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Exhibition of engaging figurative works by David Greenwood opens at Grand Rapids Art Museum
David Greenwood (American, b. 1944), Snaker (Summer Night), 1986. Wood, stain. Collection of the Artist. Image courtesy of David Greenwood.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.- Grand Rapids Art Museum presents David Greenwood: Stop Motion. The exhibition features engaging, figurative works by retired Kendall College of Art and Design professor, David Greenwood. This is GRAM's latest installment in its Michigan Artist Series, and is on view February 12, 2015 through May 17, 2015.

"For me, art-making starts as a inward journey, searching for deeply felt stimuli," explained Greenwood. "The trick then is to go deeper yet, until it becomes apparent how this personal moment is also universally human. We know what hope, remorse, and joy feel like. But what do they look like? When I succeed, I like to think I have created persistent visions that will stimulate a unique story in the viewer's mind and send them on their own journey inward."

This exhibition includes an array of Greenwood’s inventive, realist works that demonstrate his confident handling of wood, metal, and other materials. He emphasizes that he strives to "straddle the boundary between the conscious and unconscious mind, searching for those images that are both unique and universal."

"In his figurative sculpture, Greenwood demonstrates a desire to communicate broadly in his use of widely understood symbols and archetypes," observed Ron Platt, Chief Curator. "His works are self-contained narratives that intermingle his personal ideas and memories with universally understood elements. Yet he provides no resolution or take-away meaning. His narrative content does not equate to an explanation. His work requires a willingness to meet it on its own terms and bypass the literary approach through which we sometimes seek to understand art."

Greenwood was recently honored with the title of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from Kendall College of Art and Design, where taught Sculpture and Functional Art for over 30 years.

Throughout its 100+ year history, the Grand Rapids Art Museum has featured the work of Michigan artists in its exhibition program. This tradition is now formalized into the Michigan Artist Series, to be presented in galleries throughout the Museum, which highlights the work of living artists or designers working in diverse media who reside in the state.

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