Whew! A whole month flew by. Just like that.
Even ArtPrize has come and gone.
This year I was excited to go with Piano Man and his class to ArtPrize. Poor, Piano Man. He caught a cold that kept him on the day of the field trip.
Well, a friend gave me an update on ArtPrize Seven. She told me that the art was not anything spectacular compared to past years, but Prof and I (sans kids) managed to take in a quick viewing at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
I took in quite a lot of photography at the GRAM. This one below was of particular interest to me. Artist, Monroe Aki O’Bryant (aka Akibang), was on the short list for his work called Realistic Neglects. It’s quite graphic, but it was compelling to think about the violence in our community, particularly African-American community. O’Bryant’s work makes the viewer stop and think about the news that we read and see, and how we “can affect change” in our community.
On a lighter note artist, Judith Braun, fingerprinted her way through this piece of work. She took home fifth place for her 2D work in the public vote.
Here’s a closer look:
And some 3D art for your viewing pleasure:
This sculpture by Armando Ramos reminded me of Sully from Monster’s, Inc.
Overall, I enjoyed the art at the GRAM, but I’d have to say from my limited time at ArtPrize that O’Bryant’s work really moved me. Perhaps it’s because I am biased and blinded by my love for photography… but only a little.
And the winners of ArtPrize Seven (2015) are: