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The jury is in and I am so honored to have been awarded the 2D prize by Tyler Green for ArtPrize 2012. Going into this year’s exhibition, I had no expectations of winning – all I wanted to do was put on a great show. My dealer, Cristin Tierney, challenged me to further my work, to use this wonderful opportunity SiTE:LAB afforded to expand my use of materials, scale, and concept. Plus, I was so lucky to have such a unique venue to exhibit where I had the freedom to try out new ideas.
I am extremely grateful to all the people who helped make Habitat happen including Bob Rogers, James Balkon, Lucia Minniti, Augustín Podesta, and Dave Prinsen, to Paul Amenta, Tom Clinton and Grant Carmichael for inviting me to exhibit, to all the SiTE:LAB artists for being a part of an amazing exhibition, to Gayle DeBruyn for her hospitality, to Tyler Green and Lisa Freiman for their nominations, to Jerry Saltz for the hilarious photograph, to Cristin Tierney and Maria Kucinski for all their direction and motivation, and to Florencia Minniti for all her support.
And finally, my sincerest thanks to everyone who visited, participated and engaged with Habitat. Cheers to you!
Although I wasn’t there to see him, New York Magazine Art Critic and my former professor, Jerry Saltz stopped by SiTE:LAB and explored Habitat. He took this photo within the Moose Diorama (getting my vote for the most creative pose yet) and described SiTE:LAB as, “Derelict & shuttered 1938 natural history museum in Grand Rapids. Best location for an art show that I have E V E R seen in this country.” Thanks, Jerry!
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Laurel Green of The Rapidian about Habitat and SiTE:LAB and all the wonderful opportunities I have had in Grand Rapids. Read the article here.
Chris Clark from MLive stopped by Site:Lab the other day to get a sneak peek at the exhibition. He caught me walking into Habitat. See more photos here.
Many thanks to the crew who has helped me with another massive undertaking at SiTE:LAB. I am so pleased with how everything turned out. Thanks to Paul Amenta, Bob Rogers, James Balkon, Florencia Minniti, Florencia’s sister, Lucia Minniti and her boyfriend, Augustín Podesta, and Dave Prinsen. You guys rock!
For the deer diorama, the glass window opens into the inside of the diorama away from the actual threshold. The window pane is mounted 90 degrees to the floor, causing a reflection in the glass that merges with the background. When I return to Grand Rapids, I will remove the wooden brackets on the window pane. The space from the actual threshold to the new position of the window is covered with ceiling tiles that are illuminated from underneath.
The wolf diorama features a winter scene in which we placed the white cube and extended the snowscape to fall outside the diorama. For this, we used carpet that was plastered with sheet-rock compound. When I return to Grand Rapids, I will put the finishing touches on this so that all the textures match.