Art Hop at Brakeman is a time-honored tradition. We've been hosting them for nearly 20 years, offering a platform to new and diverse perspectives, inviting a broad and inclusive view of Kalamazoo.
We strive to work with and promote artists who have a deep and abiding connection to this community, responding to and reflecting our culture in a locally specific way. We are driven to a free and questioning exploration and host artists who share this ethic.
Simon Borst's work, undoubtedly, embodies questioning, exploration, and inclusion. His journalistic comics provide accessible entry into the urgent matters of our collective life: sustainable food systems, environmental management and protection, green spaces and their use, cooperative economics, and innovative community growth.
About this medium, Borst says,
"Comics, or graphic narratives, have specific power in their accessibility and potential to clearly illustrate complex ideas. Written language and drawn image are tools of communication wielded by many artists, but these tools’ ability to compliment and enhance each other’s effectiveness and beauty is the basis of comics. … under the umbrella of comics’ “accessibility” could be depth and clarity in communication, generation of empathy, and unique documentation of the human condition."
We are thrilled to host Simon Borst this Friday, and hope you'll join us. You can check out more of his work on his website.