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 sight line 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 marks an experimental new adventure by the artists and nature alike played out in the KAC galleries. Sculpture, art and installation, stimulated by, and made in collaboration with nature, reflects on the passage of time and lifecycles; it leads 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 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

AUGUST 9 – SEPTEMBER 29

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


Resiliency

re·sil·ience

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

Resiliency is an exhibition featuring contemporary art from across the nation that explores, celebrates and practices 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 is a collaborative effort to improve individual lives and community in our area.  Using the visual arts as a platform, this exhibition provides 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 continues the theme of resiliency into its annual members’ show. Explore how local and regional artists address this theme through art.

Krasl Art Center (KAC) is 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 current exhibition (on view thru December 1), Resiliency 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 is underwritten by Chemical Bank.

This continuation of KAC’s current exhibition, Resiliency, was inspired by dialogue between KAC and Spectrum Health Lakeland (SHL). In 2016, SHL 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, both exhibitions represent the collaborative effort to improve individual lives and community in our area. 

All media, styles, and skillsets are accepted in the 2019 Members’ Show encouraging creativity and community bonding. Collaborative efforts are encouraged and performance pieces will be considered. KAC members are invited to submit their artworks for display December 1, 11 AM – 5 PM, and December 2, 11 AM – 8 PM. The exhibition will be on view December 6, 2019 – January 20, 2020. Artwork will be available for pickup from January 22 – 26 during KAC public hours.

Not a member?  Not a problem. Join the KAC family when you drop off your artwork on December 1 and 2! There is only one size requirement: artworks must be able to fit through KAC’s front doors. All mediums and levels of expertise are welcome. Click here for additional artwork criteria, Information on membership levels, and a discount offer from Waterfront Framing and Fine Art.

“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.

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CRITERIA:

  • One artwork per artist/artist group.
  • Art must reflect the theme of the exhibition and have been created within the past 2 years.
  • Artworks must be of reasonable size and scale. If we can not fit it through the front door, we can not display it.
  • Art must be display ready. This means, it is easily understood how the artwork is installed and the KAC is not providing special hardware, frames, brackets, etc.
  • Applicants must complete a registration form. Forms will be available during drop off, though early completion is encouraged.
  • All exhibiting artists must be a member of the KAC. Not a member already? Sign up when you bring in your art.

Drop-Off Day: DECEMBER 1, 11 AM – 5 PM AND DECEMBER 2, 11 AM – 8 PM
Opening Party: DECEMBER 6, 5:30 – 8 PM
Artworks Returned: JANUARY 20 – 22

*Waterfront Framing & Fine Art is offering 20% off framing for KAC member’s artwork for this show. Please allow 2 weeks for completion.

Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer

Two Presidents, One Photographer showcases 56 of Pete Souza’s photographs of two presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum. This exhibit includes Souza’s favorite images of Presidents Obama and Reagan, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity. What we see 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.

Welcome the exhibit to Krasl Art Center at the opening party!

In the artlab: Norwood Viviano

Manufacturing Cities

Norwood Viviano’s work is about change. Utilizing digital 3D computer modeling and printing technology in tandem with glass blowing and casting processes, Viviano creates work depicting population shifts tied to the dynamic between industry and community. Manufacturing Cities visually models how populations move and are modified as a result of industry, creating a 3D lens to view that which is invisible or forgotten. Viviano’s use of blown glass forms and vinyl cut drawings are micro-models of macro changes at the regional, national, and international level.

Body Language

April 12 – May 26

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 is an exhibition that explores this form of non-verbal communication through visual representation. It speaks to multiple generations and it is indicative of the postures and posturing we see all around us.

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In the artlab: Carolyn Rabbers

Movement Captured: A Screen Dance Series

In tandem with the Body Language exhibition, dance artist Carolyn Pampalone-Rabbers will creatively install multiple screenings of newly developed dance performances and body movements. Rabbers is a member of Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Dance and has performed for Coldplay, Omi, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Poet Theatricals, The Union Project Dance Company, LACDC, Clairobscur, Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera, Diavolo EdCo, & Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company.

Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This exhibition is sponsored by Parrett Company.

Curated by Sara Terry and Teun van der Heijden, Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story tells 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 unveil not only another side to the devastating effects of war, but also tell 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 is 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.

AFTERMATH OPENING PARTY 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

6 – 8 PM

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Celebrate the opening of this new exhibition in the Krasl Art Center galleries and meet Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story curator, Sara Terry.

The Collective of Benton Harbor will walk guests through a calming breath and yoga sequence throughout the evening, and be able to answer questions on how breath control can aid in your personal journey with conflict.

Small bites from Bistro on the Boulevard and a cash bar available.

PANEL DISCUSSION HOSTED BY AFTERMATH CURATOR, SARA TERRY

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

10 AM – 12 PM

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Save the date!  Join Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story curator, Sara Terry, who will lead an engaging panel discussion with community members on the themes covered in this exhibition. Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker best known for her work covering post-conflict stories. She founded The Aftermath Project in 2003.

PANELIST BIOS

Steven E. Gross is a Professional Photographer whose work has greatly influenced the field of wedding photography due to his photojournalistic style approach. He is also known for his candid editorial, commercial and portrait photography. Steven served in the U.S. Air Force and traveled abroad before studying photography at Columbia College. His photos have been featured in Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Magazine and numerous publications nationally & abroad. Gross spent six years on the board at Inspiration Corporation, with four of those years as the board President.  

Kent Laudeman is the former Director of the Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran’s Center. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army and the United States Reserves. Kent served in the military for 28 years with deployments to Vietnam, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor, and summer training OCONUS (Germany, Netherlands), and Cuban Refugees-Camp McCoy. He has a background in higher education, including student personnel, administrative work, counseling, and teaching at Indiana University South Bend and the United States Military Academy.

John Matuszak is a Staff Writer for the Herald Palladium in Southwest Michigan. John covers a wide range of topics including education, politics, national and regional news. His writing has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, Washington Times, News & Observer, The State, Roanoke Times, The Telegraph (Macon), The Olympian and more.


Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Aftermath Project, a non-profit grant and educational program that supports photographers covering post-conflict stories and disseminates their work. The Aftermath Project develops new conversations in the photojournalism and documentary photography worlds about the importance of aftermath issues. Sara has completed several significant projects and is presently a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography. completing many significant projects. She is the curator of the exhibition Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story and will lead the panel discussion.

COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR: Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

12 PM

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Walk through the galleries and learn more about the art on view with KAC Deputy Director, Tami Miller.

In the artlab: Yhelena & Michael Hall

Wilderness and Household: Coping with Comfort

This artlab exhibition explores the evolution of domestic appliances and how they have gradually shaped humans into creatures of comfort. Consisting of sculptural apparatuses connected through the elements and functions of domestic appliances, Yehelena & Michael re-imagine these household object’s place within consumption, preservation, sustainability, and necessity. By altering the functionality of domestic appliances, the tools are turned into metaphors that reflect our dependency on these devices and the desire to break free from their comforting grasp at the same time.

artlab Visiting Artist Talk: Yhelena and Michael Hall

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

5:30 – 6  PM

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join us as welcome artlab artists Yhelena and Michael Hall to their opening talk before the official gallery opening reception.