Jack Oyler, Ruffed Grouse, 2013
acrylic and stain on
Greg Green, Ganesha, 2013
acrylic on panel
Cynthia Coté, Black Dog with French Guy, 2013
pen and ink, collage
March 3 – April 6, 2014
Closing Reception: Friday, April 4, 6-8pm
UP Focus: Cynthia Coté, Greg Green, Jack Oyler
Calumet, Michigan is home to a vibrant community of artists.
This exhibition highlights three artists living and working in
Calumet. All three artists combine different elements of
traditional image making (drawing, painting, woodworking)
with forms of collage.
Cynthia Coté uses a variety of found objects in her work
including magazines, books, photographs and other
scavenged bits of paper and string. Her work is based in
drawing with pencil, pen and ink with collage elements
added to provide loose narratives through thoughtful and
oftentimes humorous combinations of text and image. In
addition to a busy studio practice, Coté is also the founder
and Executive Director of the Copper Country Arts Center.
Greg Green describes his paintings and collages as “poems
to snap us out of our mundane sleep or to flow with our
natural rhythm”. The work appears abstract at first glance,
but closer inspection reveals elements of patterned
materials (sometimes scraps of found fabric) layered and
integrated with acrylic paint. These subtle references can
range from pop culture to shapes and symbols that hint at a
deeper, intuitive message. Green received a BFA from
Western Michigan University and a MFA from University of
Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Jack Oyler describes his early work as “normal paintings” of
oil on canvas. Several years ago he abandoned tradition and
began cutting shapes and figures out of plywood with scroll
saw. He washes the surface with thinned acrylic paint and wood stain to highlight patterns in the wood grain. The
individual pieces are then attached to a surface, leaving
what ultimately feels like a still frame from a film
constructed out of wood. Each piece is titled (usually written
on the frame) to give hints to song lyrics or simply
observations from daily life. Jack Oyler received a BFA from
Central Michigan University in painting.
Lázlós Dús, Evolution 3, 1982
January 20 – August 24
The End Will Look as the Beginning Did:
Selections from the Permanent Art Collection
THE END WILL LOOK AS THE BEGINNING DID asks the viewer to reflect on time - its beginning, its passage, its end - through disparate artifacts from the DeVos Art Museum’s permanent collection. We, the student interns, plundered the climate-controlled storage room for these objects. Any formal classification standards have dissolved after being filtered through our individual and collective idiosyncrasies. Juxtaposition of abstraction and figuration, ruin and creation, utopia and dystopia permeate. Though the selection, arrangement and presentation of these objects are our construction, any narrative threads between the works are not static, but constantly rewritten.
Co-curated by DeVos Art Museum interns Matthew Bizoe, Craig Neeson, Samantha Page and Sophia Thomas. This exhibition is supported by the John X. and June A. Jamrich Endowment for the Arts.