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Alisha Wessler Exhibits at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY

July 28, 2015

Alisha Wessler (MFA 2013) exhibits a new body of work at Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY) in A Story of a Story, an exhibition curated by Shlomit Dror.

A similar spread of strange objects awaits in Alisha Wessler‘s two table-top installations, though of a distinctly more mystical sort. One includes seedpods, the remains of birds, wasps’ nests, and a squirrel tail, while the other, “After the Soldiers and Shrikes” (2015), consists of a quasi-modernist geometric arrangement of honey locust thorns. (If Walter De Maria hadn’t died, but had merely been miniaturized in a freak shrinking ray accident, he might have made something that looked like this.) Considering these artifacts feels like peering into some foreign culture’s Wunderkammer, or analyzing the evidence gathered at the site of a pagan ritual. The threat of violence lurking in the beautiful honey locust thorns is not merely a product of their incredible sharpness and presentation reminiscent of arrowheads in a history museum; the thorns were used by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War to pin together their tattered uniforms, and the small carnivorous birds called shrikes are known to impale their prey on them. These stories might be impossible to discern without the helpful wall text provided, but the elegance and simplicity of “After the Soldiers and Shrikes” is deeply satisfying as its own formal end.

— Benjamin Sutton, “Dissecting and Detecting Stories in Found Objects and Remnants,” Hyperallergic, July 23, 2015.

Alisha Wessler Exhibits at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY

Ruth Weisberg: The Adventure of Living In Between

July 28, 2015

Ruth Weisberg’s (B.S.DES ‘63, M.A., ‘64) career, influences, and work are discussed in a Huffington Post essay by John Seed.  Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time, a survey of Weisberg’s art and legacy, is on display at L.A.‘s Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Inc. through August 29.

Weisberg’s current exhibition - Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time - offers the opportunity to view and consider a selection of her key works. Most are drawings and prints, along with a single mixed media painting on canvas. “I see painting and drawing as tremendously inter-related,” Weisberg comments, “and printmaking has always been very important to me.” The show has been hung to forefront pairings of works and relationships between themes, and works that might have been made decades apart are often seen in close proximity.

Ruth Weisberg: The Adventure of Living In Between | Huffington Post

Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time
June 13 - August 29th, 2015
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Inc.
357 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Ruth Weisberg: The Adventure of Living In Between

Waterbourne, 1973, Color Lithograph, 30 1/4 x 42 1/4 inches

Richard Burd: Exhibition at Harbor Country Progress Gallery

July 28, 2015

Over fifty photographs by Richard Burd (BA 1965) are featured in Burd’s Eye View, an exhibition at Harbor Country Progress Gallery in Union Pier, MI.

For decades Burd’s photographs have delighted, intrigued and surprised viewers throughout the Midwest. Dick and his wife, Ginny, live in Bridgman.

Burd’s Eye View
Harbor Country Progress Gallery
16142 Red Arrow Hwy., Union Pier, MI

Richard Burd: Exhibition at Harbor Country Progress Gallery

Jason Polan: “Every Person in New York”

July 24, 2015

Every Person in New York, a new book of drawings by Jason Polan (BFA 2004) with an introduction by Kristen Wiig, will be released August 18.

Images/GIF by Matthew Leifheit, VICE.com

Seven years in the making, this book is the latest and most ambitious part of a series that began with The Every Piece Of Art In The Museum Of Modern Art, which included drawings of every piece of art that was visible to the public at the museum from January 19 to January 31, 2005,  and An Entire Bag of Popcorn, where I drew every individual kernel in a microwave bag of popcorn.

Read a recent interview about Jason’s process and the Every Person in New York project on Vice.com.

Amazon: Every Person in New York
Every Person in New York | Blogspot

Jason Polan: “Every Person in New York”

Endi Poskovic: Solo Exhibition in Sweden

July 23, 2015

Opening at the Konstlitografiska museet on July 27, Sites of Memory: Lithographs of Endi Poskovic is the first comprehensive survey of professor Endi Poskovic’s work in lithography in Sweden. Curated by art historian and professor Dr. Marta Anna Raczek-Karcz, the exhibition presents 21 recent lithographs Poskovic produced at the studios of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, Bellagio Center, Italy, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, and Open Studio Toronto with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Flemish Ministry of Culture, Canada Arts Council and the University of Michigan.

In her catalog essay about Poskovic’s work, Dr. Marta Anna Raczek-Karcz writes: “Poskovic’s Crossing series explores and redefines both the work of memory and cultural transformations imposed on the land. Crossing is an account of possible transformation, a visual history of land, culture, personal and media transfigurations, a never-ending story of a liquid modernity imprinted in daily experiences of human kind.”

Sites of Memory: Lithographs of Endi Poskovic
July 27 - August 8, 2015
Konstlitografiska museet
Helliden Castle
522 94 Tidaholm, Sweden
Opening reception with the artist: Monday, July 27, 2015

While in Sweden, Endi Poskovic will present a keynote lecture and participate in the 7th International Lithographic Symposium 2015 at Tidaholm Academy.

Endi Poskovic: Solo Exhibition  in Sweden

John Marshall, r+d LAB to Transform Midtown Viaduct

July 23, 2015

A research collaborative known as r+d LAB, comprised of Stamps Professor John Marshall, Taubman College Professor Karl Daubmann, and Creative Many Director of Creative Industries Cézanne Charles, is one of three teams selected to develop public art and light projects for viaducts located in Midtown Detroit’s TechTown district. 

Created for the MIDVIA (Midtown Viaducts Public Art + Light Project) with funding from the New Economy Initiative and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, r+d LAB’s project, Resonance, will transform Detroit’s historic Second Avenue viaduct into a vibrant pedestrian walkway.

“r+d LAB is committed to working to generate creative, environmentally responsive, and innovative solutions to Detroit’s urban challenges,” says John Marshall, principal, r+d LAB.  “Built in 1934, the once magnificent Second Avenue viaduct had been poorly maintained and lacked adequate lighting, contributing to perceptions of the district as unsafe. We wanted to create a space that would make tangible the movement and meeting of passersby and amplify wayfinding with light, transforming the experience and usability of the space.”

Resonance builds on the naturally occurring bands of dark and light created by the viaduct’s arched openings, amplifying this sequential lighting and patterning as the user moves deeper into the space and in response to the presence of multiple people.

Consisting of 22 LED light boxes mounted on the viaduct walls and ceiling between each viaduct archway, Resonance increases the amount of available illumination the farther into the space one walks from either side. Each LED unit will have a range of sensors that trigger the lighting in response to the number, speed and direction of pedestrians in the space. This will generate a ‘pressure wave’ of increased illumination in advance of people as they walk.  This wave will then burst and diffuse in a cascade of ripples when it meets the wave of someone coming from the opposite direction.

“From low-tech to interactive light experiences, the work of these artist teams exemplifies experimentation and new ideas, further positioning TechTown as an innovation district,” says Susan Mosey, President of Midtown Detroit, Inc., the organization administering the MIDVIA.

Resonance will begin construction this summer.

About r+d LAB:  r+d LAB grows out of a meshing of rootoftwo (Cézanne Charles and John Marshall) + DAUB (Karl Daubmann). In 2014 they formed r+d LAB, LLC. as a research-led collaborative entity to remix models of practice including laboratory, workshop, think-tank, garage, studio, and agency that lead to innovative approaches, designs and environments. 

rootoftwo + DAUB have collaborated on a number of projects since 2008 including “menotme” - a luminous, playful, responsive form designed to provoke public affection for DLECTRICITY in 2012; “THR_33 (Teahouse for Robots)” - a project for the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, 2010; and the “Shadow Pavilion” - a temporary structure for Matthaei Botanical Garden, Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Shadow Pavilion” received Architect Magazine’s 2010 R+D Award for architectural research.

r+d LAB: Karl Daubmann, Cézanne Charles, and John Marshall.

About MIDVIA: MIDVIA (Midtown Viaducts Public Art + Light Project) is one of the recommended interventions stemming from the TechTown District Plan, which aims to improve safety, accessibility and placemaking efforts in the area. Midtown Viaducts partners include: the New Economy Initiative, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Midtown Detroit, Inc., the City of Detroit, Consolidated Rail Corporation, and CN Rail. 

About MDI:  Midtown Detroit Inc. is a nonprofit planning and development organization that supports the physical maintenance and revitalization of the Midtown Detroit neighborhood, while working to enhance public awareness, appreciation and use of the district. 

About the New Economy Initiative:  The New Economy Initiative, a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, is the largest economic development initiative of its kind working to build a network of support for entrepreneurs and small businesses, with the mission to create an inclusive, innovative regional culture by reawakening and leveraging Detroit’s creative entrepreneurial drive. 

About the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation: The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

Rebecca Zemans Jewelry Featured On WGN Radio

July 21, 2015

Rebecca Zemans (BFA 2010, BA 2010) was recently interviewed by Mike Stephen of Outside the Loop, a radio show on WGN 720 AM in Chicago. Stephen highlights interesting and unique businesses around the city that are not located downtown. Zemans said, “I was flattered that he asked to highlight my studio and the work that I do! I love how even though the end result of what I do is so visual, he was able to capture the sounds of my creative process.”

Listen here - Zemans’ segment with starts at 8:00

Rebecca Zemans Jewelry Featured On WGN Radio

Brick and Mortar Collective Fundraiser: July 24

July 20, 2015

On July 24th, the Brick and Mortar Collective, a group equity housing co-operative that includes Stamps alums Ian Matchett (BFA 2014) and Lyz Luidens (BFA 2013), will launch their fundraising campaign to renovate their recently purchased 7000 square foot duplex on Detroit’s East Side with a public event in the Riopelle Collective Studio in Eastern Market (1492 Gratiot Ave). The event is open to the public beginning at 7pm at Riopelle, and will include live music, a silent auction, a presentation on the project, light refreshments, and a suggested $10 donation at the door. Tours of the house (1480 Bewick) will also be open to the public from 6pm - 7pm.

The Brick and Mortar Collective is a group equity housing co-operative comprised of young artists, activists, and community builders: Ian Matchett, Lyz Luidens, Zachariah Wahid, Sarah Brennan, Teia McGahey, and Nikki Roach. The collective will provide sustainably low cost of living to members who will own a share of the co-operative as member-owners, while pursuing social justice, artistic, and community building values and activities within and outside of the house. The fundraiser will include a chance to tour the duplex before heading to Riopelle for a presentation on the goals, values, and plans for the Brick and Mortar Collective by its current members, live music, a silent auction of art and services, and light refreshments.

“Most of us have already been living co-operatively together for the past year, several of us for longer than that,” says Lyz Luidens, one of the members. “Brick house is about cooperative living with the intentional values of pursuring sustainability, creativity, dependable community.” Lyz, Sarah, and Ian are all artist members of the Riopelle Collective Studio. Ian is also a statewide student organizer. Nikki Roach is a graphic and web designer alum of CCS, Zachariah works at Back Alley Bikes, and Teia is a student at UM Dearborn while she actively participates in a variety of organizations in Detroit.

The Brick and Mortar Collective is hosting this fundraiser to kick off the fundraising campaign that they hope will put some of the major repairs the house will need within their financial reach. They plan to hire local contractors who can teach the co-op members some of the basics of renovation, beginning with the major systems like plumbing, heating, and electrical systems so that they can do as much of the repair work themselves as possible.

The Brick and Mortar Collective Fundraiser
July 24, 7pm - 11pm
Riopelle Studio in Eastern Market - 1492 Gratiot Ave
Tours will take place from 6 - 7pm at 1480 Bewick before the rest of the event begins.

For more information:
Brick and Mortar Collective | Facebook
Winter is Coming! Brick House Fund | GoFundMe

Brick and Mortar Collective Fundraiser: July 24

Bernadette Witzack: Installation at Madison Children’s Museum

July 20, 2015

Picture, Picture by Bernadette Witzack
June 3 - August 31
Closing reception: Wednesday, August 5th, 5-8pm
Madison Children’s Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St Madison, WI 53703

Bold, bright colors in geometric and organic shapes form a world of wonder in this new site-specific installation by artist Bernadette Witzack (MFA 2013).

A note from the artist: I am an improvisational, process-oriented artist. I usually draw and paint on wood, so working with transparent materials was a big challenge for me. One of the special things about the Sidewalk Surprise gallery is that viewers can actually see through the artwork. I have never been in the position to experiment with light in this way, and so I was excited to work with transparent materials. The bold, bright colors and graphic elements in this piece are inspired by children’s blocks, toys and books as well as the basic shapes in the world all around us. I hope you enjoy finding all the little shape moments and color stories hidden in Picture Picture.

Bernadette Witzack: Installation at Madison Children’s Museum

John Gutoskey: Shaman Johnny’s Pop-Up Shop & Gallery at Ella Sharp Museum

July 20, 2015

John Gutoskey (MFA 2014) will be the featured solo artist at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. His show, “Shaman Johnny"s Pop-Up Shop & Gallery”, will be on display from Saturday, July 18 to October 10, 2015. Through works in printmaking, found objects, assemblage, display, and installation, the artist creates an environment designed to facilitate conversations about queerness, queer identity, and queer space, and how that is manifested in the 21st century. The show features a shop and gallery, a photo booth, and a sacred back room.

Shaman Johnny will be meeting with guests at the opening reception, on Friday, July 24, 2015 from 6 - 8 pm.  There will be several other shamans at the opening reception offering meditation, I-Ching readings, and energy bodywork. You can also have your portrait taken in the photo booth with Shaman Johnny.

Ella Sharp Museum
3225 Fourth Street Jackson, MI 49203

Museum Hours
Tuesday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday – Noon – 5:00 PM (June-August 2015)
Monday – Closed

John Gutoskey: Shaman Johnny’s Pop-Up Shop & Gallery at Ella Sharp Museum