Being + Wonder + Within
This exhibition combines the work of three groups of artists, each with a unique perspective on being human and how we exist as part of the world.
Being + Wonder + Within
June 16 - August 15
Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm
Ikigai: A Reason for Being
Egan Franks Holzhausen
among / between / within
Ikigai: A Reason for Being
"Ikigai: A Reason for Being" is a collective of contemporary artists approaching subjects through different means but arriving at a similar place of introspection on personal experiences. The resulting collective display asks the viewer to do the same. In asking the viewer to go into a potentially uncomfortable place of reflection, the combination of work presents complex questions about identity, culture, memory and ultimately the human condition.
Matthew Farrell grew up in the small town of Owosso, MI, where he spent his time building forts, box cars, bike jumps, and anything else out of scrap wood and metal. Now living and working in Grand Rapids, MI, as an artist he uses these materials through sculpture and printmaking to explore his personal relationships. Placing emphasis on materials, space, and interactions between forms. He received his BFA in Printmaking from Colorado Mesa University and his MFA in Printmaking from Kendall College of Art and Design.
Egan Franks Holzhausen was born in Metro-Detroit. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in December of 2013 then received her MFA from Kendall College of Art & Design in May of 2019. Since graduating, Franks Holzhausen moved from Grand Rapids to a plot of land in Northern Michigan where she continues to make work depicting her everyday life.
Angelica Hay is a musician, painter, and new media artist based out of Grand Rapids, MI. Angelica recently graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with an M.F.A in Painting and M.A. in Visual Critical Studies. Angelica is an interdisciplinary artist with a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and her studio work uses images culled from her background in genetics in order to explore themes of personal identity, reproduction, and loss.
Alyson Rodriguez is a visual artist from West Michigan. Alyson graduated in 2019 with an MFA in Fine Arts Painting with a Certificate in Visual and Critical Studies from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. Alyson’s most recent work is an exploration of family and maternal experience. She uses combinations of screen print, fabric work and painting to make the intimate moments of maternity visible and conceptually represent daily challenges and awareness as a mother.
Katie Toepp is an abstract painter, fiber artist, and critic working in Washington, D.C. She received her BFA from Eastern Kentucky University and MFA in Painting and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from Kendall College of Art and Design. Her work investigates the interactions and limitations between the physical body and mind.
Small Wonder/ Nature
It is the nature of the world to be full of small complexities that most often overlook (or can't see). The goal of this exhibition is to bring together a group of artists to explore those natural complexities, the fragility, the strength, the beauty & wonder - and bring them into view.
Molly Burgess is a Grand Rapids native having attended Creston High School and Kendall College of Art and Design. She has been a seamstress/fiber artist for the past 15 years. Her biggest influences come from the beauty and complexity of nature.
Devin DuMond is a multi-disciplinary artist and entrepreneur who is passionate about cultivating community and empowering women. She is the owner and designer at Hatch Creative Services, where she specializes in graphic design and branding for small business, as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Grand Rapids Women Who, a community organization aimed at educating and connecting local women. Her fine art is an expression of all that she is curious about: nature, humanity, detail, order, and the thread that connects it all.
Kathryn Robertson (The Artsy Rooster Studio) is an Illustrator, Photographer, and otherwise Artist. With a degree in Art from Western Michigan University, she creates art that is highly detailed & whimsical, currently working in ink, pencil, and gauche. Her pieces explore both the natural & the human world around her, with emphasis on human/animal interactions, hidden moments, and unlikely situations.
Nikki Trim began her journey towards art as a child at her grandmothers table, but rediscovered her passion for the arts and painting in particular during grad school in Paris. Writing her dissertation on the surrealist movement, Nikki’s ethereal landscapes fuse the wonder of the surrealist tradition with classical expressionism, creating a vibrant world that is as visually stunning as it is unique.
Heather Weathers is a fiber artist creating works inspired by science. Using various textiles, thread, and beads, Heather brings out the beauty of often overlooked elements in the natural world.
among / between / within
Sharing interests in material, pattern and process, Nollette and Cridler reconstruct familiar forms to imagine new ways of belonging. Referencing iconic yet ubiquitous structures such as grids or biological networks, Nollette employs household materials like paper, thread, and ribbon to interrupt and mend them. Methodically making through stitching, pinning or painting block-like modules; time becomes a multiplying factor, creating works that evolve, gather, and set course with a rhythmic connection. Cridler’s reinterpretation of symbolic forms like vessels and trees allude to covetousness and value assessments, while suggesting that we are in turn held and housed by our environment, our larger body. Her works, pieced together from steel and natural materials remind that growth comes from change.
Together these artists explore concepts of interdependency alongside the human habit of thinking of ourselves as apart from the natural world. We belong to this nature, rising from the interconnected tapestry of life that we are subsequently changing; “We’re all – trees, humans, insects, birds, bacteria – pluralities.” Writes David George Haskell. “Life is embodied network.”
Trained as a metalsmith, Kim Cridler was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, earned an MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and studied at Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. Kim has applied her use of steel, structure and ornament in large-scale public art projects and commissions for public spaces including work at the Mamaroneck, NY Metro North Station for the MTA Arts-For-Transit program and works for the upcoming opening of the Londoner Hotel, Macau China. She has taught in art programs across the country including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Michigan, San Diego State University, Arizona State University, and the Penland School of Crafts and will have a retrospective Fall 2020 at the Metal Museum, Memphis, TN.
Maureen Nollette is a Nebraska born American artist whose installations, drawings and sculpture question society’s existing framework, which supports and sustains unjust constructed realities. Nollette’s work is part of the following collections: Detroit Institute of the Arts (Detroit, MI); Yves St. Laurent (New York, NY); MGM Mirage Hotel (Las Vegas, NV); j. jill Group (Tilton, NH); along with private collections. Her work has been included in exhibitions in Beijing, China; New York, NY; Detroit, MI; New Haven, CT; Atlanta, GA; and Brooklyn, NY to name a few. Nollette has given lectures and workshops at institutions including School of Visual Arts in NY, Kendall College of Art & Design in MI, and Grand Rapids Art Museum in MI. Nollette’s curatorial projects include code ORANGE, Gilding the Pussy, (a)wake, and LIMIT(less). Her work has appeared in online and print publications including ArtDail.com, The Dallas Morning News, The Poughkeepsie Journal, Arton.net. Nollette received her MFA from The City University of New York in Queens, NY and is a currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Visual Media Arts Department at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.