Impermanent Art

GVL/ Courtesy - Audra Gamble

GVL/ Courtesy – Audra Gamble

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ArtPrize attendees are given a chance to become familiar with artists and performers from all corners of the art world. However, some of these entries in the world’s largest art competition won’t be around forever.

Time-based art entries often offer people a chance to explore new art mediums and have a hands-on role in ArtPrize. These entries include interactive pieces, musical performances, theatrical performances and film.

Guitarist and vocalist, Morgan May Moallemian said that when people think of art, they often only think of paintings or sculptures. ArtPrize gives the community a chance to see a variety of artistic expressions.

“The best thing about ArtPrize is it really puts a focus on the artist community and art in general in Grand Rapids,” Moallemian said. “It puts a little focus on the art world.”

Moallemian will be performing with his band, The JetBeats, during ArtPrize. He said that until this year, he did not know that ArtPrize included a music category.

Moallemian said the band is retro-sounding and similar in style to early 1960s rock and roll.

“This is an era of music that is a bit forgotten,” Moallemian said.

Time-based entries also include pieces that provide a means for self-reflection.

Candy Chang’s public entry, a chalkboard wall, entitled “Before I Die” offers people a chance to write reflections of their lives and share personal aspirations in a public space using the prompt, “Before I die…”

Chang’s original wall was created after the death of a loved one to help regain perspective and rediscover what matters. Since then, the wall has gone viral and over 500 “Before I Die” walls have been created in over 30 languages and in over 60 countries.

She will be installing a chalkboard wall in Ah-Nab-Awen Park in the West Side district. Chang said that the wall is a place to gain perspective and build a better city full of compassionate people.

“These public, yet anonymous walls are an honest mess of the longing, pain, joy, insecurity, gratitude, fear and wonder you find in any community,” Chang said. “These walls offer a gentle first step toward honesty and vulnerability in public, which can lead to trust and understanding. These are essential elements for a more compassionate city, which can not only help us create better places but can also help us become our best selves.”

Lora Robertson created a stop-motion animated short film based on The Columbia space shuttle disaster.

Similar to Chang, Robertson offers her audience a chance to reflect on their lives and look at the process of grieving.

“This film presents the grieving process as something to be aware of and move through, and eventually get past,” Robertson said. “It helps to pay attention to circadian processes like the sun and its cycle.”

Robertson borrowed storytelling devices from traditional Mexican folk painting. Her film will be played on the third floor of The Grand Rapids Art Museum for the duration of ArtPrize.

A touring production of “Bard to Go-Lights, Camera, Action!” from Grand Valley State University’s Shakespeare Festival will be a part of ArtPrize for the first time this year.

Director of Bard to Go, Karen Libman said the ArtPrize performance will be snippets of the 50-minute production.

“This is a really wonderful thing to be able to have student work featured as a part of ArtPrize,” Libman said.

Libman said the ability that students have to take part in ArtPrize is true to the essence of the competition.

“This is an opportunity for artists from all walks of life to share in this opportunity to express themselves to the public,” she said.

More time-based entries are available online at People are invited to vote for their favorite entries.