By Eric Emmons, Staff Writer –
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.
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.