April Artist in The Lab at Krasl Art Center Moves Beyond the "Typical Black-and-White Thinking That Plagues the Debate on Nuclear."

Installation View From 2011
Marat Paransky. Forest Threats. 2019. Ceramic, acrylic, debris, found metal parts.
Marat Paransky. Returners III, 2020. Graphite.
Marat Paransky. Pr0n No.1478, 2011. C-print,

An exploration of an artist’s role in sharing meaningful responses to global issues.

 Krasl Art Center (KAC) introduces Marat Paransky to The Lab beginning April 22, 2023. His solo exhibition, Excursions, displays artwork in response to highly visible disasters. Meet the artist for a preview talk and reception on April 21, or stop by KAC during public hours, always free and open to the public seven days a week.

Excursion (noun):(1.) a short journey or trip, especially one engaged in as a leisure activity. (2.) a deviation from a regular pattern, path, or level of operation. (3.) A sudden, very rapid rise in the power level of a nuclear reactor caused by supercriticality, or an increase in the level of operation of the reactor.

In 2010, the Michigan-based artist began making sculptures from household items related to nuclear emergencies and human health. The objects were consciously built on second-hand memories of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and its ties to his childhood. Since then, the installation has grown to consider other catastrophes and his responses to them. Paransky seeks to “discourage the typical black-and-white thinking that plagues the debate on nuclear” through his exhibition. To that end, his research-based project forms a diverse archive of sculpture, photographs, drawings - even books and articles - that present factual, fantastical, and emotional responses to the topic.

Join Paransky for Open Lab, a preview reception Friday, April 21, from 6 - 8 pm, with an artist talk at 7 pm. The reception offers the creative and curious a chance to learn more about the art on view, ask questions, and exchange ideas with the artist. Light refreshments provided.

Marat Paranksy is a sculptor, painter, photographer, and mixed-media artist living and working in Farmington Hills, MI. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1986, much of his work for this project is rooted in childhood memories. Paransky has an MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He has exhibited throughout the United States, spanning from Boston to San Francisco.

Learn more about the exhibition and events online at krasl.org/in-the-lab-excursions-by-marat-paransky

2023 exhibitions are sponsored by 98.3 The Coast, The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, Honor Credit Union, Pella Windows & Doors of Northern Indiana, RMB Capital, Starks Family Funeral Homes, Silver Beach Pizza, Storage of America, Tyler Automotive, The John DeVries Insurance Agency, Kruggel Lawton CPAs, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant. Additional support provided by admission from the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff.