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      December 6, 2019

      Friday   5:30 PM

      2 Fulton Street West
      Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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      UICA Artist Talk: Mark Rumsey

      UICA Artist Talk: Mark RumseyDec 6, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00 pmUICA Members: FreePublic: Free with gallery admission Hear Mark Rumsey talk about Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street and the inspiration behind his exhibition using repurposed textiles. Registration required. Mark Rumsey: Memory Map: Roof Line - State StreetMemory Map: Roof Line - State Street is a site-specific installation by Grand Rapids-based artist Mark Rumsey. It features braids of repurposed textiles strung into planes floating in space. The planes represent Rumsey’s memories of the roof line of the dilapidated rental house he lived in as a youth. The strips of textile are also memories, representing connections with the six women who raised him, his mother and five older sisters. The third element of memory is the repurposing of textiles, which relates to his family’s reuse of materials and furniture throughout his childhood.  Memory Map is a mash-up of process and materials, excess versus scarcity, privilege, and misfortune, focused through Rumsey’s memories of childhood poverty. Rumsey’s experience growing up led him to believe he was ‘less than;’ that poverty was a condition he created, that the poor created. He’s reconciled these beliefs as an adult, now understanding poverty as a social failure, not an individual failure.  Memory Map is both a personal narrative, reflecting memories of Rumsey’s childhood, and a larger conversation, dealing with the social issues of wealth and poverty in American society.

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