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Excuse me.

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means "excuse me" in Finnish. They came to my school. I think they're neat.
designs happenings, publications, products, clothes, buildings and cities.
is 14 people in Kallo, Helsinki. VISIT M41LH2 AND COM-PA-NY TO SEE MORE ANTEEKSI.

"They are inspired by everyday life. Their design makes use of existing methods, but does not follow conventions or serve traditional purposes. Although the designs are unorthodox, they are functional. A subtle hint that suggests the intended use of the product is always present.  strive to discover new ways to approach all issues. In their designs the potential user comes first, the client second."

I like their jacket for lonely people.



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OCC's first big event in VA a success!

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OCC's first event in Virginia was a big success!! The opening reception for "Waiting..." had a great turn-out and got press coverage in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  We have had 2 pieces sold already and the owner of the restaurant has agreed to donate 10% of the sales of any of the artwork to the next show!! So keep an eye out for the next exhibit featuring artwork by people in the food-service industry... (it may be called: "Still waiting...").



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  • Awesome! The glimpses look cool, wish I was there...wish you were here for that...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • check out this related link that a friend sent me! http://mrpertzels.blogspot.co...more
    - [pax]

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Sync 06

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Ann Arbor, MI, March 7 -11, 2006 The Duderstadt Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Entity, the University of Michigan’s premiere digital arts coalition, invites you to attend Sync ‘06, an annual Multimedia Digital Arts Festival occurring March 7th through the 11th at the Duderstadt Center on the University of Michigan north campus. The festival features cutting edge works and performances that find a point of union between art and technology, and are offered in a range of mediums from digital painting, photography and animation, to installation and multimedia performance.

The Gallery (open March 7- 10 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.) in the Duderstadt Center will feature work by David Holtek, Leslie Sobel, Margaret Parker and others. Please join us for an opening celebration March 9th at 5:00 p.m. in the Duderstadt Center. The schedule of performances is as follows: (all performances start at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the Video Studio in the Duderstadt Center)

Mar. 9th -- Dorkbot.Detroit at Sync featuring Brian Schorn, Jeff Karolski, and Chris Landau.

Mar. 10th -- featuring Will Soderberg, Verzerren vs. Bubblegone, and The Digital Music Ensemble directed by Steve Rush.

Mar. 11th -- featuring The Earthwurms, Matt Borghi, and Drafted by Minotaurs.

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Folk Songs for the Five Points

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Folk Songs for the Five Points
is a digital arts project that allows you to create your own “folk songs” by remixing and overlaying a range of sounds taken from New York’s Lower East Side.

The SoundMap features a visual representation of the Lower East Side, overlaid with a series of dots. Each dot represents an audio sample recorded at that particular place. To select a sample, click and drag one of circles over the chosen dot. The sample will then automatically start playing.

Folk Songs for the Five Points is a celebration of cultural diversity and change, using “folk songs” as a metaphor to explore immigration and the formation of identity in New York’s Lower East Side.

The project isn’t about absolute answers or clear definitions. We are celebrating the unexpected richness that confronts you at every turn – from the many languages of Canal St to the endless complexity contained in words like “immigrant” and “folk song”.


http://www.tenement.org/folksongs/


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Spiral

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Anyone in the Richmond VA. area should check out Spiral 4 the war on apathy continues. April 15th at AlleyKatz. 

spiral is a loose collection of painters, musicians, sculptors, spoken word artists, dancers, photographers, and performance artists in the Richmond area. Together, we are striving to present the community with a unique experience via simultaneous exposure to many different forms of art. Working together, we hope to produce amazing, one-of-a-kind, multi-media, multi-sensory art shows at different venues around the city. Currently, we are working with AlleyKatz, but eventually we hope to expand to many different venues, both indoor and outdoor"

Check out their website www.spiral-rva.com.

Contact them or just let me know, I'm sure you can set up an outside circle booth.

thanks Danny



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  • thanks danny! we'd love to set something up.
    - [ben]

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A little life for Flint

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Those of you from Michigan probably have some idea what kind of shape Flint is in right now. For those of you who've never seen the second Motor City, watch Michael Moore's "Roger &Me"—yep, that's pretty much what it still looks like. Red Ink Studios (www.redinkstudios.com) hopes to change that a bit by setting up free space for artists in a formerly-abandoned building downtown. The group has already set up a similar program in the San Francisco area with some success by taking a percentage of the sale of art created in these free spaces. The artists that are given free studio space also earn their keep by helping out with art classes and programs in local schools—something Flint schools really need. You creative-types know what an impact a little art and culture can have. Let's hope this can breathe some new life into Flintown. I heard about this on Michigan Public Radio, so if you're interested stop by their site or check out Red Ink's.


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  • This is very cool. It took a little computing to remember why I knew this name....more
    - [name not provided]
  • Thanks for this post! I recently moved to Linden (30min south of flint) and am e...more
    - [Erica]

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ConcerningDesign.

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Check out ConcerningDesign.org , a weblog focusing on design and design education.

Comments and insights are welcomed!




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10 New Projects Published for Exploration

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Dispatx Art Collective
are pleased to announce the publication of ten projects selected to show the development of the theme in exploration : The Plague of Language. Each artist or group of artists working on a collaborative project has been assigned a space in which they can update the details of their project throughout its development using blog technology.

Press release | Nota de prensa

Project information | Información de proyectos



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"waiting..."

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Richmond, Virginia (Carytown): Limani Fish Grill announces the opening of its first ever exhibition,
"Waiting..." on Sunday, February 19th.  The exhibit features the artwork of Richmond's waitstaff/ bartenders/ kitchenstafff.  Come feast your eyes and enjoy live music, hors d'oerves and a cash bar. 
Free and open to the public.
 
From 3pm - 8pm. 3123 W. Cary St. Richmond, VA 23221
 


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  • If you live in the Richmond, VA area and are currently employed at a restaurant,...more
    - [pax]
  • is that the OCC tag I see on this poster?
    - [stargrazer]
  • indeed it is. occ represented in full force. we had a table with business cards,...more
    - [ben]
  • the show was a big success, and the owner of the restaurant has already given pe...more
    - [pax]

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Dispatx Art Collective : New Theme for Exploration

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Dispatx Art Collective
is calling for collaborative project proposals and submissions based on the current theme in exploration : The Plague of Language

The theme is underpinned by countless interconnected forms of communication, drawing on the rich history of human utterance and phonology: its consideration suggests a simultaneous reassessment of how we define language and semantics, and highlights an inherent philosophical discourse concerning how we can think about thought, or use language to explore language.

We are looking for collaborators to consider working with us as a part of our 'Work in Progress' area - demonstrating the process that translates creative vision into artistic output - as well as submissions of finished work aligned to the theme.

For more information, submission guidelines and schedule details, please visit www.dispatx.com

To contact us directly, please email submissions@dispatx.com


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Charlotte Smith : Occupation

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"The latest project in The Intervention Series comprises a documentary exhibition of Smiths exploration into codes of occupation within domestic spaces.
 
For Occupation, Smith has examined the day-to-day experience artists have with their studios at Bankley Gallery Studios. Specifically working with the café staff at nearby The Friends Café and the refuse collection organiser for the studios, Smith has reversed the traditional roles of service they provide to the Bankley studio artists and offered their service back to them in their own domestic spaces.
 
Occupation describes a concept Smith has developed through both a written thought process (embodied by her text Comment) and the relationships she developed with the workers (cooking a meal for one of the café staff and disposing of the rubbish of the refuse organiser.) The thought process follows an exploration into how society has developed a system of appropriation of the spaces they occupy.
 
Bankley presents the documentation of this process as a series of images, a short publication discussing the work and a comment delivered as both a text in the publication and a talk on the 3rd and 17th of December.

Charlotte Smith
Occupation
3rd to the 29th December 2005
Artists talk 7pm 3rd December
Repeat Talk 17th December
Private View Saturday 3rd December 6-8 pm
To view by appointment at other times call 07723090150"

[via Paul Stanley]



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mini Collective

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Harrison Haynes is an accomplished painter, exhibiting mainly as a watercolorist.

Seth Jabour's illustrations have graced everything from magazine ads to Volkswagen manuals.

Syd Butler runs the successful FrenchKiss record label (featuring such homegrown Detroit-area talent as Thunderbirds Are Now!).  The label is hosting a design competition for their new T-shirt.

Anna and Tim Harrington have started an original textile company, Deadly Squire.

So who are these people?  And how are they connected?  What is their collective activity?


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  • "Too busy partying," eh?
    - [stargrazer]
  • interview with Tim Harrington about their ethos, graphic design, etc. here: http...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • there's always so many french people in brooklyn,aren't there?
    - [ben]
  • Brooklyn est pour des amoureux!
    - [stargrazer]

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Cir*cus/ Car*ni*val

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(SCENE) Metrospace Debuts “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” Exhibition Friday, November 18, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich.— (SCENE) Metrospace announces the opening of its latest exhibition, “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” on Friday, Nov. 18. “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” explores the imagination, oddities, animals, wonder, excitement, and misfortunes of the events that have become a cultural tradition: the Circus and the Carnival.

The 12 local and national artists participating in “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” each explore diverse aspects of the events through various medias and themes:

• New Jersey based photographer Melanie
Heinrich has spent over 30 years of her life documenting behind the scenes of the carnival will display her prints and documentary.

• Beulah based Tara Hackett’s mixed media paintings capture the charm and history of the traveling circus and carnival throughout the 50's and 60's.

• Krys Tourtois, a Lansing based artist will explore an unromanticized and often overlooked aspect of the carnival experience in her paintings of sideshow women.

• Detroit based Carl Oxley explores a happy-go-lucky and exciting view in his colorful pop-art paintings.


• Ann Arbor based Amanda Miller will display her mystifying freak show paintings.

• Lansing based artist Tim Lane will display a quirky and fun carnival game installation.

• Farmington Hills based mosaic artist Ellen Stern expresses an imaginative spin on the circus with her ceramic, fiber, and installation works.

• Highland and Detroit based artists Chris Sandon and Jason Lee Starin will team up to make humorous psychedelic folk art that illustra
tes the stranger side of the events.

• Saginaw based artist Janie Peters will uncover a darker aspect of the circus and carnival, the mistreatment of animals, with her mixed media sculpture.

• Lansing based artist John Kroneman will explore his personal roots to the circus with paintings of his ancestors.


• Columbia, MO based artist Claudia Drake uses digital collage, fusing together antique engravings into her own juxtapositions to express her vision of the carnival.

“Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” opens with a free public reception at (SCENE) Metrospace on Friday, Nov. 18 from 6-10 p.m. The reception will feature a special circus-themed performace from Lansing spacerock favorites, Calliope. Circus and carnival themes events, games, and excitement will take place
all throughout the evening. All food will be graciously provided by Spartan Signature Catering. All ages are welcome, costumes are encouraged, and space is limited.
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  • nice poster ben!
    - [stargrazer]
  • Opening's this Friday!
    - [stargrazer]

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Dispatx Art Collective

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Dispatx Art Collective are pleased to announce the publication of our fourth edition - Abandonment. This edition contains 14 works comprising narrative and poetry, essay, photography, oil painting and sculpture, and video.

To speak of abandonment suggests a withdrawal or relinquishment of influence, the exposure of a physical or social structure to the dereliction of time or a cessation of protection. It can also describe a state in which one is given over to forces beyond oneself – the extreme highs and lows of the human condition. Above all, the act of abandonment implies transfer – something orphaned is passed to another controlling agent, something is gained.

The editorial discusses each of the works in detail : in addition, all archive issues can now be searched by work title, description, and artist details. For more details, come to www.dispatx.com


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"The act of just making things"

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Here's a refreshing interview from Grandaddy drummer Aaron Burtch on his artwork.

Ab9


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  • Grandaddy is designing a t-shirt each month until their next album comes out in...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Some T's will be Aaron's designs, some by the other band members.
    - [stargrazer]

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Pasos

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The Museo del Estado in Morelia, Mexico is holding an exhibition of the work of Antonio Zirión entitled Pasos, en homenaje a Henri Cartier-Bresson. Antonio is an active member of OCC, contributing work to both 03/05 issues of JOWAI and the 05 issue of JOMAS. Congratulations Antonio!

Click on the image at right to view.



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  • ¡Las felicitaciones, Antonio!
    - [stargrazer]

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Interview with Peter Saville

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Peter SavillePeter Saville is one of the founding partner of Factory Records and a graphic designer. He's interviewed by MocoLoco, a design related website.

Mocoloco: How are graphic design and object design related, if it all?

Peter Saville: Not at all really. Graphic design is communications design, which means that primarily it’s for others to others. Object design has the capacity to be personally motivated, very rarely does graphic design provide that opportunity. It is a communications medium, so if you’re expressing yourself you need initially to be the author of that which you wish to express – therefore you will be a writer, a storyteller, or an image maker first - then you may use the medium of graphic design to express that which you intend.


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DESTRUCTED

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Ran across this PDF art / design mag from Hamburg  today:



Destructed



"DESTRUCTED.INFO IS AN ART AND DESIGN MAG IN .PDF FORMAT.

IT IS RELEASED QUATERLY AND EACH ISSUE DEALS WITH ANOTHER TOPIC.

The purpose of destructed.info is to enable the interplay of all participants of the Destructed project, to make available a place for interaction. Participants are not exclusively banded together by the actual output, or act, rather remain in a continuous state of collaboration. The implicit idea of a network is by no means a novelty. Nevertheless it is not limited to its pure functionality, but is intended to create a welcome and inspirational space for artists."



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  • this is a nice mag and great idea- something we have talked about putting togeth...more
    - [ben]
  • It certainly would make it more accessible to everyone.
    - [nick]
  • also, in line with the ideal of free distribution.
    - [stargrazer]

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Sally Gall

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Sally
GallSally
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"Sally Gall’s haunting black and white photographs are usually unpeopled landscapes, formal gardens or striking bits of topography, but when people do make it into her frame, they do so less as characters and more as compositional elements that come with the scenery. Gall’s Water’s Edge series touches on any manner of waterscape, ranging from the crystalline stillness of a swimming pool to an old-fashioned swimming cap bobbing on gentle waves to a classical reflection of Belgian trees on a river. Evidence of Wind and Visitation are captured moments from the collection called Between Worlds. Gall gives us photos that are soothing, photos that allow us to take a break from the pace, to stop and catch our breath."

[via art moco]

More at sallygall.com



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  • She has a beautifully designed website. Very calming.
    - [stargrazer]

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Artist Video Series

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Artist video series

Reading about artists can be moving. Seeing their work can be inspiring and, at times, can provoke us to action. Hillman Curtis, in his video series, allows us to experience leading designers through sound and motion, uncovering what it is about them that inspires him. Curtis profiles such  luminaries as Stefan Sagmiester, Billy Bragg, Paula Scher, Badly Drawn Boy and Pentagram as well as profiling some of his favorite movies like LA Doce Vita and Spinal Tap.

Curtis has even more videos on his site. See the entire series
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David Carson
"The starting point is never to make something ugly, or to make it hard to read, or to make it award-winning, or to make it pretty. The starting point is to try to interpret something." Time: 3:50

More...
Milton Glaser
"And I am still astonished. Things still amaze me. And I think that's the great benefit of being in the arts: where the possibility of learning never disappears. Where you basically have to admit you never learn it." Time: 5:55

More...

from AIGA.


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Ryan Spencer Reed- Hands Of A Displaced Sudan

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The photos of Ryan Spencer Reed are on display at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Gallery in Jackson Michigan.  They are also available to view at www.groupM35.com/reed.

"Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination." Andrea Dworkin

When French philosopher Albert Camus wrote, "A trial cannot be conducted by announcing the general culpability of a civilization. Only the actual deeds which, at least, stank in the nostrils of the entire world were brought to judgment," he had not lived long enough to witness a shift in the priorities of nations.

With instant communication from anywhere on earth and dedicated journalists willing to stand in harms way, how can it be suggested that "the stank" of Sudan is not in the nostrils of even the most semi-conscious citizen of the world? Mr. Camus could not have been aware of the extent to which the pursuit of the world's resources would require focus that discounts the value of cultures and people. This misplaced priority and the recognition of governments who assist those in power, fuel the machine that serves to distract from the collateral damage of the collectors of such wealth.



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  • Hey, I saw this guy here at GVSU last year. At that point, he'd said that out o...more
    - [shiftless]
  • Philip... thanks for the commentary. It certainly gives some depth to the person...more
    - [nick]
  • It is saddening how we are spectators to some crimes and tragedies, and active p...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i went to this site and looked around, does anyone know what group M35 is? the &...more
    - [kerryjo]

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Op Art: Bridget Riley @ Cranbrook (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA)

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BRIDGET RILEY: PAINTINGS AND WORKS ON PAPER, 1963-2005

Blaze 3, 1963 | Acrylic on board | 37 1/4” x 37

"This exhibition encompasses forty years of uncompromising and remarkable innovation, exploring Bridget Riley’s characteristic and distinctive optically vibrant work. Her last exhibition in North America was at the Dia Center, New York, in 2000.

Riley’s work is celebrated for its ability to engage the viewer’s sensations and perceptions, producing visual experiences that are complex and challenging, subtle and arresting.

Her paintings employ a simple vocabulary of colors and abstract shapes to generate sensations of movement, light and space. This exhibition traces the development of Riley’s work from the early 1960s to the present day.

Ms. Riley will be at Cranbrook on Friday evening, September 23, 2005.

Ms. Riley will present a rare public lecture on Saturday, September 24 at 4:00 p.m."

The exhibit will be shown September 3, 2005 through October 30, 2005.

Call 877-462-7262 or visit Cranbrook's website for more information.



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  • whoa! the whole spin is rooming!
    - [stargrazer]
  • bridget riley is one of a small number of artists who appove of nausea at their...more
    - [ben]
  • I, too, am a nauseist!
    - [stargrazer]

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The Buddy System - take two

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 If you happened to  miss the first Buddy System show in May, you now have the opportunity to catch it again!  This time (Scene) Metrospace will be hosting the group of 14 local and international artists.  Located at 303 Abbott Rd, East Lansing, the opening is TONIGHT (Friday Sept. 9) from 6-9pm.

Artists featured in the exhibit include: Peter Richards, Tim Lane, Joe Scott, Andrea Eckert, Mike Clark, Aaron Curtner, John Lindenmayer, Jenny Mc, Travis Pickard, Kellie Pickard, George Rahme, Ben Gaydos, Matt Cygnet, Ana Kamiar.



 From the State News: (SCENE) Metrospace, 303 Abbott Road, will host a reception at 6 p.m. on Friday for the opening of "The Buddy System." Many of the local artists' plan on attending. Jon Howard of the musical group Rattling Wall Collective will be on turntables. Light refreshments will be served.

Kruch said this exhibit is very important for East Lansing because of the impact these artists have made on the area and the variety of their artwork.

"People that normally go to galleries will probably walk in a say, 'What a mess,' but that's what we like about it."

painting on left: Peter Richards/ painting on right: Andrea Eckert



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  • The image seems to be missing!
    - [stargrazer]
  • ...yet clicking on it links to my weblog, that's kinda fun!
    - [stargrazer]

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"02890" Bankley Gallery Show

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02890

An exhibition of nine emerging graduate artists based in Belfast. ‘02890’ is a mixed bag.

The artist’s works are not bound to one another; rather they point in differing directions, addressing contemporary subjectivity.

They demonstrate how societies structures and codes are embodied in the urban environment and the vulnerability of the individual played out through a complexity of narratives, sounds and images.


10th September to the 30th September 2005

Private View Friday 9th September 7-9 pm
Open Saturday 10th 12 till 4pm

Other times by appointment on:
07773 369 465 (24hrs in advance)

Bankley Studios Gallery
Bankley House, Bankley Street, Levenshulme, Manchester, England

http://www.bankley.org.uk



[via Paul Stanley, thanks!]


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