Aug. 29 2007 12:00 AM
Russell Bauer's “Embargo/Isolation” is one of 35 works in the "Lansing Artery 1" exhibit, continuing this weekend.

The exhibit, located at Basement 414 (414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing), offers two levels of work from many area artists.

The show, which is called “Lansing Artery 1,” is the first for caSpect. Artists themselves, the group behind the production takes a unified approach to the exhibit. Rather than using the title of curators, Kaern Rose, Jake Johns and Russell Bauer prefer to call themselves “comrades.” Furthering the group's revolutionary ideology, Johns says caSpect's goal is to “occupy spaces in the name of culture, art and spectacle.”

In the case of this showing, Rose says the group got permission to use the building from the owner, the father of a friend of a friend. She hopes the exhibit inspires people to create their own art and gain “a greater awareness of art and art in the area.” {mosimage}

The building's upstairs level offers live music, refreshments and crafts for sale. Its lower level features three rooms of art in almost any medium imaginable. In all, the exhibit features 92 pieces on display from 35 different artists.

Further adding to the overall aesthetic is the music.  Thudding bass or screeching guitars were audible from the lower level Sunday, enhancing the visual experience.

 Many of the pieces, such as those of Theresa Rosado's, have political messages. A contributor of nine pieces, Rosado calls her work “unapologetically political.”

“This … painting [is] about the haves and have-nots,” she says, pointing to a piece that depicts the health care issue in America by portrays pharmaceutical company Pfzier as a drug lord. Another of Rosado's, titled “No Child Left Behind,” serves as a comment on America's educational policy.

The diverse range of media includes painting, mixed-media and sculpture. Some pieces, such as Lisa Schreiner's ceramic piece, “Molder,” rest on the floor, contrasting with the art hanging from the walls. Angela Crouch's “Woodland Friend” is a deer's head made from a varied collection of materials including furs, glass, antlers, violin strings and drapes.

The organizers hope to host other exhibits at the same location. Rose says she would like to see additional media represented, such as video and performance art, but says that in the meantime, she is pleased with how this exhibit has turned out.

Johns adds a simple ideology for why the exhibit deserves attention from Lansing residents: “Boredom is counterrevolutionary.”


“Lansing Artery 1”

2 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Sept. 1-2

Basement 414

414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing