July 7, 2014
Michael Borowski (MFA ‘11) will exhibit new work as part of Metropolis Familiaris at the Prairie Center for the Arts this July and August.
Internationally Juried Show
Group Show hosted by the BACKSPACE Collective
Prairie Center of the Arts Gallery One
1506 SW Washington St, Peoria, Illinois 61602
July 11th - August 22nd
Opening Reception: July 11th, 5pm - 8pm
Jurors Lecture: August 1st, 5pm-8pm Lecture Starts at 6:00pm
Our cities are made up of thousands of individual cells working separately yet together to form a unified body. Circulatory systems move goods, currency, information, and people throughout the city. The combination of these interactive systems starts to mimic the complexity found in biological organisms. Metropolis Familiaris will explore how cities are a shared environment - places of private space and public space. How do our individual lives affect each other? How do buildings talk to each other? Architecture and city systems come to life as cities rise and fall and the people within them change.
June 30, 2014
In July 2014, Ann Stewart (MFA ‘09) will participate in a two-person show at Robert Henry Contemporary and a group show at Christie’s.
Inside Outside Upside Down
Robert Henry Contemporary
July 11 – August 10, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, July 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Inside Outside Upside Down is an exhibition of the drawings and prints of Ann Stewart and the sculpture of Steven Millar that explores ideas about space, memory, and perception.
One of the prints included in this show was completed while Stewart was the Artist in Residence at Anchor Graphics. This residency was funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
New Prints 2014
Christie’s, Gallery 6
New York, New York
July 9 - July 16th, 2014
International Print Center New York presents New Prints 2014, on view at Christie’s at Rockefeller Center. The exhibition consists of ninety-eight projects by eighty-five artists originally included in New Prints 2014/Winter and New Prints 2014/Summer at IPCNY. The New Prints Program is comprised of a series of juried exhibitions organized by IPCNY three times each year featuring prints from all sources made within the past twelve months.
June 30, 2014
Ceramic work by students of the 2014 International class Rethinking the Power of Art: Art for Social Change, led by Lecturer Melanie Manos (MFA ‘08), will be on exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Shigaraki, Japan.
Communication + Collaboration, June 29 - July 27, features work created by Stamps School of Art & Design students in hands-on collaboration with Kohara Elementary School students. Manos and Elaine Czech, BFA 2013, also participated in the collaboration. Czech is in Japan on a research scholarship at Kyoto Seika University and served as translator throughout the for the Stamps class trip. Students: Emily Alford, Melanie Buckner, Duncan Burns, Nicole Cischke, Kristie Dzurnak, Maya Ilyashov, Megan Lacroix, Ian McGreevy, Kyle Oberleiter, Margot Robert, Rachael Russell, Rachel Tran (all Stamps) and Greeny Wong (Engineering). Learn more about the international trip at http://japanartforchange.tumblr.com.
June 30, 2014
Francie Hester (BFA ‘82) will exhibit her work “Symbolic Spaces” in the last opening of her 2014 gallery displays in Alexandria, Virginia. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, June 29th from 4-6pm.
Exhibition Dates: June 26 to August 3
Opening Reception: June 29, 4-6 pm
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
June 25, 2014
In her first solo exhibition, opening July 12 at Re:View Contemporary, Detroit, Melanie Manos (MFA ‘08) presents A Heightened State: a multi-media installation including very tall drawings with very small people, sculpture, video projection and digital images. The exhibit is motivated by phenomenological responses to built and natural environments, a disproportionate sense of scale, the hubris of humankind, and Japanese vertical landscapes. Opening reception is Saturday July 12, 2014, 6-9 pm with a new solo and place-specific performance by Manos at 8:30 pm.
444 W. Willis #112
Detroit, MI 48201
313.833.9000 | Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm
June 25, 2014
Matt Kenyon will present a paper titled “the aesthetics of accumulation and waste” at the American Sociological Association conference in San Francisco this August.
This panel will gather scholars from multiple fields doing cutting edge research on credit and inequality. The juxtaposition of sociological work with that of neighboring disciplines will illuminate how sociologists might gain from, and contribute to, a cross-disciplinary effort to address how lending shapes the distribution of opportunity and inequality.
June 25, 2014
Shiva Ahmadi is featured in “Shiva Ahmadi Animates Tales of Violence and Beauty”, an article about Ahmadi’s latest paintings and new animated work in Modern Painters Magazine by Sehba Mohammad.
“Sugarcoating a grotesque message” is how Detroit-based Shiva Ahmadi, in her strong Farsi accent, describes her aesthetic trickery. Populated by folkloric creatures, the artist’s pastel-hued fantasyscapes in watercolor on Aquabord—a textured hardboard panel coated with clay—reveal dark undertones that assert themselves in washes of blood-red ink and carefully rendered grenades.
Ahmadi’s recent work addresses ideas she has been toying with for eight years: the selfish motives, masked in moral ideology, that drive armed conflict; the pervasive nature of corruption; and the political dynamics of social injustice. Lotus, 2013, portrays, on a wildly patterned pistachio ground, an enthroned leader, turbaned and faceless, his body dissolving into velvety maroon abstraction. His ornate throne, inscribed with Allah, sits on a bed of lotus flowers similar to those found in 18th-century Tibeto-Chinese Buddha statuettes. An array of underlings—horses, birds, and monkeys—surrounding him make offerings of ticking time bombs. The turmoil and fantastical use of animals in the three-panel work echo both the Garden of Earthly Delights of Hieronymus Bosch and the ancient Persian epic Hamzanama.
After completing Lotus, Ahmadi came to feel that transmission of her message—unchecked political power backed by dogma inevitably ends in social destruction—was restricted by the static quality of painting, so she decided to convert it into animation. The resulting 10-minute film, Lotus, 2014, is on view through August 3 at the Asia Society in New York. “I don’t consider myself a digital artist,” she declares, “but for the sake of my concepts, animation is the perfect medium.”
- “Shiva Ahmadi Animates Tales of Violence and Beauty”, by Sehba Mohammad - Modern Painters Magazine, June 2014
June 25, 2014
Heidi Kumao is exhibiting 2 recent media works as part of “Currents 2014: SANTA FE INTERNATIONAL NEW MEDIA FESTIVAL” at the Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, June 13-29, 2014.
The Festival brings together the work of established, unrecognized and emerging New Media artists, from New Mexico, the US and the world, for events showcasing interactive and fine art video installations, multimedia performances and web-based art forms. Most events are free.
Wed, June 25 Noon - 7 pm
Thu, June 26 Noon - 7 pm
Fri, June 27 Noon - 10 pm
Sat, June 28 Noon - 11 pm
Sun, June 29 Noon - 7 pm
Artist info: http://currentsnewmedia.org/artists/heidi-kumao/
June 25, 2014
Matt Kenyon will be showing “Notepad” and “Supermajor” at FILE, the Electronic Language International Festival, in August. Kenyon’s “Tardigotchi” won first prize at the FILE Prix Lux in 2010.
The Notepad is an act of protest and commemoration disguised as a stack of ordinary yellow legal pads. Each ruled line, when magnified, is revealed to be microprinted text enumerating the full names, dates, and locations of each Iraqi civilian death on record over the first three years of the Iraq War. A printed edition of 100 notepads, was covertly distributed to US representatives and senators, as a sort of Trojan horse, injecting transgressive data straight into the halls of power and memorializing it in official archives. SWAMP is now working on a new edition that takes into account the American incursion into Afghanistan; with the disclosure of confidential information by WikiLeaks.
In the gallery a wire rack of vintage oil cans sits. One has a visible fissure out of which oil slowly flows, cascading onto the pedestal and the gallery floor. The only thing is, upon close inspection the oil isn’t flowing out of the can. Instead, oil appears to slowly flow, drop-by-drop, back into the can. At times the drops of oil seem to hover unsupported in mid-air. At other times, the drops are in the process of a reverse slow motion splash onto the pedestal
June 18, 2014
Jules Pieri (BFA ‘82), Co-Founder and CEO of The Grommet, is an invited participant in today’s White House Maker Faire on the National Day of Making, June 18, 2014.
The event features makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs who use cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life. In addition to the Makers who will be at the White House, people all across the country have been invited to participate virtually, online, in a Day of Making in their homes, schools, maker spaces, and communities.
As a community of makers, Stamps is committed to supporting maker efforts across the country, including the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire and as a finalist in the Knight Arts Challenge awards, with our proposal to expand Detroit’s Brightmoor Neighborhood community of makers by turning an abandoned home into a Maker Space, where neighbors can develop creative skills.