“The Wall,” by artist Gregory Thielker, is described as “a visual portrait” of the border territory between  the United States and Mexico.

“The Wall,” by artist Gregory Thielker, is described as “a visual portrait” of the border territory between the United States and Mexico.

Image provided by Diane Taylor, of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center


BBAC hosts four new exhibitions, one on immigration

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 23, 2019

 The collection of art titled “Emergency Property” on display at the BBAC will be available to see through Oct. 10.

The collection of art titled “Emergency Property” on display at the BBAC will be available to see through Oct. 10.

Image provided by Diane Taylor, of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

 Artist Barbara Holmer’s botanical drawings are among the exhibits currently showing at the BBAC.

Artist Barbara Holmer’s botanical drawings are among the exhibits currently showing at the BBAC.

Image provided by Diane Taylor, of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

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BIRMINGHAM — At the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, the sights don’t stay the same for very long.

And that’s just the way they like it.

The gallery has four new exhibits on display through Oct. 10 highlighting a variety of artistic mediums. The exhibitions are the first of the fall season, but not the last, so art lovers should head over to the BBAC and enjoy the work while they can, according to President and CEO Annie VanGelderen.

“The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has an intriguing group of exhibits in our galleries until Oct. 10. From (a) site-specific installation of ‘Emergence Property’ that encourages the viewer to immerse themselves in the space, to the hauntingly quiet watercolors in the exhibit ‘The Wall,’ (which are) a visual narration of the border wall, to the small but striking etchings in our Ramp Gallery, and finally, the detailed botanical drawings in our LaBan/Commons Gallery,” said VanGelderen.

Artist Gregory Thielker describes his exhibit, “The Wall,” as “a visual portrait” of the border territory between the United States and Mexico.

“I traveled to different sections of the border region, crisscrossing back and forth, interviewing local community members and documenting diverse terrain,” Thielker said in an email.

From tall steel barricades and sheet-metal fences to historical markers, the images depict the people and places at the center of the heated immigration debate. Thielker said the project was meant to pose questions about the border and its impact on individual experience and national identity.

“The result is a series of black-and-white watercolor paintings ranging from small, intimate views to a large mural,” he said.

Guests can enjoy work from Iris Eichenberg, Shelly McMahon and Alberte Tranberg titled “Emergence Property.” The artists said the exhibit highlights behaviors larger than oneself, like flocks of birds moving in unison.

Also featuring animals is an exhibit called “Animal Pleasures — Small Etchings,” by Alan Larkin. He taught drawing and printmaking for nearly 40 years at Indiana University South Bend and has won international awards for his own work.

Rounding out the list with a local twist, the “Students of Barbara Holmer” exhibit features botanical artwork from the instructor who has taught around the state, including at the BBAC. Her graphite, colored pencil and watercolor combinations bring her drawings and paintings to life.

“These exhibits are a diverse display of varied art forms. (They’re) a must see,” VanGelderen said.

Details on all the exhibiting artists can be found on the gallery’s website, along with information on upcoming shows and classes available to the public at the BBAC.

To learn more, visit bbartcenter.org or call (248) 644-0866.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Road in Birmingham.

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