November 1, 2013
Stony Brook University recently commissioned Bill Barrett (B.S. Design 1958, M.S. Design 1959, MFA 1960) to create an 11-foot bronze wall relief for the lobby of the Physical and Quantitative Biology Department.
I was asked to view images of the DNA Double Helix and create a sculpture from those images, which to me resembled a double ladder. We arrived at a mutually agreeable bronze model that was then enlarged to scale for the lobby. The work QUEST is a very successful artwork for this project. I created a number of DNA maquettes for their selection, as I always do for this type of commission.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines physics as “[t]he science of matter and energy and the interactions between the two.” It is a definition that strikes at the heart of my own art, and describes the very sculpture that I am proposing to make for the Laufer Center at Stony Brook University. The artistic process - the one leading to the creation of this model, and the one that will lead to its eventual, large-scale form - is physics, exactly. It is the exploration of matter and energy’s interactions, both dynamic and subtle. And yet, while the sculpture Quest embodies the definition of physics by way of its creation, it is also visually representative of the definition by way of its final composition and structure. Using a DNA strand as its reference point, it is visually meant to show us an exchange between matter and energy, to provide us with an example of physics. However, while the sculpture will hang on the wall as a testimony to physics, its meaning will not be, and is not meant to be, overt or overly pragmatic. Rather, it is meant to join the empirical - the definition of physics - together with the more subjective, emotional realm of art. Within Quest’s composition, the shapes themselves are bits of matter. Visually, their forms dance and mingle through the sculpture’s central ribbon, a metaphor for the double helix itself. These shapes twist in motion; they move up, down, in front of, and behind the center strand. When viewing the sculpture from different angles and sides, you will see a change in direction and speed. The abstract shapes interact with one another and with the central ribbon in a completely new and invigorating way. Fresh energy is brought to the matter at hand, thus changing the resulting interactions and sculptural composition. Seen on a larger scale, this effect will be all the more pronounced and dynamic, and the interplay between the forms - the energy they create simply by sharing space and being next to one another - will result in continuously engaging and viewing experiences, with the overall result being the interactions of matter and energy, as articulated in sculptural form.
November 1, 2013
Seth Weiner’s (BFA 2005) Choir Corridor, a score for a site - and space - specific performance in the Main Hall of Vienna’s MAK Museum, will be performed on Thursday, Nov. 26.
In collaboration with a professional choir, the work examines the interplay of human interaction and space in regard to group dynamics, mechanisms of crowd control, protest movements and the potential for voice to approximate a barrier. - Curated by Marlies Wirth “Unable to immediately turn in any direction the entrance stretches through the corridor, prolonged by a view of itself from above. Unplugged faces, rehearsing one another’s limits, voices approaching the sensation of stability. Working with whatever together becomes, each wall holds its own set of instructions; an almost-object with a minimum of sixty-five members. The group unravels into its figures, the architectural consequences of all of those bodies pressed together in space.”
8.00 P.M., Tuesday, Nov. 26
MAK Nite Lab - MAK Columned Main Hall
The Museum of Applied Arts Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, AT
November 1, 2013
Don ZanFagna (BFA 1953), well-known artist and academic, died Wednesday, October 23rd at the age of 84.
Born in Providence, Don grew up on the ocean in Saunderstown, RI. This sea environment always remained an important influence in his work. A working artist since 1950, Don held advanced degrees from the Universities of Michigan and Southern California in Painting, Art and Architecture. During his youth he excelled in sports, becoming the star quarterback at U of M and being scouted by the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers because of his 3rd base and batting excellence. He served during the Korean War as a fighter pilot- radar dome commandant and was honored for saving the lives of a pilot and a General aboard a lost plane. He received a Fulbright/Italian Government Grant for study in Italy 1956 -7. Don and Joyce, who had met at the University of Michigan, were married in Rome in 1957.
During the 1970’s and 80’s he held the Department Chair in Art at Rutgers University and was sought after to lecture in ecological design, as well as being one of the principal speakers at the first Earth Day in NYC. He was visiting Eco-Architecture Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. His work is represented in private collections and has been exhibited in over 200 galleries and museums in the US and Europe. The White Gallery on Sullivans Island, owned by his nephew and niece, Everett and Joanna White, had ongoing retrospectives of ZanFagna’s work from October 2009 to 2011. His life and work was the subject of a PDA documentary, ‘Rediscovering ZanFagna,’ shown at the Charleston International Film Festival in May 2011 and won the Best Documentary Award. Recent one-man shows were held at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado and the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida. Charleston was able to appreciate his work in an exhibition showing his Pulse Dome series which took place at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston SC, October 19 – Dec 8, 2012.
During the last five years, The Don ZanFagna Foundation team has inspired art lovers, many in the Charleston area, to collect his work. His legacy will continue as new shows are upcoming in Art Basel, Miami and NYC. Progress can be followed by visiting http://donzanfagna.org .
Don is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Joyce; his great nephew and niece, Everett and Joanna White and their four children of Summerville, SC; his uncle Joseph Zinno of Federal Way, WA; nephews, David DiCarlo and Ronald Carchia and niece Linda Rochetti and her son from Providence RI; niece, Nancy Roberts and her two daughters of Southwick, Ma; as well as many cousins in Providence, Rhode Island, Florida, California, Northeast US, and Italy. His wife Joyce’s family in Georgia and Michigan also have counted Don as an important relative in their lives. Don joins the spirit of his son Robert Piero, born in California in 1959, whom he and Joyce lost to Hodgkin’s Disease in 1989. No services are planned at this time, however, in memoriam, donations can be sent to The Don ZanFagna Foundation, 201 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483, to help perpetuate the legacy of his ideas and work through museum and gallery exhibitions, books, seminars, environmental architectural projects and much more.
October 29, 2013
Dean Guna Nadarajan is the conference chair and keynote speaker at the Re-New Digital Arts Festival, held October 28 - November 2nd in Copenhagen. Associate Professor Matt Kenyon and Stamps alum Zackery Denfeld have works in the exhibition associated with the festival, and Zack Denfeld will be presenting a workshop entitled Zackery Denfeld: Food Phreaking: Critical Food Design and Contestational Cooking.
The annual Re-new media art confest is a meeting-point for all those active in the art- science-technology amalgam. Re-New is a platform for artists, technologists, curators, researchers and scientists alike, and facilitates networking, knowledge sharing and dissemination.
October 28, 2013
Ann Stewart (MFA 2009) will exhibit new drawings and prints at Rhombus Space in Brooklyn, New York.
Fine Lines features work by four artists who use architectural references and architectonic designs in their art – using line as a visual building block is central to all of the work in this show.
October 18th - November 17th
Opening Reception: October 18th, 6 - 8 pm
October 28, 2013
The Village Voice has named Joseph Keckler (BFA 2004) as “the best downtown performance artist of 2013.” This caps a great year for Keckler, who’s appeared on BBC’s “The Nerdist,” been featured in the New York Times and had regular performances at Joe’s Pub. Keckler’s latest work “I Am An Opera,” will be performed at the Michigan Theater as part of the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Series on October 31.
October 28, 2013
Melanie Manos will give a presentation titled Making Connections: Collaborative Art and Engagement at the 2013 Michigan Art Education Association Conference. Manos will discuss her work teaching Detroit Connections and will lead a hands-on creative session using found and everyday objects.
October 28, 2013
The installation of migrant backpacks from “State of Exception”, an exhibition co-created by Richard Barnes and Amanda Krugliak (BFA 1985), curating anthropologist Jason De Leon’s Undocumented Migration Project, was featured in the New York Times Magazine in July 2013. Their collaboration was discussed in greater depth in the New York Times blog, July 2013, as well as Salon.com and Hyperallergic. The exhibition will travel to MOCAD Detroit in February 2014 as well as other institutions nationally and internationally.
October 11, 2013
Jessica Joy London: Transplanted Wonder will be on display as part of the Emerging Art Series from Oct. 9 through Dec. 13 at the NCRC’s Connections Gallery, Bldg 18, lower level.
NCRC Art is proud to present the work of Jessica Joy London, recent M.F.A. graduate of the Stamps School of Art and Design. Jessica expertly blends science, art and chance in her large-scale abstract paintings using inks and natural elements like garlic skins, leaves and grasses to guide the texture.
October 10, 2013
Jules Pieri (BFA ‘82), founder and CEO of The Grommet, has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the 10 Most Powerful Woman Entrepreneurs of 2013.
Looking for builders of innovative, ground-breaking and game-changing startups, Fortune’s editors chose these women from this year’s pool of more than 100 applicants:
- Sarah Collins, Founder, Natural Balance
- Sari Davidson, CEO and Chief BooginHead, BooginHead
- Ann Hand, CEO, Project Frog
- Julia Hartz, Co-Founder, Eventbrite
- Leila Janah, Founder and CEO, Samasource
- Jules Pieri, Co-Founder and CEO, The Grommet
- Maria Rios, President and CEO, Nation Waste, Inc.
- Lori Steele, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Everyone Counts
- Lisa Stone, Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer
- Rose Wang, Founder and CEO, Binary Group
This year’s 10 MPW Entrepreneurs will be Fortune’s guests at the 2013 Most Powerful Women Summit, October 15-17 in Washington, D.C. They’ll join 400 other women leaders including Spanx founder Sara Blakely, entrepreneur Tory Burch, Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer, IBM CEO GInni Rometty, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg - and Warren Buffett.
CNN: Meet the new Fortune MPW Entrepreneurs
The Grommet is a product launch platform. This means we find unique, undiscovered products and help them succeed. Our goal is to level the playing field so the best companies can win. Until The Grommet came along in 2008, that was simply not always the case. We have attracted a powerful community of people whose enthusiasm for suggesting, sharing, and buying Grommets ensures the survival and growth of the ground-breaking companies behind them.
The Grommet is Jules Pieri’s third startup. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Industrial Design, Jules started her professional life as an industrial designer working for computer enterprises. She soon realized the majority of our economy is shaped by consumer products companies, so she followed the action over to consumer brands as an executive at Keds and Hasbro. Jules is told she is the first industrial designer to get a Harvard MBA, where she is now an Entrepreneur in Residence.
October 9, 2013
The exhibition “Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes” opens on Saturday, October 12 and runs through January 5, 2014 at the Dennos Museum Center on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. The show includes work by more than 100 artists, including alumna Cathy VanVoorhis (MFA 1986), presenting their interpretations of one of the most beautiful places in America. The work in the exhibition is also documented in the Leelanau Press publication: “Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes: Transforming Nature into Art.”
October 9, 2013
Shirley White-Black’s (MFA 1979) Embed addresses visual story telling with the use of various media. The exhibition title references forms, images, ideas and inspirations embedded in her aesthetic memory. The resulting work creates fresh allegorical content by combining new ceramic forms with pre-used manufactured fragments, images from graffiti, photo shoots, as well as earlier art works of hers that contain needed referential information. The challenge and the fun come from creating personally meaningful statements about things that shes notices in the world.
October 7 - November 16
Opening Reception: October 11, 7 - 9 pm
Clay Gallery, 335 South Main, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
October 8, 2013
Action Figures II, a new exhibition of work by Bobby Campbell (MFA 2006) opens at Lawrence Technological University’s LEVEL Gallery in Southfield, MI with a reception on Thursday, Oct. 10, 5 - 7 pm.
I make bodies. The bodies I shape are bastards - pioneers and priests, thieves and tinkers, hotrodders and horse-riders. These image alloys catalogue the living and the dead - spiders and tigers, bicycles and banjos, foxes and fires, high-rises and sports cars. My work recasts the overwhelming visual stimulus of postmodernity into a method for mixing and matching new designed bodies.
These intellectual origins in my images are not held sacred or pure, however. The contemporary artist inherits the freedom to take apart, mutate, blend, and otherwise change one’s culture and context. In the seedbed of my youth also grew the altered physiques of giant robots, insect warriors, holographic priests and atomic angels. These fantastic creations sprang from television, movies and comics, reflective of a modern culture gaining technological prowess without corresponding control. The figures in my work are simultaneously rough-edged explorers and machined robotic archetypes.
Those figure-objects overlap and rapidly slide to different scales and angles. Dynamic, even hard, shifts in composition, color and density are central to the works’ visual and emotional core. The images not only present multiple sides of what appear to be continuous objects and systems, but also constantly shift the scale and orientation of the elements within a composition.
Hand-drawn and painted forms also echo the angularity, density and precision of computer imagery. I utilize my formal and conceptual motivations consistently across different media - images may be created on paper with casein paint, or on plastic with an airbrush, or on a panel with oil paints, or on the computer with a stylus and software.
Drawing on our steadily-increasing power to create “realistic fakes,” I tap into the human desire to be someone else, someone somehow better. With basic human needs seemingly met in First World countries, the restless turn to the improvements of plastic miracles, turning pop stars into computer sprites. Advertisements and popular entertainments are given over to global-commerce-friendly fresh faces : a look which is literally neither here nor there. The improvised structures in my paintings evoke transformed figures even in a very transformed final stage. The smoothing and reshaping of planes and piercing and inscribing of surfaces springs in part from a culture of continuously reimagining and reinventing oneself as someone better. These cultural currents are digested in my work and resurface as twilight bodies : partly visible, shifting shapes to meet the surroundings.
Bobby Campbell: Action Figures II
Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct. 10, 5 - 7 pm
Exhibition Dates: Oct. 10, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014
LEVEL Gallery at the College of Architecture and Design
Lawrence Technological University, 1000 West Ten Mile Road • Southfield, MI 48075-1058
October 7, 2013
Chelsea River Gallery presents Biology and Art in the Creative Mind, a group show at Rackham Graduate School curated by Stamps Grad Amanda Lilleston. The exhibition takes place on the 4th floor of the Rackham Building, September 24 - December 13, 2013