November 12, 2013
Seth Ellis’ work Meanwhile appears in Non-Text, on display at EMU’s University Gallery from Oct. 30 - Dec. 11, with an opening reception on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 4 - 7 pm.
The work in “Non-Text” challenges the Western cultural assumption that textual content is necessarily the primary and most efficient communication medium; this art wittingly or unwittingly uses textual media in ways that obscure written language’s ability to communicate. Each piece employs text, typography, or writing to create aesthetic forms that express visual meaning rather than merely allowing words to function as invisible verbal transmitters. The work in “Non-Text” propels viewers into situations in which letters and words unabashedly become visual experiences.
November 12, 2013
Paula Schubatis (BFA 2013) exhibits explorations in painting and fiber from her fall 2013 residency at Red Bull House of Art in Detroit, MI. The opening reception will be Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 from 7 - 11 pm at Red Bull House of Art, 1551 Winder St, Detroit, Michigan. Gallery hours are Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM. The exhibition will run through January.
November 5, 2013
An opening reception for third year MFA candidate John Gutoskey‘s show, Upcycled Icons, will be held at the Art & Environment Gallery at the School for Natural Resources and the Environment on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 4 - 5pm. There will be a short presentation and question-and-answer session followed by a reception. Gutoskey’s show, “Upcycled Icons,” transforms discarded waste into sacred artifacts; his work shows how humble discarded materials can create the same visual impact as precious metals and jewels. Gutoskey uses these “upcycled icons” to explore alternative representations of spiritual energy, and present a queer perspective on social and religious issues.
The Art and Environment Gallery was created by the SNRE to draw attention to the role of art in environmental education and stewardship. The gallery is located inside LEED-certified Dana, the University of Michigan’s greenest building.
Exhibition Dates: November 1 - December 31, 2013
Reception: Thursday, November 7 from 4-5PM
Pictured: Dream Children #1 & #2, Mandala #1
November 1, 2013
Angel Oak #3, a photograph of a South Carolina 500-year-old oak tree by Joseph Jurson (BFA 1979), will be part of the Josephine Herrick Project Modern Masters of Photography Benefit Auction to be held on November 4, 2013 in NYC.
The Josephine Herrick Project will hold its first public photo auction in 35 years on November 4. The 2013 Modern Masters of Photography Benefit and Auction will be held at the Aperture Gallery, located at 547 W. 27th Street in Chelsea. Past and present students, including notable photographers and artists Man Ray, Douglas Kirkland, Art Wolfe, Barbara Kinney, Mike Yamashita, Joseph Jurson and Amy Arbus, will participate in the benefit. Over 90 prints have been donated by 84 photographers and will be available at the gallery showing.
The non-profit organization, originally named War Service Photography, began in 1941, and has been transforming the lives of ordinary people and students through the power of photography. Josephine Herrick began photographing hospital-ridden soldiers during World War II and sending the pictures back to family members with a personalized note as a way of bringing families closer. “Josephine is not just a pioneer in community service, but as a woman who transcended the social boundaries for women at the time,” said Maureen McNeil, Executive Director of Josephine Herrick Project. “Even today, our mission remains to assist those who want to express themselves through photography. This is attributable to the work done by Josephine Herrick.”
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.
November 1, 2013
Stamps senior Sophia Greenbaum recently won a poster design contest for the Victors of Michigan Community Festival. Greenbaum’s poster will be used to advertise the event, which marks the start of the University’s Victors for Michigan Campaign.
The Victors for Michigan Campaign is the next fundraising campaign at the University of Michigan. It launches on November 8, 2013, where a goal for the amount of money to raise will be set. The funds raised during this campaign, which will last several years, will support three main priorities:
- Guarantee that a diverse group of the world’s brightest students will be able to study at Michigan. Providing sufficient financial support is the highest priority.
- Transform the Michigan education by extending academic excellence from the classroom into real-world experiences that develop students’ global purview, and a creative, entrepreneurial mindset.
- Serve the public good by collaborating on bold new ideas to solve the world’s most challenging problems.
To celebrate the beginning of the Victors for Michigan Campaign, the University of Michigan is hosting a campus and community-wide celebration! The events will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013 and will include The Community Festival on Ingalls Mall, The Main Event (program to officially announce and kickoff the campaing) in Hill Auditorium, and The After-Party on Ingalls Mall.
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.