1. ArtPrize at GRAM: Jason Gamrath

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    Botanical Exotica: A Monumental Collection of the Rare Beautiful is a colossal garden of glass and steel orchids. The rigors of day-to-day life in an urban setting inspired Gamrath to focus on the natural beauty of plants. Plants are made of a great number of small parts, and the purpose of creating this series on a macro scale is to bring to light the beauty that exists within the micro scale of nature and to inspire curiosity and appreciation of the natural world.

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    • ArtPrize at GRAM: Kathleen Studebaker

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      The Waste Land is an installation of otherworldly machines, each of which are incomplete, cracked, broken, and clearly obsolete. They are being overgrown and pulled apart by strange and alien plant-forms. Above them, lights imitate the effect of sunlight steaming through a broken wall. The scene is one of post-apocalyptic mystery, as if it is the undisturbed leavings of a lost civilization. This work is about the passage of time, and the overwhelming wonder of our inability to stand against it.

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      • ArtPrize at GRAM: Kim Cridler

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        Field Study 20: Thicket is a freestanding sculpture fabricated from steel with silver blossoms. Concealed within the thicket-like growth is a gray catbird also made from steel wire. The bird appears to be tethered within the thicket by a golden string, though it is unclear if it is being protected or restrained. In this work, Kim Cridler has moved from a balanced order of pattern to show the beginnings of disorder which is a reminder that no matter how carefully we construct and manage our daily experiences, life will not leave us alone or untouched.

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        • ArtPrize at GRAM: Llisa Demetrios

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          Fragments of Time are bronze shards from Llisa Demetrios’s Inner Core Samples series. With her ongoing interest in capturing time in sculpture, the bronze pillars show the layers of the earth with varied textures, like a core sample drilled and brought up to the surface. Through this compressed version of time, the current landscape is connected to the vast history of earth below the surface, showing how this is one moment amidst the eons of history. By reflecting the past, we are prompted to think about the choices we make and how we will impact the future.

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          • ArtPrize at GRAM: Mark Rumsey

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            These prints are a response to the building in which Rumsey spent an Artist’s Residency, the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai. Scars and patches on the 100+-year-old walls create a newly-imagined geography of time, place, and space. These images incorporate both historical and current elements of cartography. The “Map Pin” icon, familiar from the interface we use to access information digitally, merges with the “Eye of God,” suggesting the omnipresent nature of contemporary communication. The overall shapes are drawn from World Map projections, distorted in order to allow a flat map to represent Earth’s sphere. Rumsey also pays with the printmaking tradition of signature chops, which originated in China to indicate who made the object and where it was made. Here Rumsey updates the tradition, using QR codes and historic symbols.

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            • ArtPrize at GRAM: Osamu James Nakagawa

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              The hyperreality of James Nakagawa’s photographs of the towering Banta cliffs stems from the artist’s use of digital technology. He stitches together multiple exposures to create images in which every plane is in razor-sharp focus and seen from a dizzying perspective. For the Gama caves, Nakagawa illuminated the dark and airless caves with his flashlight, splashing the wall during long exposures. The artist was drawn to the cliffs and caves (known as banta and gama in Okinawan) because of their severe beauty and their emotionally complex history. When American forces invaded Okinawa in the spring of 1945, thousands of Okinawans threw themselves off the cliffs and took their lives in the caves. The circumstances surrounding the mass suicides remain controversial; according to survivors’ accounts, Japanese military officers ordered civilians to commit suicide to avoid the shame of capture and to save dwindling food supplies for the troops.

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              • ArtPrize at GRAM: Samuel Gomez

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                This triptych drawing is a surreal graphic satire in which, instead of depicting the ‘ideally wished’ landscape of the future of nature, Samuel Gomez showcases the very things that are preventing us from moving forward and coexisting with nature in a responsible manner. The first and third panels depict corporations and a capitalist system, the interests that he believes are stopping us from a sustainable future. The center panel is the harvest, an allegorical place where we all come to harvest our dreams, wishes, desires, and goals. It features a clockwork casino with a dandelion flower made of bubbles as the source. People gather here to work, whistling away their dreams. Some dreams grow and some dreams burst, but all of the dreams together make up the intricate landscape of human emotions.

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                • ArtPrize at GRAM: Shahzia Sikander

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                  The Last Post is inspired by Shahzia Sikander’s on-going interest in the colonial history of the sub-continent. In the film, Sikander uses subtle references to the Company School, a style of painting that developed in eighteenth-century India as Europeans sought documentation of the country’s exotic plants, architecture and nature. The protagonist is an East India Company man who appears in various guises throughout the work.

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                  • ArtPrize at GRAM: Sophia Collier

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                    GRAND is a 22-foot sculptural portrait of the Grand River after midnight. The work is comprised of three acrylic blocks carved into a realistic cross-section of the Grand River. To create the surface, Collier has developed a software model of wind and current in the Grand Rapids area and incorporated patterns of sound waves from the region, allowing her to make a solid object from the intangible sound and water waves. The work itself, while using sound in its design, is silent, reflecting the stillness of deep night. To create GRAND, Collier incorporated sounds from various sources, including her own on-site recordings, oral histories, music, and sounds provided by the public.

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                    • ArtPrize at GRAM: Tama Baldwin

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                      Tama Baldwin’s photographic series is titled after the Anthropocene, the unofficial new name for our geological era popularized by climate scientist Paul Crutzen. Crutzen believes the impact our species has had upon the planet since the industrial revolution is so consequential it is time to rename the era accordingly. True North is a series of digital photographs of the arctic tundra that deliberately reference historical landscape painting. Baldwin shares the Romantic landscape painters’ passion for horizon and sky and their interest in the drama of climate and geology, but what was metaphor for the 19th century artists is now literal in her images: the glow on the horizon of her night images is not cosmological; the clouds roiling over tundra contain more than seasonal rain--they are direct evidence of rapid climate change.

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