These land art works were created decades ago by artists who wanted
to get outside of the gallery to do something different -- and faced
puzzled responses, Carney said.
What he hopes this experience will help him impart to students:
"Reconsider what gets to be called art. That's what changes the
course of art history."
These writings reflect Carney's interdisciplinary approach to art,
which also includes an emphasis on challenging convention to create an
art world wherever you are. He wants students to see limitless
possibilities for their art.
As he heads into his second year of the special role in the Department of Visual and Media
Arts, which is designed to help students understand the business
side and marketplace of the art world, he plans to invite speakers who
can help students and the entire Grand Valley community see the broad
view of the art world.
The first scheduled speaker also takes an interdisciplinary approach
and specializes in making an art community wherever he is, Carney
said. Azikiwe Mohammed, based in New York, is involved
in a wide range of projects, from a series of elaborate installations
which take the form of neighborhood second-hand shops to studio work
to his free art school, the Black Painters Academy, Carney said.
There will be a presentation by Mohammed at 7:30 p.m. September 14
under a tent outside the Seidman Center on the Pew Grand Rapids
Campus. At 5 p.m. September 15 at the Calder Fine Arts Center,
Mohammed will lead a conversation with students about the salient
issues artists face. Both events are free.
"His work shows there's not one way that you're supposed to do
this necessarily," Carney said. "If you have the gumption
you invent the context for your work, and that can be very liberating