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Friday, January 21,2011

Lavon on view at Katalyst

Print collections address social issues

by Alyssa Gienapp
Katalyst Art Gallery in Old Town is showcasing Kimberly Lavon as this month’s featured artist.
Lavon’s print collections, “Skeleton Society” and “Animalesque — A Social Commentary,” both touch on the social constraints put on us every day.

One of the pieces in “Animalesque” shows a pig with a rack of clothes behind it.
“If you think someone is fat, you call them a pig or cow,” Lavon said. “But an actual pig isn’t worried about fitting into clothes.”

“Skeleton Society” is all about racism, Lavon said, commenting that without muscles or skin we wouldn’t be able to tell the differences between people.

Each piece takes weeks to make. The “Animalesque” collection is done entirely by hand, so each print will be just a little bit different.

Lavon also has a (SCENE) Metrospace show in June in which people will be able to make prints alongside her, turning the gallery into an assembly line. Check her Facebook page for more details.

Katalyst Art Gallery is located at 1214 Turner St. in Old Town, Lansing. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-7:15 p.m. Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

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