Muskegon Museum of Art
Upcycling! Creating More with Less
Feburary 3 Through April 3, 2011
March 25 and 26, 2011, the West Michigan Symphony will present, in partnership
with Grand Valley State University, a multi -media symphonic experience
titled Sustainability: A West Michigan Journey. The program will use
music and locally produced videos and photos to explore West Michigan’s
stewardship of its environmental, economic, and human resources; design
with nature; and the natural beauty of Michigan’s water, wind, sun,
and earth. In support of Sustainability: A West Michigan Journey, the
Muskegon Museum of Art proudly presents Upcyling! Creating More with
This exhibition will feature works from the permanent collection
and West Michigan artists who use recycled materials to create new works
of art. The term “upcycle” means to reuse an object of low value, such
as discarded milk jugs, bottle caps, or scrap metal, to produce something
that has a higher value, either materially or aesthetically. Artists
from the permanent collection represented in the exhibition include
Joseph Stella, Geary Jones, and Sally Thielen. Additional works by area
artists Wanda Gringhuis Anderson, Ken Foster, Curtis Frillman, David
Ninham, Patti Opel, Nat Rosales, and David Warmenhoven will also be
featured. Diverse in style and subject, all artworks incorporate found
and reclaimed objects.
Mistaking Autumn for Spring #2
Oil, acrylic, enamel and rust on recycled steel
Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts
April 15–May 15, 2011
Art is formed
through associations–relationships between formal elements, forms,
content, objects and audiences. Similarly, UICA has flourished for
over 30 years through its relationships with artists from around the
world. This exhibition will feature the work of UICA's Visual Arts
Commitee and over 25 invited artists. The Visual Arts Committee will
select artists that have previously shown at UICA to join them for
an encore appearance. In turn, each invited artist will choose another
artist to participate as a means of encouraging new connections and
oil, acrylic, sand, metal and twigs on canvas
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Tell us a little about the works in this show.
The works are paintings on recycled steel; they have
an environmental message. They explore our connection to the environment
and the convergence of the modern world with nature, because they’re
on recycled steel but they are natural, rural scenes. I don’t expect
that everyone would perceive that environmentalist message—people can
just see landscape and that’s fine. That’s kind of how our world is.
When did you start on this body of work?
All the paintings in the show have been done this year.
This body of work is really about Chicago and the specific
circumstances in which Chicago was born. There’s a definite clash
between the urban environment and the farmland, to the west. The
title of the show “Iron Pastorals” is taken from a book of poetry,
published in 1947 by a Chicago poet. In the book he talks about all
the struggles of the inner city. I like that phrase—iron pastoral—because
it talks about the material, and the scene in the same phrase.
What inspires you in daily life?
Things can look differently than what they really are.
You look at something from far away and it creates an abstract scene.
Beyond that, thinking about my children and what their future is—I
have a four-year-old and a nine-month-old--and to a large degree,
the reason why I make art that speaks of the environment is out of
my concern about what will be left for them when they’re my age. That’s
one of my primary motivations—to impact the world and make a difference
What would you like people to think about
when they look at your work?
It would be very easy for me to make something that’s
very in-your-face environmentalist and angry, and I purposely try
to hold that back and make something that has to be thought about.
I think it’s important to take these messages and try to make something
beautiful versus making something offensive. What I’m interested in is
the scene and what’s behind the scene, and the timelessness of that scene.
So it can move back and forth in time in the viewer’s mind, but the actual
piece is fixed.
And what was the last thing that made you think this
This time of year with the leaves falling...the color
can just be overwhelming. Nature influences me a great deal. No matter
where I begin or what kind of material I begin with, I always end up
Three things you can’t live without?
My family, space and self expression.
© 2011 Curtis Frillmann