If you do a Google search on 3-D Street Art, one of the first names to pop up is Edgar Mueller. He’s been doing this fascinating form of art for a lot of years so his work is front and center in the world of the “Art of Deception.”
In this form, artists use chalk or pastels to render pictures that use perspective to give illusion of three-dimensionality on streets, parks and public places.
And guess what? He’s right here in Grand Rapids having created a very large 3-d work on the parking lot of a little treasure of a gallery on Ionia near Leonard. The City Art Gallery is a cooperative of sorts, organized by a group of local artists to show local and emerging artists’ work.
Edgar arrived ready to paint and has been working steadily on “The Phoenix,” finishing some time after ArtPrize official started. He told me, “I normally don’t get this much time so I’m continuing to work.”
His work also might be called site-specific art work which is quite interesting to me. In other words, the piece is created for that spot and won’t be hauled away after ArtPrize.
Seems like I’ve seen a lot of site specific work at this year’s ArtPrize. It simply means that the work has been created for that site. It may stay there or be adapted for another site.
Several large sculptures at Kendall College of Art and Design come to mind. So does the huge mural on the wall of WMCAT and everything in the old J.A. Building sponsored and curated by Site-Lab.
The huge rubber band installation titled “Here to Me” at UICA.
I haven’t had a chance to get down by the river and see some of the installations there but I suspect they are “site-specific.” Hopefully now that our nasty weather has gone away, I can find time to view more of our huge ArtExtravaganza.
I do feel compelled to comment though on the major brouhaha that has spewed forth over the Top Ten selections. Lots of criticisms and comments along the lines of “The sky is falling.”
I’ve heard, “The top ten selections are embarrassing us… What were they thinking?”
I’ve seen Facebook, MLive posts and many other commentaries along these lines lines and worse. It appears that Grand Rapids has just become the laughing stock of the art world.
Enough to make Rick DeVos run off to his family’s island in the BVI’s and hide out. Can’t say that I’d blame him. Going to take a very thick skin to deal with the nasties out there.
And some of the criticism is amusing. For example, Bret Colley, Art Professor at Grand Valley shared this video on his Facebook page. If you have seen any of ArtPrize you’ll find some kernels of truth in its sarcasm.
But then I think about something Don Hahn, World Class animator and movie producer for Walt Disney and Pixar. His credits include “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Lion King” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” He spoke to Kendall College of Art and Design students last year and has recently published a book on creativity.
He told the students, “To be an artist you have to fail fast and fail often. If you want to succeed faster you have to increase your failures. That’s how you learn.”
Clearly some people think there’s a lot of learning going on at ArtPrize.” At least we hope so.
His book: Brain Storm: Unleasing Your Creative Self” sounds like a typical self help book but its really good. I found it to be funny, delightful and an inspirational read.
And so I’ll leave my post today with that thought and then these contrasts. I found these two different treatments of fashion at ArtPrize totally fascinating. Talk about range. The Wearable Art at the Kendall Gallery and the Hen House at 50 Fulton.
I hope you’ll share your thoughts in the comment section.