News & Events
August 31, 2015
The July/August edition of Halifax Magazine features “Partners in Printmaking”, an article about Professor Endi Poskovic‘s collaborative project in lithography with Jill Graham, one of Canada’s premier lithographers and a Tamarind master printer. Supported by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Printmaking Program and carried out in collaboration with Jill Graham and NSCAD University undergraduate students, the project involved the production of ten new lithographs between February and August 2015.
For more information about the project, visit: http://endiposkovic.tumblr.com/search/nscad
August 27, 2015
Jai’Shaun Isom, a student at Detroit Community High School, spent the summer working with Zak Rosen, a Detroit-based radio producer and a Michele Schara artist-in-residence at the Stamps School. The results of their time together, a story Jai’Shaun produced about his football team, has been featured on Michigan Radio and WDET.
My name is Jai’Shaun Isom. I’m 16. I’m one of the captains of the football team at Detroit Community High School. When I wasn’t practicing and training for football this summer, I was interviewing my teammates and coaches about motivation, discipline and dedication.
Photo: Nick Williams
August 21, 2015
Stamps Assistant Professor Sophia Brueckner is featured +/- (Plus/Minus), an exhibition of contemporary sculpture and video opening September 8 at the Joseloff Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School.
+/- features the work of nine artists who have embraced digital technologies, exploring the myriad ways they can enhance and aid in the creation of their artwork.
“Through (+) additive and (-) subtractive technologies like rapid prototyping (3D printing) and CNC machining, artists are able to make objects almost directly from mind into matter. This exhibition — the first in the Hartford Art School’s new Kohn Joseloff Guest Curator Series — seeks to explore the results that occur when technology meets the production of artistic sculpture. In addition, the technology of augmented reality appears to be both additive and subtractive literally making something out of nothing.”
The exhibition was curated by George Fifield, the founder and director of Boston Cyberarts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization, which produces the Boston Cyberarts Festival.
Brueckner’s featured works, Windows, is a series of paintings derived from the 1993 DOS computer game, Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos.
Using computer code, I translate the condensed landscapes seen from tiny castle windows within the game to 3D models. I fabricate these forms on a CNC milling machine and then paint by hand the original images back onto the objects.
September 8 through October 21, 2015
Exhibition Opening September 8, 2015
Hartford Art School
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
August 18, 2015
Proximities, an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Janie Paul, will be on display at the Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea, NYC from Sept. 8 - Oct. 3.
In the watercolors, simple organic shapes create gestures of human and natural existence. With purposefully irregular contours that bring us close to drawing, the not quite geometric shapes approach, touch, reach, nestle and accumulate into relationships that feel familiarly fundamental. A high horizon suggests landscape; it is a terrain of both interior memory and essences of observed phenomena. The atmosphere radiates luminous color in a broad spectrum of light and dark.
The color pencil and graphite drawings on wood are textures of closely woven tiny marks in which unrecognizable but familiar objects float close to ground lines and horizons that double as stripes and patterns. They evoke interior and exterior space, containment and flight, and the co-habitation of intimacy with immensity.
Janie Paul: Proximities
September 8 - October 3
Opening Reception: September 12, 3 - 6 pm
Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25th, 4th floor
New York, NY 10001
Janie Paul: Patsy, 9x10”, Watercolor
August 14, 2015
Wish you weren’t here!, a mixed-media installation by Parisa Ghaderi (MFA 2014) will be on display from September 23 - October 11 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum as part of ArtPrize Seven.
My work is about the distance created by compounded loss and the opacity of language. As an Iranian woman living in the U.S. for the past six years, the concept of nostalgia has become very bold for me. I’m looking at the past lives of people in my country, and trying to understand and reconnect with the person I am today. By adding mundane household objects to vintage photos from Iran and rephotographing them, I hope to juxtapose sense of alienation and contradiction into each piece. The act of rephotographing and transferring the image onto canvas is like translation; things are lost or changed in the process which creates an emotional distance between the work and the viewer. In addition, Persian calligraphy bleeding out of the frame functions as a decorative object; when language becomes form and loses its ability to communicate.
Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
August 13, 2015
Matt Kenyon’s March TED Fellow presentation, How I snuck a memorial for Iraqi civilians into the US government, is featured as “Today’s Talk” on TED.com.
It’s estimated that 150,000 to 1 million Iraqi civilians died as a result of the US-led invasion in 2003. Artist Matt Kenyon wanted to create a monument for them. But rather than build a large stone pillar, he made his monument small in size and easily replicable. He’s spent five years sneaking it into the halls of power — including directly into the hands of a US Attorney General who held office during the war, in an exchange caught on tape.
To learn more about the Notepad project, visit SWAMP » Notepad, where you can also request a sheet of Notepad paper for use in a letter to your own government representatives and make a donation to help with printing and mailing costs.
August 13, 2015
Stamps Professor Michael Rodemer's Rapprochement, a computer-controlled kinetic sculpture, is on display August 14 - 18 at the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Rapprochement is a computer-coordinated kinetic sculpture that uses an ultrasonic rangefinder to sense the proximity of visitors, then activates motors that slowly grind two brick fragments against one another, sometimes turning opposite directions, sometimes in the same direction. The bricks engage each other in a process of mutual accommodation. One version uses brick pieces from Berlin, Germany, one from the East, one from the West.
The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art will take place in Vancouver, August 14-18, 2015. This nomadic gathering of artists, researchers, performers, and academics consists of an academic conference, as well as a series of exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops and events in public space. Twenty years after the first groundbreaking Canadian ISEA in Montreal in 1995, the symposium is coming to Vancouver in August 2015 to be held at the SFU Woodward’s campus as well as at many partner spaces and institutions in downtown Vancouver. ISEA2015 will be presented by Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology (FCAT) and the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT).
The ISEA2015 Artistic Program will showcase over 160 artworks by contemporary artists that have been carefully selected by an international jury over the past six months. The innovative works range from large-scale interactive artworks to cutting-edge electronic music performances. Exhibitions and events will take place at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and many other sites and venues throughout the city.
August 13, 2015
Robin Street-Morris’ (BFA 2000) Los Penasquitos Canyon VI, a mixed-media painting in watercolor and soft pastel, has been selected for the 15th Annual American Landscapes exhibition in Annapolis, Maryland from August 14 - September 13.
American Landscapes: Scenes from the Americas features artwork with the subject matter of the Americas: North America, Hawaii, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Juried by John Morrell, Associate Professor of Painting and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Georgetown University, the exhibition features the work of 78 artists.
American Landscapes: Scenes from the Americas
Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery
18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
August 14 - September 13
Opening reception: August 23, 3 - 5 pm.
Los Penasquitos Canyon VI, Watercolor and soft pastel on 300lb cold press paper. 14” x 19” (36 x 48cm). 2014.
August 12, 2015
Phoebe Gloeckner will be interviewed on the Thursday, August 13 broadcast of NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. On the show, Gross will discuss The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the new movie adaptation of Gloeckner’s 2002 graphic novel directed by Marielle Heller. The Diary of a Teenage Girl was released last week to rave reviews, including a New York Times Critics’ Pick.
Review: In ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ a Hormone Bomb Waiting to Explode | The New York Times
‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Is Essential, Not Sophomoric, Viewing | Newsweek
The Diary of a Teenage Girl review – a scaldingly honest coming-of-age comedy | The Guardian
Meet Phoebe Gloeckner, Author of The Diary of a Teenage Girl | The Muse | Jezebel
The Rumpus Interview With Phoebe Gloeckner
The Diary of a Teenage Girl Cast on Rewriting the Sexual Coming-of-Age Story | Vogue
“Nobody Loves You. Nobody Sees You. Nobody Touches You.” How books and films explore, and obscure, the sexuality of teen girls. | Slate.com
Yes, ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Is Empowering. No, Having Sex with Your Stepdaughter Is Not Okay. | In These Times
Bel Powley in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
August 12, 2015
Stamps assistant professor Sophia Brueckner’s work is featured in Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, opening August 15 at Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, New Hampshire.
The exhibition opens August 15 as part of the special event Village Rising and will run through December 12, 2015. The show features a collection of contemporary translations of Shaker traditions, values, images and art forms by professional artists and creative citizens. “In many ways, the Shakers were the first to take their traditions and to translate them for contemporary living. Over their 200 years at Canterbury Village, they adopted new technologies and through their innovations were often at the leading edge of change,” noted Funi Burdick, Executive Director and Exhibit Curator. “However, new technologies were embraced with a mindfulness and intentionality that meant they simplified, rather than complicated, their lives. Interestingly, many of the modern day works featured in this year’s installation of Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations speak to the need for simplicity and connection.”
To explore these ideas, I designed and built two functional devices: the Empathy Box, a tabletop appliance inspired by “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick; and the Empathy Amulet, a wearable version of the aforementioned appliance. Both devices use shared physical warmth as a way to cultivate empathy and a novel sense of connection with anonymous others. The devices encourage their users to make a deliberate and generous choice to invest their time and energy in connection with strangers, and they incorporate reciprocity into their design, such that helping oneself means helping other people. The Empathy Box explores synchronous connection, while the Empathy Amulet uses asynchronous connection allowing the user experience the shared warmth either consciously or unconsciously.
Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations
August 15 - December 12, 2015
Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury, New Hampshire