All Things Change: An Exhibit by GVSU Students Addressing the Artistic Processes of Kim Cridler
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Grand Rapids: All Things Change focuses on Kim Cridler’s work from a new point of view. The show will take place at Light gallery at 317 S Division Ave near the intersection of Wealthy and Division. Students of the class, Curitorial Studio in the Art and Design Department at GVSU, curated All Things Change around Kim Cridler’s body of work from the past several years. Her work in the past has inquired into the character of vessels and their impact on us emotionally. The curators here are presenting her work in a new and changing light. They have focused on Cridler’s process as a way of creating, rather than her final, finished art objects. Leslie Umberger, senior curator of exhibitions and collections at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center has written this about Kim Cridler: “ In her own way, Cridler furthers the disintegration of rigid guidelines for artistic practice. Rather than viewing art making as an asocial experience and a product as the sole site of meaning, she acknowledges process and reveals modes of related ness and connectedness.”
A selection of Cridler’s sketchbooks from the past thirty years will be on view, along with three-dimensional sketches used to prototype sculptural compositions, subject matter, imagery, and motifs. There will also be preparatory drawings that show how Cridler plans and begins her work. These drawings also show the evidence of being in a studio environment: holes burnt from use as a pattern while welding, folds and rips from being packed away, and wear and tear from being worked on, with and around. Two complete pieces, Bittersweet Basin and Field Study 16: Felled Mulberry, will show the culmination of her process. This show will offer visual vocabulary and behind-the-scenes perspective for those interested in understanding how full time studio artists work. Morgan Hayden, a student in the class has said, “Working with Kim was such a fun experience, she exudes good will. She warmly invited our class to her house and workspace, providing us with a uniquely intimate picture of the environment her work stems from. In our curation of her work we looked to share that intimacy with the public. We chose to display the paraphernalia that serves as formative catalyst to her creative process.”
During Avenue for the Arts’ December First Friday event, December 2, 2016: students in the Curatorial Studio class will be hosting a reception for the exhibit.
Cridler’s past work includes public art projects such as Arbor Alma on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s campus and Grovers Pedestrian Bridge over Highway 51 in Phoenix, AZ, as well as others. Much of her work is a response to nature and how life cycles work, and often include images of flowers, vessels, branches, and animals.
Curatorial Studio is taught by Prof. Anna Campbell and is a part of the Visual Studies program in the Department of Art and Design at Grand Valley State University. The program website can be found at http://visualstudies.art.gvsu.edu/main/. Campbell can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (616) 331 – 3495. Referring to Curatorial Studio Campbell has said, “Nationally, there are very few colleges or universities where undergraduate students have the opportunity to do hands-on curatorial work, and fewer still are public institutions. It’s exciting to see folks who have enrolled in Curatorial Studio over the years translate the professional practices they’ve learned into successful career paths or admission in graduate school.”