MICA Gallery presents Time & Transcendence, an exhibition of Brian and Laura Bishop's work.
These artistic expressions are for the
value of spiritual transcendence as a
contemplative, entertaining and evocative
story encouraging our viewer to be an
active participant in the preservation of
the divine, in whatever personal form that
connects humans to their heritage, home
and each other. Borrowing meaning from
ancestral traditions, these wondrous
stories of mythology and the divine live
on after our last page has been turned;
subjectively interpreted within families,
communities and cultural frameworks
As we grow older, we thoughtfully consider how our personal story ends. The story we tell ourselves relies on the stories of our history and ancestral heritage in order to add meaning through the divine; fictional figures and places add layers of meaning while influencing our perceptions and experiences to become highly personal and reflective.
After achieving my MFA in Painting I took my work to New York to be the next big thing. That went well. I came back here and stayed. I have been teaching art at Lansing Community College for 36 years and showing in various galleries in Old Town and regionally during that time. I share a studio with my wife and co-exhibitor Laurie, which works well unless we are competing for wall space. We are protected there by our studio Foo-Dog Stella, an incontinent Bassett Hound. At times work is more about dodging puddles than what’s on the wall, but it’s good. It is love, it is home, it is family, it is creative. Stand in the puddle with me.
After a long and colorful career in graphic design
practice and education, I returned to university to
complete my Master’s Degree in design innovation,
with the unwavering support of my partner in crime,
Brian. This return to my roots in “art school” was a
transformative experience reigniting my passion for life,
art and the power of design. This co-exhibition
spotlights the intimate nature of our relationship;
the influence we impose on our collective work; how
we bend and move together (sharing wall space and
dog puddles) as a couple —while also drinking wine
and talking smart —we are recording our own
stories and experiences together over time, as one.