News & Events
June 25, 2015
Things Feel Heavy, a one night only art show and event curated by Anna van Schaap (BFA 2010), will take place from 8 pm - 1 am on Friday, July 3rd at Tangent Gallery in Detroit.
Things Feel Heavy
Friday, July 3rd 8 pm - 1 am - One Night Only
Tangent Gallery, 715 Milwaukee Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Check out events/times here: http://www.thingsfeelheavy.info/#!events/cd10
A one night only art show and event, featuring:
- Visual Work
- Performance Art
- Film and Video Projections
- Dance Choreography
- Wearables Runway Show
- Live Music (Bands)
- Raffle of Original Work
- Public Vote for Best In Show ($200 Artist Prize)
- and More!
“A Creature Feature
A Spook Show of the Soul
A Coping Trance
This show deals with the fracturing effects of living in the physical world and the fragmentation of the anxious mind fraught with dark recesses and creepy creatures made to populate the interior spaces of the Creative’s insular existence.
‘In the art world, fear and confusion have brought about a return of the metaphysical, even if it’s only skin deep. There’s been a shift from the big picture to the little one, from the cultural to the subcultural, the outer world to the inner one. ...Ever since the enlightenment killed off Satan in the 18th century, the artistic imagination has relished filling the void. ...None of us know what will hit next, but things feel heavy.’”
-[Paraphrased] Jerry Saltz, Modern Gothic 2004
Participating visual artists include:
Morgan Barrie , Brianna Baurichter, Jennifer Belair, Jeffery Bowman, Lea Bult, Kelly Burke , Zackery Chapman, Stephanie Chisholm, Adrian Deva, Neil Allen Flowers, Katie Hawley, Jesse Kassel, Hannah Korte, Genevieve Mihalko, Timothy Nolan, Shannon Powers, Kela Robinson, Kelsey Shultis , Benjamin Forrest Spencer , Katie St. Clair, Jason Sudak, Dessi Terzieva, Niki Urban and Autumn Wetli.
Participating performance artists include:
Molly Soda, Emily Roll, John Neely, and Haus of Skandoughless by Lindsay Cashews
Live Music by:
Mexican Knives and Bonny Doon w/ special guest Fred Thomas
Friday, July 3rd 8 pm - 1 am - One Night Only
Cash Bar, $7 gets you in the door + a ticket to vote for your favorite work
June 24, 2015
Causa Sui, Ann Stewart’s (MFA 2009) first solo exhibition at Whitespace, features graphite drawings, intaglio prints, and 3D printed sculptures that continue Stewart’s investigation into the visualization of perception. Causa sui, which is latin for “cause of itself”, is a phenomenon that philosopher Jim Holt describes as entities bootstrapping themselves into existence. Using a process of pattern recognition and pattern generation, both finding and fabricating forms, Stewart is negotiating the boundary between randomness and structure. She creates impossible objects and disorienting spaces that swarm, merge, morph, cantilever, implode, and explode. The architectonic structures operate within their own gravitational fields to produce precarious junctures and intricate voids.
Partial funding for the 3D printed sculptures was provided by a grant from Idea Capital. Some of the intaglio prints were created while Stewart was an artist in residence at Anchor Graphics, which was funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
814 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
June 26th – August 1st, 2015
Opening Reception: June 26, 7 pm - 10 pm
June 23, 2015
Shannon Kohlitz‘s (BFA 2011) senior thesis project, a video entitled, A Series of Kinetic Sets Tell A Story, will appear on national television July 6 and 7, 2015 on the PBS affiliates WKAR World and WTVS World under the name, “Film School Shorts: Episode 309: It’s In The Blood.” It will air at 6:30pm and 9:30pm EST on July 6th and 2:30am, 10:30am, and 4:30pm EST on July 7th.
If you’re not in the Detroit area, you can still watch the film on your local PBS station. Please go to Film School Shorts: Episode 309: It’s In The Blood - KQED, and plug in your zip code under “change location” on the right side of the screen (next to “Television Broadcasts”) to find what stations at what time are playing “It’s In The Blood.”
If you miss those dates, you will be able to eventually watch the film anytime on Film School Shorts youtube channel. If you want to watch it this very moment, visit Shannon’s Vimeo channel, which also includes a fun behind the scenes video.
“Film School Shorts” is a national half-hour weekly KQED series that showcases short student films from across the country. Each week, viewers can watch well-crafted films with high production values, strong dialogue and riveting drama that is grouped together around a central theme or topic.
A Series of Kinetic Sets Tell A Story
Through the painstaking transformation of a series of cardboard boxes, Shannon Kohlitz brings a box of cherished keepsakes to life, recalling a tale of love and heartbreak that spans decades and continents. Before you toss out a seemingly useless heirloom, ask yourself, “If inanimate objects could speak, what stories would they tell?”
June 23, 2015
We are thrilled to announce that two recent MFA grads, Trevor King and Cosmo Whyte, have been awarded 2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards from the International Sculpture Center. Work by King and Whyte will be featured in the October 2015 Sculpture magazine, and in the Grounds For Sculpture’s Fall/Winter Exhibition. Congratulations, Trevor and Cosmo!
The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field. It was also designed to draw attention to the sculpture programs of the participating universities, colleges and art schools. The award program’s growing publicity resulted in an exceptional number of participating institutions; including over 158 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs from six countries for a nominated total of 423 students.
A distinguished panel made up of Chakaia Booker, Sculptor, NY; Kelly Kivland, Assistant Curator at Dia Art Foundation, NY; and Maki Hajikano, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at York College at CUNY, NY; selected 18 recipients and 7 honorable mentions through a competitive viewing process of the works submitted. The selection of the recipients from a large pool of applicants, including international students, is a great accomplishment and testament to the artistic promise of the students’ work.
The 18 award recipients will participate in the Grounds For Sculpture’s Fall/Winter Exhibition, which will be on view from October 2015 – March 2016 in Hamilton, New Jersey, adjacent to the ISC headquarters. The artist’s work will be featured in the October 2015 issue of the International Sculpture Center’s award winning publication, Sculpture magazine as well as on the ISC’s award-winning website.
The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Members include sculptors, collectors, patrons, architects, developers, journalists, curators, historians, critics, educators, foundries, galleries, and museums-anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture.
Cosmo Whyte: Wake the Town and Tell the People
June 23, 2015
MFA student Emily Schiffer is taking over the New Yorker’s Instagram feed this week with pictures from her recent Italy trip, exploring ideas of belonging, identity, fantasy, and memory. Follow her month abroad here.
Hello, this is @emilyschiffer posting this week. My great-grandparents left Guardiagrele, Italy for the United States in 1909, and a powerful longing for that town—and for Italy in general—has been passed down through the generations. I am interested in my family’s nostalgia for a place it has not experienced. This series, stills which accompany my first experimental film, investigates the concept of constructed memory and explores the impossibility of knowing what my life would look like if my family hadn’t emigrated. Ideas of belonging, identity, fantasy, and memory guided my work.
My mother’s family is Italian-American, and my Father’s ancestors are Ukrainian and Austrian Jews. The fact that I can never actually be solely Italian or from Guardiagrele is part of what makes this fantasy intriguing to me. I find the act of imagining a clear cut identity—one that would eliminate the layers of my American whiteness, Jewishness, and Italian-Americanness—both unappealing and compelling. This tension between my conflicting desires to simplify and complicate my identity led to a fragmented, illogical, and imaginative way of working that is quite different from my usual documentary photographic practice. In this work I explore the origins of these opposing urges, and examine their push and pull.
Family: a connection that transcends geography and logic. My American aunt and I introduced ourselves to four generations of Italian cousins. This image (of my Aunt and 90 yr old cousin) was taken during our first meeting.
June 22, 2015
In the recent LS&A Art as Science competition, two Stamps students won top honors: Sidney Krandall was awarded the Grand Prize for an original (and highly practical) concept design, developed to help patients strengthen their hand muscles outside of a clinical setting; and Stephanie O’Neil was awarded Best in Digital Rendering for her 3D model of a malaria parasite.
The Science as Art competition, sponsored by the Science Learning Center, challenges students to consider the inherent beauty in science and scientific concepts. This year, students from across campus responded with paintings, drawings, 3D models, and photography expressing medical science, engineering, astronomy, and more.
Sidney Krandall: Progressive Resistance Exercise (PRE) Design Concept
Two years ago I began volunteer work at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital where I worked closely with patients in occupational therapy (OT), many of whom were struggling with the dexterity of their hands. I became particularly interested in a set of patients who, due to issues such as radial nerve injury, lacked the strength to open their hand at all. Patients struggling with issues involving hand dexterity are likely to require daily assistance, and often face diminished quality of life. While therapist’s work with many of these patients to re-educate the muscles involved in abduction of the phalanges, many patients instead are given a bulky fin-like splint to force the hand open so it may be used. These splints however are reminiscent of a wicked issue in the United States healthcare ideology: the emphasis on quick solutions as opposed to quality solutions. After working with the OT patients I began designing a series of concepts to address hand dexterity so patients can recover daily autonomy, and quality of life. The PRE Design concept submitted for this competition is one of those designs.
The PRE concept was developed so that patients who need to strengthen muscles involved in hand abduction would be able to do so outside of the clinical setting. Often, in-house patients voiced interest in practicing therapies on their own time to reduce the number of clinical visits and speed up recovery. For patients who are not in-house for treatment, this could mean less money spent on travel and less time away from work. The PRE concept is designed to be made of thermoplastic, foam, and weighted Velcro. The body of the design has two parts that create a splint to keep the wrist comfortable and secure while patients practice their exercise. The exercise itself involves repetition of opening and closing the hand, or individual fingers. It is important that the wrist be kept in a neutral position to ensure it is not assisting the abduction of the phalanges. Debilitation of wrist movement is promised by the ball like form seen in the palm and is part of the anterior portion of the splint. On the phalanges themselves, this PRE design concept demonstrates weighted sleeves that might be slipped onto each finger and secured with Velcro. These sleeves can be graduated to prevent the patient from reaching a plateau. Additionally, if only specific phalanges need treatment, this design allows for customization as the five sleeves are designed to be five separate entities. The concept drawing itself was produced using pen and ink on paper, and was then scanned into and labeled in Adobe Photoshop.
Stephanie O’Neil: Malarial Infection as a Digital Sculpture
Malaria is a widespread human disease caused by a parasite. The transmission of the parasite into the blood stream is initiated when an infected pregnant female mosquito feeds on human blood. According to the 2013 World Health Organization’s annual report on Malaria, there has been a decline in the disease worldwide due largely to preventive measures such as controlling mosquito population. However, the disease is still rampant in the developing world. In 2012, there were around 207 million cases of malaria, and 627,000 deaths that were a result of infection. It is estimated that 3.4 million people worldwide are at risk for contracting the parasite. Malaria is a rigorous and highly evolved parasite that lives half its life in the human bloodstream and the other half in the Mosquito’s digestive system. It is crucial to understand each stage of the infection thoroughly in order to effectively treat the disease. A form of the Plasmodium falciburm parasite, called sporozoites inhabit the pregnant female mosquito’s salivary gland, so when she feeds on a human the sporozoites enter the blood stream of the human. Sporozoites first go to liver cells where they lay dormant for 5-16 days during which time merzoites are being rapidly produced within liver cells. Then the liver cells lyse, and the merozoites adhere to red blood cells. After parasitic invasion, the infected red blood cell undergoes three structural stages of infection. The parasite incubated inside red blood cells after this, the final stage called the schizont stage occurs. Here, the parasite reproduces asexually to form between 16 and 32 daughter merozoites. After this point, increased internal pressure causes the red blood cell to burst open. The freed merzoites can move through the bloodstream and attach to other red blood cells. This harmful process of asexual reproduction occurs repeatedly for 1-3 days around the 15th-20th day after initial infection. It is often in this time that the symptoms of Malaria begin to manifest, especially fevers.
June 19, 2015
Stamps Alumn Joseph Keckler stars in a new musical, “Preludes,” at NYC’s Lincoln Center. The production has received several rave reviews, including an article from New York Times lead drama critic, Ben Brantley.
Photo: Kyle Froman
June 19, 2015
The lawn, the fence, the front porch—the public faces of the private structures of our homes all face forward in a gesture that is part welcoming open hand, part stay just a little back. It is where we can be outside and great our neighbors—from a distance. We took one more of these elements—the roof—and brought it out of the sky, like tipping a hat in greeting, transforming it into a place to hang out, and/or to hide. Front Roof, like the other forward elements presents a public face, and a private face, incorporating a gesture that allows for sociability, and for privacy.
June 19, 2015
Laura Whitesides Host’s (BFA 1971) love of nature is reflected in her new work, “Travels Near and Far” at the Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI. Stop by to meet the artist at the Mid Month Reception on Friday, June 19 from 6 - 9 pm.
Enjoy wine, cheese, and crackers while viewing Laura’s mixed water media paintings and monotypes that were inspired by her recent trips.
Laura collects leaves and other objects everywhere she goes to include in her artwork. Sometimes she lays the leaves in watercolor puddles and lets the water attract to different parts of the leaf. Next, she inks and prints the leaf, and takes photographs of the resultant image. After making adjustments on the computer, she puts it away for a month or two, so she can look at it with fresh eyes and make final adjustments. Laura teaches classes in her printmaking process at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, and she is one of the founding members of Lawrence Street Gallery. The show runs from June 3 – June 26. Gallery hours are Wednesday and Saturday, noon to 5, and Thursday and Friday, noon to 9pm.
June 17, 2015
The program, AMERICAN SHORTS & CANADIAN FEATURE, will take place at SMALL WORLD THEATRE, Studio 101, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, and features an audience Q & A with the filmmakers, facilitated by Carol Whiteman.