This is Jerry Vile's ArtPrize entry

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When we asked Jerry Vile to help us make sense of ArtPrize, he neatly summarized the show as typically exhibiting "so much talent, so much patience, and so little taste" — but that's why he says it's so great. "Art's about status," he told us. "And I think what I like about ArtPrize is it shakes up that status."

He also teased his own ArtPrize entry: "Hopefully I won't be kicked out of ArtPrize after I set up. I don't have a chance in hell of winning the prizes, but I have a good chance of being kicked out. I don't think the people walking around are going to think what I've done is art."

With ArtPrize in full swing, we can now reveal Vile's entry: a McMansion model home for a planned subdivision called "The Tarps," built out of cardboard boxes. 

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"Jerry Vile's ArtPrize entry is in essence, as funny as it is uncomfortable," reads a press release. "It could also mean many other things as the country's infrastructure has shown cracks and the economic instability and disparity creates a multi-polemical state, Vile has constructed his satirical present/future vision of the great '90s McMansion subdivision reduced to it's own Hooverville which still exhorts conspicuous consumption."

According to the release, there will be a "house party" at The Tarps from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. There will also be an "open house" from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. The Tarps is located at the 6th Street Bridge Park, 647 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids.

We like the couch made out of Franzia boxes. Nice touch!

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In other ArtPrize news, Ascentcare, a Grand Rapids home healthcare service, has offered its downtown office to serve as an accessible "AccessArt Lounge" for the mobility-challenged. The office offers ArtPrize voter registration, a voting station, complimentary use of their van, free parking for accessible vehicles, and recharging stations for electric wheelchairs and other battery-dependent medical devices. The office is located at 139 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids; call 616-773-1773 or check out ascentcare.org for more information.




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