When I was young, my mother always had a box of acrylics in the back of our basement. My discovery and subsequent use of them was short-lived. I later gravitated towards printmaking in my creative works. However, in the past fewyears, series of different paintings and illustrations emerged. Through my work with new process and materials I work through questions that I’ll never know the answers to. Who are we in the universe? Why are we here? What makes us come alive? Are we even alive? My work is the product of my own search for knowledge as well as an exercise of maintaining peace in the midst of encounters with the sublime. For me there is therapy in repetition of color and shape, replicating meticulous yet mindless vibrant circles over an over instills a calm within my work and soul. I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with a BFA in Art Education and am opening a gallery community center in Grand Rapids.
Ryan Klotz is a visual artist and a recent graduate with a BFA in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. His work is best known for the simplicity of his subject, the canvas. Through the blankness of the canvas he is able to explore the tensions between representations and the physical object. These tensions have propelled his work into other materials, such as plaster, in which he recreates the canvas surface through carving plaster blocks. He has received awards such as the Excellence Award in painting and sculpture from Grand Rapids Community College as well as the Studio Excellence Award from Kendall College of Art and Design. Ryan is currently living and working out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.