‘Us and Them’ art exhibit features edgy works

By Eric Emmons, Staff Writer –

This image of a refugee superimposed on a photo of an American child is one of Deborah Rockman’s works currently on exhibit at the Overbrook Art Gallery.WWW titled ‘Us and Them.’ - Photo courtesy of Deborah Rockman.
This image of a refugee superimposed on a photo of an American child is one of Deborah
Rockman’s works currently on exhibit at the Overbrook Art Gallery.WWW titled ‘Us and
Them.’ – Photo courtesy of Deborah Rockman.

Art can capture realities in the world and can be much more than pretty colors on a

canvas. True art can be convicting and deeply important to our culture today, and that is exactly

what Deborah Rockman has accomplished in her new art exhibit “Us and them” which will be

featured at Muskegon Community College September 26 th through October 28 th .

Deborah Rockman is professor at Kendall College and an artist around the world. She has

been an artist for over 35 years and her art has been featured all over the world in places such as

the Rockford Art Museum, Cabrillo Gallery, Meilidao International Art Institution in Shanghai,

and many more museums and art galleries around the world. Her newest work entitled “Us and

them” will be the main feature at the new art exhibit found in the art center at Muskegon

Community College starting the 26 th of September.

“Us and Them” are art pieces all speaking to the contradictions we see in society with the

news and reality. These pieces of art examine the relationship between reality and what is sold to

us as reality by the media.

“The themes most present in this exhibit, include extremes of inequity around the world

(including within our own communities) and the frequent failure of contemporary news media to

provide us with an accurate overview of what is going on in the world locally, regionally,

nationally and internationally.” Said Rockman

Because of this, the art primarily focuses on the injustice in our society and communities

today, making her art extremely valuable for us today. The injustice seen in some of these pieces

of art are truly disturbing but reminds us of the horrors of reality.

“This exhibit works on our conscious and sense of justice (and lack of) in the world.”

Said Tim Norris, an instructor of art and history at Muskegon Community College.

The art featured in “Us and Them” also uses creative styles of putting two pictures next

to each other with contrasting effect. Rockman uses this beautifully as she demonstrates this by

showing the contrasting thoughts presented today in the news and in reality through emotionally

captivating pieces of art.

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Students should take time to see this exhibit because it can truly open our eyes to see the

world in a different way. This art is designed not simply to make us smile but to get us to think

and contemplate and to question. Art is truly the key to unlocking our minds and this exhibit is a

masterpiece, ready to convict us of what we see in the world and even in ourselves.

“I would hope that people who are interested in contemporary art would visit the exhibit

and consider what it is that makes this work both beautiful and disturbing at the same time. I

believe that art has the potential to help us see the world through different lenses – some familiar

and some unfamiliar.” Said Rockman

The exhibit begins the 26 th of September ends on October 28 th . Also on Tuesday October

18, from 6 – 7:30 is free public reception. This will also feature a gallery talk by Deborah

Rockman at 6:30. So don’t miss the opportunity to see amazing art from an amazing artist on

truly important themes in our culture today.

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