DEX R. JONES: STORIED PORTRAITS

Influenced by the cultural richness of his Caribbean heritage and Pan-African studies, Dexter R. Jones unwaveringly removes the veil of self-conscious inhibition by eliminating preconceived notions of beauty. Instead, he masterfully reveals true splendor and regality, even amidst vulnerability.

Jones relentlessly pushes the characterization of beauty not often seen. Encompassing a mixture of texture, hues, flesh and heavy contrast in his editorial photography, his expertise in justly capturing women of vast shades is indicative of his strong matriarchal upbringing.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jones works on artistic projects, editorial assignments, and creative collaborations in both photography and film. Storied Portraits is Jones’ first solo show outside of New York and features 20 images produced in large-scale, further enhancing the vibrancy, strength and appeal of his artwork.

Artworks on view during Dex R. Jones: Storied Portraits are available for purchase through The Shop at Krasl Art Center. View a complete list of artworks for sale with pricing here. To make a purchase or for additional information, please email giftshop@krasl.org.

EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING

Close-Up of the work on view

Online Gallery Slideshow

Exhibition Gallery Guide

Gallery Guide Side 1 Large | Gallery Guide Side 2 Large

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IN THE artLAB: BARBARA COOPER

Chicago-based sculptor Barbara Cooper uses wood, books and glue to create elegantly structured artworks. Using nature as her starting point, the artist is inspired by the stresses and obstacles nature confronts. These evolutions in growth and form provide the foundation to her stunning sculptures. 

Digital Gallery Slideshow

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HUMAN INTEREST: FOUR FIGURATIVE SCULPTURES

Artist Charlie Brouwer brings to life poetry, whimsy and human emotion amidst the contemporary landscape through his figurative sculptures. He is an artist in search of the beautiful, true and good. These elements are evident in the four sculptures selected for this intimate outdoor exhibition, Situations change to Human Interest which draw upon childhood memories, rites of passage, and spirituality.

Brouwer and his wife Glenda live in Floyd County, Virginia. Living on 30 acres of land, they offer a mile-long sculpture trail to any who wish to make an appointment. It is his goal, especially in the current moment, that all enjoy the restorative qualities of art, the outdoors and contemplation.

Being Home, 2016
The first outdoor sculpture in my “Homebody” series. Sometimes it seems that the best part about going away…is the returning home again.
When the Stars Begin To Fall, 2009
Biblical imagery and the experiences of slavery gave birth to the spiritual that inspired me to make this sculpture. Another line in the song also could have been the title: “My Lord What a Morning”.
He Rowed His Boat Around the Shoreline of His Memory, 2014
When I was a child my grandpa lived on Lake Macatawa in Holland, Michigan. He had rowboats, and I learned to row. This is when I first experienced going forward by looking back.
Becoming2020
Change is in the air – something calls us to leave something behind, and we leave.
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LINES WITH POWER AND PURPOSE

In an age of memes, satire and political polarization, Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons illustrated historical battles amid politics and popular opinion. It represented a bygone era when printed matter was the status quo and cartoonists were part of the newsroom staff. Featuring fifty-one original editorial cartoons from metropolitan newspapers in the United States, the exhibition spanned across two world wars and the great depression. It illustrated discontent with the US government, presidential elections, and daily work-related battles with dualistic intentions: to provide welcomed comic relief as well as shape opinion.

Included in this exhibition were six Pulitzer Prize winners for editorial cartooning, among others. The collection was culled from the Melton Gallery at the University of Central Oklahoma, which has housed the cartoons for more than three decades.

A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts

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IN THE artLAB: ONGOING MATTER

Ongoing Matter was a collection of poster designs developed by 11 designers across the United States intended to increase access to, and facilitate engagement with, the Report On the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, more colloquially known as The Mueller Report. The exhibition followed a long history of posters as a medium for empowering citizens at crucial, societal, political, and cultural moments in time. As a non-partisan undertaking, an overarching goal of the designers was to help educate and inspire activism, regardless of political ideology affiliation.

Participating Artists

Rafael Barahona

Anne H Berry

Marie Bourgeois

Mikey Burton

Brian Edlefson

Sarah Edmands Martin

Jordan Kauffman

Andre Murnieks

Kelly Walters

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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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IN THE artLAB: CASEY ROBERTS

My work is synonymous with a fairytale; the paintings are dark, yet humorous. Animals play a leading role and the work blends together to form a narrative. There’s a moral of the story, one that hints at humans’ relationship with nature with a knowing wink. There is an intuitive wisdom in nature.                                                                                      ~ Casey Roberts


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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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