May 23, 2013
Simon Kalil Borst (BFA 2011) writes and illustrates a comic for Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave Media website about the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail’s growth and importance in creating and connecting community in Kalamazoo, MI.
The comic features profiles of Kalamazoo residents and places, following the author on bike ride through the city.
May 23, 2013
The Stamps School is pleased to announce that Interarts student Willie Filkowski has been awarded a summer 2013 residency at The Watermill Center, the acclaimed performance laboratory of avant garde director Robert Wilson. Willie’s award marks the first year of a new partnership between the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation and the Stamps School to establish one dedicated position for a Stamps student each year.
“You have no idea how excited I am,” says Filkowski. “I’ve got a massive interest in avant-garde and experimental theatre & performance. Coincidentally, I had already been looking into applying to the program when Chrisstina Hamilton announced our school’s new partnership with the Byrd Hoffman Foundation and the Watermill Center and – the person sitting next to me will attest to this– my head exploded! The opportunity is incredible, and the Byrd Hoffman Foundation and the Watermill Center and the Stamps School are beyond generous.”
The Watermill Center provides a supportive environment for those emerging artists who embrace avant-garde, multidisciplinary approaches, regularly convening the brightest minds from all disciplines to do, in Wilson’s words, “what no one else is doing.”
This summer, Willie will be joining approximately 65 emerging performers, writers, and artists from around the world in an intensive residency at the six-acre campus.
Willie Filkowski (right), pictured here with Emilia Javanica (MFA ‘12) as Buoj iz Jeb
May 23, 2013
The work of Marc Sirinsky (BFA 1997) will be shown in the upcoming exhibition “Photography: Process and Perspective” at Gallery Plan b in Washington, DC from June 19 - July 21, 2013. The exhibition showcases 5 recognized photographers who utilize unique printing methods and techniques to create their work. The opening reception is Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 6pm – 8pm.
Since graduating with his BFA in 1997, Marc’s work has appeared in numerous publications, and has been shown in over 30 juried, solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad.
May 23, 2013
Zack Denfeld’s (MFA 2007) Center for Genomic Gastronomy has been commissioned to create The Planetary Sculpture Supper Club: Lisbon - an installation and pop up restaurant that puts the eater on a pedestal. Dining 3 meters off of the ground in the banquet hall of the Pombal Palace, eaters are invited to consider the ways that humans unconsciously sculpt the planet’s biosphere through their food choices. Opens September 15, 2013 in Lisbon.
May 23, 2013
June 7 - July 28, 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Ave Detroit MI, 48201
Curated by Gregory Tom and featuring the work of Jason Ferguson, Osman Khan and Matt Kenyon, (in)Habitation aims to consider (and reconsider) the concept of “domesticity”. Ubiquitous elements of the home — for instance, a table and chairs, a houseplant or a simple beam — are altered or subverted by complex ideas about faith, the current mortgage crisis, globalization and even classic American representations of family fun. The sculptural works featured are both serious and playful. They engage through movement, flashing lights and the spectacular, but ultimately lead us to question our existing biases and assumptions about what the idea of “home” really means.
Jason J. Ferguson’s work reflects on the relationship between art, science and experience, juxtaposing seemingly unrelated subjects to create performance, video and sculptural work. Ferguson is an assistant professor in the Art Department of Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches sculpture and 3-D design.
Matt Kenyon is interested in the convergence of art, emerging technologies and popular culture. His recent works often feature wearable computing technologies or robotics to express a cultural critique. He is an associate professor in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, where he teaches physical computing, video and 3D animation.
Osman Khan’s constructed artifacts, interactive installations and site-specific interventions convey the way in which technology shapes our understanding of identity, communication and public space. Khan is an assistant professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, where he teaches computational media, sculpture and social practice.
Video: Cloud, by Matt Kenyon
Miniature artificial house shaped clouds are created ‘on the fly’ in order to critique the global fallout as a result of the bursting of the US housing bubble. Size and frequency of cloud generation render local housing capacity to consumption ratios into a stream of lighter than air clouds.
The work consists of a mobile enclosure that uses a special surfactant infused with helium and air to extrude artificial clouds into the air. Local housing data related to housing capacity vs consumption controls the timing of the cloud generation.
May 20, 2013
Bill Barrett (BS Design 1958, MS Design 1959, MFA 1960) is featured in In the Round, an Art & Antiques special portfolio showcasing the work of five contemporary sculptors - each distinctive, all innovative.
ART & ANTIQUES Winter 2012-2013
May 20, 2013
Inspired by the variety of religious expression, Sue (BFA 2000) and Fred Beutler have made paintings and photographs, respectively, that explore spiritual archetypes and the way people worship. Their joint exhibition “Of Many Faiths,” which will feature this work, opens on Sunday, May 26 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. The event will also feature live ukulele and guitar music by Mitch Chang.
Seating is limited, so call 734-794-6250 to reserve tickets. General admission is $5, $4 for those 60 years and older, and free for Ann Arbor Senior Center members and children under 12.
Ann Arbor Senior Center
1320 Baldwin Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
May 16, 2013
Charlie Michaels will give a presentation on the Stamps School’s Detroit Connections program at Portland State University’s Open Engagement Conference on Saturday May 18th.
“Open Engagement is an international conference that sets out to explore various perspectives on art and social practice and expand the dialogue around socially engaged art making. The Open Engagement conference is an initiative of Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA concentration.
May 16, 2013
Professor Endi Poskovic exhibits in Posterproject GELD MACHT SICHTBAR at Künstlerhaus Wien and on billboards EPAMEDIA in Steiermark, Wien and Burgenland. The project MONEY MAKES VISIBLE aspires to place artistic messages to cause irritation in the “space of solicitation” usually occupied by businesses and commercial advertisements. Amidst the surfaces that are put to commercial use, philosophical and poetical signs are placed into the public space. Philosophical riddles that cannot be resolved by means of conventional (advertising) logic take the place of evocative solicitations to shop. The posters are presented on 1,800 billboards in eastern Austria during the month of May 2013.
Artists and teams participating:
Team Ammar Abo Bakr / Aya Tarek, Egypt
Team Andraschek / Lobnig, Austria
Team Josef Danner / Hüseyin Isik, Austria/Turkey
Team Lucia Dellefant / Anton Petz, Germany/Austria Julius Deutschbauer, Austria
Team Stepan Cervenka / Georg Lebzelter / Nikolaus Link, Czech Republic/Austria
Dan Perjovschi, Romania
Endi Poskovic, USA
Werner Reiterer, Austria
Klaus Staeck, Germany
Ingeborg Strobl, Austria
Erwin Wurm, Austria
Dates: April 19 – June 9, 2013
Künstlerhaus Karlsplatz 5 1010 Vienna, Austria