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Art Prize 2013: The Art Outside of the Center

A look at Lori Neill's installation Kaleidoscope Beach-An Alternative Perspective, at Women's City Club
Kaleidoscope Beach--an Alternative Perspective

Kaleidoscope Beach--an Alternative Perspective /author

Detail of Neill's paintings

Detail of Neill's paintings /photo by the author

Kaleidoscopic Beach

Kaleidoscopic Beach /Lori Neill


Kaleidoscope Beach--an Alternative Perspective, is a multi-media work by North Carolina-based artist Lori Neill at Women’s City Club.  The subject matter is a series of colorful beach umbrellas.  Neill includes actual kaleidoscopes, paintings and video in this installation. Kaleidoscope Beach delivers alternative perspectives to the viewer by engaging their visual, tactile and auditory senses.

Kaleidoscope Beach includes nine oil paintings, eight of which feature vibrantly colored umbrellas, and one depicts grass-covered dunes along the shoreline. While they are all very vibrant in color and very emotionally simulating, the one placed in the center, immediately below the monitor is particularly notable among the grouping. The presence of umbrellas indicates that this is a busy beach, but the activity and riot of color is tempered by the soothing horizontal shoreline.

The paintings, animated video, and ability to view the works through kaleidoscopes for viewing the paintings, come to life and interact cohesively.
According to Neill’s artist statement, “My desire is that; the practice of alternative perspectives transcends this physical installation and opens the possibilities of seeing things differently in art, people, and everyday life.”

The Women’s City Club occupies an old historic home in the hill district of Grand Rapids. Curated by Fred Bivens, this venue features a variety of two and three-dimensional works. Kaleidoscope Beach is located on the lower level in the northwest corner.

Women’s City Club is located at 254 East Fulton Street. Hours are Mon-Sat noon-8PM, Sunday noon-6PM

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This is a great opportunity to look at a wide variety of works in the Women's City Club and check out the Kaleidoscope Beach by Lori Neill