I'm thrilled to announce that I will shortly begin work on my newest umbrella installation, Drift, for Light City's BGE Art Walk.
I'm thrilled to have this new work included in the BGE Light Art Walk, a 1.5-mile trail along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor featuring illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, pop-up performances, musical entertainment, locally-sourced food concepts and maker tents.
Drift will be a site-specific installation in the canal between Piers 5 and 6. Umbrellas will cover three sailboats with to celebrate the deep natural harbor and the beauty of community while highlighting the importance of boats to Balitmore’s history. At night, lights beneath the umbrellas will cause the sculpture itself to glow, creating colorful reflections on the water.
Just yesterday, an article in the Grand Rapids Press questioned whether artists showing at fringe venues stand a chance in this competition? Probably not. From what I gather, many artists who show their work on the outskirts of the event know that they don’t have a shot at the top ten, but still want to be part of the community experience. Or, as a few artists have expressed to me, they are less interested in showing their work in heavily trafficked areas than they are in spaces that are personally meaningful. Since I arrived in Grand Rapids, I have tried to make my way further out from the center, to small galleries, offices spaces, and into nooks and crannies of ArtPrize to find, as one person phrased it on this blog, “the hidden gems.” Here are a few works that I recommend checking out (in no particular order):