Rugged Moose revisits Artprize 2012, follow-up Review.
This is a follow-up review to a write-up we did on Grand Rapids’ 2012 Artprize. The original review can be found here. Again, we will stress clearly from the start, we are web developers, graphic designers, business branding consultants, photographers and artists. We are deeply and truly passionate about art, and we love Artprize.
Web & Graphic Designers we are. Art critics we are not..
After reading, and re-reading our original review of Artprize 2012, we thought perhaps we could clarify a few things. We do stand by our original thoughts, in that overall, there were less “oooohh” and aaaaah” moments this year than in previous years. However, after giving much thought, and revisiting some of the venues across the downtown Grand Rapids area, we had additional thoughts, and wanted to comment on a few of the entries, our picks, and the winners of Artprize 2012.
Worlds Largest Art Competition
For the last 4 years, Grand Rapids has been home to Artprize – the worlds largest Art competition. Visiting downtown Grand Rapids during Artprize is incredible. Our already creative and art-rich city comes even more alive with sculptures, paintings, drawings, artists, critics, and tons and tons of people. Nearly half a million people made their way to Grand Rapids during this years Artprize – how awesome is THAT?
In addition to our original review, detailed information on Artprize can be found here on Wikipedia as well as the official Artprize website.
Our original review of Artprize may have come across as Overly Critical
So, we realize what we wrote in our review, and perhaps it sounded overly critical. Perhaps even negative. We did not intend to criticize Artprize, its venues, artists or artwork. As we mentioned, Artprize 2012 had some good things to see, some great things, and, well, some non-so-great things to see. The beauty of Artprize (and art in general) is that it is indeed subjective. What one person finds moving, the next may find hideous. And that is just the nature of art. That being said, there was surely something for everyone at this years Artprize.
A few Rugged Moose picks from this years Artprize
Overall, Artprize 2012 had a lot going for it with some amazing art. A few of the Rugged Moose picks (not swayed by the now well-known outcome and announcement of this years winners.)
“Elephants”, by Adonna Khare - Absolutely phenominal pencil drawing. And the scale of it – 13 feet tall and 40 feet long. Are you kidding me?
The voters got it absolutely right on this one, and we’re thrilled to see this entry win this years Artprize. It is incredible and needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate. The depth, detail and meaning in this drawing is mind-blowing. Congratulations Adonna Khare! We’re huge fans.
Another Artprize entry that has to been seen in person to appreciate is “The Chase” by Artistry of Wildlife. Wow. We mean WOW..
Being Rugged Moose, how could we NOT be pulling for a full sized Moose entry. This was huge. While this picture doesn’t do the entry justice, the whole Moose, and the full size wolves are all suspended by one anchor point – one foot of the Moose. And did we mention the artist is a Michigan native? Sweet..
The detail is incredible, and certainly worthy of a top ten finish. As a side note – personally, we’d like to imagine that somehow, some way, the Moose managed to escape the claws and teeth of the wolves.
“City Band”, by Grand Rapids native Chris LaPorte.
Another pencil on paper entry that we were very impressed by. In fact, we’re a bit surprised it didn’t place higher than the 10th place it took.
As you can see by the photo, the drawing is monumental in size and detail. An absolute must-see when heading downtown Grand Rapids. Bravo Chris.. Amazing work..
So, were we REALLY disappointed in Artprize?
Like we stated in our original review of Artprize 2012, overall, there did in fact seem to be a bit of a lack of originallity in a lot of the artwork this year. I sense that lot of the artists thought to themselves, “Hmmm… well, this and this did really well last year and got a lot of votes, I’m going to do something similar, but just change it up a little.”
As an example, there was a TON of artwork using recycled material. Don’t get us wrong, we love recycling and as a collective group all recycle anything and everything we can. BUT, using recycled material just for the sake of using recycled material? No.. We love and care for our environment, but the whole “recycled material Artprize entry” has pretty much been beat to death and totally overdone..
So, after going back several times and revisiting a LOT of the Artprize venues, spending time with friends and family admiring all the artwork, are we still disappointed?
No, we are not disappointed. Artprize is a very special time of year in Grand Rapids. Artprize means fall is right around the corner. Artprize means it’s time to grab your lightweight windbreaker or risk being a bit chilly. Artprize is the primary reason nearly half a million people made their way into the heart of Grand Rapids in the timeframe of just 19 days. In a way, Artprize is Grand Rapids.
Collectively, this small Web Development & Graphic Design company loves Grand Rapids.. How could we not love Artprize?