2010 - 2011 exhibitions

MOMENTUM: BA in Studio Art Senior Thesis Exhibition

April 15 - May 15, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, April 15

Featuring: Monica Cotton, Mary Duenow, Matt Elliot, Amanda Fawaz, Nicole Gravelle, Chloe Green, Jacquelin Kirouac, Tanner Kruse, Kimberly Lambert, John Ledda, Edwin McLeod, Keith Menard, Jonathon Miles, Tia Phillips, Katherine Rabette, Kristina Rayos, Windy Rood and Lindsay Swindell

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Borders and Frontiers: Collage and Appropriation in the Contemporary Image

March 5 - April 10, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5

Curated by: Dick Goody

Featuring: Jonathan Allen, Michael Anderson, Matthew Cusick, Chambliss Giobbi, David LaChapelle, George Rahme, Holli Schorno, Maritta Tapanainen and Mark Wagner. Catalogue available.

Using the notion of “borders and frontiers” as a metaphor for the democratization of imagery and the collaging of reconfigured pictorial forms in a global context, this exhibition explores the cultural significance of the reproduced and repurposed image. Collage artists appropriate from their surroundings; their cut-and-pasted forms become the reflexive visual record of their time. Borders and Frontiers presents artists with a specialized appetite for the digital and contemporary and, at the same time, an absorption with the image bank of the past, and, in doing so they build a bridge between history, the contextual present, and a conjectural tomorrow.

Contemporary collage in 2011 demonstrates a diverse array of practices; Borders and Frontiers brings together nine artists: six from New York, one from Detroit, and two from Los Angeles. David LaChapelle, the defining American portrait and tableau photographer of his generation, creates an immediate and palpable short-cut to his photographs in his new collages, which he cuts and reassembles. Chambliss Giobbi similarly collages his photographs – the ones he takes of his sitters specifically to be torn and reassembled in his unique multiple viewpoint portraits. Michael Anderson hijacks the semiotics of images and creates what he calls 3rd-wave-abstraction from found street posters. Like Anderson, George Rahme and Jonathan Allen riff from a variety of lens-based images but their sources are diverse: posters, reproductions, magazines and more. Holli Schorno and Maritta Tapanainen assemble intricate collages from technical illustrations. Matthew Cusick renders cars from deconstructed roadmaps. These artists are connoisseurs, each amassing archives of material; Mark Wagner, for example, has an archive of dollar bills which he dissects, deconstructs, and repurposes in his painstaking constructed collages. Some of the artists share common goals, others are divergent, but all work to advance a means of expression that emancipates a direct approach to composing the pictorial via the repurposing of the extant. Their work is all encompassing, culturally rich and confronts assumptions about the present, the popular, and the future of pictorial art. Absorbed by the interlocking assimilation of media and ideas, they are pluralistic visionaries and visual collaborators. This exhibition is accompanied by a sixty-page full color catalogue.

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Cynthia Greig: Subverting the (Un)conventional

January 7 - February 20, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, January 7

Curated by: Dick Goody

Cynthia Greig has shown her photographs nationally and internationally in numerous solo exhibitions most recently at the Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam, DNJ Gallery, Los Angeles, and the UNO Art Space, Stuttgart. Her work is represented in major collections including the George Eastman House International Center for Photography, Rochester, NY; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Coleçao Foto Arte/Arte 21, Brasilia. This is her first solo project in Michigan and spans two decades of work.

A conceptual artist, Greig uses the authority of photography to challenge conventions of image making about gender, identity and truth. Whether exploring nineteenth century mores as a reflection of our own conformity, or testing the limits of appropriation, ideology, or respectability, her work is often embedded in autobiography or its fictional antithesis. Her provocative photographs demonstrate the undermining eye of her underlying antiauthoritarianism, which is inherent in all her work.

Greig’s artistic practice divides her interests into discrete bodies of work. She fuses conventions and anticonventions into a revealing and intriguing view of how both can be subverted and manipulated to change attitudes, raise questions about the truth of an image, and challenge assumptions about what is real, what is desirable, and what is false.

This exhibition reprises New Eden: The Life and Work of Isabelle Raymond (1993-present) and includes an installation/reconstruction of a 19th century room containing some of Isabelle Raymond's photographs. Recent bodies of work represented in this survey exhibition include: Likeness of Being, Nature Morte, and Growth Gravity. Catalogue available.

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Speaking: Oakland University Senior Thesis In Studio Art Exhibition I

December 3 - December 19, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, December 3

Featuring: Rachel Fassbender, Andrew Hartner, Bianca Henderson, Tiffany Henderson, Alana Morosky, Andrew Odoerfer, Carrie Patterson, Melissa Petco, Lacy Skidmore, Danielle Tisdale, and Sarah Whitson. Catalogue available.

Oakland University Biennial Faculty Exhibition

October 22 - November 21, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, October 22

Feauturing: Kyohei Abe, Meredith Adamisin, Claude Baillargeon, Corrie Baldauf, John Corbin, Andrea Eis, Susan E. Evans, Amy Feigley-Lee, Grace Frost, Lynn Galbreath, Dick Goody, Richard Haley, Taylor Hokanson, David Lambert, Christopher Lee, Chris McCauley, Rachel Reynolds, Sally Schluter Tardella, Andrew Thompson, Cody VanderKaay, Vagner M. Whitehead, and Shuishan Yu.Catalogue available.

Ten Years of Contemporary Art at the Oakland University Art Gallery

September 11 - October 17, 2010

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 11

Featuring: Hartmut Austen, Kristin Beaver, Susan Goethel Campbell, Hasan Elahi, Denise Whitebread Fanning, Ed Fraga, Chido Johnson, Dennis Michael Jones, Rob Kangas, Jane Lackey, Jae Won Lee, Eric Mesko, Renata Palubinskas, Sharon Que, Senghor Reid, Robert Schefman, Christian Tedeschi, Michael E. Smith, James Stephens, and Peter Williams.

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