An American Dream by Augustine Boyce Cummings

A site-specific installation of drawing, found and repurposed items, and sculpture.

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Augustine Boyce Cummings, An American Dream (detail), installation, 2018. Site:Lab Grand Rapids, MI. Artprize.

Augustine Boyce Cummmings’ installation An American Dream will be on view in Grand Rapids, MI, September 19 through October 7, 2018. He describes the idea behind the project:

I worked with Site:lab to create a large-scale, site-specific installation in a former private high school located at 415 Franklin. With the addition of locally-sourced objects, most of the materials utilized in this work come from the former high school site in which it is contained. The work utilizes familiar school supplies such as #2 pencils, ballpoint pens, sharpie markers, chalk, and gold star stickers to create a large wall drawing. Several vertical red lines interrupt the blue lines running horizontally; these lines are intended to make the installation appear as a notebook filled with stream of consciousness drawing and doodling. We all share the common experience of daydreaming in class and doodling in our notebooks; this piece expands on this simple practice to discuss bigger narratives that we face not only within our schools but also as a society at large. This is an installation of drawing, found and repurposed items, and sculpture.

An opening reception is scheduled for September 21, 6–9 pm.

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