Tinder Tales: I Like Your Hands / CRAVE Online ‘Crystal Paradise’ Column

There are three ways to approach someone on Tinder after you’ve matched: Say some variation of “hey, how are you?”, send over a compliment based on an image, or ask them a question based off of the photos they’ve posted. It’s hard to start up a conversation with a stranger when you’ve got no context. […]

ArtPrize and its Discontents / Hyperallergic

CHICAGO — At surface value, ArtPrize is all giant flowers, mythical dragons, yarn-bombed trees, and cash galore. Begun in 2009, the annual event attracts thousands of visitors from Michigan and elsewhere, a strange combination of populism and art world elitism wrapped into one — but it is not an idealistic “coming together” of the two […]

Yarn Bombing ArtPrize / Hyperallergic

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — There’s nothing quite as uplifting as wandering around an urban area and stumbling upon soft loving wool coverings. Wrapped around fences, trees, and even parking meters, the woven yarn invites that tactile, community-oriented and crafty feel back into the mostly gray and metallic landscape. At this year’s ArtPrize, Grand Rapids-based Collective […]

SiTE:Lab Raises the Bar for ArtPrize / Hyperallergic

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — In a smaller city like Grand Rapids, where the cost of living is far lower than American art centers like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, there can be more curatorial opportunities —  if one plays their cards right. The Not Yet exhibition curated by Paul Amenta of SiTE:LAB is proof that an ambitious […]

At ArtPrize, What the F is “Art”? / Hyperallergic

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Grand Rapids is a two hour drive due west of the state’s bankruptcy carnival that is Detroit, the hometown of President Gerald R. Ford, and the first city in the U.S. to add fluoride to its drinking water. It is an easy-to-visit city located on the banks of the Grand River […]

Eye Exam: What Chicago Can Learn from Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize / Newcity Newspaper

Chicago could learn a few things from ArtPrize, the annual art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, open to artists from around the globe. It used to be that trade-fair style art fairs and biennials churned the money and the buzz. But in 2009 Rick DeVos, the grandson of Amway founder Rich DeVos, found a way […]