PHOTOS: JASON HITE
Spanning between KCAD and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Pulso is rooted in an exploration of the ways in which regional boundaries affect the perception of art. While the artists involved all have ties to Latin America, this collaborative exhibition frees itself from the confines of such labels by allowing the diversity of medium and subject matter to challenge cultural preconceptions of contemporary art and strengthen the dialogue among artists, both locally and globally.
The show features 28 national and international artists. “Pulso” is an exploration of the way which regional boundaries affect the perception of art.
Artists include Sergio Gomez, of Chicago, a participant in ArtPrize 2013 at Fountain Street Church, who contributed a large-scale drawing of a U.S. $1 bill, only with the word “dollar” replaced by the Spanish word “Dolor,” which means “pain.”
Local artists include Gretchen Minnhaar, a native of Argentina, and an architect who helped design the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel; and Mandy Cano Villalobos, an assistant professor of art at Calvin College.
All of the artists have ties to Latin America. Artist Juan Angel Chavez is a native of Mexico. Artist Gabriel Villa grew up in the United States on the border between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez.
The collaborative exhibition was organized to allow the diversity of medium and subject matter to challenge cultural preconceptions of contemporary art and strengthen the dialogue among artists, locally and globally.
The exhibition is evenly divided between Kendall College’s Woodbridge Ferris Building and the UICA‘s Gallery on Fulton.
Work by 14 artists will be on display in the Fed Galleries in the Ferris Building, the 1910 Beaux Arts building at 17 Pearl St., that originally was the U.S. Federal Courthouse and U.S. Post Office in downtown Grand Rapids.
Artist Esteban de Valle, originally from Chicago, now based in Brooklyn; and Edith García, from Los Angeles, now living in Minneapolis, will be in Grand Rapids for an Artist Talk at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 at KCAD’s Fed Galleries.
Work by another 14 artists will be shown at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts which opened at the corner of Fulton Street and Division Avenue in 2011.
Artist Hugo Claudin, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, now living in Grand Rapids, will give a second Artist Talk at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27 at UICA.
For more information on Pulso, check out KCAD and UICA’s Pulso pages.
The Fed Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Special Extended Pulso/Pulse exhibition hours:
Thursdays: 10:00am – 9:00 pm
UICA Gallery Hours:
Tuesday -Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 12:00pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm