Fall 2022, Volume 33

           Michael Van Vooren

1. Aubade

2. Improvi– sation

3. Caress

4. Balancing Act

5. Seek

6. Zag

7. reman– ipulation

8. Evolver
  1. Aubade    1991    acrylic on canvas 46 1/2" x 46 1/2" 
  2. Improvisation   2001  Indiana limestone bas relief  14" x 14" x 2"  (private collection) 
  3. Caress   2010-12   Indiana limestone   20 1/2" x 8" x 7" 
  4. Balancing Act   2013  Indiana limestone  14" x 8" x 4" 
  5. Seek   2015   Acrylic on panel  25" x 25" 
  6. Zag   2008  Indiana limestone bas relief   11 1/2" x 11 1/2" x 2 3/4" 
  7. remanipulation  2022 drawing, photographed and shopped  size variable
  8. Evolver   2022   Indiana limestone and black granite 14" x 12" x 4"

Artist Statement:

In 50 years of making visual art the greatest lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t correct the first mistake until you’ve made it. This realization is immensely liberating and is an antidote for any type of creative block. 

As my work has evolved I’ve arrived at a place where the process is akin to that of a jazz musician. An idea or structure presents itself and from this germ the piece breathes, grows, and hopefully settles into an equilibrium that allows me to release it and move on. This process often occurs over a period of years. 




About the Artist:

Michael Van Vooren was born December 19th, 1949, in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Van Vooren earned a BA in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1972.

Upon graduation he immediately began an intensive and ongoing self-instruction in visual art and art history. In 1974 he moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where in 1975 he was a founding member of the Artist’s Co-op, a group of 25 community artists, graduate students and instructors at Indiana University.

Van Vooren has produced visual art in many media including drawing, pastel, oil, acrylic, digital photography, and limestone. His work is represented in collections world-wide.