Wednesday–Friday • 1–6pm
Saturday • 12-6pm
March 2–April 27
March 2 • 6-9pm
In America we make promises. We have promised the American Dream, the Industrial Revolution, and Inalienable Rights throughout the centuries. Sometimes we deliver those promises and sometimes we fall far short. In Michigan, we have work to do.
A Rock and a Hard Place is a visual study of Michigan. Artist Inga Loyeva visited Michigan to work on a collaborative community mural as a part of her Art For Civil Discourse projects in October 2017. The time spent there filled her with hope for a better America through the lens of the people crafting meaning in Michigan’s cities. In this exposition, the artist portrays the scenes in both Detroit and Flint that narrates the intense philosophical debate in contemporary America. Do we deserve a dignified existence, and, if so, at what cost?
Loyeva’s work draws philosophical inquiry into paintings. They are stories told through the labor of oil painting, a form of socratic method applied in visual language. Captivated by painting not only because of its versatility as a medium but also because of its rich historical archive of images and ideas she designs visual narratives that ask questions and provokes conversation. Inga is intensely interested in understanding the world through the edges of rules where dogma descends into choice.
May 4–June 29
May 4 • 6-9pm
Jim Krewson first learned the value of being an artist in Grammar school. To avoid being beaten up by the local bullies, he mastered the art of drawing naked women. His drawings and paintings today are inspired by stereotypes from sub and pop culture, often through the dirty lens of his sick humor. His images and sculptures are made in a stylized and unabashedly illustrative and handmade fashion that perverts reality. More often than not, the work operates on an exploitative or visceral level, leaving the question of morality to the viewer. Krewson’s past subject matter has ranged from a giant airbrushed portait of Carol Channing partying down at the Rolling Stones’ infamous Altamont concert to a more recent kinetic sculpture of a woodland dirt clump that plays an electric guitar to Sharpie drawings of lesbian bikers being enchanted by woodland witches.
Jim Krewson was born in Bucks County, PA in 1967. In 1997 he left his past career as a decorator of erotic cakes to become a visual artist and bluegrass musician. He has been showing his work since then.