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When Krasl Art Center Asks, Artists Answer: How is Body Language Represented?

The Krasl Art Center (KAC) is thrilled to present Body Language – a thematic, multi-media exhibition that explores non-verbal communication in its meaning and expression, and the natural placement of our bodies in relation to our environment. The eight (8) accepted artists include three (3) painters, two (2) sculptors, and two (2) performance-based projects by artists. Curated by KAC Deputy Director and Curator Tami Miller, Body Language will be displayed April 12 through May 26 and includes a host of experiences where visitors can explore how body language is represented in contemporary art. The exhibit begins with an opening party Friday, April 12, from 6-8 PM.

The selected artists address the questions: How is body language represented, depicted and interpreted? Is it readable? Is it natural or affected? Subliminal or known? Political? Historical? What is it telling us about this contemporary moment? Body Language explores this form of non-verbal communication through visual representation. It speaks to multiple generations and is indicative of the postures and posturing we see all around us.

The artists in this exhibition are Sara Peak Convery, Jacklynn Kelsey, Lisa Krannichfeld, Mychaelyn Michalec, Alanna Huck-Scarry, KC Crow Maddux, Klaus Pinter and Rui Sha. Body Language is sponsored by Combined Insurance Agencies & Michigan Insurance Company.

Experience this new exhibit during KAC’s opening party on Friday, April 12. The evening unofficially begins at 5 PM with a Volunteer Appreciation event at Krasl Art Center, a chance for KAC to thank our rockstar volunteers. At 5:30 PM, join Mendell Center at Lake Michigan College Executive Director Mike Nadolski for Every Body – an interactive improvisational session where you discover the power and lessons to be learned from facial expressions, gestures, body postures, and bodies in motion. The party officially begins at 6, with a live performance piece, Trace, performed by Rui Sha. Small bites provided by Bistro on the Boulevard and a cash bar will be available.

This exhibition highlights how body language influences our everyday actions, and we are very excited to invite the public to The Art of Yoga, a class series in collaboration with The Collective of Benton Harbor. Participants will learn the art of mindfulness and how it can affect their own nonverbal interactions. The six-week course begins Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 PM, and runs Tuesdays through May 21. Purchase your $15 ticket as a drop-in student, or sign up for the entire course for $70 at krasl.org/yoga-at-krasl-art-center.

In the artlab: Movement Captures: A Screen Dance Series

In tandem with the Body Language exhibition, dance artist Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers will creatively install multiple screenings of newly developed dance performances and body movements. Rabbers is a member of Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Dance and has performed for Coldplay, Omi, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Poet Theatricals, The Union Project Dance Company, LACDC, Clairobscur, Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera, Diavolo EdCo, & Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company. Pampalone-Rabbers will do a live performance at KAC on Saturday, May 18 at 2 and 2:30 PM.