Alan Compo from the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians grew up wishing there was more imagery from the Anishinaabe culture portrayed in local art. Now that he is a full-time artist, he uses the stories that he heard growing up to create vibrant pieces of artwork.
Oct. 11 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day which is a holiday that celebrates Native American culture and traditions. Compo has multiple pieces in the Grand Rapids area that commemorates the history of his tribe.
“Now that I’m able to do a lot of outside art and murals, I’d like to think that there’s some little Anishinaabe kid walking by and sees it and they’ll know that it came from another Anishinaabe,” Compo said.
Sharing Anishinaabe stories to the public is one of Compo’s main motivations for his art. He said he was lucky to grow up with grandparents who still shared stories and relates them to everyday happenings. There are some young Anishinaabek who have not been as lucky to have heard these stories.
“It’s cool to be able to take those stories and to be able to create them in my way or how I took them growing up and how I think of them now,” Compo said.
Compo has always gravitated toward art as he was surrounded by working art such as basket making his whole life. He was also exposed to painters and other native artists throughout the Michigan community that have inspired his work throughout his career. However, the older generations are not the only ones who inspire Compo
“There are so many younger artists coming up and I’m inspired by them and what they’re doing. Especially how they are taking new media and doing new things with it,” Compo said.
While he portrays traditional stories and themes, Compo refers to most of his work as contemporary. His work typically involves vibrant colors and imagery that draws the viewer in closer.
“A lot of the time I really like the bright colors because I feel like we are all bright people,” Compo said.
One of Compo’s most recent projects is his collaboration with Graffiti Wall GR and other Anishinaabek artists. This wall in the Creston Heights Neighborhood is a legal graffiti wall that allows the community to freely express themselves.
The wall was painted all orange to honor and remember the survivors and children who lost their lives in residential and boarding schools across Turtle Island. Compo led a group of collaborators who each contributed to the piece by bringing their own experiences and forms of expression. The orange wall is an example of a piece of community art, but Compo said he sees almost all of his murals as community pieces.
Compo considers his 2018 ArtPrize entry “Anishinaabek” his pride and joy. This mural, located on Pearl St. downtown Grand Rapids, is intentionally placed in a tunnel along the Grand River. This specific area was chosen because it is where the sacred plum orchards used to be.
The plum orchard was known as a women’s area as well as a place where ceremonies were held. This land was taken away from them when settlers came and burnt down the orchard, leaving them without a place for ceremonies and gathering.
Compo’s piece retells the history behind the plum orchards and the Anishinaabek women.
“To work with the city to help bring that idea back and that story back that a lot of people don’t even realize,” Compo said.
Compo’s mission is to spread the stories of his people throughout the community. His brightly colored murals and artwork can be found throughout the Grand Rapids area.
Art Auctioneer Offers Up Midcentury Masterpiece In L.A. At $8.5 Million – Forbes
With a career as a renowned art auctioneer and founder of Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Shannon Loughery knows a valuable masterpiece when she sees one—and Loughery’s recently listed Midcentury Modern-style home in Encino is just that.
Determining the value of a work of art is not so different from that of a home. Ask any art auctioneer or real estate broker around the globe, and they will tell you about the litany of factors that go into determining the worth of something and how many of those factors might overlap—like artist, uniqueness and condition.
The artist, in this case, is celebrated Los Angeles architect Donald G. Park, who designed the 1972-built home.
Known as the Lewis Estate, this abode may perhaps be Park’s magnum opus, or at the very least his most architecturally significant. A modernist marvel, the house consists of three expansive dodecagon structures bridged together with a glass pavilion.
Perched upon an acre of the Encino Hills with stunning views overlooking the San Fernando Valley, this one-of-a-kind house spans over 6,800 square feet of interior space with six bedrooms and six bathrooms.
The home’s unique design gives way to a spectacular interior with soaring wood panels that stretch across the geometric ceiling, walls of glass windows that allow for a 200-degree view, and warm-toned tile in a circular pattern that encloses a recessed living area with a fireplace.
Freestanding stones walls help to separate the floorplan but also allow ample space for displaying art.
The kitchen is styled with a retro feel but is outfitted with modern appliances like a smooth top stove located on the island with an overhead vent.
A variety of flooring is used throughout the house, including patterned tiles, parquet wood and mint green carpet that covers a sleek, spiral staircase. Rich color accents are ubiquitous and on full display in places like the deep green of the tub and sinks of the upstairs bathroom, the vivid pink and purple of the kitchen cabinetry and the built-in couch’s soft yellow.
Completing the floorplan are a separate vintage bar, two dining areas and an atrium opening to a breathtaking beamed skylight.
Outside, the patio faces the valley, where residents can gaze upon a landscape of mountains and city lights as they soak in the heated spa, swim in the pool or sit around the gas fire pit.
Hilton & Hyland is a founding member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.
Secrecy surrounds major new public art piece in downtown Kelowna – The Daily Courier
A major piece of public art once planned for Highway 97 North disappeared last year after criticism from city councillors.
One main complaint about the proposed $250,000 sculpture, which featured 10 human figures perched atop tall poles, was that its beauty and grace would be lost by being placed next to the busy highway with all its speeding cars.
Coun. Gail Given suggested last November that artist Ted Fullerton’s proposed sculpture should have been located in pedestrian-friendly City Park where people could better relate to its scale and take pictures of themselves beside it.
Fast forward to Wednesday, when much secrecy was woven into a press release issued by the Kelowna Art Gallery about a “large new outdoor public art sculpture” about to be unveiled next to the building on Water Street.
“No announcements will have been made via any Gallery communications before the media preview event,” art gallery spokesman Joshua Desnoyers wrote in an email invitation to attend the event.
Feverish media minds, or one of them anyway, wondered if the about-to-unveiled sculpture was a revival of Fullerton’s ill-fated piece, which was conceived as a new ‘Welcome to Kelowna’ sign.
“I can confirm that it is not a sculpture by Ted Fullerton, although that is a very astute guess,” Desnoyers wrote in an email.
So media, and all of Kelowna, will have to wait until 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 27 to get a look at the sculpture, described as having been made by “an established artist whose work has been shown throughout North America and who has received major commissions in Canada and the U.S.”
Kelowna currently has more than 70 pieces of public art. The newest, whatever it is, will be located between two of the most photographed sculptures, ‘Rhapsody’, a representation of playful dolphins at the entrance to Waterfront Park, and ‘Bear’ , a representation of a bear, in Stuart Park.
Whatever happened to plans for a new Welcome to Kelowna sign on Highway 97 North also remains a bit of a mystery as calls to relevant authorities at City Hall were unreturned Wednesday.
Del Mar unveils five new pieces of public art – Del Mar Times
The city of Del Mar’s temporary outdoor sculpture program has opened with five new works in downtown Del Mar, along a one-mile art stroll.
The Del Mar Foundation is providing approximately $15,000 in funding for the program over the first two years and the pieces will remain on display for up to 23 months.
Take the Del Mar art walk:
- Hanging Out by Maidy Morhous at 15th Street and Stratford Court
- Birds Eye View by Petrello and Graham at the southeast corner of 14th Street and Camino del Mar
- Terpsichore by David Beck Brown at the southeast corner of 12th Street and Camino del Mar
- Moonshadow by Jeffery Laudenslager and Deanne Sabeck at the northeast corner of 9th Street and Camino del Mar
- Pasaje a lo Infinito by Hugo Heredia at 5th Street and Camino del Mar
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