculpture exhibition is opening at Meijer Gardens. This year’s exhibition, Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors, features 16 artists and also serves as our fall exhibition, running from September 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

Meijer Gardens maintains a close relationship with artists in our permanent collection and relied on their recommendations of new and upcoming sculptors to form this group exhibition.

Meet some of the participating artists below:

Katrin Albrecht

Katrin Albrecht is an artist from Germany. She began her career as a tailor, and then studied fashion design in Berlin before finding her field in Fine Arts and studying sculpture at Weissensse School of Art in Berlin, Städelschule Frankfurt, and Ecole Des Beaux-Arts, Paris. She also received an MA from Goldsmiths College in London. Her work has been exhibited widely and she has received several awards such as the Chelsea Arts Club Award with Berta Koch Collective in 2013.

Katrin Albrecht: Die Hutte Brennt / The Shed is on Fire. Vote Code: 57284

Katrin Albrecht: Die Hutte Brennt / The Shed is on Fire. Vote Code: 57284

Armen Agop

Armen Agop was born in Cairo, graduated from Helwan University, and first came to Italy in 2000 after winning the Prix de Rome. In 2008 he was awarded “The Sculpture Grant” given once a year to a prominent international sculptor by the Swedish organization KKV-B. In 2010, he received the international Umberto Mastroianni award in Piemonte, Italy.

Armen Agop: Untitled. Vote Code: 56385

Loris Cecchini

Loris Cecchini was born in Milan in 1969 and lives and works between Berlin and Tuscany. He has shown his work all over the world with solo exhibitions in prestigious museums such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Loris Cecchini has also taken part in international exhibitions and numerous collective shows including the 49th and 13th Quadrennial of Rome.

Loris Cecchini: Wallwave vibration (anatomy of a diagram). Vote Code: 57136

Loris Cecchini: Wallwave vibration (anatomy of a diagram). Vote Code: 57136

Mat Chivers

The work of British visual artist Mat Chivers looks at how the fundamental phenomena that exist below the surface of things inform the way we experience the world around us. The process of making draws on combinations of analogue and digital technologies in works that embody a hybridisation of old-world subjects and techniques with contemporary envisioning processes. His practice focuses at the location between data capture and its consequent interpretation in order to explore the ambiguous nature of perception.

Mat Chivers

Mat Chivers: Chain of Events. Vote Code: 56263

Michele Ciribifera

Michele Ciribifera, born in Perugia in 1969, graduated in sculpture with Edgardo Abbozzo, at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Perugia in 1991. In 1993 he won the first prize at the sculpture symposium in S. Elena (CA), and in 1997 he exhibited on the first solo show in Sansepolcro (AR), a series of sculptures in which are present the structural tensions of elements directly drawn from natural context. In the match between reality and illusion, the sculptures of Michele Ciribifera define the mysterious interaction between energy and matter.

Michele Ciribifera: Double ondAnoma. Vote Code: 56946

Michele Ciribifera: Double ondAnoma. Vote Code: 56946

Chiara Dynys

Chiara Dynys was born in Mantua. Her works have become more site specific and, one might say, are developed in the perception of users that, coming across them, find themselves “different” and altered, rediscovering the feeling of their presence. “I often use the word passage to talk about my work. In fact, what is common to all my work is the sense of the crossing.”

Chiara Dynys: Love Hate. Vote Code: 56956

Chiara Dynys: Love Hate. Vote Code: 56956

Lucy Glendinning

Lucy Glendinning lives and works in Somerset, England. On graduating, she worked for the sculptor Elizabeth Frink. She has been awarded the Landscape Inst Award twice, Civic Trust and Red Rose award, for commissions. Her work is made in series, developed around ideas which start poems. These thoughts are usually derived by medical information, psychological studies, and a fascination with future society.

Lucy Glendinning: Feather Child 1. Vote Code: 56788

Lucy Glendinning: Feather Child 1. Vote Code: 56788

David Henderson

Born in 1956, David Henderson studied art with William Tucker, George Sugarman, and Vito Acconci. He received his M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1981 and his B.A. from Bard College in 1978. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has pioneered the use of fiberglass and carbon fiber as structural materials in sculpture, exploiting the extraordinary tensile strength of these materials in ways usually associated with ultralight aircraft and sailboats, in order to achieve truly unique and astonishing results.

David Henderson: Corby 3. Vote Code: 57205

David Henderson: Corby 3. Vote Code: 57205

How Well Do You Know Meijer Gardens?

How well do you know Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park?

Try to identify the artist and title of each of these sculptures, which all reside in the Sculpture Park’s permanent collection. Submit your answers by leaving a comment on this post.

HowWellDoYouKnowFMGClaim bragging rights by naming all the pieces correctly!

We’ll share the answers next week. 

ArtPrize Exception to Meijer Gardens Photo Policy

As an ArtPrize Exhibition Center, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will lift its restrictions on photographing works displayed in the sculpture galleries during the Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass exhibition.

Meijer Gardens normally prohibits photography in the sculpture galleries, in order to provide the best viewing experience for all guests and to protect the intellectual property rights of the exhibiting artists. Because of the unique nature of ArtPrize, and by agreement of the artists in this exhibition—we are pleased to allow photography for personal use during business hours for the full span the exhibition, September 18, 2013 through January 5, 2014.

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Graham Caldwell. Large Polychrome, 2011. Iridescent glass and epoxy, 107 x 54 x 15 inches. Photo taken by Meijer Gardens staff.

Meijer Gardens reserves the right to prohibit photography we deem as commercial or professional usage, or interferes with guests’ experiences. Photos of all works provided by the artists will be available on MeijerGardens.org and on Meijer Gardens’ Facebook page. Monopods and tripods are prohibited.

Coinciding with the fifth annual ArtPrize competition, Meijer Gardens’ fall exhibition, Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass brings together artists from across the globe to break down preconceptions about glass art.

A Pathway to the Past: Zhang Huan Memory Doors

The threshold between the past and the present can be seen in Chinese artist Zhang Huan’s Memory Doors Series featured this summer in the Frederik Meijer Gardens exhibition, “Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan.”

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Panorama of exhibition galleries courtesy of Chuck Heiney.

The Memory Door Series includes “Buddha” and “Figure of Country Buddha,” two unique pieces made of silkscreen collages embedded into carved wooden doors. These discarded doors were originally from farms in the rural areas of the Shanxi Province and with the help of woodcarvers from Dongyang, Huan based the relief carvings on images found in his very own collection of photographs and magazines. Huan hoped that by employing Chinese craftsmen instead of artists to help him complete the carvings, he would foster the idea of keeping traditional Chinese craftsmanship alive, and at the same time, explore new creative outlets and practices of their expert skills.

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“Buddah” by Zhang Haun. Photo found on Google Images.

The enlarged photographs used by Huan are dated anywhere between 1950 and 1980. He first created then superimposed the photo collages, marrying the photographs with the carved landscapes on the doors. He uses the doors as a way to tell stories about the ever-changing conditions in China, which allows viewers to be transcended to a different time and place in Chinese history and heritage.

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“Figure of Country Buddha” by Zhang Huan. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Although the juxtaposition of carvings and photographs may be what draws the audience into the mind of Huan, the doors themselves are also full of historical symbolism. These traditional wooden doors were salvaged by Huan himself from rural areas across China after being discarded in favor of new, Western-style doors. To Huan, the metal doors were the next step in the modernization of Chinese culture, and he saw the tattered, beat-up antique doors as inspiration, which became a foundation for the Memory Door Series.

Take a walk back in time by exploring Zhang Huan’s Memory Door Series at Meijer Gardens. “Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan” continues through August 2

Connected and Disconnected

The enigmatic bronze figures of Dutch sculptor Hanneke Beaumont have been a source of great fascination and wonder since they first captured international attention in the late 1990s. Since then, her works have been exhibited and installed internationally from London to New York, Munich to The Hague. At Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, her sculptures, #25 and #26, are a continual source of inquiry and enjoyment in the Sculpture Park.

Join us now through April 28 for Connected and Disconnected: The Sculpture of Hanneke Beaumont, which features features 14 works demonstrating the artist’s command of the human figure. As the title suggests, Beaumont’s works allow guests to explore what it means to be disconnected from one another in an otherwise connected world. Included with admission.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Connected and Disconnected: Photo courtesy Chuck Heiney.
Hanneke Beaumont. Bronze #91, 2008-09. Patinated bronze on iron bases; 62 x 31 x 34 inches.
Hanneke Beaumont. Bronze #93, 2008-09. Patinated bronze on iron bases; 46 x 21 x 37 inches.

This is Beaumont’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. Her sculptures were created in a variety of media, such as terra cotta, bronze and iron and allow audiences the opportunity to understand her command of the human figure and her impressive fluency with materials.

Programming for the Exhibition

  • Perspectives
    Friday, February 22, 12 pm
    Katie Racey, Membership Manager
    Brett McPherson, Maintenance Staff
    Joann Wisnewski, Facility Attendant

Walk through the galleries with three staff members as they explore the exhibition from their own perspectives. Discover interesting personal interpretations of sculpture that you may never have considered before. Feel free to participate in the discussion; it is not necessary to be an art expert to find deeper meaning in art!

  • Gallery Walk
    Saturday, March 2, 2 pm
    Susan Wallsteadt, Psychology Professor, Grand Rapids Community College

Learn about the meaning of body language and facial expressions from a psychological point-of-view and explore the emotional content of Beaumont’s work.

Visit us at MeijerGardens.org for additional information.