Machines of Loving Grace
The exhibit features many other fanciful works by Michigan artists, each possessing obvious skill and imagination. RoboTodd's High Five 4000 is a mechanical and electric apparatus that offers a series of high fives from a flesh-toned rubber hand when you step on an accompanying foot pedal. Stephen Kade's vivid and detailed illustrations depict fairy-tale creatures and sentient toys, including a homicidal-looking monkey holding cymbals on either side of Earth. Melvin McGee's paintings also portray mythical beings in a colorful cartoon style--his painting Sasquatch Gets a Heart shows the great hairy beast strapped down in a field and surrounded by blue aliens. Unfortunately, these two illustrators' overlapping styles soon felt redundant, and I grew tired of so much whimsy.
Others, however, couldn't get enough. I couldn't help but notice a man lifting up a young, smiling girl, his daughter, to receive a high five, and then another, and another.
The exhibit runs through April 3.
[Originally published in April, 2012.]