"Andy Warhol – “Silver Clouds” - This exhibit is brought to you by Ferris State University, Artworks of Big Rapids
and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs in celebration of Festival of the
“dazzling, stunning, dancing, unreal, humble, acrobatic, joyous, amazing, complete, magical pillowy.”
Andy Warhol’s “Silver Clouds,” is an interactive exhibit combining light, air, movement, and audience participation to create an environment that is playful and engaging.
Balloons symbolize celebrations, joyful occasions, childhood playthings. They are malleable forms that are under constant transition. This exhibit invites the audience to become one with the art; walk through, sit and observe, lie on the floor and let the art float through space above you as you reflect and take respite from the stress of daily life. The floating glittering clouds are meant to represent space, time, the evening sky and all that is “full”, joyful, playful, peaceful.
Andy Warhol (1928–87) is among the most notable and controversial of twentieth-century artists. He worked in many media, including painting, sculpture, filmmaking, and publishing. He is best known for his images of consumer culture icons like Campbell’s soup cans and pop icons like Marilyn Monroe.
Warhol explored new technology and media throughout his career and engaged in a number of fruitful collaborations with people in a variety of disciplines. The Silver Clouds were created with the assistance of engineer Billy Klüver (1927–2004), who worked with other notable artists such as John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg. They were later incorporated into a 1968 dance piece by choreographer Merce Cunningham titled Rainforest.
Exhibition Dates: Feb 1 – 28, 2014
Opening Reception: Feb 1 from 6:30 -8pm at Artworks' Upper Gallery
Exhibition Location: Upper Gallery, Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave. Big Rapids, Michigan
Lecture: "Pop Goes the Art World" presented by Carrie Weis - Feb 4 from 6:30 - 7:30pm at Artworks
Workshops & Classes:
Youth FestLab: Creating Contemporary Art, Feb 17 from 5:30 - 7:00pm at Artworks
Adult FestLab: Creating Contemporary Art, Feb 18 from 6:00 - 8:00pm at Artworks
There are other classes being developed by Artworks that will be offered during this exhibition that will explore medium and style of the Contemporary Art movements specific to Andy Warhol - please contact Jody Zuern at Artworks ( 231 796 2420) for more information.
All events for this exhibit will be at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave, downtown Big Rapids, MI.