A shuttle bus will be available to assist visits to opening receptions on Friday, April 19 from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Bus runs will initially be from the Art & Architecture Building to Matthei Botanical Gardens and back, then expand later to include Work: Ann Arbor downtown.
A&D undergraduate seniors screen their time based work at the Michigan Theater.
Thursday, April 18, 5 - 7 pm
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty
An original performance by Brita Thorne.
Thursday, April 18th at 8 pm
Friday, April 19th at 6 and 8 pm
Katie Klimkowski presents 3 short films focusing on different aspects of adoption.
Exhibition Dates: April 19 - 23
Opening: Friday, April 19th, 1 - 5 pm
Elaine Czech reimagines the relationship between humans and primates through a series of carved wooden masks inspired by Japanese Nôh Theater masks.
April 18 - May 5
Opening Celebrations: April 20 and 22, 4 - 7 pm
Work by Rachel Meyers and Natalie Smith.
April 19 - May 5
Opening Reception: April 19, 4:30 - 7 pm
Closing Reception: May 5, 2:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens: Main building, Tropical Conservatory
Anna Schulte, Claire Jones and Erica Neumann exhibit photography, sculpture and graphic design.
April 20 - May 5
Opening Reception: April 20, 5 - 7 pm
Ann Arbor Art Center, 114 W. Liberty
Guts features 2-D work by Taylor Bultema, Lyz Luidens, Justin Hein, Ronan Lynam and Alex Kaufman.
April 20 - May 5
Opening Reception: April 20, 7 - 10 pm
Closing Reception: May 5, 6 - 9
The Yellow Barn
416 W. Huron St, Ann Arbor
Artist's books by Abby Bennett and her collaborators.
Exhibition Dates: April 20 - 27Opening Reception: April 20, 6 - 10 pm
Literati Bookstore, 124 E Washington St
Pernicious Growth is an exploration of the development and multiplication of breast cancer cells. Each of the circles is comprised of layers of organic shapes presented in a linear sequence to represent five stages of that growth. This piece is dedicated to my mother, a three-time breast cancer survivor.
Ev: A Patchwork of Memories that are Long Gone
“Ev” is a reflection of my memories of Datca, Turkey: my emotions of nostalgia, the loss of my grandparents, and the experiences of a physical place that I once felt comfortable calling “home”. Through Contemporary Jewelry objects and an intimate, small-scale installation, I create a conversation between space and the human body. “Ev” explores the concept of sharing and interacting with memories. Each jewelry piece offers individuals the opportunity to carry a fragment of my memories of with them. Similarly, my installation allows a broader audience the choice to interact with my memories of a place that no longer exists.
Layers of One Self
This series of portrait paintings focuses on the layers of a person from the inside out. Abstracting a person with multiple layers creates the depth of who they are.
A Stitched Community
My passion in art has established itself in social practice, commenting on the significance of community, faith, and fellowship. A Stitched Community has manifested through an integrative community-quilting process. The focus of this project is on the breadth, diversity, and relational aspects of an ecumenical Christian community in Ann Arbor, Michigan, called the “Word of Life Community."
CONCEALMENT is a series of hand fabricated lockets which contain products that my personal security depends upon. The burdens of my skin and body problems have motivated me to create jewelry that serves both aesthetically and functionally. In response to the consumption of my thoughts, anxiety, and insecurities, my jewelry pieces are an investigation between wearable forms and its relationship to the body. These jewelry pieces make my anxiety and insecurities disappear through knowing I have these protective items close to my at all times.
To meet: to open a cover. To converse: to turn a page. To communicate: to connect letters and words, to form meaning. To bind is to bring together.
Drop the Needle
The series “Drop the Needle” intermixes intaglio and woodblock printing with current grassroots music culture. Joining the two, I explore the craftsmanship that lies behind illustration work from the 19th century and rekindle an interest for traditional printmaking. In pairing the artwork with popular musicians, the etchings expand on the existing culture of screen-printed gig posters. The prints are being signed by the bands and auctioned off to support Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation and Charity: Water.
Je Suis Francais - Moi Non Plus
Influenced by an amazing yet overwhelming experience abroad, a “Living in Paris” survival guide in the form of a fashion magazine, utilizing food in advertisements, was created. A fashion magazine is a common source for superficial information for women, generally focused on beauty. It is also often written in an instructional way, providing the reader with information on how to theoretically fit in. The articles included in the magazine all reference lessons learned during the time in that culture, so as to potentially be used for the next person going into a similar situation. The attitude towards food and beauty in Paris was also a largely influential experience and so that aspect has come into the cosmetic advertisements. Maybe you can have your cake and wear it too.
An original 3D animation about a space rover's journey to an unknown planet where he discovers aliens.
In Deep Shadow
In Deep Shadow is a film noir story of light shining through the darkness.
Immersion is a sound piece revealing physical and emotional experiences of anxiety and depression. I explored how my peers face feelings pressure and isolation by interviewing them and recording their stories. Their experiences evoked a sense of suffocation, almost like drowning. However, during our conversations, we felt a connection to one another. By sharing our stories, we were less alone in our anxieties. We could breathe.
The Four Horsemen
The Four Horsemen is a re-imagining of the apocalyptic riders as representations of ecological disasters in a series of four digital paintings. These are not the skeletal harbingers of destruction, but human characters caught in a fantasy world. Individually they are: the Conquest of land through environmental degradation, the War of invasive species, the Famine of natural resources through mass consumption, and Death in global warming, nature's attempt to restore balance after human interference.
In Between Worlds
Reimaging the humans’ relationship with primates through a series of carved wooden masks inspired by Japanese Nôh Theater masks Opening celebrations: April 20th and 22nd, 4-7pm
The Reluctant Sparrow
The Reluctant Sparrow is a tale about Mac, a homebody sparrow who decides not to migrate south with his friends. I used both watercolor and ink to create illustrations, and paired these images with whimsical prose to form the narrative. This story intentionally references the Golden Age of Illustration, and creators such as A.A. Milne, E.H. Shepard, and Beatrix Potter. The themes of the book explore the beauty of everyday happenings, the difficulties of retaining personal identity amidst society and friendship, and the reluctance to move on.
My paintings inquire into altered states of consciousness, the supernatural, the uncanny, and the numinous. They depict contradictions within themselves, as well as documented experiences that evoke anticipation. My role as the creator is not from a position of authority. The work presented does not embody a narrative arc, rather it attempts to invoke a visceral response in the viewer. I choose imagery based on the experience they elicit within myself. Whether my images are referenced or imagined, I attempt to focus on an experience external to the painting and focus on a process of defamiliarizing and manipulating the original imagery.
Temp Tools are a set of biodegradable camping tools that can be fitted onto sticks found in the woods. They are made using an all-natural composite material and regional flower seeds, transforming the tools into a vehicle, encouraging an active re-contribution to nature. The mission of this exploration is to stir up conversation regarding the complete life cycle of objects. By designing for the short-term, temp tools are continuing to pave the way for longevity, proving that “eco design” and “everyday design” do not have to exist as two separate entities.
This installation consists of collected and altered plant materials that would have otherwise decayed. Through this series of work I am exploring how manipulation can transform the perception of these decaying plants into something precious. Through repetitive labor I am re-contextualizing the organic material to present it in a light closer to its former state, and in doing so, recreating the reason why we stand in awe when observing the natural world. I am displacing these natural materials and asking the audience to stop and acknowledge these decayed, seemingly useless plants as a newly designed system that is full of life, labor, and awe.
A Deconstructed Space
This series of oil paintings focuses on architecture, abstraction, and color to explore my separation, but also connection to the office spaces I imagined as a child and question as an adult. I am struggling to decide how my career will affect my creativity and where my place in the working world will be. Architectural disruptions occur throughout the series as an attempt to fit into the office. Through abstraction and color I am able to exaggerate perspective and add playfulness into the office.
A series of ceramic vessels that attempt to change the way sound is experienced through aural and visual exchange.
Timmy is a short 2D animated film based on the poem "Tommy" written by Jolie Glickman. The animation tells the story of a seemingly happy family that hides their immorality from the rest of the world. The film looks at the human condition; how good and evil lives inside everyone and the line dividing the two is extremely thin. These themes will be portrayed through a very specific visual aesthetic, color scheme and symbolism within the illustrations.
My project is a clothing collection of outerwear pieces that blurs the lines between bespoke attire and technically functional apparel through garments that take visual cues from both the human form, and classic menswear silhouettes.
Frank Josef Vodka
A complete branding identity and marketing campaign for Franz Josef Vodka, a fictional liquor company inspired by my experience abroad hiking the New Zealand glacier that bares its name.
kinesiology noun :the study of human movement extended adjective :drawn out in length especially of time Kinesiology Expanded is a piece that explores the continuation of movement in space after its completion in real time. I am interested not only in tracing the physical motion path the body makes through space, but also the energy path created by the body. I have designed an immersive experience in which time and space are obscured to simulate these physical and energy paths.
Everything Will Be Okay (note: strikethrough whole title)
When my father died two years ago, I had difficulty connecting with the people around me. In particular, I struggled to relate to those who had never experienced grief at that kind of scale. Many didn't seem to know what to say to me, and even when they did it often felt inadequate. I wanted the people who cared about me to be helpful, for their sakes as well as mine. I had the urge to show them a set of instructions and say, "Here, this is something that can help you help me. This is what I need from you right now."
Using the historical wet plate collodion process to capture memories of loved ones and the spaces that are important to them.
Struggling communication brought by unfortunate trials, such as domestic violence, can smother existence. Inspired by an unfair death, Chocolate Rabbits depicts a young girl struggling to talk about grieving in an original short story. Two strange creatures teach that no one can guess thoughts. They remind the girl that Father adores her and wants to know. People often escape to childhood memories during times of struggle. Going off the need for nostalgia, the book was created with pop-ups and 50's/70's inspired children's illustrations. The personality of "Outsider" Art inspires text and illustration.
The Wake/Please Don't Feed the Animals
I was eight years old when I encountered a wild animal at a rest stop in Northern Michigan. As I hopped out of the back of the car, I met the glazed over empty eyes of a deer who was bound to the back of a truck. This lifeless animal looked more like a mattress strapped to a car to me. Taxidermy brings the wild into our homes, but transforms the animal into an object as decoration. This is an abstract interpretation of the grotesque style of taxidermy, exploring animal as natural versus object.
Hye In Jung
A&D/Abroad is a visual communication system for School of Art & Design international program designed to promote the program, organize and distribute the information in a new way. The series features printed booklets and student travelers’ kit with re-designed identity, intended for various applications. Inspired by the theme of traveling around the world, the series emphasizes the value of international experience to encourage students to get interested in the study abroad opportunity.
Revisions is a photo collage series that is intended to create the moment where our mind sheds a new vision of light on everyday images. The series is based off of one large photo collage and is enhanced by four small photo collages. Revision is the act of revising and editing, changing and modifying. The photo collages reveal the beauty of the world around us by changing and modifying the view of everyday images. Collaged these ordinary images begin to form striking abstract patterns and views that would often go unnoticed. The collages are made up of images of footprints in the snow, cracked sidewalks, shadowed stairs, and naked tree braches. As basic and boring as these images may sound, the collages present them in a new unforeseen manner.
Sunny Mi-Seon Kim
Recycle It 365
"Recycle It 365" is a project for promoting behavior changes on environmental awareness through the reuse of printed calendar. I develop ways to expend life of printed calendar by giving another values. It will help people to keep the product longer and give environmental messages at the same time.
Adoption is Happiness
3 short films focusing on different aspects of adoption.
"Stranded" is a short film that deals with exploring the fundamental principles of animation and uses mood, humor, and subtle moral undertones to illustrate one's personal journey on the road to one's own enlightenment.
A story of morality and coming to terms with one's decisions in life. The job world can be scary, in many ways than one, the main character explores this adult world as he attempts to resolve something he has lost.
How to be Human
"How to be Human" is a printmaking narrative consisting of photolithographic prints, linoleum and woodblock relief prints, copper etchings, and monoprints. The narrative is that of the experience of being human correctly, relating to ourselves and other humans, and the sometimes comedic, sometimes tragic, sometimes disturbing difficulty in doing these things.
Subverting the Familiar
The Definitive Guide to Typotopia
A 50-page illustrated fictional travelogue to Typotopia, a remote island inhabited by letters.
In The Absence of Heaven
I am exploring my emotions of confusion and nostalgia as they relate to past experiences, particularly my discomfort with the sexualization of the female body. Within each photograph, I ask the viewer to divorce nudity from sex, to see my vulnerability as decidedly non-erotic. Simultaneously, I am exploring the nude body as a beautiful form, one that lends itself to sexual exploration and womanhood. Here, I create a paradox by focusing my project on my resentment of my body, yet also glorifying the body. The effect is ambiguous, if even a little confusing. Sexuality is confusing too.
These freeform lace sculptures are abstracted representations of stages in botanical and microbial life cycles. My interest in these organisms is in the beauty found in their vital processes and transitional stages that occur as reactions and adaptations to a constantly changing environment.
5G Individualized Eyewear
5G Individualized Eyewear is a project driven by my desire to improve the end-user product by emphasizing the in-store experience while also focusing on the expertise of eyeglass fitting. The project uses handcraft and digital fabrication techniques to generate frames that center on ergonomic designs by using consumers’ individual facial and head measurements. With a balance of hand and digital craft, 5G Individualized Eyewear uses Individual Parametric Measurements (IPM) to create individualized fitting frames that provoke certain human values. Through product differentiation, the concept targets a market of consumer individualists. And as eyewear falls into the social paradigm of fashion and visual identity, the project looks at ways to reinterpret the current consumer-product relationship.
Pushed to the Margins: A Reflection on Life as a Second-Class Citizen
In my senior thesis, based on my experience as a woman in America, I attempt to address issues of marginalization and reductionism, with paintings that illustrate the act of stereotyping, personal reflective painting methods, and paintings that show what we, as humans, all have in common, despite the heavy weight that we place on our differences.
Evolutionary Type is a metaphorical journey through which the reader experiences the history of typography through the lens of biological evolution. The information is presented in a 10 x 15 inch book illustrated with typographic imagery.
Please, Don't Feed the Animals
Please Don't Feed the Animals is an IP show featuring Anna Schulte's photography, Claire Jone's sculpture, and Erica Neumann's book art. It is at Ann Arbor Art Center on 117 W. Liberty St., downtown Ann Arbor. The opening reception is April 20th, 5-7 pm, and the show will be up through May 4th.
Collapsible Grocery Transport
Designed with the student in mind, this personal grocery transport collapses to the size of a three-ring binder and weighs less than three pounds.
Ayatana: A Resting Place
The spaces we inhabit affect our frame of mind on a deep level, this project is about going within, transcending daily chaos to find peace of mind. Taking inspiration from South East Asian art and architecture as well as my study abroad trip to India I have explored using hand-dyed fabric as a creative space. Ayatana is a tranquil place for people to take a much needed break from their busy days, and stressful lives.
Jacqueline San Fillipo
Lost In Ink
There are no mistakes in art; only surprises. "Lost In Ink" is an exploration of ambiguous images and patterns over a large surface area. A composition within a composition, the installation as a whole can be likened to an inkblot test. With purposeful and accidental images hidden throughout the frames, interior drawings, shadows, and negative space, each viewer should see something quite different.
Forging a Vernacular Identity
Forging a Vernacular Identity is inspired by my curiosity of the mysteries which lie in the ordinary spaces surrounding me. My paintings are a series of experiments which attempt to break down shapes, colors, and forms found within spaces into modular units, and reassemble them in hopes to understand how they function. I convey my own sense of a fractured reality and disjuncture from the world through a dialogue between degenerate architecture and nature.
What Does Happiness Look Like?
A photograph to me is more than just an image; it is an intimate experience with the subject matter. Through commitment to showcase a character, a story and the ideas surrounding the term “happiness” I created a photographic series titled- “What Does Happiness Look Like?” The series is one of discovery, as over 100 people answered the question-What does happiness look like? Using these answers as inspiration I transformed these different thoughts and perspectives into photographs. The project was initiated to find peace and beauty in the mundane and ultimately allow viewers to understand that happiness isn’t just one thing, it is everything and anything. Or what my father would call “an extra-large chocolate cherry ice cream.”
Light through the Aufeis
An underwater light piece. Inspired by the natural phenomena of Crepuscular Rays and the Aufeis.
By recreating a succulent plant species, Lithops, I am allowing my own process of making small enameled copper sculptures be influenced by variation, mutation, and error. Vast variation within a species makes us appreciate the subtle differences in just one organism. We notice what makes it part of a genus, or part of a family. We start to see a glimpse of the parts that make up the whole. We see gesture, personality, and character. We can start to see a soul embodying the seemingly ordinary.
Nature By Numbers
The Fibonacci sequence, discovered by the Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano Bigollo, is a series of numbers (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, . . .) found in nature and continued by adding the sum of the two previous numbers. Sunflower florets, strawberry seeds, pinecone prongs, and hops are examples of forms that naturally occur in the sequence. When counting the individual paths of the spiraling seeds, prongs, or leaves from the base of each plant, the number of spirals clockwise and counterclockwise will always be two successive numbers of the sequence. Each drawing uses the sequence to celebrate the resulting beauty of these natural patterns.
The Melancholy Dame
An original performance by Brita Thorne.
My drawings are responsive to my thoughts and experiences within my surroundings. This series of posters explores the energy and movement of people and places on the University of Michigan campus. The posters are created by digitally layering my observational drawings, and they are intended to evoke a variety of experiences that can be found in each place as it is activated by people.
This project is a graphic investigation into the concept of self- monitoring, a psychological concept that describes human beings changing their attitudes and behavior based on the way that they expect to be perceived by others. In an attempt to be accepted, human beings actually change their attitudes and behaviors in order to fit in with the crowd. This can make people act differently based on their environment and company, almost creating separate versions of the same person, while censoring the parts of ourselves that we feel will not be accepted. My work is a graphic representation of this metaphorical competition between the various versions of ourselves that we create as a result of self- monitoring.
In the Skin: Disease Mongering
In the Skin: Disease Mongering is a video installation that seeks to create an experience of being inside the body. Using 2D animated drawings, sound, and projection, this pieces becomes immersive as it surrounds the viewer within its space. I want to transport the viewer inside the body, into a fantasy world that is beautiful and frightening, much like the body itself.
Space of Whiteness
Space of Whiteness is an installation of mixed media objects that deconstructs the notion of a post-racial and equal American society through the exploration of whiteness in its physical and psychological forms. Specifically, the work illuminates whiteness as a system that confers privileges and power in various forms, such as social, symbolic, cultural, and economic capital, to a set of individuals. Historically, whiteness has privileged white, male, Protestant, wealthy, heterosexual, and able-bodied. Within the installation, ordinary objects are recontextualized through spatial arrangement and juxtaposition to reveal subtle meanings.
Webo Dasto Task Chair
Don't sit still. The Webo Dasto is a task chair that facilitates movement via an adjusted, shallow bowl base. It is designed to limit restlessness as a distraction, while keeping the user engaged and aware of posture. The range of motion accommodates forward, upright, and reclined positions, with the ability to move freely between them.
Ye Seul Yoon
The project that I am presenting illustrates short humorous animations that use common proverbs we see in daily lives.
Treads are sandals made from recycled tires and recycled seat belts. The project aims to challenge the conventional image of consumer footwear products, and recycled products alike. A partnership with Cass Community Social Services, Treads will be manufactured by local workers in Detroit.