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1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cedar Street Art Collective
1701 S. Cedar St., Lansing
Bold abstract textile pattern work, illustrations and paintings complete ERI VK’s repertoire.
“I think most of my artwork is about missed communications between people,” said VK. “There is always a divide between people; a language barrier.”
This is the MSU apparel and textiles graduate’s first art show, though she has often sold at art fairs.
“To me, it’s less about having a gallery show, and more about people walking in and instantly feeling involved with what I’m doing,” said VK. “Right now it is called ‘001,’ because it's the first one, and I’m hoping there will be hundreds. I really want to have different shows, and I have a lot of ideas I want to show people.”
Working in New York's fashion industry after studying at MSU, VK said she began swaying toward becoming an independent artist than an in house fashion designer.
“I was doing work in New York, and I found myself just doing visual art,” said VK. “When I got home, I was drawing and painting, because it was the opposite of what I was doing at work.”
VK said she wanted something more than just following orders from her boss.
“It wasn't total creative freedom, so I was yearning for that.”
Moving back to Lansing, VK said her art became a coping mechanism. “Art does that for a lot of people — I definitely just try to do what makes me happy,” said VK.
It is important for people to feel an immediate response to her work, said VK.
“The first one is about that initial doing and self expression; it’s reactionary. There will be a lot of red and things I imagine when I think of creative energy.”
Taking a proactive role, VK said she hopes to expand her brand.
“I’ve been on and off working, and I want art to become my premier thing,” said VK. “I’d love to have my own business and make my own products — that’s a long term goal.”
Pairing phrases with pictures, VK said she tries to capture herself and her feeling in the moment on the canvas.
“I just like to look at something and draw what I see in my mind. I want it to be reactionary,” said VK.
While many artists meticulously plan out their art, VK believes letting it come organically creates a different effect.
“When I go to a canvas it can be a ritual of sorts. I want it to be a totally meditative experience,” said VK. “I don’t want to over analyze it, I just want to be me.”
Aside from the artwork, there will be musical performances by Cabin Fever, ETTA, In Kind, Meloncloud, and Strawberry Cyber Goth. ERI VK merchandise will also be for sale. Coffee and vegan goods available as well.
For more information, visit www.eri-vk.com.
2 p.m. to 6 p.m., $65, Michigan Princess, 3004 W. Main St.
10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., $45, Walter French Building, 1900 S. Cedar St.
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., $7 to $15, The Downeaster Theatre, 1120 N. Pennsylvania St.