MFA Thesis Exhibitions 2010
Culminating work by A&D’s 2010 MFA candidates, including video, product design, painting, installation, and sculpture. Exhibitions address such issues as sustainability, the nature of home, Lucha Libra, history, the neo-pastoral, and cross-cultural meaning.
The A&D MFA Thesis Exhibitions cover seven venues in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Hamtramck with a rolling exhibition schedule that begins on March 8 and ends on May 1.
March 8 - 26
March 8 - 26, Reception: March 12
Location: Slusser Lounge
Statement: My work incites a sense of immediacy where the vulnerability and destruction of the object, rather than its survival, becomes the means of experiencing time, endurance, perceptions of life, and the possibility of rescue. Losing objects belong to the past evoke places that are not the past but contemporary places in the world where perpetual loss is the norm of the daily life. It’s a call to reconceptualize our connections, not only to the past but also to current issues and events where disintegration and recovery mark our experiences and choices for the future.
March 8 — April 2
Location: Work • Detroit
March 8 — April 2, Reception: March 13, 6 - 9 pm
Maskell Express schedule: Pickup at A&A Pillar, NW corner of building. Bus leaves from A&D at 5:30 and 7:30pm; returns to A&D at 6:30 and 9:30pm.
Statement: My work is a series of sculptures that serve as a biography of the neo-pastoral culture that is the American Midwest. As a nation that is deeply embedded in technological infrastructure and practice, the notion of an escape to a bucolic ideal has been surpassed by our access and manipulation of the surrounding landscape and its counterparts. This work illustrates a form of technological determinism that is defining the middle landscape of the 21st century by using both manual and manufactured processes to propagate a new discourse of beliefs within America.
March 12 — April 2
A&D MFA Thesis Exhibitions 2010
Emir Alibasic, Ashley Lieber, Rui Mu, and Emily Orzech
Opening Reception: March 12, 6-9 pm, Closing Reception: April 2, 6-9 pm
Location: Slusser Gallery - A&D Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., 1st Floor
No Home Like Your Own
Statement: No Home Like Your Own is a journey through artwork that is socially and culturally oriented, metaphorical and autobiographical. The paintings are rich with narrative ambiguities and implications explaining the historical content of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The objects are juxtaposed in the uneasy landscape with the subject matter that represents social unrest. These landscapes are of a destroyed domesticity, new or familiar terrain, security or insecurity, stability or instability and diaspora. The aim is to evoke visual surprises and new discoveries and the idea of accessing the inaccessible.
Statement: In this body of work, entitled the ‘Sustainability Series’, the fields of sculpture, ecology and psychology are combined to beg the question(s): What is sustainability? What does it look like? Where is it? And why is it so important? Three tiers of work are presented, each leading into the other: Circular System IIV (an exploratory hydroponic project that produces edibles), Silvio’s Vertical Hydroponic Wall Garden (a functioning wall garden installed at ‘Silvio’s Organic Pizza’), and Psychosustainium (installation on view in Slusser Gallery). It is my aspiration that this body of work challenges the viewer/participant to make the distinct connection between personal and ecological health.
Immersive Telematic Filial Piety
Statement: I have been exploring the didactic potential that product design has to change behavior and improve interpersonal relationships. These works were created as a response to the decline of “filial piety” among Chinese immigrants in the US. “Filial piety” is a virtue that is highly honored and legally mandated in China, whereas in the US it is more of an individual choice. My pieces are meant to serve as cultural probes to reveal insights about immigrants’ lives rather than as commercial products.
Statement:Is it possible to capture in two dimensions the play of shadows, the rhythm of walking, and the sense of dislocation as we turn down a new path? In my current series of paintings I investigate ways to represent movement from the ground rather than from an aerial “map” view. My thesis takes as its source material the fragmented landscape of Detroit. Through repeated trips across the city I develop habitual paths and study how changing city forms interface with my shifting memory. I translate these memories of movement onto stretched paper using a combination of ink, graphite and screen print.
March 12 — April 2
These branches still bear fruit…
Location: Robbins Gallery
Opening Reception: March 12, 6-9 pm; Closing Reception: April 2, 6-9 pm
Statement: Amadeaus Scott’s work germinates from her role as creative narrator, exploring relationships between identity, heritage, and place through concentric circles of state, city, and home. From this root-system, three branches unfurl. One begins at the state level, offering comfort and connection among Michiganders through exchange of mittens with locale stories. Another is at city level, storytelling Ann Arbor’s complicated past and present through its feral apple trees. The final branch focuses on home, creating new narratives to fill those lacking within her family’s history.
March 17 — 19
Exile & Utopia
Show Dates: Mar 17, 2:30-5 pm; Mar 18, 2:30-9 pm; Mar 19, 3-5 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, Mar 18, 4-9 pm
Location: Map Library - Hatcher Graduate Library, 920 N. University, 8th floor
Statement: Aaron Johnson-Ortiz exhibits his artist book "Exile & Utopia" in UM’s Hatcher Graduate Library, spatially and conceptually located by the Map Library and above the Labadie Collection. Using letters and pamphlets from Labadie and other US and Mexico archives, the artist researched a revolutionary junta of exiled journalists who inspired the Mexican Revolution of 1910. On its centennial, he retraced their exilic journey across North America using old railroad and city maps. Aaron’s book includes documents, historic site photographs, and diagrammatic drawings. Visitors may borrow a copy. The reception coincides with a Map Library Open House exhibiting related maps.
April 3 - May 1
Show Dates: April 3 - May 1
Opening Reception: April 3, 6-10 pm. Screenings begin at 7 and 8:30
Regular Hours: 12-5 pm Saturdays
Location: 2739edwin (Gallery) - 2739 Edwin St. Floor #2 Hamtramck, MI 48212
Transportation to and from the exhibition will be available. A bus will leave the A&D parking lot at 5:45 pm, arriving at 2739 Edwin at 6:45 pm. The bus will leave 2739 Edwin at 8:30pm to return to the A&D parking lot.
Statement:An exhibition of video by Charles Fairbanks, featuring material shot in Mexico City and Chiapas where Fairbanks learned the art of Lucha Libre — Mexico’s acrobatic masked wrestling. Fighting as El Gato Tuerto (The One-Eyed Cat) with a camera built into his mask, the artist attempts to capture the sensual experience of this physical drama. In conjunction with material filmed outside of the arena, Flexing Muscles relates Lucha Libre’s exaggerated postures to the texture and toil of every day life, artfully suggesting how this spectacular sport is integral to the lives of its practitioners.
Lost and and Found Pennies Teresa Squared Project
Custodial Break Room, Room 1207, Art and Architecture Building
Statement:The Lost and Found Pennies Teresa Squared Project was a collaborative project with the Art and Architecture Building Custodial staff. Over the course of several terms, found pennies from the building and other parts of the University were collected by the custodial staff and me and placed in a make shift Maison jar bank on a table in the custodial staff break room. These pennies where then delivered to Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity, in Calcutta, India. You are invited to experience the project and partake in a good will interation with project participants.