ArtPrize Adventures: 7 entries tackling hot-button issues

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)– They come in different shapes, sizes and forms, but all 1,550 pieces in ArtPrize Seven have one thing in common- a message to visitors.

Some of those messages tackle issues that are hot topics in today’s society, provoking public conversation.

Here are seven entries that fall into that category:

“Transcendence” by Jess T. Dugan

Society was transfixed when Bruce Jenner transformed into Caitlyn Jenner. This piece builds on the conversation about “the fluidity of gender.”

While her work has graced many exhibits, "Transcendence" is Jess T. Dugan's first entry into ArtPrize. (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)
While her work has graced many exhibits, “Transcendence” is Jess T. Dugan’s first entry into ArtPrize. (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Grand Rapids Art Museum – 101 Monroe Center

Display hours: Monday through Saturday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


“Mystic – Signs of Surveillance” by Thomas Marcusson

Inheriting the name of a mobile surveillance program used by the federal government, this entry reacts to nearby mobile phone activity, flickering and playing distorted sounds of prerecorded phone conversations.

"Mystic - Signs of Surveillance" is New Zealand native Thomas Marcusson's first entry into ArtPrize. (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)
“Mystic – Signs of Surveillance” is New Zealand native Thomas Marcusson’s first entry into ArtPrize. (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)

Location: DeVos Place – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Display hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


“Murmur Study” by Christopher Baker 

Printers connected to Twitter continuously spit out emotionally driven tweets, which pile into long streams of paper below. 

"While the future of these archives remains to be seen, the sheer volume of publicly accessible personal — often emotional — expression should give us pause," said Christopher Baker in his ArtPrize write-up for "Murmur Study." (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)
“While the future of these archives remains to be seen, the sheer volume of publicly accessible personal — often emotional — expression should give us pause,” said Christopher Baker in his ArtPrize write-up for “Murmur Study.” (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Kendall College of Art and Design/Fed Galleries @KCAD – 17 Pearl Street NW

Display hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


“Scroll Down (Terms of Use)” by Mindi K. Bagnall

Printed versions of terms of use agreements from prominent websites like Facebook, Google, Pinterest and Amazon, some of which extend up to 35 feet.

"You are ultimately prevailed upon to click “agree” and silently hope that you haven’t just given away your firstborn child, or worse - your copyrights," said Mindi K. Bagnall in her ArtPrize write-up for her entry, "Terms of Use (Scroll Down)." (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)
“You are ultimately prevailed upon to click ‘agree’ and silently hope that you haven’t just given away your firstborn child, or worse – your copyrights,” said Mindi K. Bagnall in her ArtPrize write-up for her entry, “Terms of Use (Scroll Down).” (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Western Michigan University Grand Rapids campus – 200 Ionia Ave. SW

Display hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


“The Government/Media Complex” by Taylor Overbey

Three-dimensional piece about government-media relations inspired by President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s famous warning of the post-war “military-industrial complex.”

"This piece shows how 'news' is fed through what has become the government/media complex, until it finally trickles down to the sheeple," Taylor Overbey said in his entry write-up for ArtPrize. (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)
“This piece shows how ‘news’ is fed through what has become the government/media complex, until it finally trickles down to the sheeple,” Taylor Overbey said in his entry write-up for ArtPrize. (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Fountain Street Church – 24 Fountain Street NE

Display hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m.- 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


“Big Commerce” by Sean Hottois

An eight-foot QR code that when scanned, sends smartphone users to a web page showing them standing in front of the piece.

"...The spectator may quickly find themselves an involuntary exhibitionist at the behest of Big Commerce," Sean Hottois says in his entry write-up. (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)
“…The spectator may quickly find themselves an involuntary exhibitionist at the behest of Big Commerce,” Sean Hottois says in his entry write-up. (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)

Location: DeVos Place – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Display hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


“Pill Pile” by Morgaine Tempest Fambrough

Two-thousand replicas of pills that symbolize ‘the sin of giving in.’

Morgaine Tempest Fambrough says the 2,000 pill replicas represents the prescriptions she took in just a six month period. (2015 file photos, ArtPrize)
Morgaine Tempest Fambrough says the 2,000 pill replicas represents the prescriptions she took in just a six month period. (2015 file photos, ArtPrize)

Location: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel – 187 Monroe Ave. NW

Display hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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