House moved to ArtPrize site 3 months before competition

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - ArtPrize 2016 is a little more than three months away -- and one artist's work is already drawing some attention.

Julie Schenkelberg is transforming a house into a sculpture. The piece is titled, "TransMigration."

On Friday, the house was moved to its new location -- SiTELAB on Rumsey Street in Grand Rapids. There, it will be on display for ArtPrize Eight.

"So we saw this house, surrounded by these other homes, and I said 'I think it's a little too crowded' so the curator, Paul Amenta said 'why don't we just move it?'" said Schenkelberg.

"We wanted to open up the venue a bit," Amenta said. "If you can see the spot where we moved it from, it gains greater access to the Franklin side of the property."

I am transforming a house into sculpture. Growing up in Cleveland, I have imagined how the decaying city, in its mysterious state could be reborn into an artful story. I longed to honor the abandoned buildings’ history and recreate them into a new state of being. This is why I have entitled my project TransMigration, it is a rebirth to see a neglected structure breath into another form. The house project is a female appropriation of large-scale sculpture; working on a massive scale has traditionally been a male artists language. My work is about splitting and investigating materials that belong to the history and psychology of the home, using a whole house as my medium, is a natural step into this exploration. The house is being relocated to a parking lot behind it, changing the address of the house. I am extracting the house to its original structure and making a series of 4' by 2' cuts around the exterior and interior, with light projection through it in the evening. -Artist Julie Schenkelberg, artprize.org

ArtPrize 2016 runs from September 21 through October 9.

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