Current Location:
Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons -> 1st Floor (LIB)
Location Notes:
LIB; 1st fl., Presentation Practice rm. 135

Outsider Art ➔ In the Beginning, Cows and Birds Were Friends

Artwork
Identifier:
2012.17.20
Artist:
Reb Roberts
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Acrylic on Board
Date:
2011
Description:
Black and white simplistic depiction of black bird standing atop black cow against white background. Black checkered border.
Historical Context:
Reb Roberts is a local Grand Rapids artist who has made great strides in promoting local art in the Eastown district of Grand Rapids. He and his wife Carmel Loftis opened the Sanctuary Folk Art gallery in 1999, which works closely with Heartside Ministries to nurture the creative instincts and artistic expression of low-income and homeless people. On his work he says, "Art can be a part of a sustainable urban environment... With some true collaboration, neighborhoods and artists can work to incorporate original ideas into an art filled city...art is the next truly urban frontier."