INHALING THE UNIVERSE

JON HOOK & ANDREA PETERSON

Seeing nature through an experience of collecting and observing gives voice to the moment. We breathe deeply and find the earth looking back at us. There is more than process and observation – the sightline for meaning looks out to all parts of life on earth. – Jon Hook 

The exploration of the natural environment is a central theme within the works of artists Jon Hook and Andrea Peterson. Inhaling the Universe marked an experimental new adventure by the artists and nature alike played out in KAC’s galleries. Sculpture, art and installation, stimulated by, and made in collaboration with nature, reflected on the passage of time and lifecycles; it lead viewers on a thoughtful and conscientious walk through a wonder-filled landscape. 

Hook’s wood-fired ceramics use an intense and industrious process that emphasizes the use of local materials for firing as well as glaze making. He reduces local plants such as hay, cattails, thistle, and clay to their molecular essence, which is then used to create unique glazes. He is a forerunner and expert in his field, specifically concerning sustainable and regenerative firing and ceramic studio processes. Hook has received two consecutive Indiana State grants that aided his research of an oil drip burner system to assist the wood-fired kiln on their farm. Hook’s dedication to eco-mutualism in the environment has evolved to center on regional identity. His work creates a sense of place through the use of indigenous patterns of relationships with his community and the natural materials of he and Petersons’ home.

Peterson’s work explores all types of paper fibers and processes including paper works, prints, artist books, and environmental installation pieces. She combines paper arts, printmaking, and book arts to make works that address human relationship to the environment. Peterson received her BFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She has lectured and taught extensively, including at Ox-Bow, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sciola de Graphica, Venice, Italy, Paper Museum Steyermeuhl, Austria, Syracuse University and Indiana University. She currently teaches in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

I invite the place that I live to encompass me, wholeheartedly. It is a workplace for my development as an artist and critical thinker of the world we live in, especially the place we all call home. The environment and its workings are ever-present in my work. I look at the world around me symbolically and present it as such in the work that I create. I observe connections between the plant, animal and human world that present concerns, desires and realities for many of us to consider or experience. – Andrea Peterson

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RESILIENCY

re·sil·ience

  • the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
  • the ability to spring back into shape; elasticity.

Resiliency was an exhibition featuring contemporary art from across the nation that explored, celebrated and practiced resiliency. This exhibition was inspired through dialogue between Krasl Art Center and Spectrum Health Lakeland (SHL). In 2016, the latter completed a Community Health Needs Assessment in which mental health emerged as the most urgent need throughout Berrien County. The same year, KAC committed to inspiring meaningful change and strengthening the community through visual arts as its new mission. Combining KAC’s expertise in art, and SHL’s expertise in wellness, Resiliency was a collaborative effort to improve individual lives and community in our area. Using the visual arts as a platform, this exhibition provided applicable tools for guests to craft their own resilient practices and gain empathy for others

Resiliency Artists

Rachel Corbin, Drawing & Mixed Media, Nashville, TN

Alli Farkas, Painting, Dowagiac, MI

Christina E. Fontenelle, Visual Art & Dance, Chicago, IL

Sergio Gomez, Painting, Chicago, IL

John Gutoskey, Printmaking, Ann Arbor, MI

Ginnie Hsu, Illustration, Upstate New York

Olivia Hunter, Photography, New York

the monarq, Painting, Seattle,WA

Martina Nehrling, Painting, Chicago, IL

Gallery Guide

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2019 KRASL ART CENTER MEMBERS’ SHOW

KAC continued the theme of resiliency into its annual members’ show. VIsitors explored how local and regional artists address this theme through art.

Krasl Art Center (KAC) was proud to present the theme of Resiliency for the 2019 Members’ Show from December 6 – January 20. Each year, members are invited to submit one new artwork of their making addressing the current year’s exhibition theme. Continuing with KAC’s exhibition Resiliency, it is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats and even stress – such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stresses. This exhibition was underwritten by TCF Bank – formerly Chemical Bank.

All media, styles, and skillsets were accepted in the 2019 Members’ Show encouraging creativity and community bonding. Collaborative efforts are encouraged and performance pieces will be considered. 

“Our members and the surrounding community are extremely important to KAC, and we are thrilled to celebrate them and their collective resiliency with this unique exhibition. We are pleased to offer this opportunity to present member’s artwork that is professionally displayed in KAC’s beautiful galleries,

 – Tami Miller, KAC Deputy Director and Curator.

This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Learn more about KAC and Spectrum Health Lakeland combining forces.

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PETE SOUZA: TWO PRESIDENTS, ONE PHOTOGRAPHER

Two Presidents, One Photographer showcased 56 of Pete Souza’s photographs of two presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum. This exhibit included Souza’s favorite images of Presidents Obama and Reagan, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity. What we saw in Souza’s photographs are two Presidents who clearly respected the office they held, and genuinely respected the people they interacted with, no matter the circumstance.

White House photographs by Pete Souza. This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

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BODY LANGUAGE

How is body language represented, depicted and interpreted? It is readable? Is it natural, affected, subliminal or known? Is it political? Historical? What is it telling us about this contemporary moment? Body Language was an exhibition that explored this form of non-verbal communication through visual representation. It spoke to multiple generations and was indicative of the postures and posturing we see all around us.

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AFTERMATH: WAR IS ONLY HALF THE STORY

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Curated by Sara Terry and Teun van der Heijden, Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story told the incredibly moving stories of the people left behind after the cameras have moved on from a war zone. Drawing on photographs from over fifty photographers, these personal and often poetic post-war views unveiled not only another side to the devastating effects of war, but also told the stories of people coming together to rebuild and heal. Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story illumines and defines our humanity while giving visibility to those coping with the lingering ramifications of conflict.

The exhibition was a ten-year retrospective of the work of the groundbreaking documentary photography program The Aftermath Project. Founded to help change the way the media covers conflict – and to educate the public about the true cost of war and the real price of peace – The Aftermath Project has discovered some of the most groundbreaking photojournalists in the world – as well as internationally acclaimed photographers Stanley Greene, Nina Berman, Davide Monteleone, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, and Jim Goldberg, among many others – working on post-conflict themes.

The end of war does not mean peace. It is simply the end of war, the end of death and destruction. Every story of war includes a chapter that almost always goes untold – the story of the aftermath, which day by day becomes the prologue of the future.  – Sara Terry (Founder of The Aftermath Project)

Aftermath: War Is Only Half the Story originated by The Aftermath Project, Los Angeles, and toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

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