Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan
 

MFA Thesis Exhibitions 2013

Slusser Gallery

March 15 - April 5
Reception: March 15, 7 - 10 pm

Siyang Chen: Belongs To Whom

Jessica Joy Goldberg: Phenomena

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Kelsey Museum of
Archaeology

March 15 - June 16
Reception: March 15, 6 - 9 pm

Kayla Romberger: 100 Ways to Avoid Dying

Alisha Wessler: From Afar It Is An Island

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Popp’s Packing

Open for viewing: March 23/24, March 30, and April 6 from 11 am - 5 pm; or during the week, by appointment
Opening: March 22, 6 - 9:30 pm; video viewing times at 7 and 9 pm
Closing: April 7, 11 am - 5 pm; Artist talk at 3 pm

Mary Beth Carolan: The Edifice of Accumulation

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Work • Ann Arbor

March 15 - April 5
Reception: March 15, 7 - 10 pm

Bernadette Witzack: New Paintings

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Mary Beth Carolan

Mary Beth Carolan

The Edifice of Accumulation

Dart board, pulley, ice hook, funnel, stained glass lamp, chair, vacuum cleaner belt, filler, oil, propane, fire extinguisher, wire, auto anti-freeze, orange safety paint, flooring adhesive, hand forged sturgeon spear, Eames era mirror, furniture polish, skis, vintage ice tongs, chain saws, folding camp stool, funnels, hard hats, garage door openers, WD-40, antique fishing tackle boxes full of vintage lures, telephone, electric smoker, diamond saw blade, string trimmer and trimmer string, bathroom caulk, badminton racquet, gold rush vintage fry pan, shuffleboard pucks, floor squeegee, art glass light fixture, pruning shears, tape measure, fire extinguisher, propane tanks, isopropyl alcohol, 3M marine body filler, cross country ski boots, bird feeder, road sign “Jolly Road” Lansing MI, two ton floor jack, electric fence wire, siphon pump, air compressor, bicycles (2), wood stoves (Beauty Oak, Soapstone), pruning shears, full synthetic motor oil, Hewlett Packard ink jet printer, air compressor, Apple computer, varmint trap,trickle charger, mail scale, oil filter, choke cable, wax bowl ring, iron, Chevy heater core, juicer, camp stove, egg cartons, knee pads, kitchen faucet, thermostat wire, bikes, bike helmets, rake, scraper, work lights, drywall pole sander, electric stove burner elements, 4’’ and 6’’ductwork, foam brushes, magnifying glass, rust remover, graphite, accordion, dinner plate, toaster, block and tackle, water bottle, swim fins, lead ingots, Rain Bird lawn sprinkler, shelf bracket, sheet metal, PVC plumbing fittings, plumber’s putty, powder actuated masonry fasteners, artist brushes, work shoes, battery powered bow lights

Open for viewing: March 23/24, March 30 and April 6 from 11 am - 5 pm; or during the week, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Opening: March 22, 6 - 9:30 pm; video viewing times at 7 and 9 pm
Closing: April 7, 11 am - 5 pm; Artist talk at 3 pm

Popp’s Packing, 12138 St. Aubin Hamtramck, Michigan

Siyang Chen

Siyang Chen

Belongs To Whom

One island, a symbol on a map representing 6,500 square meters, is also a geographic location potentially triggering a war costing billons. Ten famous faces, icons of decisions that influence more than a million homes. A jade seal, whose non-traditional production is a proposal for the future. A monogram logo, whose luxury identity has questionable social responsibility. All reflect how we understand and value our reality, whether in war or friendship, through tradition or change, for richer or poorer. Within these conflicts, money is an inevitable product for exchange. Whether hidden or exposed, money is an interface cultivating the future.

Belongs To Whom questions onerous authority and demonstrates Siyang Chen’s broad sense of design. Many of her two- and three-dimensional works employ fundamental forms and use semantic methods to interilluminate concepts and symbols, manipulating traditional and daily objects in ways that question social, cultural, and financial authority.

Exhibition Dates: March 15 - April 5
Opening Reception: March 15, 7 - 10 pm
Jean Paul Slusser Gallery

Jessica Joy Goldberg

Jessica Joy Goldberg

Phenomena

Phenomena is a body of work curated from hundreds of paintings made over the last nine months. Each painting is an artifact of chance, conscious decision-making, fixed laws of natural phenomena (evaporation, surface tension, capillary action), and its surrounding environment. Within landscapes of evaporated puddles of ink, water, and remnants of other materials, interactions of innumerable variables reveal themselves in the details when you look closely.

My process has become a metaphor for a larger system that is responsible for the history of decision making in my life and the resulting outcomes. In the studio and in daily life it is the recognition of patterns that reveal the mechanisms at play and spur changes that can consciously be made in the future. Phenomena will provide the viewer with a chance to piece together the timeline of my evolving perception, and become drawn into sublime details that create a sense of wonder and call into question my role as the maker.

Exhibition Dates: March 15 - April 5
Opening Reception: March 15, 7 - 10 pm
Jean Paul Slusser Gallery

Kayla Romberger

Kayla Romberger

100 Ways to Avoid Dying

100 Ways to Avoid Dying traces the material culture of paranoia. Responding to the underling structures of the archaeology museum and its framework of excavation, documentation, and display, this site-specific installation exhibits the stuff of survivalists–tin cans, foodstuffs, matches, bullets, and batteries–and renders it into a fictional archive in futility. Produced from a range of hand-made and found objects, visitors encounter the work as a series of typologies in material, labor, and potential, a document to a culture of preparation. Presented in the Special Exhibitions Gallery of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 100 Ways to Avoid Dying probes the way in which the relationships people form with the future–or the unknown–is mediated by objects.

Exhibition Dates: March 15 - June 16
Opening Reception: March 15, 6 - 9 pm
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Special Exhibitions Gallery

Alisha Wessler

Alisha Wessler

From Afar It Is An Island

From Afar it is an Island employs archaeology as a metaphor for excavation of the unconscious, featuring objects that occupy the indeterminate realm between dream and reality, nature and artifice. It is well known that Sigmund Freud, an avid collector of antiquities himself, often used archaeology as a metaphor for psychoanalysis. This exhibition, however, goes beyond Freudian excavation of the mind, and ventures into the more speculative field of psychometry, where it is believed that visions of an object’s past can be revealed through physical contact. Using both authentic and pseudo-scientific texts as a point of departure, the exhibition explores the realm of the imagination, evoking curiosity and reflecting on essential human desires to collect, narrate, and interpret. The exhibition questions whether the act of transference, often occurring in psychoanalysis, can also transpire in the visitor’s attempt to reveal the mysterious qualities within ordinary things.

Exhibition Dates: March 15 - June 16
Opening Reception: March 15, 6 - 9 pm
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Special Exhibitions Gallery, 2nd Floor

Bernadette Witzack

Bernadette Witzack

New Paintings

In these paintings, saturated color straight from the tube is layered next to muddied hues, jagged scratches are adjacent to graceful contour lines, geometric shapes merge into organic forms and additive and reductive actions build up and tear down simultaneously. The paintings are a result of a spontaneous, improvisational process tempered with deliberate, measured decision-making.

Exhibition Dates: March 15 - April 5
Opening Reception: March 15, 7 - 10 pm
Work • Ann Arbor