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!
It goes without saying that I owe my gratitude to Paul Amenta who has invited me to participate in SiTE:LAB’s ArtPrize exhibition for the second year in a row. Here he is hard at work helping to construct Habitat. Many thanks, Paul! It has been a pleasure once again!
Last year, Matthew Power was in Grand Rapids to write a story on ArtPrize for GQ Magazine. He spent a few weeks with us at SiTE:LAB, getting to know the organizers and artists and saw our reactions as the Top 10 artworks by popular vote were revealed. The article, So You Think You Can Paint, is not yet available to read online, but you can download a pdf version of it here.
The article caused quite a stir in Grand Rapids over its scrutiny of the DeVos family and its critical view of ArtPrize. NBC’s Wood 8 reporter, Crystal Hilliard stopped by SiTE:LAB to follow up with us about our reactions to the GQ article. See what we have to say here plus see my work in progress!
I have been so honored and pleased to be invited to participate in SiTE:LAB‘s artistic vision for ArtPrize. They were able to transform an abandoned building at 2 East Fulton Street into a beautifully curated arts exhibition. I cannot express enough gratitude towards Paul Amenta, Tom Clinton, and the rest of the SiTE:LAB crew and volunteers. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and dedication.