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Nancy Thayer: Retrospective Exhibition 1975 - 2015

September 2, 2015

Opening with a reception Friday, Sept. 11 at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Nancy Thayer: Review/Reflect/Respond is a retrospective of work created by Nancy Thayer from 1975 - 2015.

“When I hike in the mountains I feel the timeless power, presence and dignity of nature that is beyond any possible attempt at imitation. I experience an overwhelming sense of the Eternal Creator’s presence. And back in my studio I depend on that presence to inspire a wordless language of strokes, color, textures and proportions to express the essence of who I am.”
– Nancy Thayer

This exhibit is not precisely a retrospective but certainly a broad look at decades of paintings by Thayer.
Thayer’s work is included in numerous museum collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts; Muzeum Papiernictwa, Duszniki Zdroj, Poland; Foundation MINT ALAPITVANY, Budapest, Hungary; and in more than 200 private and corporate collections throughout Europe and the U.S.  Her work has been shown extensively throughout the U.S and in Italy, Germany, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands and Korea.

Nancy Thayer
Review/Reflect/Respond
A Retrospective: 1975 - 2015

September 11 - November 13, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 2015, 6 pm - 8 pm

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
1516 South Cranbrook Rd.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Exhibition catalogs, containing 29 images of paintings, an essay by Detroit Institute of Arts Curator Nancy Sojka, artist’s statement, and additional photos and information, will be available at the opening reception September 11.

For more information, please see: https://www.facebook.com/nthayerart

Nancy Thayer: Retrospective Exhibition 1975 - 2015

Endi Poskovic: Feature Article in Halifax Magazine

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

Partners in Printmaking | Halifax Magazine

Endi Poskovic: Feature Article in Halifax Magazine

Detroit Student and Stamps Artist-in-Residence Featured on NPR

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.

A youth reporter takes you inside the huddle | Michigan Radio

Detroit Student and Stamps Artist-in-Residence Featured on NPR

Photo: Nick Williams

Sophia Brueckner Featured in + / -, an Exhibition of Digitally Fabricated Artwork

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.

+/- (Plus/Minus)
September 8 through October 21, 2015
Exhibition Opening September 8, 2015

Joseloff Gallery
Hartford Art School
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
860-768-4090

 

Sophia Brueckner Featured in + / -, an Exhibition of Digitally Fabricated Artwork

Janie Paul: Proximities at Blue Mountain Gallery

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: Proximities at Blue Mountain Gallery

Janie Paul: Patsy, 9x10”, Watercolor

Parisa Ghaderi Featured in ArtPrize 7

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.

Parisa Ghaderi: Wish you weren’t here! | ArtPrize

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

ArtPrize

Parisa Ghaderi Featured in ArtPrize 7

Matt Kenyon: TED Talk Featured

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.

Matt Kenyon: How I snuck a memorial for Iraqi civilians into the US government | TED Talk | TED.com

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.

Matt Kenyon: TED Talk Featured

Michael Rodemer Exhibits at International Symposium on Electronic Arts

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.

Robin Street-Morris: 15th Annual American Landscapes Exhibition

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.

Robin Street-Morris: 15th Annual American Landscapes Exhibition

Los Penasquitos Canyon VI, Watercolor and soft pastel on 300lb cold press paper. 14” x 19” (36 x 48cm). 2014.