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Opening Reception For Exhibits: The Art Of Living With Joy, and Urban Punk

Friday Jan 15 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Holland Area Arts Council
150 East 8th Street

Project yourself into a different world; a fantasy world… one that may seem familiar to you. In this world, we watch, blindly, as our farms turn to deserts, our cities are flooded, and our population explodes. This world is ailing, but we optimistically look forward to better times when technology will solve all our problems.

But will it? Can environmental bureaucrats re-engineer our society to be greener? We trust them with our lives and our environment, even as they unleash unproven technology to unexpected consequences. We may laugh at their antics and their solutions, but we are optimists and they are powerful.

Is this world better for their involvement? Is the air cleaner? The water more pure? The harvest more plentiful? Or do their reckless projects mock the ideas of renewal and redemption?

These are the themes of The Urban Punk Series, which use surrealistic imagery, fantasy, and, yes, humor to show a world of inept leadership and absurd solutions to environmental problems. Each painting tells the story of our constant efforts to make things better. Each one reflects our naive certainty that technology will solve our problems. Is there optimism in these paintings? You be the judge.

John Leben has an extensive background in art and the creative use of different mediums. He exhibits and sells his work at art shows and galleries around the Midwest and Florida occasionally winning awards and accolades for digital paintings like those in Urban Punk.

Learn more about John Leben and view his art online at

Holland Area Arts Council regular hours:
Monday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Tuesday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Closed Sunday


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