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http://www.artnews.com/2019/03/14/artprize-project-1-artists/

Artprize, the organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that also runs an art competition, has revealed the artists participating in the inaugural edition of its Project biennial, which will take place in the Midwestern city from September 7 to October 27. The first edition of the biennial, Project 1, will feature newly commissioned large-scale public works by Amanda Browder, Heather Hart, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Olalekan Jeyifous, and the duo Paul Amenta and Ted Lott.

Time to start digging into these artists' portfolios (other than local Paul Amenta and Ted Lott). Exciting. 

Heather Hart:

https://www.google.com/search?q=heather+hart,+artist&rlz=1C1ZKTG_enUS782US782&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj1ooPa3YLhAhVXyYMKHfCNAG4Q_AUIDigB&biw=1536&bih=754

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer:

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1ZKTG_enUS782US782&biw=1536&bih=754&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=hdyKXIzLLZPGjgSq3qqQDg&q=rafael+lozano-hemmer&oq=rafael+lozano&gs_l=img.1.0.0l7j0i30l3.52437.55897..57302...0.0..2.93.2060.30....2..1....1..gws-wiz-img.....0..35i39j0i131j0i67j0i131i67.N_MEFaxCl_Y

Olalekan Jeyifous

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1ZKTG_enUS782US782&biw=1536&bih=754&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=v9yKXMqnOaHSjwSbzJzgDg&q=olalekan+jeyifous&oq=olalek&gs_l=img.1.0.0l10.56034.58456..61320...1.0..0.71.477.7....2..1....1..gws-wiz-img.......35i39j0i67j0i131j0i10.DnaffpjJhAg

Amanda Browder

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1ZKTG_enUS782US782&biw=1536&bih=754&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=_tyKXLSeDaLojwTO4aroCg&q=amanda+browder&oq=amanda+browder&gs_l=img.3..0l2j0i24l3.42072.44801..44898...0.0..0.234.1184.12j1j1....2..1....1..gws-wiz-img.......35i39j0i131.Zv5YE7gUOLQ

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Interestingly, you can do this Google image search exercise on Ted Lott too,  and you end up with two different artsy Ted Lotts.  The  architect that posts here occasionally and another one in Wisconsin who is described on his website as “a Craftsperson, Designer and Artist whose work revolves around the history of wood in Material Culture and Architecture.”  I wonder if they are related?  What if they both show up?   

https://www.google.com/search?q=ted+lott&rlz=1C1SQJL_enUS802US802&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjfnZ3Ri4PhAhUL04MKHXe_CTkQ_AUIDigB&biw=1440&bih=757

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I think the off-year stuff of Project 1 could be more interesting than the Art Prize stuff we generally see. I hope the community supports it like Art Prize as this could really be of more impact to the city as an art destination that Art Prize ever was (I know, possible overreaction, but seeing some of the artists work, this is exiting!)

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1 hour ago, egrguy said:

I think the off-year stuff of Project 1 could be more interesting than the Art Prize stuff we generally see. I hope the community supports it like Art Prize as this could really be of more impact to the city as an art destination that Art Prize ever was (I know, possible overreaction, but seeing some of the artists work, this is exiting!)

I couldn't agree more, I feel like Project 1 with it's larger scale installations has the opportunity to really transform some spaces for the duration of the event and drive people into different parts of the city. ArtPrize will always be what it is but hopefully Project 1 will inject some much needed energy into it. 

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2 hours ago, egrguy said:

I think the off-year stuff of Project 1 could be more interesting than the Art Prize stuff we generally see. I hope the community supports it like Art Prize as this could really be of more impact to the city as an art destination that Art Prize ever was (I know, possible overreaction, but seeing some of the artists work, this is exiting!)

Agreed as well. I think if you're a fan of Site.Lab, then this will really be up your alley. With Paul Amenta and Ted Lott involved (Ted designed the giant wooden walkway that snaked through Site.Lab up off of Grandville), I can see they want this to be a Site.Lab "Expanded."

https://www.paulamenta.com/everything-is-transformed

I do however think the crowds will be greatly reduced. But it will be higher quality crowds in my mind. 

 

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ArtForum weighs in with the news:

https://www.artforum.com/news/artprize-announces-participating-artists-for-first-edition-of-public-art-biennial-78923

“In taking up the notion of ‘crossed lines,’ the exhibition seeks to explore borders and intersections of many types—aesthetic, political, social—that result in the harmonies, tensions, and unexpected outcomes that make a city what it is,” said Kevin Buist, the artistic director of ArtPrize and Project 1. “When people, places and points of view cross one another there is friction, a beginning point for both conflict and creative spark.”

 

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