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Artist Profile: ‘Movement’ by Craig Merchant outside the Grand Rapids Public Museum

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"Movement" is located outside of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Photo by Kayla Tucker
"Movement" is located outside of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Photo by Kayla Tucker
“Movement” is located outside of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Kayla Tucker - Managing Editor

By Kailey Coen – Collegiate Staff

With four years of ArtPrize experience under his belt, Craig Merchant, 28, of Grand Rapids is hoping to inspire ArtPrize attendee with an entry focused on social movement.

Merchant works in many different mediums, he is hoping to create unique and interesting pieces that will connect with his viewers.

“Art is my passion, so to have other people interested in it, I think, is great,” Merchant said.

Last year Merchant’s piece, titled “Beauty in Brokenness,” was a 3-D resin and glass sculpture about people and their inner emotions. This year’s piece was inspired by his ArtPrize entry last year but this time about the bigger, social picture of the people called “Movement.” A pond is filled with over 300 hands that move freely.

The hands represent the human hand, and power. Merchant had the idea of “Movement” as a social movement, and this was the best he could represent that.

It is not a surprise when people walk past a piece of art and do not understand its meaning. Merchant hopes that people actually take the time to understand the meaning of his piece beyond just a lot of floating gloves.

Just like thousands of other people, Merchant enjoys ArtPrize and thinks it’s great to have people talking about art.

“Art is my passion, so to have other people interested in it, I think, is great,” Merchant said.

Along with many other artists, Merchant had a few difficulties while creating his artwork. One of the biggest is that the lights glowing in the 320 gloves are going out faster than he had expected. but he’s making it work by just replacing them.

“It is a time-based piece,” Merchant said. “So I kind of wanted it to evolve, so I dont think its a horrible thing.”

While ArtPrize is a great event to participate in, Merchant’s dream is to start a community art studio or gallery that would be open to the public.

ArtPrize visitors can see Merchant’s piece “Movement” outside of the Grand Rapids Public Museum.