As part of the MAJIC (Music and Art for Justice in the Community) Concert Series, Bethlehem Lutheran hosts local visual artists and displays their work in its gathering spaces.
We are really excited about a couple of new developments for what’s going on with the art at Bethlehem, and not just for the 2014-15 season.
This summer Eyekons has begun collaborating with Bethlehem to bring art to our walls throughout the summer/non-MAJIC months as well. This includes a recently-hung John Swanson exhibit, that should be in place until ArtPrize, and the focus of our September MAJIC fundraiser in the form of a pre-concert ArtTalk.
November: Ritsu Katsumata and Kim Ohms: “The Ultimate Selfie”
“The Selfie is omnipresent. Self-absorbed camera-phone wielding public are everywhere, all the time, striking a pose and pointing the lens back at themselves. This installation is a setting in which Artprize visitors can partake in shooting the “ultimate” selfie. Using a multi-channel security camera system, we will set up 9 cameras, each pointing at different parts of the visitor’s body. The projected view shows a grid of images of the participant from 9 different angles. We believe that selfie-taking encourages solipsistic behavior that is undermining individual freedom; these selfies are creating an enormous datamine for corporations to know who, when, where and how we will consume their products. This installation is outwardly whimsical, inviting Artprize visitors to take a selfie, while reminding them that they are not the only ones who are looking.”
Ritsu Katsumata and Kim Ohms are multimedia artists who have worked on numerous commercial events and installations together. This is their first artistic collaboration.
December: Tom Duimstra
“My work expands outward from a central point of minimalism, into a world of texture, color, and mark-making. The work communicates an artistic balance of receiving and giving, looking and responding, that is intended to draw viewers in and invite further contemplation. I seek to create a conversation between universal and personal visual language by incorporating elements of the everyday into my work.”
“The use of ubiquitous materials and discarded objects is important to my artistic process, which involves manipulating and presenting objects in new contexts. I am interested in investigating the ways in which aesthetic value and meaning are created and assigned, by both the artist and the viewer. These artifacts are representations of that exploration.”
Kids of Hill Child Development Center (January)
February: Stafford Smith – Family Portrait Project
“‘The Family Portrait Project’ is a post-modern representation of the family that challenges our ideas of what a family is supposed to look like. It abandons naive notions about truth and meeting cultural expectations. Instead it portrays the family as a collection of individuals, each unique, yet bound by ties represented by formal elements to form a group identity. These ties may be of blood, love, obligation, or purely legal in nature.
The family is a central building block of any culture. But in recent years what constitutes a family has evolved a great deal. Families come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and configurations. The family no longer conforms to a one-size-fits-all standard, nor must it struggle to meet the appearance of doing so. My method of portrayal seeks to capture this on both a formal and conceptual level, revealing the constructed nature inherent in all photographs.”
March: April Joy Galbreath
April Joy Galbreath was born in Flint, Michigan in 1990. She currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she received her BA in Photography from Grand Valley State University. Through her work, Galbreath explores the subtleties of human interaction and its affect on the individual, as well as the ethics of consumerism and the unseen injustices caused by a growing distance between the consumer and producer. She has lead many community photography projects, including a large scale portrait project as a part of an international collaboration. Galbreath is now working on a Grant to start a photography school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for children affected by human trafficking, and prostitution. In cooperation with local organizations, she hopes to have a pilot program running by the end of 2015. Images of her work will be uploaded as soon as available.
April: Photography ofAndrew Le
The visual art is an important part of our MAJIC series and mission, presenting an eclectic variety of artistic styles and influences. Often the pieces are available for purchase, all proceeds going directly to the artist. Openings are held officially at 6:30 on the nights of the concerts, and the art is viewable for the month any time the building is open. All artists are invited to speak to the audience at the MAJIC concert, and will on occasion also address one of the adult Sunday School classes and/or give a “tour” to the kids at Hill CDC.