Current Press & Events
September 9, 2014
Susan E. Evans Artist’s Talk: Kaiho, Wednesday, September 17 at Noon
I have always known I was adopted. My childhood was trauma-free and healthy; however, I never fit in nor lived anywhere long enough to feel grounded. My adoptive father, a wildlife biologist, moved our family from one U.S. national forest to the next. The forest became my constant, my home and my place. Surrounded by trees, there were no people to analyze, critique, categorize or judge. I felt safe there. Due to advancements in genetic science, I was able to learn about my origins. My natural mother’s ancient ancestors settled in Finland before wandering Northern Europe and landing in the United States. For the first time, I had a biological world context that personally anchored me to a history and place that was “of” me. The fact that more than seventy-five percent of Finland is covered in forest, seemed to make this discovery more symbolic.
I was not prepared for Finland — isolated landscapes, clear lakes, primordial forests, and exquisite light. However, the most transformative experience was the flood of overwhelming emotion — the sense of love, connectedness, relief, sadness, loss, grief and nostalgia. The Finnish have a word for this, ‘kaiho.’ Kaiho is an overwhelming state of nostalgic and melancholic longing for something, or someone, which has been lost. With kaiho there is often an unacknowledged or repressed understanding that whatever has been lost will never be found. What is it to long for something — a home, a place, a history — that you have never known, will never possess, and cannot fully understand?
- Susan E. Evans
September 5, 2014
Sally Schluter Tardella Artist’s Talk, Tuesday, September 9 at noon
Road. 2013 , ink, white-out, color pencil, and photographs of my road, on paper. Artist Book (continuous codex) 27 pages: 8 x 5 inches closed, approximately 8 x 135 inches fully open.
The memory palace is a visualization system used to organize and recall information. The system originates with the story of the Ancient Greek poet Simonides of Ceos, who was able to identify bodies of the dead at a banquet when a building collapsed by visually recalling the banquet’s seating arrangement. In this mnemonic method, data is stored in particular locations in a building — known as stop points — and retrieved when they are visualized. Taking liberties with this model, I am building my own memory palace — an evolving architectural space defined by stop-points that take the form of paintings and books.
- Sally Schluter Tardella
September 3, 2014
Susan E. Evans: Kaiho / Sally Schluter Tardella: Memory Palace Opening Reception, Saturday, September 6, 6-8PM
SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 5, 2014
Oakland University Art Gallery is pleased to announce two exhibitions debuting our 2014-2015 season: Kaiho by photographer and conceptual artist Susan E. Evans and Memory Palace by painter Sally Schluter Tardella; both artists are members of the Oakland University fine art faculty.
Kaiho is a Finnish word evoking a feeling of melancholia for a lost paradise. In her photographs, Susan E. Evans explores identity retrospectively and contemporaneously through images made in Finland after discovering that her maternal ancestors originated there. These images reveal the Finnish landscape accumulatively and poetically; they also explore deeper memories using the very earth itself as a metaphor for identity. Kaiho includes three bodies of work. In “film” she buried rolls of 120 Kodak film in rural sites around Finland, documenting their location and then later disinterring the moldering film rolls as evidence of the effects of earth of her origins on the materiel of her trade. In her “Kaiho” landscape photographs she skillfully renders the Finnish countryside without seeming to enter into it, keeping us slightly at a distance from the intimacy of actually being there, making her images all the more like lamentations for a place recently reclaimed from a tangled history. In her panoramic “line” series, she creates an amalgam of all the hues and tones that conceptually resonate in her Kaiho landscapes. History, identity, memory and place are authentic catalysts, which in these new parallel bodies of work legitimize Evans’ emotionally wrought, reflexive vistas, which have become embodiments of her identity.
In Memory Palace, Schluter Tardella’s paintings and codices concretize the conceptual practice of recording a collection of memories. Her paintings are reminiscent of floor plans from an archeological dig and they are built up until the final layer of paint cures. Schluter Tardella offers two versions of memory. The paintings are declarative and convey a one-time version of events – an ossuary of recollections rendered down into a primary painterly structure. Her books, on the other hand, are more open-ended, their catacomb-like progress being labyrinthine, serpentine and sequential. The rooms, antechambers and passageways of Memory Palace map the territory of memory in subtle configurations of earth tones, grays and ochers with occasional flourishes of color. These taut surfaces of metaphorical accumulations are formalistically rendered in a language, which is idiosyncratic, universal and engaging.
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 5pm. For images or additional infor-mation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 248 370 3005.
April 1, 2014
Senior Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception: Friday, April 11, 2014
Oakland University Art Gallery is pleased to announce the Bachelor of Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition in Studio Art and Graphic Design curated by Lynn Fausone Galbreath and Cody Vanderkaay.
This exhibition includes drawing, painting, photography, new media and graphic design, and features the work of Meghan Bray, Sarah Dominik, Shelby Drapinski, Brian Ellsworth, Austin Fabinski, Alexandra Gaduski, Amanda Grzadziel, Kera Hoover, Cristina Iacopelli, Jerry Kern, Amanda Kiviniemi, Joseph Laskowski, Frank Lepkowski, Niza McManus, Kayleigh McWhinnie, Kayla Neeley, Glen Neville, Rachel Oakley, Meghan O’Bryan, Elyse Peterson , Caryn Rochfort, Alexander Schwalbe, Rebecca Serota, Neil Tasker, Melissa Valenti, Adam Wilson, and Ashlee Wood.
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March 8, 2014
Panel Discussion: What is Contemporary Sculpture?
Department of Art and Art History
What is Contemporary Sculpture?
in conjunction with the exhibition
The Body Metonymic
International Contemporary Sculpture
Sunday, March 16 at 3:00PM
Oakland University Art Gallery
Martha Mysko was born in Baltimore, MD, in 1982 and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Recent exhibitions include: “On Deck,” Marc Straus, New York, 2013, “Down the Pigeon Hole,” with Anne Vieux, Culture Room, New York, NY, 2013, “Peekskill Project V,” Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, 2012, and “New Insights, Art Chicago/NEXT Art Fair, Chicago, IL, 2011.
William Stone lives and works in NYC. He has had four solo exhibitions at James Fuentes Gallery, New York, NY, the most recent being “Framed,” 2011. He participated in “Group Exhibition,” curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, C24 Gallery, New York, NY, 2013. Other recent group exhibitions include: “Alchemy,” Curated by Sabrina Blaichman, Caroline Copley and Genevieve Hudson-Price, 7Eleven Gallery, New York, NY, 2011, “Cinema Poesis,” The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY, 2010, “Beginnings, Middles, and Ends,” curated by Gianni Jetzer, Engholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna, Austria, 2009, “State Fair,” Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, 2009.
Johannes VanDerBeek was born in Baltimore, MD, in 1982 and lives and works in New York City. He has a BFA from Coopers Union School of Art, New York, NY. Since 2007 he has had four solo exhibitions at Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY. Other recent projects include “A Pinch of Saffron, Dash of Vermouth,” Dodge Gallery, New York, NY, 2013, “Paperless,” Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, 2012, and “Personal Freedom,” Portugal Arte 10 Biennial, Lisbon, Portugal, 2010.
Moderated by Dick Goody
Associate Professor of Art & Director, Oakland University Art Gallery
February 12, 2014
Curator’s Talk in conjunction with The Body Metonymic, Wednesday, February 19 at 5PM with Dick Goody