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february, 2018

16feb5:30 PM7:30 PMApril Felipe | ARTIST'S RECEPTION

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Exhibit Title: One Upon the Other
Artist: April Felipe

In this exhibition, the color is driven by historical floor patterns from the Caribbean. The faux tile mosaics are a product of colonialism, used as a way to showcase one’s European lineage while distancing from one’s African and Native lineage. However, when we look at the history of these tile patterns it is revealed they are derived from Moroccan tiles. Felipe is drawn to the idea that, while constructing the colonial ideal, these tiles are actually representative of African histories. In conjunction with these patterns, she looks to the tale of The Ugly Duckling, a narrative that perpetuates the value of visually belonging, a path to finding one’s “true” place. Through layering of materials and patterns, historical, found, and invented, her work explores this narrative and the constructed nature of the past to reveal our desire for belonging.

Exhibition open Jan. 12 – Feb. 16, 2018
Gallery hours are Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. or by appointment. For more information contact Gary Wertheimer at 269.749.7627.

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(Friday) 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Kresge Foundation Art Gallery inside the Riethmiller Blackman Art Building

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