Jordyn Fishman's 2-Dimensional ArtPrize Nine entry #665746 "Income Inequality, Imagine" 24' by 5'

ARTPRIZE Nine Artist Jordyn Fishman unpacks her ArtPrize entry #65746 “Income Inequality, Imagine”

“Income Inequality, Imagine” is one of those pieces that you stand in front of and look at for a long time. I certainly did. It’s very large at 24 feet long, also there’s a lot of shit going on—it’s a scene—three scenes really. “Triptych” is the term she uses to describe the work.

A triptych is a work of art divided into three sections.


Listen as ArtPrize Nine artist painter Jordyn Fishman and I discuss her artistic commentary on location-based privilege, and why she was inspired to make this statement in particular.

ArtPrize artist, painter Jordyn Fishman in her natural habitat
ArtPrize artist, painter Jordyn Fishman

Here we are talking in Heartside Park—there is some background noise but as we’re in downtown Grand Rapids on a sunshiny afternoon, in front of the downtown marketplace (my favorite place in Grand Rapids) which is nestled between two busy overpasses, background noise couldn’t be avoided.

I hope you’ll think of it as I do: ambiance. It’s like you’re with us…

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Curious about ArtPrize?

A few words from
ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days each fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than ve hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded each year, which include a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts.

Any artist working in any medium from anywhere in the world can participate.
Art is exhibited throughout downtown Grand Rapids—museums, bars, public
parks, restaurants, theaters, hotels, bridges, laundromats, auto body shops, vacant storefronts and o ce spaces. Artists and venues register for the competition then nd each other through an online connections process in late spring. No one at ArtPrize selects a single artist or artwork, directs an artist where to show work or directs a venue what to show. In 2016, 1,453 works created by artists from 40 states and 44 countries were exhibited in 170 venues.

ArtPrize is free and open to the public and now attracts over 500,000 visitors, making it the most attended public art event in the world in 2014 and 2015, according the The Art Newspaper’s annual “Big Ticket List.”

ArtPrize is a 501(c)(3) non-pro t organization. ArtPrize Nine will take place from September 20–October 8, 2017.

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Here's a link to that Instagram post I was talking about—leave your comment here.

Why Instagram?

What better way for me to get to know you, right?

Do you see gentrification as the natural progression in the evolution of a city (like I do)?

Or do you see gentrification as undesirable  in spite of the money and jobs it brings to a previously under-nourished area? If so, tell me: why the dim view? 



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