Posts Tagged ‘UICA’

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ART OF THE LIVED EXPERIMENT // UICA

by Alexandra Kadlec Novelist Paul Auster once remarked, “Changing your mind is probably one of the most beautiful things people can do.” The promise inhabiting this statement can be read as the driving force behind Art of the Lived Experiment (ALE), the international, multi-venue exhibition arriving in Grand Rapids this month. Featuring visual and performance[…]

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POWER OBJECTS // UICA

by Alexandra Kadlec The impact of a work of art is often revealed in subtleties. For collectors Josh Rogers and Lesley Weisenbacher, the experience of art—and where its power lies—is both tactile and elusive. In this context, art making itself becomes an act of ritual; or as Gerhard Richter, whose thickly textured paintings draw the[…]

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PROFILE OF THE COLLECTOR // RYAN KORTMAN

by Alexandra Kadlec A few weeks out from his debut exhibition at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Ryan Kortman is feeling a little more vulnerable than anticipated. The sensation is akin to what a novelist feels on the eve of her book’s publication, what an artist experiences before his gallery opening—whether for the[…]

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UICA // MERCURIAL SILENCE

by Alexandra Kadlec GRAND RAPIDS, MI. A thin streak of yellow chalk maps an uneven path across the charcoal-gray walls of a darkened gallery room within the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art. It recalls a road, the course of a life; the nonlinear, unpredictable journey we are all fated to experience. That the backdrop of[…]

UICA GRAND RAPIDS // INTERVIEW WITH ALEXANDER PASCHKA

by Alexandra Kadlec The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan is no stranger to change. Founded in 1977 by a group of local artists, to date the nonprofit has been housed in five different spaces, expanded beyond the visual arts to include literature, music, drama, dance, and film programming, and, in[…]