Spiral Gallery hosts two ArtPrize entries, gets nod from jurors

“the sculptural painting” by Jovanni Luna, located at Spiral Gallery on 44 S. Division.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A first time ArtPrize venue has caught the attention of the jurors and it’s only hosting two entries.

Spiral Gallery, located on 44 S. Division Avenue in Grand Rapids, made the Juried Shortlist for a best venue nomination.

The space is owned and curated by Steven Vinson, an artist who teaches at Kendall College of Art and Design and Grand Valley State University.

This is the first year he’s entered Spiral Gallery as a venue in ArtPrize.

It’s not just a work space, but it’s also where Vinson lives.

“People ask me if that’s weird, having a lot of people come through where I live, but really it’s no big deal because they just stay out here in the gallery space,” Vinson said.

The Spiral Gallery is hosting two ArtPrize pieces, “the sculptural painting” by Jovanni Luna, which made the Shortlist, is in the running for best installation.

“His idea is using the medium of paint in a more sculptural way because he’s creating these three dimensional objects,” Vinson said.

Visitors can also see “VL2” by Aj Cooke, a two-dimensional piece using colors and shapes.

Vinson said Cooke made a variety of colors for viewers to experience.

“A hundred different colors for the hundred different shapes. The idea is as the viewer you would find an organization or a system to the shapes, really no two are the same in color or shape,” Vinson said.

As for the venue space, Vinson said it was careful placement, lighting and training that allowed him to weave the two pieces together for ArtPrize visitors.

Spiral Gallery opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays during ArtPrize and noon on weekends.

The gallery is open year-round as Vinson shows student’s work and his own.

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