Mindy and i laced up our shoes and began our walking tour (more like wandering tour). we started at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, which was crowded like going to the MoMA on free fridays. so it was a bit difficult to experience the art. There were several pieces in the show entitled, 'Transformation,' but a ceramic built wall, by nathan craven, was the standout. it was built of all extruded forms, 7000 of them, and every one different. They were then stacked together as bricks in a wall. the different shapes all fit together like the most insane jigsaw puzzle ever. quite mind-boggling to stand in front of.
another great work was Kumi Yamashita's Origami, an installation of different colored square paper pages on the wall. each piece of paper had a strange crimp/bend/imperfection in it. then the light hit it from the other side and every crimp and imperfection created a profile of a face in the shadow. very cool.
Mr. Weekend, a giant animatronic talking stock puppet, by mike simi, was hanging out the federal building behind Kendall College. He was super entertaining, with his surreal size and movement, and his absurd comments about contemporary art. he made me laugh. but the overall group of work at this venue was some of the best stuff we saw of the day.
DeVos Center had A LOT of stuff, period. the standout, was an installation of panels shaped and painted into running dogs on the wall, by kent ambler. it was fun and everyone in the hallway was smiling.
After our first day of wandering around, seeing a lot of art, both good and terrible, we are looking forward to tomorrow. today was our 'get your bearings' day, tomorrow we will seek out the pieces that we really want to see. more to come.......