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

Charlie Naebeck: Climate Scientists Calendar

August 21, 2014

Charlie Naebeck’s (BFA 2014) work with Columbia University, titled the “Climate Scientists” produced a 2014 calendar to highlight Columbia scientists talking about climate research and global warming. The calendar is showcased as the scientists present research on climate change at the opening of Sebastiao Saldago’s exhibition of “Genesis” at the International Center of Photography in New York in September.

Aside from client work, Charlie also teaches photography at Photo Manhattan in New York, and he has plans to produce his second book in his series titled “Resonance” on the topic of contemporary body image.

Charlie Naebeck: Climate Scientists Calendar

Linda Lapinski: OPIS Task Force

August 20, 2014

Linda Lapinski (BFA 1987) is the President of a non-profit organization, Oakland Phragmites & Invasive Species (OPIS) Task Force. The mission of the Task Force, which Lapinski started with her partner, Emily DuThinh, is to protect the quality of Oakland County’s lakes, streams and wetlands-preserving them for future generations from non-native invasive species. By empowering concerned citizens and government through education, advocacy and action, OPIS is working to control the spread of Phragmites and other non-native invasive plants.

In April 2014, OPIS was awarded by the Clinton River Watershed Council the Johanna Roskopp Award. This award was presented to OPIS for its recent outstanding contributions to protecting, enhancing and celebrating the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair.

Oakland Township joins fight against phragmites

Linda Lapinski: OPIS Task Force

Bill Barrett: Sculpture Installed

August 20, 2014

Bill Barrett’s (B.S. /1958,  M.S.in Design/1959,  M.F.A./1960) sculpture, “Lexeme VIII”, created in response to 9/11, was installed on Purdue North Central’s campus in Westville, Indiana on September 11, 2014. In an article on the dedication, written by Stefan Barkow for Purdue North Central, Central, Purdue’s Chancellor, James Dworkin stated “This is a beautiful reminder of an event we must never allow ourselves to forget. We gratefully accept this gift, and the responsibility of stewardship that comes with a sculpture such as this.

Lexeme VIII spent a few years on display in Zell, Germany, where it was so loved that they asked if they could keep the piece. “I had to tell them no,”Barrett said. “I told them I had to take it back to my home country, that it needed to be in the United States.”

And now at last, with the financial assistance of the Lawyer family, the support of Purdue North Central and the work of Bill and Debora Barrett, Lexeme VIII has come to stay in the place it was meant to be, to keep alive the memory of all those who died in the hearts of all those who lived.

Complete article (FaceBook).

Bill Barrett: Sculpture Installed

Susan Nordman Launches Jewelry Line

August 20, 2014

After many years of doing everything but fabricating jewelry, Susan Gluck Nordman (BFA 1983) has launched Taliswoman@SiouxStudio, an affordable and easily wearable line of jewelry found in Ann Arbor at the Heavenly Metal Boutique, The Eyrie Artisans Market in Depot Town in Ypsilanti, as well as the Weasel & Fitz Gallery of Madrid, New Mexico.  Her jewelry is fabricated out of formed and textured aluminum and employs the use of colorful stones, antique copper, vintage puka shell necklaces and various studio scraps to make her one-of-a-kind primitive tribal yet sophisticated urban wearable art pieces.  She is looking forward to continuing to expand her presence in more galleries and boutiques, as well as the indie art fair circuit.

Susan Nordman Launches Jewelry Line

Susan Laansma Pollins: Exhibitions

August 19, 2014

Susan Laansma Pollins (B.S. in Design 1961) is currently featured in a pop-up exhibit at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg called abstractions in watermedia. Other exhibitions include a show with daughter Christina Pollins-Shackelford at Rowe Gallery, Greensburg Art Center, and the 20th Anniversary Exhibit at the Main Exhibit Gallery, Ligonier, PA.

Susan Laansma Pollins: Exhibitions

Paula Schubatis Exhibits

August 18, 2014

From August 17-September 26, Paula Schubatis (BFA 2013) exhibits ISLAND, work created during her residency at Molzerberger Academy in Hilmsen, Germany.

Paula Schubatis Exhibits

Leslie Raymond: AAFF Executive Director

August 18, 2014

Leslie Raymond (MFA 1999) became the Ann Arbor Film Festival Executive Director in August 2013 and completed her first Festival in this capacity in March 2014. The 53rd AAFF takes place March 24-29, 2015.

Leslie Raymond: AAFF Executive Director

Rebekah Modrak Exhibits Re Made Co. at Incident Report

August 18, 2014

Rebekah Modrak’s Re Made Co. takes over the storefront windows of Incident Report in Hudson, New York, Aug. 14 through Sept. 14.

Re Made Co. exists as a “company” via website and social media that parodies the urban woodsman aesthetic of Best Made Co, which markets designer axes through the rhetoric of authenticity, the appropriation of working-class identities, and the revitalization of traditional male roles. Re Made Co. substitutes Best Made Co.‘s $300 urban axe with a $300 toilet plunger and satirizes their marketing campaign through design, social media, and photography.

This project uses critical design to pose pivotal questions related to the aestheticization and commodification of tools: Why are tools meant for work stylized and sold as luxury items? How is working-class labor sanitized and sold for white-collar fantasy? How are objects marketed with contradictory references, each promising “authentic” experiences that will lead to self-fulfillment?

Incident Report

Rebekah Modrak Exhibits Re Made Co. at Incident Report

Shiva Ahmadi Featured: Hyperallergic

August 18, 2014

Recently on display at the Asia Society, Shiva Ahmadi‘s video work Lotus (2013) was reviewed by hyparallergic.com.

Ahmadi’s single-channel video Lotus, based on her 2013 painting of the same title, is equally haunting. As the animation opens, an enlightened Buddha sits atop a golden lotus throne. Monkeys and humans frolic in the surrounding landscape, holding offerings in the form of bubbles representative of spiritual wisdom. Over time, this Utopia fades. The Buddha’s subjects grow violent, their bubbles turning into bombs. Birds take flight. Stained by blood, the formerly virtuous ruler becomes an ordinary despot.

Both works are as visually striking as they are politically dark, so it’s no surprise their creators identify as painters. As Malani’s lush images are projected on the wall, they bleed together like watercolors — vibrant extensions of her painting practice. Similarly, watching Lotus feels very much like seeing Ahmadi’s original painting come to life; the narrative formerly frozen in time comes to pass before our eyes.

Using Beauty to Examine Ugly Political Truths | HyperAllergic

Shiva Ahmadi Featured: Hyperallergic

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