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

Stamps Students Exhibit in Japan

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.

Stamps Students Exhibit in Japan

Francie Hester Exhibits in Alexandria, VA

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
Athenaeum
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
http://www.nvfaa.org/

Francie Hester Exhibits in Alexandria, VA

Melanie Manos: Solo Exhibition

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.

Re:View Contemporary
444 W. Willis #112
Detroit, MI 48201
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313.833.9000 | Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm

Melanie Manos: Solo Exhibition

Matt Kenyon Presents at the American Sociological Association

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.

http://www.asanet.org/am2014/am2014.cfm

Matt Kenyon Presents at the American Sociological Association

Shiva Ahmadi Featured in Modern Painter Magazine

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

Shiva Ahmadi Featured in Modern Painter Magazine

Heidi Kumao Exhibits in Santa Fe

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.

Hours:
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/

Heidi Kumao Exhibits in Santa Fe

Matt Kenyon Shows Two Pieces at FILE 2014

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.

Notepad
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.
http://www.swamp.nu/projects/notepad/

Supermajor
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
http://www.swamp.nu/projects/supermajor/

Matt Kenyon Shows Two Pieces at FILE 2014

Jules Pieri Participates in White House Maker Faire

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.

Jules Pieri Participates in White House Maker Faire

Mike Vitale: 3D Printed Slot Car Championship

June 18, 2014

Digital Fabrications Studio Coordinator Mike Vitale recently raced his miniature car (which he “printed” at the 3D Lab using the Dimension Elite ABS printer) in a “slot car competition” held by Materialise at the RAPID (Rapid Prototyping) conference in Detroit.

His car- which he named - “Stamps Speeder”- was fast and furious. Mike blames “driver error” for a middle-of-the-road finish.

Go Stamps Speeder, Go!

Mike Vitale: 3D Printed Slot Car Championship

Emilia Javanica-White: NAS Creative Community Fellow

June 18, 2014

Emilia Javanica-White (MFA ‘12) has been selected as one of 50 Creative Community Fellows through National Arts Strategies. The 9-month program brings together a unique community of innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems. Led by experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovation, design thinking and creative placemaking fellows gain the tools, skills and networks to activate the ideas that will transform their communities.

As a Creative Community Fellow, Emilia will work on developing her project “The Artoit Art Bus,” a vehicle for transportation between Ann Arbor and Detroit in which unique art events take place. The art bus will transport groups to the opposite destination for cultural art events, in addition to offering opportunities to participate in programming on the bus itself. The Art Bus will offer a unique way to converse with communities outside of the comfort zone, while also exploring the spaces that exist in between.

For more information about the project and to follow along with its development, visit: Emilia White | An NAS Creative Community Fellow.

Emilia Javanica-White: NAS Creative Community Fellow

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