Current Location:
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health -> 1st Floor (DCIH)
Location Notes:
DCIH; 1st Floor; Stairwell

This Is Where It’s At

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.25.1a-p
Artist:
Reb Roberts
Credit:
Gift of Dan and Pamella DeVos
Medium:
Acrylic on Board
Date:
2021
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 96" Width: 192"
Note: Above dimensions are for the entire mural. Each smaller top panel is 24"h x 24"w. Each larger bottom panel is 72"h x 24"w.
Description:
16 individual panels create a mural of 8 individual columns, each with two separate paintings, one on top of the other. Top panels are smaller and include images of bright yellow suns and stars on a bright blue background. The larger panels include colorful abstract birds / flower shapes in purples, reds, yellows, blues and greens.
Historical Context:
Grand Rapids based artist Reb Roberts, whose signature often reads "REB," is known for his use of bold colors, repeating patterns and unworldly, colorful characters that resemble chickens, blackbirds and other birds. While he never had formal art education, Roberts has not let this stifle his desire to make art. He creates spontaneously, and paints what comes to him in the moment. Using a variety of types of visual and verbal graffiti, he uses a combination of house paint, cardboard, paper, wood, metal and other found materials to create his artwork. From large murals on the sides of buildings, to small paintings on scrap wood and cardboard, local artist Roberts is known for spreading joy throughout the Grand Rapids community. When talking about his murals that can be found around the city of Grand Rapids, Roberts often recounts the 1990s and driving the streets of downtown Grand Rapids, which meant traveling through areas of boarded-up buildings and run-down businesses. That’s when he first decided to paint the mural of brightly colored fish that is still displayed between Charles and Henry Streets, off Wealthy Street, in the South Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, MI. GVSU is home to over 70 work by Roberts in their permanent art collection. Regarding this mural, painted specifically for GVSU in 2021, Roberts states, “I created this piece so that people have a meeting place to reference when they are getting together in the building. When they arrive, they can say, ‘So this is where it’s at.”