November 18, 2013
The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design’s 2013 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition features the exceptional works of our undergraduate students in art and design, juried by three professionals:
2013 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: November 18 - December 21
Opening Reception & Awards Announcement: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4:30-6:00 pm
Guy Palazzola Memorial Award
Jilbadji Location 563 on Deposited Plan 224672. Dulyalbin, WA
Oil and mixed media on campus 60 x 66”
Mining and petroleum extraction has defined Western Australia since its colonization. Over the last century it has developed into a global industry, with multibillion dollar deals between corporations and governments increasing rapidly. The landscape is shaped by commercial activity, cut through by roads and dotted with tens of thousands of abandoned mining sites. Whole towns have been made uninhabitable with disease and death from the asbestos mining. Many of the indigenous peoples, who lived for thousands of years on the once-forested land are now remembered only in the names assigned to land districts subdivided into numbered tracts.
One of the major companies mining in Jilbadji is headquartered miles from Ann Arbor, yet its activities are occurring so far away from us: literally the other side of the world. What is happening hardly feels real. The painting is an attempt to visualize this landscape—in a way that may be felt—through a kind of extractive process layering pigments obtained from the earth.
John H. McCluney Memorial Award
Graphic design 24 x 17”
Citizen Erased is a disconnected analysis of a man that was executed during Joseph Stalin’s Purges in the 1930s. Shortly after his arrest by the KGB, all information regarding the man was terminated. Starting with just a first name, a portrait of him was built, slowly, from collected nightmares and charred photographs.
Robert D. Richards Memorial Award
Kaleidoscope is an experimental film piece examining the deconstruction and reconstruction of images considered ordinary. In this film, the act of putting on makeup is transformed into a kaleidoscopic landscape. This piece is meant to reveal the simple act of cosmetic beautification as an anticipatory gateway into the world of night life and the mitigation of consciousness such a world entails. https://vimeo.com/64461552
Irene Bychinsky Bendler Award
Porcelain and aluminum, 2 x 8 x 2”
I made these toy trains during a period of transition. I was unhappy with the direction I was headed, and I decided to shift my primary focus from being a designer of functional objects to a maker of sculptural objects. These objects, in some ways, reflect this transition.
My process is that of a designer; the objects developed with a series of sketches, models, and molds, yet the final object is nonfunctional - a toy that cannot be played with. Have I created a functional object with no use or a meaningful object with no function? Regardless of the answer, it also begs another question: is an object useless just because it has no explicit function? Are my toy trains exclusively an art piece or a designed object or are they both?
Ann Reek Amendt Award
Copper and bone, 24 x 18”
The sun beat down on me as I pulled sheet after sheet of plastic out of the loosely packed earth that was to be my mother’s strawberry patch. As I reached the north end of the patch, I turned over a clump of earth to reveal the first rib and vertebrae. Buried shallow and seemingly not long ago, at least a dozen skulls told me that there were remains of many deer in this small area. Stories heard from the neighbors explained the tooth marks on the ribs that I found. The previous residents of this farm had had maintained their livelihood breeding wolf dogs.
There were remains from many more deer than one could have hunted within the law. Perhaps some of these animals were vehicle fatalities, collected so that they could be fed to their children or the dogs. Perhaps some were even poached out of necessity by a family with no other options. Though they had hidden the bones away, feeling shame in their inability to live through conventional means, I couldn’t help but view the previous residents with admiration for the resourcefulness and determination represented by the collection of bones that I was slowly uncovering.
William A. Lewis Award
Oil on canvas, 46x 52”
Cows were an interesting subject for me to paint. There is an implication of pattern and repetition that is found in their spots and black and white fur that strongly contrasts with colorful, aggressive and spontaneous applications of paint that I like to use. Cows also are generally docile creatures and I enjoyed portraying them in a crazed, psychotic state.
Arthur C. Tagge Award
Subject: (No Subject)
How do you find the courage to speak what’s on your mind - to make a bold move - to love who you want? Write your own honesty. https://vimeo.com/78011637
Emile Weddige Award
My intent of my piece is to showcase the emotions and obstacles I must overcome on a daily basis throughout my life and how my heart, The City of Detroit, has had a striking influence of how I view the world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bfoMJ4wiZY
Barbara & Dorothy Heers Memorial Award
Screen print on fabric, 108” x 72”
Large scale prints inspired by a character created during my time studying abroad in India.
Alice Elizabeth Kalom Award
Photography, 13” x 31”
Created and destroyed through photographic and chemical processes, these images represent the effects of chlorine and other pollutants on aquatic environments and organisms.
November 15, 2013
The Confucius Institute and Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan is hosting the exhibition “Chinese Now: Contemporary Portraits”, presented by 31 faculty members from the School of Arts, Renmin University of China. Professor TANG Keyang (Associate Professor, Renmin University of China) explains:
“In this exhibition, the people of China are brought to life in the vision of the artists. Freed from the limitations of a single concept, style, image, or form, the only thing the Chinese people represented here have in common is a disregard for the stereotypes long associated with them. The concern of this exhibition is in establishing the cultural sensibilities of contemporary China, just as different peoples, at different times, have engaged art as a vital social response to the movement of history. As Professor Leo Ou-fan Lee has noted, engagement with these cultural sensibilities allows an audience to grasp “certain core feelings, the stuff which moves us” so inherent in the drama of life. In presenting this exhibition, the hope is that an understanding of these core feelings will form the basis for meaningful intercultural dialogue.”
Exhibition: November 15 - December 21, 2013
Work – Ann Arbor
Symposium: Saturday, 1 - 5:45 pm, November 16, 2013
Michigan Room, Michigan League
November 8, 2013
Featuring the work of dedicated studio artists, writers and designers who have made significant contributions to the Detroit cultural climate since the mid 1970s. At Work: Detroit Nov. 8 - Dec. 27; reception and screening Nov 8 - 9.
This exhibition is aimed at featuring the work of dedicated studio artists, writers and designers who have been making significant contributions to the Detroit cultural climate since the mid 1970s.
Curated by Robert Mirek
Nov. 8 - Dec. 27 at Work: Detroit
Opening Reception, featuring a live performance by Frank Pahl: Friday Nov. 8th, 6-9 pm
Film Screening by Joseph Bernard, Alison Donahue, Scott Northrup and Terri Sarris, with a performance by Alison Donahue prior to seating: Nov. 9th, 7-9 pm