Cat Crotchett

Thursday, November 20
RCVA #2008, 5:30 pm

Cat Crotchett

Cat Crotchett is a professor of Art at Western Michigan University. She has been a professional artist for over 20 years. Her studio work currently focuses on encaustic painting and oil media on paper. Layers of vibrant colors and textured surfaces are characteristics of her work.

Crotchett has taught painting, drawing and foundations courses at Virginia Commonwealth University, Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo. She has an extensive exhibition record that includes national solo, invitational and juried exhibitions. She has also been recognized through numerous grants and awards.

Chris Martin

Thursday, October 30, 2008
RCVA #2008, 5:30 pm

Chris Martin. Tiger Preserve, 2006
Oil & Collage on canvas, 58″ x 38″
Credit: Courtesy Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
Photograph: Anthony Cunha Photography

A former performance artist, Chris Martin recently had a solo show at Mitchell Innes & Nash in NY, and was included last year in The Painted World, at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, New York as well as a group show at Feature inc. NY. He is represented by Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and Mitchell Innes & Nash, NYC.

In a recent NY Times review of Martin’s exhibition at Mitchell Innes & Nash, Roberta Smith writes that “… [Martin’s] style might be called ‘80s mongrel; a mélange of outtakes from Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, Elizabeth Murray and Sigmar Polke.” But his surfaces are so lavishly perfect that he seems a master of controlled chaos.

Gary Koepke

Thursday, September 11, 2008
RCVA #2008 – 5:30 pm

Gary Koepke

Gary Koepke’s graphic design and art direction have impacted global audiences since earning his BFA in Art with concentration in graphic design at WMU. Most recently, in January 2000 Modernista! was founded in Boston, MA, USA by creatives Gary Koepke and Lance Jensen. With additional offices in Amsterdam and Detroit, today the agency has nearly 200 employees from more than 15 different countries. M!’s client roster includes Cadillac, (RED), HUMMER, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Animal Planet, BusinessWeek, TIAA-CREF, Hearts On Fire and Stop Handgun Violence. Modernista! is fiercely independent.

Sculptural Concepts: 1962-2007

Wade Guyton, Untitled

Sculptural Concepts: 1962-2007
Richmond Center
January 10 – February 16, 2008
Lecture by Emily Taub Webb, January 10th, 5:30pm

Sculptural Concepts will focus on an historical survey of three dimensional art practices and revolutionary changes that occurred over the last half of the 20th century and into the 21st. Both Minimalism and the Conceptual artists used the spectator’s intellectual and physical experience with the art to make it more active, generating engagement rather than a passive reading of intention, a fluid effect of transient rather than fixed physical relationships to the work. Artists include: Vito Acconci, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner, Dan Flavin, Robert Morris, Sherrie Levine, Mel Bochner & Robert Smithson, Ana Mendieta, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Wade Guyton.

An exhibition catalog will be available, with text from Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, Assistant Professor of Art History at WMU, and Don Desmett, curator of the exhibition and director of the Richmond Center.

This exhibition will be on exhibit through February 16. A panel discussion, with host Don Desmett, Jeffrey Thompson, and guest historian Emily Taub Webb will be held on January 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Richmond Center lecture hall, room number 2008.

Don Desmett, Curator

Spring 2008 Video Screenings

January 10, 2008, Western Michigan University’s James W. and Lois I. Richmond Center for Visual Arts (Richmond Center), will begin 2 video screening programs. The first is called 17 days and the other is Plus 3 Ferris Wheels.

Sylvie Bélanger. Dé_Libération

17 days is a video screening series where 17 days have been chosen between January and April 2008 and paired with 17 artists who make video art. One artist’s video work per selected day will play continuously and simultaneously on both of the 52” plasma screens, one on the first floor and one on the second floor, located at the front entrance of the Richmond Center for Visual Art.

17 days will begin on January 10, 2008 with Dietmar Krumrey’s video Give and Take. Give and Take, like Krumrey’s past video performances center around one person, Krumrey himself, dressed in shirt and tie, as well as expensive shoes. Krumrey engages in absurd and exhausting behaviour for 1 hour at a time. In the case of Give and Take, Krumrey appears in the video beating the waves of Northern Michigan’s waters with a giant stick. Krumrey’s signature clock appears on the beach as a marker of the passing time and endurance, which unfolds as a metaphor for communication.

The artists included in 17 days are: Sylvie Bélanger (Toronto Canada), Tammy Renée Brackett (Hornell New York), Christopher Coleman (Denver Colorado), Roderick Coover (Philadelphia Pennsylvania), Johnathan Franco (Lisbon Portugal), Courtney Grim (Buffalo New York), Deborah Jack (Jersey City New Jersey), Dietmar Krumrey (Mt. Pleasant Michigan), Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli (New York New York), Stephanie Lempert (New York New York), Laleh Mehran (Denver Colorado), Lydia Moyer (Covesville Virginia), Joe Nanashe (Brooklyn New York), David Poolman (Toronto Canada), Myriam Thyes (Düsseldorf Germany) Ling-Wen Tsai (Portland Maine) and Vagner Whitehead (Detroit Michigan)

Valerie Brodar. The Fragileness of Bone, 2007

Plus 3 Ferris Wheels is a curated video loop that will feature 25 videos by 26 artists, including 3 photography and Intermedia students here at Western. Unlike the last video loop in the spring of 2007, Ritual and Repetition, the submissions were not restricted to a theme within the work. The name of this video loop was inspired by 3 of the chosen videos, which each contained a Ferris Wheel somewhere within the video. The 3 videos were very different works and this was only realized after the work was selected. Plus 3 Ferris Wheels was curated from an international open call for video.

The selected artists for Plus 3 Ferris Wheels are: Dave Ball (London United Kingdom), Megan Berner (Iowa City Iowa), Valerie A. Brodar (Colorado Springs Colorado), Anna Campbell (Grand Rapids Michigan), Jenna Caschera (Kalamazoo Michigan), Christopher Cassidy (Greensboro North Carolina), Brian DeLevie (Denver Colorado), Celeste Fichter (Brooklyn New York), Michael Gamble (Gallup New Mexico), Matthew Garrison (Downingtown Pennsylvania), Jodi Hays (Nashville Tennessee), Daniel Kariko (Tallahassee Florida), Jacek J. Kolasinski (Miami Florida), Karie Kupier (Kalamazoo Michigan), Ron Lambert (Andover New York), Brian Lauch / Petra Pokos (Pittsburgh Pennsylvania / Ljubljana Slovenia), Gary Lindgren (Somerset New Jersey), Lucinda Luvaas (Hemet California), Lilianne Milgrom (Fairfax Virginia), Esther Maria Probst (Syracuse New York), Blake Shirley (Manchester Connecticut), Evelin Stermitz (Austria/Slovenia), Heather Strattion (Kalamazoo Michigan), Thanh Van Vo (Muncie Indiana) and Vonda Yarberry (Springfield Missouri).

Plus 3 Ferris Wheels will be screened continuously for 4 days, February 25 – 28, 2008 on the plasma screens at the entrance of the Richmond Center.

Both 17 days and Plus 3 Ferris Wheels were curated by Adriane Little, Assistant Professor of Photography & Intermedia, in cooperation with Don Desmett, director and curator of the new gallery suite at the Richmond Center.

For more information and complete schedule:

Fiber Face – Cross Cultural Batik Collaborations

detail from Dialogue, collaboration of Ernabella Arts and Brahma Tirta Sari,
batik on silk, 140 cms x 250 cms, 2007

Fiber Face – Cross Cultural Batik Collaborations
Indonesia 2008
January 10 – March 15, 2008
Richmond Center

“In essence our world cultures are one and have arisen from the strength of the mind and the spirit of humankind and are based on the philosophies and cosmologies that are their roots. Ancient traditional cultures give evidence of this process and are roadmaps for the future.”

—Nia Fliam and Agus Ismoyo Isnugroho

This team of artists has been working across visible and invisible boundaries since 1985 when they established their fine-art batik studio, Brahma Tirta Sari, in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. Nia, an American educated at Pratt Institute of New York, and Ismoyo, educated in an Indonesian industrial academy, translate the name of their studio to mean “creativity as the source of all knowledge.”* In 2005 they created a “culture house,” Babaran Segaragunung, to support their exploration of traditional cultures. We are very proud to have Nia and Ismoyo as artists-in-residence at Western Michigan University during the 2007-2008 school year—funded by the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program, the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, and the Frostic School of Art.

Nia and Ismoyo are both artists and cultural explorers. Their art expresses their deep understanding of traditional Indonesian batik—once a royal art form intertwined with ancient philosophies about life and creative process. Their contemporary fine art textiles are intricate and time intensive. They have exhibited in many prestigious exhibitions around the world, and worked with many distinguished curators. Since 1994 they have researched, taught, and worked in collaboration with Australian Aboriginals, Native Americans, Indonesian street youths, and various African, Asian and Australian artists.

*Brahma, is the Hindu world creator deity and as the chief priest is the best source of knowledge, Tirta is the name of a sacred water source, and Sari, translates as essence.

Al LaVergne 11/1 Lecture

Image Credit: Al LaVergne
with his sculpture, “Passion”

Al LaVergne
November 1
RCVA Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor
5:30 pm

A major concern in Al LaVergne’s sculptures is to develop a vocabulary of interactive movements between forms and spaces. The subject matter is rarely preplanned, even when figures are involved. LaVergne works in several mediums, but welding fabrication with reconstituted metal gives him the most freedom. The ability to apply metal directly allows LaVergne to develop and capture a personal spirit as he constructs the works of art. The resolution of the compositions is developed during the exploration of spaces as he negotiates with the laws of gravity to achieve balance.

Karen Bondarchuk 10/25 Lecture

Corvus Deflatus, 2007, 25″x25″x68″, scavenged roadside tires

Karen Bondarchuk
October 25
RCVA Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor
5:30 pm

Karen Bondarchuk is Foundation area coordinator in The Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University, and has taught in the Foundation Program since 1997. Born in Canada, she received her MFA in Sculpture from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and her BFA in Sculpture and Video from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Bondarchuk is a practicing visual artist who works in kinetic sculpture, drawing and performance. She has shown her art in the United States, Canada and England. Her artwork is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada and other private collections.

Current Richmond Center Exhibition

Image Credit: Harvey Opgenorth, Museum Camoflouge Christopher Wool

The Inland See: Contemporary Art Around Lake Michigan
James Yood, Curator
September 6 – October 6, 2007

The four states that border Lake Michigan; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin -all have large populations of artists, superb cultural and academic institutions, etc., and yet the history of Midwestern Art is largely un- or misarticulated. The Inland See argues for the significance of place as an element helping to construct the vision of many artists living in this region. The Inland See defines the special nature of contemporary Midwestern Art, distinct, say, from the art produced on the East or West coasts of America.

Albertine Monroe Brown Gallery, Fall 2007 Hours
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday Noon – 6 p.m.

James Yood – 9/6 Richmond Center Lecture Hall

September 6, 2007
Richmond Center Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor

James Yood, Curator of “The Island See: Contemporary Art Around Lake Michigan”

Guest Curator James Yood teaches contemporary art history and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art History. Active as an art critic and essayist on contemporary art, he is a Chicago correspondent to Artforum and tema celeste and also writes regularly for GLASS magazine, American Craft, Aperture and Art and Auction. Educated at the University of Wisconsin and at the University of Chicago, he has lectured on issues in modern art at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Terra Museum of American Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Akron Art Museum, the Museum of Art and design in New York, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Boise Art Museum, the Speed Museum in Louisville, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, and many other venues. Among his books are Spirited Visions: Portraits of Chicago Artists, Gladys Nilsson, Second Sight: Printmaking in Chicago 1935-95. He has also served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.