Well, here’s something we didn’t think could be done: homemade rainbows. Artist Michael Jones McKean has figured out how to create colorful arcs of light in the sky, and he’ll be projecting them above the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, this summer. It’s like instant happiness.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — As an artist participating in ArtPrize myself, I had the amazing experience of not only visiting Grand Rapids for the first time, but also experiencing this mega-event for the first time. While walking around the city snapping pics, I was instantly reminded about my solo trip to the Venice Biennale in 2003 when I was just a college kid: feeling like an outsider to the local people, crossing bridge after bridge and trying to consume the overwhelming amount of artwork around me. As a cultural producer, I can’t help but analyze and tally the formal and conceptual trends that are present in such a saturated art environment.
So from the perspective of a dude like me, here are the Top 6 things I saw at ArtPrize 2011 …
When is a rainbow a bad thing? When it’s ruining your carefully planned minimalist wedding reception booked at the Art Institute of Chicago, that’s when! In this tale of horror, an installation by artist Pae White causes couples to reconsider hosting their weddings parties in the museum space.