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

synthesis: the 2012 a&d senior show

Robbins Gallery, Slusser Gallery, Work • Ann Arbor, Work • Detroit

April 13 - May 1
Ann Arbor Receptions: April 13, 6 - 9 pm
Work • Detroit Reception: April 15, 4 - 6 pm

synthesis features culminating projects by the School’s graduating seniors produced during their year-long Integrative Project course, including film, installation, traditional and new media. Encompassing all of the School’s exhibition venues, the show also features off-site exhibitions, events, performances and a film screening.

Scroll down to view details on offsite exhibitions, as well as descriptions and images of each student’s work.

 

screening

Final Screenings

Final screenings of time-based work by A&D undergraduate seniors.

Friday, April 27, 6 - 9 pm
Saturday, April 28, 4 - 7 pm

Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

 


Click to view an album of images from the exhibition openings on Facebook

 

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offsite events

Screening

Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty

April 12, 5 - 6:30 pm

Time based work by A&D students.

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Jam Daydreams of Space

Duderstadt Video Studio

April 12 & 13: 7:30, 8:30 and 10 pm

Live performance by Colin Fulton.

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Quintessence: Visualizing a Torodial Universe

Duderstadt Center - Interactive MIDEN

April 13: 6 - 9 pm

Interactive installation by Danielle Battaglia, with sound design by Robert Alexander.

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Between the Layers: An Exploration of Color and
Texture

Common Cup, 1511 Washtenaw Ave

April 14: 5 -7 pm

Paintings by Erica Wagner.

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The More Show

1080 Rosewood, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

April 14: 8:00 pm

Work by Megan O'Neil and Ellen Rutt.

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Biophilia

113 W. Liberty (Above West Side Book Shop)

April 14: 7 - 11 pm

Work by Samantha Levy, Jeremy Daly, Doug Galante and Nick Melody.

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In Kind

Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty Street

April 14: 6 - 10 pm

Work by James Bloniarz, Jill Brandwein, Annie Hyrila and Laura Gillmore.

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The Extraordinary Ordinary

Work: Detroit, 3663 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48201

April 15: 4 - 6 pm

Work by Daryl Alexsy, Dylan Box, and Ryan Thurmer.

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offsite events: details

screening

Screening

A&D undergraduate seniors screen their time based work at the Michigan Theater.

Thursday, April 12, 5 - 6:30 pm

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty


Jam Daydreams of Space

Offsite Performance

Thesis work by undergraduate senior Colin Fulton. A concert of original music featuring 3D projections and binaural audio. Seating is limited. To reserve tickets, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Performance:
April 12: 7:30, 8:30, 10:00 pm
April 13: 7:30, 8:30, 10:00 pm

Duderstadt Center Video Studio (Room 1356), 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.


Explore Infinity

Quintessence: Visualizing a Torodial Universe

Offsite Installation

Installation by Danielle Battaglia, with sound design by Robert Alexander.

“I want to know God’s thoughts...the rest are details.” - Albert Einstein

When I strip this project down to the essential motivation, I find that I too wish to discover the great order of all things. This project is an attempt to do just that by visualizing and better understanding the ethereal world that is all around us. Using scientific facts and theories as a base I have explored abstract concepts and theories of cosmology and synthesized this information into my own theory and vision of the universe. I have been studying the theories and research of Plato, Stephen Hawking, Einstein and others on subjects such as black holes, white holes, wormholes, sacred geometry, Klein surfaces, physics, higher dimensions and space-time. Based on all this research I have come up with a form that I feel could be the basic design of our universe: a torus. The singularity point of the wormhole in the torus would be the big bang. I have taken these parameters and 3d modeled them to further explore how this universe will look as it grows and expands, what happens to the matter and energy within it and the possibilities of this universe budding into a multiverse. To further visually grasp this concept I have installed this 3D model in the MIDEN, a 3D virtual space where one can experience the model on a new level, by moving through the space in 3 dimensions. Ultimately this project challenges the status quo by attempting to prove that there is more order and meaning to the universe then previously thought, while dually inciting a sense of beauty and wonderment. I believe that looking at scientific problems and theories through the lens of an artist or designer can illuminate new trends, patterns or insight that could not be fleshed out otherwise. But most importantly, I hope spiritually and aesthetically people come away with more insight and inspiration into how and why we exist, which is what I discovered I am truly searching for.

Open during Synthesis reception:
April 13: 6 - 9 pm
Other dates: request appointment via email

Duderstadt Center 3D Lab MIDEN (Room 1405), 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.


Between the Layers: An Exploration of Color and Texture

Between the Layers: An Exploration of Color and Texture

Offsite Exhibition

Paintings by Erica Wagner.

Color, texture, and luminosity are the key elements of my work. This series of paintings explore these qualities and allow me to also create my own process and passion for oil paint as a medium. I find it fascinating the way in which viewers try to make logistical sense of these abstract paintings. Life experiences are what influence our ways of seeing and in turn are what create perceptions. The ambiguity allows this series to grab hold of evolution and change depending on the viewer, which to me is beautiful.

Exhibition Dates:
March 31 - May 5
Opening Reception:
April 14, 5 - 6:30 pm

Common Cup, 1511 Washtenaw Ave.


The More Show

The More Show

Offsite Exhibition

A locally-sourced, locally funded, waste-free exhibition by Ellen Rutt and Megan O'Neil.

Free transportation is available: a cab will be picking people up every 15 minutes from 8:00 - 11:00 pm. He'll stop behind the Michigan Union (the circle drive near the cube), and also in front of the Ann Arbor Art Center at Main and LIberty.

Facebook: The MORE Show

Exhibition Dates:
Monday, April 16th - Friday, April 20th: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Opening Reception: April 14, 8 pm

1080 Rosewood, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Biophilia

Biophilia

Offsite Exhibition

Work by Samantha Levy, Jeremy Daly, Doug Galante and Nick Melody.

Facebook: Biophilia

One night only:
April 14, 7 - 11 pm

113 W. Liberty (above West Side Book Shop), Ann Arbor


In Kind

In Kind

Offsite Exhibition

A group print media exhibition. Work by James Bloniarz, Jill Brandwein, Laura Gillmore and Annie Hyrila.

Exhibition Dates:
April 14 - 29: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Opening Reception: April 14, 6 - 10 pm

Ann Arbor Art Center, 114 W. Liberty


Extraordinary Ordinary

The Extraordinary Ordinary

Offsite Exhibition

Come one and all to the exhibit of The Extraordinary Ordinary, featuring work from graduating U of M Art & Design students Daryl Alexsy, Dylan Box, and Ryan Thurmer. From monoprints, social design, and design theory, the show will be packed with work from a year’s worth of exploration and discovery.

Facebook: The Extraordinary Ordinary

Exhibition Dates:
April 13 - May 2: Tuesday - Sunday, 11 - 4 pm
Opening Reception: April 15, 4 - 6 pm

Work: Detroit, 3663 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI


 

 

Student Work

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Jamie Adams

A2 Music Project

The A2 Music project is a compilation of two videos featuring the local artists Teenage Octopus and Match by Match. I designed, produced and filmed videos using experimental editing styles. Both videos elaborate on the concept of distance and desire experienced by the protagonists.

http://lookingstraightatthesun.com

A&D Galleries
Screening: April 12, Michigan Theater


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Martyna Alexander

Nature Culture

By using symbolic representations as visual vocabulary I hope to heighten man's awareness of our relationship with nature to thus broaden the boundaries of our perception of it. By pointing out what 3 principles I find most prominent of our relationship with nature: obsessive ownership; aesthetic escape; disassemblage, analysis, and categorization; I hope to reveal that these different ways of interacting and viewing nature are a direct result of our culture. The relationship then changing as we ourselves change through time.

http://slowjamswithmartyna.blogspot.com/

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Daryl Alexsy

Domestic Tourist

This series, Domestic Tourist, was the first project I created after moving back from Berlin. I initially viewed this project as an opportunity to reacquaint myself with the city of Detroit and to show the rest of the world the city’s beauty. However, the images I began producing revealed more to me than I was consciously aware of regarding my true feelings of being home again

http://www.darylalexsy.net/

Work: Detroit


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Maria Arambula

Nothing There

"To have everything taken from you that once was, to never be the same person you once were...No, I'd wish that upon no one." - Anonymous

Pending

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Lindsay Balfour

Laciniosus albiceris

Under the deep depths of the Arctic sea I discovered a not only a jellyfish, but a living timeline of nature in an untouched environment. It is truly the biology of the strange; no eyes or nose, they manage to find their way fluttering curiously in the dark sea with no destination other than innocently living its life. Each illuminated fold represents a pictorial moment in time etched onto its body, reflecting the character of an omniscient creature. We never dream of being alone with a godlike creature; and when we do we view this being as terrifying and yet inspiring.

http://lindsaybalfour.daportfolio.com/

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Danielle Battaglia

Quintessence: Visualizing a Torodial Universe

"I want to know God's thoughts...the rest are details." –Albert Einstein

When I strip this project down to the essential motivation, I find that I too wish to discover the great order of all things. This project is an attempt to do just that by visualizing and better understanding the ethereal world that is all around us. Using scientific facts and theories as a base I have explored abstract concepts and theories of cosmology and synthesized this information into my own theory and vision of the universe. I have been studying the theories and research of Plato, Stephen Hawking, Einstein and others on subjects such as black holes, white holes, wormholes, sacred geometry, Klein surfaces, physics, higher dimensions and space-time. Based on all this research I have come up with a form that I feel could be the basic design of our universe: a torus. The singularity point of the wormhole in the torus is the big bang. I have taken these parameters and 3d modeled them to further explore how this universe will look as it grows and expands, what happens to the matter and energy within it and the possibilities of this universe budding into a multiverse. To further visually grasp this concept I have installed this 3D model in the MIDEN, a 3D virtual space where one can experience the model on a new level, by moving through the space in 3 dimensions. Ultimately this project challenges the status quo by attempting to prove that there is more order and meaning to the universe then previously thought, while dually inciting a sense of beauty and wonderment. I believe that looking at scientific problems and theories through the lens of an artist or designer can illuminate new trends, patterns or insight that could not be fleshed out otherwise. But most importantly, I hope spiritually and aesthetically people come away with more insight and inspiration into how and why we exist, which is what I discovered I am truly searching for.

daniellebattaglia.carbonmade.com

Interactive Inatallation: April 13, Duderstadt CAVE


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Chelsae Blackman

Human Nature

Human Nature is a set of semi-autobiographical ink illustrations inspired by ancient sacrificial symbolism and religious mythology. Human organs and flora merge to create surreal forms that are representative of my personal self-discovery and overcoming anxiety in the last few years.

There is a time to rise above our earthly desires and not succumb to human nature.

http://www.naturepermitsus.com

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James Bloniarz

sound proof: scoring music through woodcut print

How might one experience music and art simultaneously? This lingering question became the inspiration for a series of woodcut prints, a multi-layered audio composition, and an animated video.

http://bloniarz.carbonmade.com/

Offsite: Ann Arbor Art Center
Screening: April 12, Michigan Theater


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Kate Bonsted

A Summer in New York

You find yourself in streams of people. You find yourself walking toward daylight from below. You find yourself looking up- down avenues over streets and for the sun. You find yourself acting tough. Noise becomes ambient and the night ends in light. The air is thick with communal energy, every fiber of you is engaged with your surroundings.

You leave.

A summer in New York City.

http://www.wix.com/kbonsted/portfolio

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Ryan Borra

Cafe Chair

Furniture design is an art form that presents an aesthetic yet functional product. The Café Chairs carbon fiber construction appears futuristic while the shape provides ergonomic comfort for what might be a momentary resting point or an object of extended stay. The tri-legged design, a defining aspect, provides a stabile base that permits stackability with the design. The essence of the light weight materials, consisting of a carbon and fiber plastic resin seat with steel powder coated legs, has the ability to endure the elements and daily use. The Café Chair, though simple in form, combines a functionally beautiful decor piece with comprehensive and enduring construction.

http://ryanborra.com/

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Dylan Box

Making Space

Working with the Mt.Elliott Makerspace, Dylan Box has worked to brand the Detroit youth builder’s workshop on the East Side with a sense of humor, empowerment, and creativity. Building with makerspace participants, “Making Space” uses reclaimed materials from the Detroit region to build useful objects out of neighborhood blight, and turns an abandoned house into a potential resource to harvest. The exhibition focuses on showing the possibilities of using local resources to create community cohesion through skill sharing and collaborative projects.

http://www.dylanbox.com

Work: Detroit


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Jill Brandwein

A Moon with a View

A Moon with a View is a collection of intaglio prints that looks at the relationship between our memories and the moon. The moon is part of our everyday landscape, but contrasts the everyday with its terrific presence, much like the memories we carry: powerful, present, and intensely vivid, yet untouchable and distant.

http://jillbrandwein.com/

Offsite: Ann Arbor Art Center


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Brianne Burgoon

Communication through Creating

I am interested in the effect art has as a compliment to existing therapies for those with communication disorders. I worked with three girls over the course of a year, creating artwork which was compiled into a book for each girl. These books represent the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that children on the autism spectrum may not express verbally or physically.

http://www.wix.com/burgoon89/bookart

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Stephanie Casing

Finding beauty in an ugly situation: A series of works assuaging my fear of illness in loved ones

Brain scans and transmission electron micrograph images lend themselves to beautiful possibilities. Even though the subject matter may be disconcerting, these images provide a visually appealing representation of diseases, viruses, etc. Using such images to inform this series, these works are my attempt at coming to terms with the possibility of illness in my family and friends. While we cannot always change our situation, we can always choose to make the best of it. This work is about finding the beauty in an otherwise ugly situation to mollify my fear and anxiety from recent illnesses in my loved ones.

http://stephaniecasing.carbonmade.com/

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Gabrielle Cegelis

anxifer

Art, which is the process of making art, is the process of expressing an internal movement. For me, art making allows me to describe an indescribable need to make visible the way I experience the world. The lucky thing about my method is that it allows me to look at any topic in my own way and create a visual perspective. My interests usually focus on human experiences, especially the abnormal and strange. My most recent work looked at the experience of mental illness and how I visualize people to experience it. My goal is to create images that convey ideas that can speak concisely to the viewer with empathy.

http://www.gabriellecegelis.com/

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Hye Yeon Cho

Impromptu

"Impromptu" is a series of oil paintings that explores patterns, colors, and gestures through the amalgamation of abstract shapes and expressive movements of paint. It tends to focus on creating pleasure through experimental and spontaneous action paintings. The series was based on abstract sketches created with various colors and shapes that became very different from the original sketches. I investigated them spontaneously by deconstructing and reconstructing my compositions. I also included some unplanned textures and let the paints flow and drip on the canvases, adding joyful rhythms. I want the viewers to share these pleasant compositions of paintings with me.

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Kathie Chung

Tea Time

The nature of this project is to facilitate tea drinking as a shared experience. Tea drinking is a social experience establishing relationships that others can recognize as a tradition. My objective is to bridge the gap between traditional and modern tea culture, using wood and porcelain, materials typically used in Korean tea ceremonies. While porcelain is conventionally a material used for tea vessels, I explored the preconceived uses of porcelain and united it with wood by incorporating the inlay technique to create a tea table and matching floor seating.

http://www.wix.com/101chuka/kathie-chung

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Krista Clement

The Mask, The Cape, and The Cowbell

My love for sports started at an early age and has continued into adulthood. Through studying sports sociology, I have recently become invested in fandom. Fans are fascinating because they start their own rituals, have superstitions, and attach themselves emotionally to game outcomes, much like the athletes they support. The culmination of passion in a stadium can create a sense of belonging for sports fans. This contradicts the feel of crowds, which can leave a person feeling uneasy and alone. My field research with the Michigan SuperFans supports this by showing how sports can create an unexpected and powerful camaraderie.

kristaclement.prosite.com

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Shelby Curwen-Garber

Innovative Wine Label Design

How would someone visually portray taste? This project is designed to creatively and efficiently inform the novice wine consumer about what they are about to experience when they try different types of wine. This is a new way to brand wine, in an effort to bridge the gap between image and taste. I have designed this project to create labels that artistically communicate information and awareness to the customers through visual and poetic representation. The poems wrapping around the bottle describe each wine's flavors, textures, and food pairings.

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Shaili Das

Concrete Cloth

Through my senior thesis I explored the possibilities of creating indoor and outdoor furniture using a material called concrete canvas. (The material is a fabric that is impregnated with concrete in between two pieces of cloth.) I utilized wood as a structural support and as a visual element to create a cohesive duo that can inhabit the personal home as well as in public areas.

www.shailidas.com

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Jocelyn Diebolt

Gendered Girlhood: A feminist reflection of identity

Early gender socialization starts at birth and is perpetuated throughout life. The way we play as children influences the roles we act out as adolescents and adults. Through playing with Barbie, girls demonstrate impacts of socially constructed ideas such as male-female power dynamics, sexuality, and femininity. In these photographs, I illustrate important life experiences through my recently developed feminist lens. The scenes are constructed in miniature, with Barbie dolls representing the various subjects in these scenes. They exemplify my inner turmoil with Barbie as both a mechanism for youth imagination and as a dangerous representation of the female body.

http://www.jocelyndiebolt.com

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Daniel DiGregorio

Illustrating nonsense

These are illustrations of Edward Lear’s writings. He was a writer during the 1800’s and wrote literary nonsense. This is an exploration into visually illustrating nonsense.

http://danieldigregorio.carbonmade.com/

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Paul DiStefano

Whirling Dynamics

“Rhythm is the basis of life, not steady forward progress. The forces of creation, destruction, and preservation have a whirling, dynamic interaction.” -Unknown Rhythm is everywhere. You can find it in music, visual art, literature, speech, and almost everything in everyday life. It is the element that is all around us but is barely ever noticed. The goal of these works is to show a different feeling of rhythm in each piece, while being aware of the harmony that the drawings create as a series. When people view my drawings I want them to see how rhythm can be created in the world other than through a song.

http://paulmdistefano.com

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McKenzie Dworkin

Adaequatio rei et Intellectus

The title of my piece is a Latin adage meaning “knowledge must be adequate to the thing known.” The theory is we are given the tools to perceive our level of reality, but also implies there are elements of reality outside of that spectrum. In my art, I strive to expand that spectrum by shifting the manner in which we look at fact. Here I have chosen to express my own experience and thoughts on my research through stream-of-consciousness writing. The costume is made of To-Do lists—things that distract us (me) from seeing the world as more than just what it is.

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Jenny Forrest

U are here*

U are here* is a guidebook for new students at the University of Michigan. The book is intended to help students navigate their first year at U of M, by providing them with basic information pertaining to amenities on campus, transportation and safety, as well as a glossary of campus acronyms. Organized by neighborhood and bolstered by graphic maps of campus, U are here* serves as both a navigational aid and an informational resource for new students.

http://jennyforrest.com

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Natalie Freilich

Philosophy of Sound

Web site that makes listening to electronic music an audio visual experience with photographs that evoke the feeling as if you were listening to it live, interviews and artist information to give a complete background, and opinion pieces as to why certain music good.

www.natalkasarah.com

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Anastassia Fulmer

A Home Invasion of Sorts

Woodblock prints possess an ability to layer one image or color on top of another, sometimes mixing with and in other cases blocking what is underneath. These qualities draw many parallels to memory. Over time memories become layered; they shift and become more abstract. Living in many different places has shaped my recollections of home. These memories warp, overlap and sometimes blend with one another. Using woodblock prints, I have created an installation featuring animals like raccoons that are highly adaptable to new situations. This surreal space is evocative of my own experience of moving and adapting to contrasting environments.

http://www.AFulmerArtistry.com

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Meirav Gebler

Concealed Revealment

This series of paintings is intended to provoke the viewer with an opportunity to interact with my work in the way that I created them – as a series of meditative processes getting at the tension that exists between the physical and the spiritual, the soul and the body, the light and the dark. I find that in most moments our words fall short of expressing that which is truth, and end up creating barriers that prevent us from experiencing true light. Therefore, honest reflection and meditation triumphs in a way that words fail. These paintings are my expression of that tension and the meditation that is demanded by it.

www.meiravgebler.com

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Laura Gillmore

Shifting Perspective, Shifting Portrait

A lithography print installation, playing with depth perception and space to transform portraiture. At the artist’s eye line the portrait aligns. Move away. Watch the portrait fragment into abstraction. Walk through. Walk around. Experience the unexpected.

www.lauragillmore.com

Offsite: Ann Arbor Art Center


Nora Green

Skin/Bone/Viscera

Skin/Bone/Viscera is a series of three hanging books exploring my personal relationship with my body and its strengths and frailties. Skin examines the surface relationship of my thoughts and how they are visible on my body. Bone refers to the silent structure creating a second body shape inside the body I see. Viscera is a spill of my frustrations with the organ systems in my body and their malfunctions.

norajanegreen.blogspot.com

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Penn Greene

Negotiating Balance

This Integrative Project is the design and construction of a small?versatile kayak. It is intended for a user wanting to travel as light as possible for long periods of time. It is a negotiation of two highly dynamic elements – the human body and moving water.

http://www.behance.net/penngreene

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Andrew Hainen

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

A digital, interactive storybook about a lonely boy named Gus who works on an intergalactic space station. Help Gus by sending him text messages to charge his spaceship.

www.helpg.us

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Amber Harrison

Bittersweet Adornment: Tasting & Memories

Bittersweet Adornment: Tasting & Memories is a nostalgic exploration of my sense of home. These lockets are inspired by my need to contain what I hold dear. Within these containers, I am capturing moments entangled in taste, smell, and play. These everyday objects are icons within my memory, and muses for my designs.

http://amberdharrison.com

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Ryan Herberholz

Blue Collars; Red Hands

Blue Collars; Red Hands-- the embodiment of a critique on a society that favors unsustainable and inhumane practices and policy over a progressive, open-minded, and humane approach to governing itself. I honor the Blue Collars, worn by the men and women that wrought our nation from timber, stone, and steel, in three plywood panels, where I call attention to the falling standard of living middle class Americans are faced with. Within the panels I also illustrate the extent to which the antiquated conservative ideology has permeated our society. A single oil painting hangs behind the panels. The oil painting suggests why our financial sector has so much influence over our politics. It also points out the grim fact that these insidious phenomena may be woven so thoroughly into the fabric of our nation that the voice of the average American will continue to be diminished until something is done to give power back to the people.

http://ryanherberholz.com/

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Allison Hylant

Blind thoughts and Pretty things

Everyone’s perspective is unique and dependent on personal histories. What you see may not be what the person next to you sees, in fact it might not even be there at all. These textiles explore reality, perception and illusion. Using film photography, the garments transform into facades that stimulate the viewers perception allowing each individual to determine if the images they see are real or imaginary; meaningless visual noise or significant forms. So what do you see?

www.wix.com/hylantal/allison-hylant

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Annie Hyrila

In Kind

Folks These are my parents.
I have grown up watching them.
They quietly quilted a map
On how to live and love
Ferociously
And climbed to steadier steps
Steeped in all things that don’t get old
And all things that are gold
What fine folks.

http://anniehyrila.wordpress.com/

Offsite: Ann Arbor Art Center


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Louise Jacobi

Dreamscape

"I get my ideas out of my dreams...if you're lucky enough to use something you see in a dream, it is purely original. It's not in the world - it's in your head. I think that is amazing." -Alexander McQueen
Much like the infamous fashion icon, this basis of human subconscious continues to inspire me. I decided to combine my love for fiber arts and my underlying concept of dreams to create an experimental textile design installation. After documenting my dreams through the months of September to November, I was able to gather enough visual elements to guide my concept.

http://loweez.com

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Lauren Korany

Unnamed Places

Unnamed Places is an accumulation of memories stemming from locations of solitude. It describes discrete areas that are off the map and easily overlooked. These realms have become my own through years of attachment and are now accessible through the whisper of print and poetry. Emptiness allows us to absorb and dissipate. We become the smell of a river, a swollen lake, of fresh dirt.

laurenkorany.com

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Jessica Krcmarik

Descent

Descent is a book of character designs and illustrations based on a modern retelling of the Babylonian myth "Ishtar's Descent into the Underworld".

http://jessicakrcmarik.com

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Kyle Kulik

Almost like family: an audio portrait of Brenda and Mrs. Johnston

In the evening Brenda cares for her 99-year-old friend Mrs. Johnston. As a child she grew up next door to the Johnstons and now she returns to that neighborhood. She helps Mrs. Johnston deal with the loss of her short-term memory and as Mrs. Johnston says, “she helps me breath in and breath out.” Their real life relationship is chronicled in this audio recording. I spent time with these amazing women and recorded their conversations and reflections on their companionship. What I wanted to share was the story of Brenda’s care giving and provide the listener with a glimpse into their friendship.

http://www.behance.net/kylekulik

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Screening: April 12, Michigan Theater


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Samantha Levy

Biophilia

BIOPHILIA is a series of screen-printed zines and prints surrounding various aspects of zoology and natural history, seeking to summon curiosity in the viewer, which will culminate into a cabinet of curiosity exhibition. The goal of BIOPHILIA is to gratify human nature’s fascination with the strange, humorous, unbelievable, or grotesque. It seeks to emulate feelings surrounding the Age of Exploration, everyone rushing to expose the next great species, to reveal something to the public that they had never seen. I wouldn’t call it shock value, but just feeding curiosity.

http://samlevyillustration.com

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Offsite: 113 W. Liberty


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Noelle Littler

Leaving My Mark

Leaving My Mark is a project that visually shows the emotions that I have had during my college career. Facial expressions that convey each strong emotion are hand-drawn using dramatic color and line. These faces are then integrated into each site where I experienced them. I transformed the sites into visual representations of my emotions by using specific parts of each object and incorporating these parts into the face. For instance, vines become hair and bricks become teeth. As I graduate and leave college, I am leaving behind these strong emotions that have transformed me into the person I am today.

noellelittlerip.carbonmade.com

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Carlo Lorenzetti

Lamps & Chairs

The lamps are made from slipcast porcelain, and the chairs are bent plywood from a press-mold. These objects are an attempt to navigate the boundary between craft and technology, where digital fabrication processes aid, not overshadow, the maker's hand.

www.carlolorenzetti.com

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Emily Maier

Simply Safe: Pictograms for National Parks

I created a set of pictograms for the National Parks that address human’s primal instincts for survival and safety because, among the wide variety of visitors that come to our National Parks, many have little experience navigating the wilderness. These graphics are paired down to the most essential information for quick readability and understanding, and they give people information about dangers they may encounter while visiting our National Parks.

http://emilymaier.com

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Kaitlind Marek

Zooxanthella

"Zooxanthella" is a set of jewelry made in response to coral bleaching. It is designed to look like its wearer is growing a coral reef from his or her skin. Corals made of cast rubber compose the work’s surface, and are attached to copper bases. The jewelry symbolizes a symbiotic relationship in which the human benefits from the reef’s beauty and the biodiversity it houses. But the reef should benefit from the human too. By wearing the reef, you own it. By owning it, you own this problem, making it your responsibility to help fix it.

http://www.kaitimarek.com/kaitimarek.com/Welcome.html

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Natasha Miller

Wearable Containers

Wearable Containers examines the ability to hold, misconstrue, and conceal. This series of containers is inspired by the brick patterns on the buildings that make up the University of Michigan. Sterling silver and copper form distinctive patterns that conjure the viewer’s curiosity: can I open the container? What is inside? How are the exterior’s patterns related to what it may hold? The exterior of a container is deceiving. Ultimately, it is up to the wearers to carry what is close to them.

http://natashafmiller.com

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Kara Morris

Obsessive Mark-making.

A large contribution to my internal well being is the ability to express my thoughts through a physical form of communication. My obsessive mark-making stemmed from my love for crisp lines and for the role negative space has within a drawing. The elimination of anxiety welcomes the presence of a new reality; a reality that I can all my own. Vibrations of comical relief and expression are portrayed through my narration of imagery. Different forms are created without a direction. The act of 'indirection' allows me to find 'the' direction, in which I call my path in life. My collection of drawings contain a process of therapeutic excessive and sometimes mind controlling mark-making. I hope to whomever finds comfort and/or confusion within my drawings, that you are eager to see how one can benefit from the act of physically putting a thought or emotion into a physical form.

http://www.wix.com/kpmorri/obsessivemarkmaking

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Alexis Newton

Bigfoot Reusables

What do college students, Bigfoot, sustainability, and soap have in common? The answer is Bigfoot Reusables, a brand of body care products that encourages the consumer to consider how packaging and products can help preserve the environment by eliminating waste. We can learn through the example of Bigfoot, whose big feet leave behind a small carbon footprint.
Reduce, Reuse, and Make Your Big Foot Smaller.

http://www.alexisnewton.com

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Megan O'Neil

PAINTING SEITIES

A collection of figurative paintings exploring the absence and presence of the figure in a divergence from traditional portraiture.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/meganoneil/

Offsite: 1080 Rosewood


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Marian Perez

Forces Unleashed

I was struck by the awe-inspiring paradox of beauty and terror found in natural disasters. The many cultural legends, myths, and symbolism surrounding these occurrences -- tornado, hurricane, and volcanic eruption -- inspired my digital interpretations. I aim to express the beauty in these forces of nature, that is typically forgotten in their aftermath, and to encourage people to respect nature as an autonomous force.

http://marianperez.com/art-gallery.html

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Lily Porter

Thin Places

The veil between our world and the next becomes translucent: where spirits hover and shift, like mist amongst us. Lingering presences enter consciousness. The invisible boundary thins. The strange and mystic weave together, shimmering on the fringe of reality.
A small island stands with stoic cliffs encompassed by uncertain waters. Carved away over millennia, mysterious limestone sculptures observe in perfect stillness. Their layers are physical evidence of time and transformation. Yet, something lies beneath the silent surface. This curious aura has been apparent for ages. Native legends tell of the sacred land, and its unique geological wonders. Each one has a story.

www.lily-porter.com

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Trisha Previte

think like an ecosystem

I see nature as a network of details that together create one functioning, magnificent life force. This series of illustrations is an experiment that arose from a blooming curiosity about that life force and an attempt to comprehend its complexity. Each drawing is born from a brew of environmental observations, ideas, and aesthetic details, and each informs the next in a constant evolution of ink, paper, and artistic energy.

http://trishaprevite.daportfolio.com/

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Monica Ross

Janus Crow

A pencil test animation, traditionally hand-drawn at 12 frames per second. An adventure story about learning from the past.

http://monicaleeross.tumblr.com/

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Mallory Roukema

Beautiful by Nature

Beautiful by Nature is a jewelry series fabricated from the vibrant hues and intricacies found in butterfly wings. My pieces simply take something beautiful and transform it through adornment into a new perspective.

www.wix.com/malloryroukema/mallory-roukema

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Ellen Rutt

A Wicked Problem

A collection of digital collages that illustrate the complexity of sustainability and over consumption.

http://erutt.com/

Offsite: 1080 Rosewood


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Mara Schlanger

Designing Harlem

In an effort to pay tribute to Harlem's rich historical past with the goal of transforming the struggling city into a desirable tourist destination, I created the Harlem Escape - an acronym that characterizes entertainment, sports, culture, arts, politics, and eats unique to the area. Through design, I hope to recapture the spirit of Harlem's exclusive history and restore the neighborhood to its original glory.

http://maraschlanger.com

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Emerson Schreiner

Invisible Things

Invisible Things is a project about condensing time and blurring the boundaries between people and the space they occupy. This body of work, including paintings, drawings, and an altered book, seeks to emphasize the power and the fragility of human connection and of life itself. By obscuring the borders between figure and ground and by condensing and freezing segments of time, these works become a visual representation of things that cannot literally be seen: the emotional realm, the human spirit, and our connections to each other.

http://www.emersonschreiner.com

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Samantha Schulman

Experiential Mapping

After spending an extended period of time living in two divergent cities: Paris and New York, I created experiential maps that respond to my daily life in each place. In both cities, the metro systems, the pace of their inhabitants, and infrastructure determined movement; which to me was the most noticeable and important difference indicating the energy and character of each city. I attempt to represent these multi-layered experiences between cities by highlighting things such as vibrancy and density.

As a graphic designer, my art has primarily been a source of information. Through IP, I discovered a new way to merge my love for fine art with the informational attributes of design. I wanted to challenge myself to make work that was not necessarily commercial, but rather reflective, informative, and conceptual.

http://samanthaschulman.viewbook.com

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Ekta Shah

Bent Plywood Tables

Through my experimentation with bending plywood over the past year, I have designed and created a series of 3 furniture pieces that are informed by my investigation into organic forms. Every single aspect of trees- from their roots, to their branches, and their wide variety of leaves, intrigues me. Each piece of furniture represents a different portion of a tree. Bent plywood furniture uses roughly 1/9th of the material regular wood furniture does. The layers of plywood are adhered together with bioresin, a sustainable and mainly vegetable oil based epoxy. The goal for this project was to create pieces produced in an environmentally conscious manner that would act as a catalyst for others to adopt greener methods in furniture fabrication.

http://www.wix.com/ektashah/design

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Elyse Shapiro

Detroit Aglow

Detroit Aglow is a series of large- scale stencil cuts that display the city’s infrastructure as I observe it today; a silhouette of its former glory. While the ruins of the once industrious Detroit may appear unattractive and undesirable for many, I find them rich with historical discourse and urban culture. The stencils are stark, cut solely by hand into black paper, to cast the idea of reminiscence. There is a lot of hope and effort instilled in the rebuilding of Detroit, and my work aims to bring light to the beauty of the city that remains.

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Jennifer Silverstein

trompe l'oeil

trompe l'oeil |?trômp ?loi| noun. 1. visual illusion in art: to trick the eye. The photorealistic paintings aim to achieve the wonderful trickery of Trompe L’oeil. The collection explores the juxtaposition between a meticulous and detailed painting style, with the innocent, energetic, and subconscious enthusiasm of children’s artwork.

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Brijit Spencer

Spencer Gonzalez

This photo essay focuses on my relationships within my immediately family. It consists of portraits of five individuals-my mother, my father, my twin brother, and my two younger brothers. Each portrait is paired with additional details, making a total of 15 photographs. Through this collection of photos of each family member, I touch upon the core of their identities, and address the overarching nature of my family as a unit. Although I photograph each of them individually, this narrative ultimately defines my family’s shared identity and the complexities that institute our relationships.

brijitspencer.com

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Alexis Stepanek

Open and Enjoy

Eating will always be a part of our lives since it provides us with life and intertwines with our identity. As the old saying goes, “you are what you eatIt’s not just what we eat, but how we eat. Eating serves as a mediator for cross culture exploration, far more than spoken language. Using the table as a platform for the experience, it was turned into one giant plate that everyone shared while eating with their hands and using edible vessels to transfer food and drink to their mouth. This dining experience was designed to test the boundaries between tradition and faux pas in food cultures around the world.

http://www.wix.com/aastepan/design

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Kyla Suchy

X-Ray Kay

What do you get when you meld the whimsy of a children's story with the scientific, yet beautiful world of bones? You get an unforgettable adventure through the eyes of a curious girl who gets to see the world through a very new and unexpected perspective. Join Kay as she explores and brings to life the world of bones.

http://xraykay.carbonmade.com

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Ryan Thurmer

The Future Past

Chairs as coat hangers, coins as screwdrivers, everyday we redesign the uses of common objects in order to simplify life. Its called Non Intentional Design, a trait that has helped us humans become who we are. The Future Past stems from the prehistoric practice of recognizing existing forms, functions, materials, and behaviors found in our environments, and reappropriating their uses to suit our needs for survival, comfort, and happiness. Today, everyday, we misuse the objects which densely engulf our modern environment, redesigning their functions, giving them new purposes. But how will the future look back on these objects, long after they're outdated and disposed of? Perhaps they will be as early dinosaur fossils, incorrectly reconstructed creating that which never existed. Using the reappropriation of found objects as media, The Future Past explores this human desire for unconscious creation, and curiosity. Disrupting the familiar patterns we generally associate with the everyday, this installation seeks to alter the way we perceive our environment and our behaviors within. A daydream in the ordinary, reveals itself as something quite unexpected.

http://www.ryanthurmer.com

Work: Detroit


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Teshia Treuhaft

Static to Dynamic Seating

Static to Dynamic Seating is an on-going process based spatial inquiry into the natural inclination of the body to constantly move. A non-traditional manner of gesture study was used to map movement spatially using modern dance. Consideration for transition from one posture to another attempts to challenge the concept of furniture’s impact on our body to yield a chair created using experimental design and carbon fiber molding processes allowing both active and passive postures for the user.

http://teshiatreuhaft.com

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Mai Truong

SHAPESHIFT

SHAPESHIFT is a collection of five wearable designs that transforms the human form into foreign/abstract structures through the use of architectural and excessive references. This collection investigates the relationship between the structure and form of the human body and the structure, form, and repetition of architecture. By using the façade of the human body as a canvas and manipulating its form and structure, its shape begins to shift into something other than human/ structure that blends more into the environment/surroundings. Moreover, this collection also serves as an experiment with the visible layer of the human body and how it occupies space on the body and in the environment.

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Rebecca Tulis

Me Tools: Redefining Journaling

Did you ever want to journal but weren’t quite sure how to go about it? A blank sheet of paper can be very intimidating. “Me tools,” on the other hand, is designed as a series of four unique journals which you may use to record your reflections, your goals and plans, your recollections, and your inspiration. “Me tools” is not merely a blank sheet but a structured system with questions and prompts to guide your journaling process. Journaling can be a powerful mechanism for achieving self-growth and improvement. I invite you to explore this new take on journaling and see which “me tool” best addresses your needs.

www.rebeccatulis.com

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Laurel Twist

Starry Pied

It’s 3 am on the last night of final’s week. You just left the UGLi. Bert’s Café closed two hours ago; the street is desolate, lined with reminders that the restaurants and cafes are “closed.” Then, just as you’ve conceded to starvation, a familiar aroma reignites your senses and you see a warm, comforting glow radiating from the nocturnal mobile bakery, Starry Pied. Mmmm…the memorable smell of Pie Bites and coffee; the blissful snack shared by students across campus to refuel after a long, studious night (or maybe a night out). They don’t say “stressed is desserts spelled backwards” for nothing.

http://laureltwist.com

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Erica Wagner

Between the Layers: An Exploration of Color and Texture

Color, texture, and luminosity are the key elements of my work. This series of paintings explore these qualities and allow me to also create my own process and passion for oil paint as a medium. I find it fascinating the way in which viewers try to make logistical sense of these abstract paintings. Life experiences are what influence our ways of seeing and in turn are what create perceptions. The ambiguity allows this series to grab hold of evolution and change depending on the viewer, which to me is beautiful.

http://www.wix.com/ejwags/artist#!about"

Offsite: The Common Cup


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Kellyann Wargo

Idiosyncrasy

It has been almost a year since my Grandma passed away last May. Idiosyncrasy is video piece that combats the complexity and meaning behind cross-generational relationships, the impact of mentors, love, and loss. Rooted in the particulars of my relationship with my Grandma, I realized we shared a lot more in common than just the same smile. Exploring her character in parallel to my own as a means of self-discovery, I reflect on my relationship with the woman I all too easily see myself becoming.

http://wix.com/kawargo/kindacreative-

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Screening: April 12, Michigan Theater


Millicent Wibert

Patterns in Nature

A series of plate lithography and wood block prints inspired from various patterns in nature, including:

Ice Sheets, Protozoa, Cross Section of Stem, Quinoa, Brown Algae, Muscle Fibers, Mitochondria, Tongue Bacteria, Ivy Stem, Pea Plant Xylem, Coral, Brown Algae, Herpes Virus, Influenza, Sunflower Pollination, Pollinated Flower Pistil, Stem Cells, Kidney Stone Crystals, Tongue Papillae, Glaciers, Skin Pigment Cells, Male Dust Mite Genital Pore

Un-labeled, manipulated in scale, and joined together, the textures are presented in such a form as to be unrecognizable, allowing an un-biased viewing, beauty of form over context.

http://millicentwibert.carbonmade.com/projects/4299663#1

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Eli Yudin

Growly MacDougal: An Animated Pilot

This is the pilot episode of a series entitled "Growly MacDougal: Stunt Bear." It follows the adventures of Growly MacDougal, Nelson the Human Cannonball, and the Popov Brothers as they try to put on a circus show.

http://www.eliyud.info

Screening: April 12, Michigan Theater


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Allyson Zelinski

Op Art Quilting

Optical art and art quilting are two artistic fields that rarely cross each other’s boundaries. My goal was to marry the visual language of the Op Art movement with the practice of art quilting. Art quilts are unique because they are not created to be functional – their sole purpose is to be displayed on the wall as artwork. The compositions I have created for my quilts explore pattern, color, and scale to the fullest, and offer different visual experiences for the audience depending on whether they are viewed up close or far away.

http://allysonzelinski.carbonmade.com/

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