photos by Eric Tank
Just yesterday, I was able to put the finishing touches on this years ArtPrize entry, Perspective Lifters, which is installed at the MadCap Coffee Company. This project has been in the works over most of the past summer. We began by brain-storming different ideas. Eventually we settled on a basic concept and began developing a plan towards actually implementing our vision. Next came the hard work of creating all the different components during what remained of the summer before the first day of ArtPrize which came today.
It was very satisfying, yesterday, to sit down in one of the comfortable stuffed chairs at MadCap - and just take in what we had created together as a team. It was so cool to see how people respond to the piece when they come into the space. It definitely gets people looking up and around.
Here is our artist statement that was written by one of our collaborators, Dave Shaw.
Perspective Lifters is a site specific installation by the Beerhorst family and friends to create work that augments the unique space of our venue. We are working with the theme of ladders and houses that, as both symbolic images and concrete things, remind us that with problems also comes opportunities. We have created these things with our own hands, and look at them in all their delicacy—the houses are paper—and strength—the wood of the ladders—as reminders of the strength and delicacy of life itself. We see life as not just material, but also spiritual. We look for the ladders in our own life as we make our way through it, and hope that, together, we will come home.
For those of you not too far away, I hope a trip to Grand Rapids and a visit to MadCap Coffee Company is on you calendar.