It’s the ArtHouse 43 GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY! In celebration of our new podcast Art City Now, we have 3 fantastic baskets to giveaway and all you have to do to enter is:
1) Share the podcast, pick an episode, if you’d like (www.arthouse43.com/artcitynow) and tag us @ArtHouse43. Tagging us allows us to see who shared it!
2) OR you can write a review of the Art City Now podcast on iTunes!
Do either of those and we will put your name in the bowl and we will draw the 3 winners on Sunday, December 23 at 3pm! Each basket has wine, beer, chocolate, snacks and a classic DVD!
We can’t ship anything, so plz be accessible to southern Michigan! Thanks!
Brand New Podcast: Art City Now
5 Episode Series on Battle Creek, MI
Hosted by Troy Ramos
Produced by ArtHouse 43, LLC/ www.ArtHouse43.com
Available on iTunes, All Major Platforms and at www.ArtHouse43.com/ArtCityNow
"Art City Now" Podcast Released November 13, 2018!
Art City Now is an audio podcast hosted by Troy Ramos and created by ArtHouse 43 highlighting diverse artistic initiatives in different cities. Each new city covered is considered a ‘series’. Art City Now: Battle Creek is a 5-episode series devoted to the exploration of the arts scene in Battle Creek. Each 25-30 minute episode will feature at least one artist or artistic voice for a discussion on how they approach their craft and how their work interacts with the Battle Creek arts communities.
Goals and Achievement:
ArtHouse 43 is an arts and culture organization dedicated to connecting
communities with their local arts scene. Since being founded by Troy
Ramos in 2015, they have hosted and organized many successful art
shows in multiple cities, received multiple grants for a variety of projects,
connected artists using multiple platforms and continue to create podcasts,
including ArtHouse Radio, Troy Meets World and, now, Art City Now.
“As with every project we do, our goal is always to contribute towards
building a stronger artistic culture in our communities, and to do it in an
inclusive manner that creates diversity, a sense of community and supports
art projects that expand the possibilities,” says host Troy Ramos. “And Art City Now is a perfect example of our ability to create platforms for discussions on the arts, community and the universe.”
Through Art City Now, they want to provide a platform for unifying a sense of connection in the arts communities and beyond. Through these documentary-styled podcast episodes, which focus on both historical and contemporary aspects of the arts world within Battle Creek, they believe they can contribute to an even more vibrant community. The conversations, information about spaces and artists in the community and the ability for anybody to access these episodes online for free will help the artists and supporting arts organizations in Battle Creek to establish a unique connection with each other.
Artist Support and Diverse Lineup:
Art City Now will become a platform that not only provides communication and important dialogue between these artists and their community, but will hopefully lead towards building a stronger network of artists and arts organization in the area. Since this podcast is set up to cover the arts scene in many different cities, every city covered would forever have the potential to be exposed to a massive listenership from other local arts communities covered by the show, the larger arts world and people simply interested to know more about the art scene in a particular city. “This could be a massive continued and indefinite support structure for everyone involved”, Ramos says.
They also plan to use this network to highlight creative work of a artists from all communities. They are very aware of the depth of the arts scene in the many different communities in Battle Creek. "What a person sees from one perspective in a community is also a part of a larger collective of arts activities. We strongly believe it’s in the best interest of Art City Now and for the Battle Creek community to explore as many different facets of this interesting and diverse cultural arts scene as possible”, adds Ramos. They also want to address some concerns regarding art and its connection to underserved communities through discussion and exploration, and integrating those thoughts into this Battle Creek series.
Art City Now: Battle Creek
Series on Battle Creek Arts Scene & Artists for the Art City Now Podcast
Fiscal Sponsor for ArtHouse 43, LLC: The Art Center of Battle Creek
Organization Carrying Out Project: ArtHouse 43, LLC
Art City Now Project Manager (Host, Editor, Creative Director): Troy Ramos
Art City Now Community Sponsor: Linda Holderbaum
Art City Now Outreach Coordinator: Santos Felipe Ramos
Art City Now Marketing Coordinator: Chris Ramos
Battle Creek Community Foundation, The Art Center of Battle Creek, Meijer, Inc., Go Fund Me donors, Battle Creatures, LLC,
“Sound Space turned out great and I’m so lucky to have had this experience. So many people who walked out of the exhibit said some of the kindest and most inspiring things anybody has ever said to me. I was already motivated to create works that connect me to people, connects people to whatever they want and to provide a platform for reflection. But now I’m even more motivated after this experience. I feel like I can accomplish anything!,” said artist Troy Ramos.
Thank you to everyone who supported Troy and came out, thanks to ArtPrize and to friends and family for their continued support!
This work, the lights, sounds, everything, were created specifically for the space and were designed to be a reflective space for visitors to experience themselves, or whatever they wish. Sound Space will be hosted again at another venue in the near future.
And here’s a link to some media interviews Troy did about the work:
We have ended the ArtHouse Hallway Gallery in Midtown Detroit, but only after a great success! Many thanks to all the artists and people who sent in works to the gallery for us to hang up! The gallery ran from June 2017 until June 2018. Below is the social media post we first did on the gallery:
“After moving into an apt in midtown Detroit, I quickly felt that the hallway outside my apt door needed a little bit of love, so I created the #ArtHouseHallwayGallery for anyone in the building to see! Send me a photo of your work, of anything you love or anything else, & I'll put them into the rotation for this ongoing show! Ppl are looking at them & are interested! So far it's been a rotation of all kinds of different, interesting works.
Send me something, here or DM, w/your name & title, if any. I'll print them off & put them up. You can also support the gallery, if you'd like, too, by going to www.arthouse43.com/support. Let’s create a moment together through this gallery! It'll be like your little art show in Detroit!! Don’t wait, send me things!”
Here is a look at the good coverage we had in the media for our "Phasing Moments" Art Show! A lot of people came out and the reviews were great! We got a good write up by the Battle Creek Shopper and by Natasha Blakely of the Battle Creek Enquirer! Here is a link to the BC Enquirer article: https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/2017/10/11/arthouse-43-art-show-battle-creek-weekend/751308001/
60 Calhoun St
Battle Creek, MI 49017
From our press release just before the show opened on Oct. 13, 2017:
ArtHouse 43 presents Phasing Moments, an art show created by Troy Ramos and Chris Ramos! This show features artworks using three mediums: video, sound and paintings. These works were created using the naturalism approach (a term coined by Troy Ramos), which is a momentary-form where works are created in as short amount of time as possible, so as to capture the state of mind at a particular point in time and space. There are 9 total works: three paintings, three videos and three sound works.
These works also have an interesting collaborative, twist, however. The art works were created in the spirit of the works created before them. Using video, sound and painting, the artists took an idea, started with one medium and then passed this idea back and forth, using the previous works as a starting point to create a new work. This process was then repeated every time, with each work of art being connected to all of the previous works in some way.
“Everything in this world emanates from something that already exists. Art is no different.”, says Troy Ramos. “We simply wanted to create a collection of artworks that were more strongly connected to each other, rather than with some outside force.”
Each stage of this metamorphosis produced an artwork formed by both the medium and its place in the process itself. The results of this process are what make up the art works in Phasing Moments. It is simply an art show that focuses on both process and the transformation of ideas which were passed through different phases, the result of each phase producing its own unique result and compiling an interesting collection of works overall.
“The process we developed to exchange one idea to the next was very interesting, and the resulting artwork leaves traces of what it was like to be inside the mind of the artists at each of the nine phases.” says Chris Ramos. "I think people will find the show captivating in that sense, and we are excited to see their reactions.”
This show is made possible through a generous grant by The Battle Creek Community Foundation. This project is also sponsored by the Art Center of Battle Creek and Battle Creatures, LLC.
We lived up to the name “Art” “House” this weekend, having an art show at our house on the north side of downtown BC showing works by 5 local artists! Thanks to everyone who came out to show!
This show was curated by AH43’s own Troy Ramos. “It’s so inspiring to see the community support what we do. And in this case, it was hyper local with ppl in our neighborhood just walking into the house and making it a fantastic evening.” The artists who had work shown were: Angelica de Jesus, Justin Andert, Chris Ramos, Jaziel Pugh and Troy Ramos.
Artist Troy Ramos grew up in the small city if Battle Creek, where he watched the Cereal Titans of the world move from being the beloved stronghold of the people to becoming the untrusted source of economic hardships.
”BC is still overshadowed by the cereal companies. But for a long time it seemed like it pretty much ruled everything,” said artist Troy Ramos. “But then in the late 1990s Kellogg’s dropped a bombshell on the city and cut thousands of people out of a job by moving their cereal production to Mexico. That’s not something a small city recovers from quickly, if ever.”
Ramos said it felt like everyone had at least a portion of their family’s economic reality invested in the cereal company job market.
”My dad worked at Post and retired from there, too. It seemed like everyone had someone in their family who worked at Kellogg’s, Post or Ralston’s. It was a part of the city in a deep, historical and financial way.”
When Ramos started working on his video and sound installation for ArtWalk in downtown BC, he said he was inspired to create a work which was based on the distinct differences he saw between the city and its relationship with each of the two big cereal companies there: Kellogg’s and Post.
”In short, it seemed like one company abandoned the city’s workers and one company didn’t. That’s my understanding. And so I wanted to explore these experiences through sounds and images. What I did was I created video of several different abandoned Kellogg’s spots, an old plant parking lot, an old factory site, etc. And then I superimposed audio over that video which consisted of field recorded sounds of the still operational Post factory, just across the street basically, sounds which became sound art or musical works. So, Essentially, you’re experiencing two different histories through two different artistic mediums, simultaneously.”
At the opening night, Ramos said that he experienced something with visitors that he hadn’t really expected.
“It was a great turnout and lots of people came and experienced the work. There were, however, a handful of people who had strong emotional reactions to the work that I wasn’t expecting. In particular, there was one couple who had retired from Kellogg’s and worked at the main plant I had featured in my video. In one shot, I did a time-lapse video of the abandoned parking lot which showed a very unique bit of writing on the parking lot, writing which had “99 Dock” written in big letters. The couple told me that they had seen that (and other) marker(s) every day they worked at that site, for decades, They were very emotional about it. They watched the entire work several times in a row. The whole thing was pretty powerful to observe.”
This work is still available to watch on the artist’s Vimeo page, as well as on this blog post. Below is the artist statement which accompanied the work on opening night.
American, b. 1975
Somewhere Between Hope and Fear (2015)
Video and Sound
Running Time: 8’33
You know what the difference is between history and memory? History is knowing what happened in the past. Memory is asking yourself: what does that which happened in the past have to do with who I am today?
There are memories for an individual, and ones that we share collectively. We can know the history of our community. But how do our memories of our local history affect who we are today? Do you think about these things or have you moved on? If we look back in time and try to take the best things that have happened, and also try to move past (i.e. forget about) the bad things that have happened, aren’t we risking absorbing both? Is it even possible to take one and not the other? And how do we begin to talk about these things? Through art? How do these memories relate to art? Maybe they shouldn't relate to it. Maybe they should. Are you reading this looking for answers? Are we asking too many questions? If not these questions, which ones?
Somewhere Between Hope and Fear (2015) puts two potentially collective and individual memories in front of us: video of the abandoned-looking site of the formerly bustling Kellogg’s plant; and also various sounds recorded from outside the nearby Post plant (sounds which were then turned into a musical work). And after being put together, this work at once then becomes a harmony of memories. And because it combines two identities, identities which have very different histories and a very different relationship with the community, this piece also becomes a harmony of identities.
This artwork is really only concerned with the aesthetic quality of the images and sounds and how they function together. Beyond that, as mentioned, this work also happens to be inspired by thinking about the memories we have of events in our past, collectively and individually, thinking about them through potentially recognizable and/or symbolic images and sounds which may or may not trigger those memories, and how remembering a point in the past affects our thinking today as we experience them in a present setting and in an artistic context.
Somewhere Between Hope and Fear (2015)
©2015 Troy Ramos
In the winter of 2015, artists Chris Ramos in Troy Ramos begins sketching ideas not only for their first art show together, “Between the Lines”, but also inituated what would become the arts organization started by Troy Ramos: ArtHouse 43 43, LLC.
This exhibit featured charcoal sketches, paintings and photography by Chris Ramos. It also marked the premiere of Troy Ramos’s brand new sound installation “Sonic Sketches”, which is available on iTunes, Amazon and at www.troyramos.bandcamp.com.
The show was a huge success, pulling in a few hundred people and garnered a fantastic amount of media attention.
Here is a link to the BC Enquirer article about the show: https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/entertainment/arts/2015/05/05/ramos-brothers-bring-art-downtown-storefront/26934653/