July 24, 2017
“Wish you weren’t here”, a series by Parisa Ghaderi (MFA 2014), has been selected for Bent, but Unbroken, an exhibition opening at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on July 28, 2017.
Her work will be featured with 26 other artists as a part of this group show, which is scheduled to run from July 28, 2017 – October 29, 2017.
Things that can bend seldom break. Under the crushing weight of history, women have become particularly adept at weathering storms, unbroken by the harshest conditions that would see them snap, but instead, makes them stronger.
Bent, but Unbroken
Exhibition Dates: July 28 – October 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, July 28, 2017 from 6 - 8 PM
July 24, 2017
Stamps Professor Nick Tobier and the Brightmoor Maker Space are featured in a new Xconomy article about U-M’s Detroit research collaborations.
The Brightmoor Maker Space, supported by U-M’s Penny Stamps School of Art and Design as well as the Knight Foundation, is another major collaboration the university has underway in the city. Located in a rebounding neighborhood in an isolated section of northwestern Detroit, the repurposed property offers art and design workshops, 3D printing, woodworking, entrepreneurial programming, and more. (This week, the maker space taught kids how to make their own kites.)
Nick Tobier, a U-M professor who helps run the Brightmoor Maker Space, just returned from an exchange trip to Fukushima, Japan, where a maker space called the Ishinomaki Lab has sprung up from the wreckage of the 2011 nuclear disaster there. Tobier went to Japan to trade urban DIY best practices with the folks at Ishinomaki—the kind of collaboration that Holloway describes as one of the most important outcomes of the university’s work in Detroit.
“It’s a chance for partners to discover each other and learn from each other,” he adds.
July 24, 2017
The Wig Museum, a solo exhibition by Jim Shaw (BFA 1974) on view at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, was recently reviewed by Sóla Agustsson for ArtSlant.
Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum is the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Los Angeles, where he has lived for the last thirty years. Originally coming out of the Detroit-based Destroy All Monsters, an art collective and band formed with Mike Kelley, Ron Asheton, and Niagara, Shaw interrogates pop culture and late capitalism using biblical imagery, particularly from the Book of Revelations. This new immersive installation combines murals, sculptures, and drawings that reverberate his earlier themes, and re-contextualize materials from the Scottish Masonic temple.
Jim Shaw, The Wig Museum, 2017, Installation view at Marciano Art Foundation. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of Marciano Art Foundation.
July 24, 2017
Alisha Wessler’s (MFA 2013) work is included in the fourth AIM Biennial at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Now in its fourth cycle, the AIM Biennial features the work of seventy-two emerging artists from the 2016 and 2017 classes of the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program. The exhibition is organized by Aylet Ojeda Jequin, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana; and the Bronx Museum’s Christine Licata, Director of Community and Public Programs; and, Heather Reyes, independent curator.
Artist in the Marketplace Biennial
Exhibition Dates: July 22, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Opening Reception: July 27, 6-8pm
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York 10456
Alisha Wessler, Objects and their Doubles (detail), 2017
July 17, 2017
A new article details how 22 undergraduates, led by Stamps Associate Professor Joe Trumpey, constructed a new off-the-grid, straw bale structure at the U-M Biostation.
“I’ve been wanting to teach a Green Building class for a long time,” said Joe Trumpey, an associate professor in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and the Program in the Environment, who is leading the class. Trumpey designed and built his own home, a 2,200-square-foot straw bale structure in Grass Lake. He and his family live entirely off the grid, heating their home with wood, drawing their power from solar panels, and gardening and raising animals for food.
“My home and my farm are the cornerstone of my creative practice,” Trumpey said. “What I advocate for is regional thought about local architecture, using local materials, and being able to use natural building to adapt to the local climate.”
The Green Building class is offered through the program, and the class is composed of Program in the Environment students, Stamps students and students from the the Ford School of Public Policy and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Trumpey and the students started with a weekly three-hour practicum that met throughout the winter semester. During the first part of the semester, the students learned the history and context of green building, as well as different types of natural building. But they quickly got down to the nitty-gritty of their own building.
July 17, 2017
Bruce Brenneise (BFA 2005) has been announced as a winner in the Illustrators of the Future Contest. The prestigious illustration competition, now in its 29th year, is judged by some of the premier names in speculative fiction.
Mr. Brenneise’s winning illustrations have earned him a cash prize, a trip to Hollywood for a week long intensive workshop, a gala awards ceremony which draws in excess of one thousand attendees as well as a shot at winning the Golden Brush Award and $5,000 cash prize. His art will be published in the annual bestseller, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 34.
Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 33 anthology volumes and awarded a nearly $1,000,000 in cash prizes and royalties.
Bruce Brenneise grew up in the countryside by Lake Michigan; nature and fantasy were two of his main interests from the beginning. He continued to not-so-secretly focus on magic, monsters, and myths while studying scientific illustration at the University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art and Design. Pursuit of diverse environments and experiences led him around the world in search of artistic inspiration: a field sketching trip to southern Africa, months amidst ancient ruins of Anatolia, not to mention six years working and traveling throughout China and other parts of East Asia. The landscapes he has explored and the vistas one can only find in fiction are at the heart of Bruce’s current work as an illustrator and independent artist. He currently lives with his wife and carnivorous plants in Seattle.
For more information about the contest, visit http://www.writersofthefuture.com.
July 11, 2017
Stamps Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak’s #exstrange project - a curated series of eBay auctions as exhibition - is featured in a new Hyperallergic essay by Rob Walker.
The fifth episode of Robert Hughes’s famous 1980 documentary series The Shock of the New memorably sees the critic striding through one in Paris, bellowing about the Surrealists, who had found inspiration in such settings and their “endless profusion of battling objects” in the early 20th century. “The flea market was like the unconscious mind of capitalism,” Hughes booms; artists prowled the sales stalls to mine connections from the seemingly impersonal goods on offer, revealing “secret affinities” within a world that their work “declassified.” And then the curators of #exstrange, Marialaura Ghidini and Rebekah Modrak, showed up in eBay’s infinite flea market with a different, but not unrelated, intent: to set up shop.
The selling of goods and services, in this context, would serve as a “pretense,” as Modrak put it, for facilitating exchanges among strangers — borrowing sociologist Georg Simmel’s take on the “stranger” as a “mobile figure who circulates goods.” And thus, through more than 100 auctions, involving dozens of artists (and non-artists), #exstrange joined and added to the commodity conversation, simultaneously cacophonous and silent, happening on one of our most familiar online agoras.
JODI, image from “EBAY shopping bag (#exstrange edition),” #exstrange auction
July 7, 2017
Pushing Aesthetic Boundaries, an exhibition of work by Stamps Professor Emeritus Ted Ramsay, opens at WSG gallery on July 25.
In his images, Ted Ramsay strives for an aura of magic and mystery tempered with reality. Visual elements suggest but never tell the complete narration in his work. The viewer senses a comprehension of human or animal anatomy, but finds that the aesthetics of paint often dominate the visual image. Paint usually describes the light reflecting from the surfaces of the subjects clarifying their forms, but can also function as an abstract focus. These pictorial color shapes allude to natural phenomena but foremost they serve as a significant breaking of spatial forms. In some works the flat plane or two-dimensional support surface is extended into space using bas-relief components to create a three- dimensional visual illusion.
Ted Ramsay: Pushing Aesthetic Boundaries
Exhibition Dates: July 25 - September 2, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, July 28 from 7-9 pm
WSG gallery, 306 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI
July 7, 2017
Photographic work by Stamps Lecturer Melanie Manos is featured in the exhibition Small World, on display through August 13 at PS Mirabel, Manchester, England.
Manos’ work stems from bodily investigations of architecture while in residence at Taliesin: The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Wisconsin. The exhibition will be part of the MANIFEST program, which coincides with the 2017 Manchester International Festival.
Exhibition Preview is on the 7th July 7 from 6 - 9pm
Open every Saturday 11am - 5pm through August 13
Mirabel Studios, 14/20 Mirabel Street
Manchester. M3 1PJ
July 7, 2017
Joan Rosenberg-Dent’s (BFA 1978) “Unfoldings” was awarded First Prize in the Westmont Museum’s annual juried exhibition.
Santa Barbara sculptor Joan Rosenberg-Dent won Best of Show and the $1,000 Diane Dodds and David Reichert First Prize at the May 18 opening reception of Westmont’s annual exhibition featuring Tri-Country artists through June 24 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art.