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Stroke Hold (2013)
inkjet print
9 x 6 in.

In times of fear, in the face of rage, we look for anchor points. I am the survivor of a road rage. Almost a decade ago I was disabled after being crushed under a car as I walked on a sidewalk. I have worked with fear as a theme in my artwork since (2012) . For us all, NOW we should fear. For so many humans right now, both in body, in asylum, in terms of basic freedoms, danger zooms past just as cars do as speeding bullets.

In symbol and service of resilience, I rescue traffic cones and barrels who were abandoned to rot in a median, tossed asunder in a tar field, or dragged under a truck on an interstate. Each has its own story told in exhaust grime and battle-scars. And yet, they stand still at attention, holding vigil, bare to the world, as both signal and anchor in the presence of danger.

I am unfolding through my work a rage for the hurt in the world.  To the current president with his sweeping, horrifying grasp on us, I want to signal STOP, to erect boundaries.  The cone says don’t cross.  The photographs expose our world in its danger, and explore the ways we seek semblance of order, witness, normalcy, and safety.  Because and despite, we carry on, as if, as if.

© Gwynneth VanLaven

The exhibit is available here!

I’m excited to be showing in this space and would love you to join for the reception!

Journeys in Health Care

Art & Storytelling Event

Michigan Medicine Advisors, Peer Mentors & Staff are invited to

submit your original artwork, share a story, or simply come & enjoy!

 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Art Reception ~ 5-6:30 p.m.

Storytelling Event ~ 6:30-8 p.m.

North Campus Research Center, Building 18, 2800 Plymouth Rd., A2

 

 

https://www.praxisphotocenter.org/exhibitspraxis  So pleased to have work in this fantastic show.  The Praxis gallery has International Open Calls with really great, evocative themes!  Check them out…

kitchenWe each carry a powerful experience of the sensate in the present moments of our lives – creative intuition.  Each session of the workshop approaches art making as a sensory practice of discovery.  The sessions help us learn, anchor, and unfold.  We begin with a mindfulness exercise and brief noticing, then time for guided art making with a variety of media.  Critique following will focus on mindful embrace of self and other.

Some philosophy:  VanLaven sees art making as a practice, not ever to be attained or perfected.  It should be an enjoyable journey of discovery.  As she teaches it, the practice is for everybody, connecting each of us to the sometimes strange and surprising wisdoms of the senses.  We look to how they connect us to both our inner lives and the outer world in the present moment.  The workshop participants will participate in a community of discovery.  This entails a focus on mindful, joyous, curious embrace and “non-judgmental stance.”

Workshop details:

We each carry a powerful experience of the sensate in the present moments of our lives – creative intuition.  Each session of the workshop approaches art making as a sensory practice of discovery.  The sessions help us learn, anchor, and unfold.  We begin with a mindfulness exercise and brief noticing, then time for guided art making with a variety of media.  Critique following will focus on mindful embrace of self and other.

Registering is easy

  1. Go to the website:
  2. Find this workshop listing
  3. Register and pay $90 for full 5 sessionsFor questions about the workshop,
    Contact Gwynneth VanLaven:
    gwynneth@vanlaven.net

Image result for woman made gallery vanlavenMy solo exhibition, in.visible, opens Friday, March 10, 6-8pm.  The Woman Made Gallery is a beautiful gallery with an incredible legacy.  First check the gallery’s open days and times and use public transportation as the area has *extremely* limited parking.  There will be a concurrent show of work by prior jurists and exhibitors.  Come check out both if you are near.  Friends afar can get a taste of the work in my show via the online exhibition page for in.visible.  Also sign up on the FB event page and feel free to share.

WMG Exhibition Page – Online Gallery

Event Site on Facebook

I’m thrilled to say that my piece “As If to Say…” has been selected first place for the WMG’s 18th International Open.  The Award will be a 2016 solo exhibition at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.

 

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If you can, come see my work and even see you at the opening!
18th International Open, March 13-April 23 201

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Presenting “ReMuseum: Art as Mobility” for the Floating Lab Collective

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 8.13.08 PM40th Anniversary Conference & Bookfair
Royal College of Art, London
10 – 12 April 2014

But how does it work? Clarifying the Rhetoric Surrounding Social Value in the Arts

See more at: http://aah.org.uk/annual-conference/sessions2014/session4#sthash.kMMfa2Lo.dpuf

 

In spring 2013 my work was included in the Humans Being II Ehibition at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL.  The show was reviewed with interviews of three exhibition artists, including me.  The review article is titled “Living with disability on display in rare art exhibit” by LindseyPeterson, published May 21, 2013 in Medill Reports, Chicago.  Among the pieces we discussed was Defining Tough, the mobility scooter/motorcycle piece below.  My thanks go out to my motorcycling family of friends who support and entertain my unusual ideas and requests.  Such fun!

 

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