2015 Press & Events

December 14, 2015

Carlos Rolón/Dzine: Commonwealth

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CARLOS ROLÓN/DZINE: COMMONWEALTH

January 16 – April 3, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 6-9PM

ARTIST’S TALK & BOOK LAUNCH, SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016

Oakland University Art Gallery is delighted to announce Carlos Rolón’s first Michigan exhibition. Born in Chicago in 1970, Carlos Rolón/Dzine attended Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in painting and drawing. Rolón has been recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings, ornate sculptures and works that come out of American, Latino and uniquely based subcultures. His studio practice investigates pop culture, craft, ritual, beauty and its relationship to art history, subculture, appropriation and the institution. As a first-generation immigrant of Puerto Rican decent, the artist creates objects questioning the concept of luxury and craft making to explore questions of identity, integration and aspiration. His work also represents a detailed examination of curiosity and the process of art making and the cultures surrounding this.

Rolón’s oeuvre often addresses his biography by melding memory and the imaginary with carefully crafted, hybrid works that are playfully situated between the contradictory worlds of conspicuous consumption and urban artifact. His work is at once melancholic, excessive and exuberant, poised somewhere between celebration and regret. He illuminates how the masculine can become delicate and the how the baroque can be minimal. The artist often channels this approach with site-specific installation work, vivid large-scale paintings and ornate sculptures in various materials expanding on ideas of self-reflection and imagined luxury. This approach questions not only cultural identity, but also its place within the confines of the institution. The works ultimately produce a hybrid language of social practice, painting and sculpture inviting the viewer to engage in discourse and discussion.

In his newest installation, Carlos Rolón/Dzine: Commonwealth, he transforms the gallery environment into an actual inner-city barbershop, with its authentic sounds, aromas, and rambunctiousness; the viewer is immersed into a visceral, boisterous, yet subtly nuanced cultural platform. During the opening performance Chicago barbers from the Bladez of Glory barbershop will create six unique haircuts on-site, literally altering the viewer experience from spectator to performer. This work includes a three-channel video.

A second installation, Rolón’s Nomadic Habitat (Hustleman), which is a collaboration with Garland Gantt, a Chicago street vendor, explores another realm of urban commerce, community relationships, sustainability, and the visual cultural richness of a vending cart; this ready-made was debuted at the Arts Incubator Gallery on the Chicago’s South Side last month.

The viewer experience continues with Rolón’s all-enveloping, luxurious wall treatments, highly finished fragmented mirrors, and a collection of rococo inflected Chinese porcelain vessels with Puerto Rican flare. Additional sculptures such as golden masks and dynamic oversized hair-pick will also fill the gallery space. Rolón’s highly finished exotic objects d’art initiate us into the Commonwealth of Carlos Rolón, engaging us into a richer, broader cultural exchange.

Rolón has had solo exhibitions at The Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and CAM Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. His work has also been exhibited in group shows at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany; Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museo del Barrio, New York and Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Canary Islands. In 2007 Rolón represented Ukraine in the 52nd Venice Biennale. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation award for Painting and Sculpture.

Rolón’s work is included in the following public collections: Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Brooklyn Museum, New York; City of Chicago Public Art Collection; Deagu Art Museum, Deagu; Museo del Barrio, New York; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine, among others.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 5pm. For images or additional infor­mation, please contact jaleow@oakland.edu, 248 370 3005.

This exhibition is made possible by The Kresge Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the College of Arts and Sciences at Oakland University.

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November 2, 2015

Curators’ Talk: Thursday, November 12 at Noon

SVA Curators Talk

October 6, 2015

New Media in the Greater Lakes Region Symposium

NEW MEDIA IN THE GREATER LAKES REGION SYMPOSIUM

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 9AM-6PM, This event takes place at OAKVIEW HALL, ROOM 208 on the campus of Oakland University

In conjunction with the exhibition “stimulus/response/affect this daylong symposium is organized in four thematic sessions that widen in scope from the personal to the social as the day progresses. All participating artists will be present.

Play, Response and Learning

– Cristobal Mendoza and Annica Cuppetelli

– Bradley Tober

– Brian Patrick Franklin and Chris Wille

Text, Error Message, Codification, Reverb

– Sophia Brueckner

– Andrea Roberts

– Meg Mitchell

Malleable Architecture, Space and Time

– Brian Schrank

– Aaron Higgins

Augmented Reality, Conflict and Participation

– Channel TWo (Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook)

– Byron Rich and John Wenskovitch

– Ben Grosser

The symposium will be live-streamed at both Oakland University and New Media Caucus websites. This event is FREE to 100 participants and includes breakfast and lunch. To register click the link below that says read full article here.

This exhibition is made possible by The Kresge Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, The  and the College of Arts and Sciences at Oakland University.

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stimulus/response/affect opens on October 16, 2015 6-8PM

Oakland University Art Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of the new media exhibition: Stimulus/Response/Affect, which explores varied ways artists engage the human body through sensorial, perceptual, chronological and spatial shifts, using sound and kinetic sculpture, interactive video, participatory games, augmented reality, social media and programmed software.

These dynamic artworks engage the viewer as a participant, raising questions about self, relationships, surroundings and society, and provide the unique opportunity to experience and actively (re)consider the relevance and implications of innovative interactive contemporary art. With this in mind, we also invite you to attend a special symposium in conjunction with the exhibition the day after the opening.

Careless Whispers For Plants, by Meg Mitchell

Careless Whispers For Plants, by Meg Mitchell

Curated by Colleen Ludwig and Vagner M. Whitehead, this exhibition features the work of:

Sophia Brueckner
Cuppetelli and Mendoza
Brian Patrick Franklin and Chris Wille
Ben Grosser
Aaron Higgins
Meg Mitchell
Byron Rich and John Wenskovitch
Andrea Roberts
Brian Schrank
Brad Tober
Channel TWo: Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Parris Westbrook

Oakland University Art Gallery is supported by grants from The Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, and by the generosity of individual donors.

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September 22, 2015

EMPLOYEES ONLY ARTISTS’ TALKS

Join us for seven short strolling talks by participating artists:

Meaghan Barry, Susan E. Evans, Lynn Galbreath Fausone, Dick Goody, Colleen Ludwig, Sally Schluter Tardella and Vagner M. Whitehead.

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Pod.Field, 2014, by Colleen Ludwig

April 3, 2015

Final Days Of The Fortress

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Steven Kuypers and Steven McShane in Conversation & Catalogue Launch, Thursday, April 2 at 5PM

Steven Kuypers and Steven McShane will talk about how they envisioned and realized the Fortress Studios and about their new collaborative exhibition.Pouring Molten Ore_Sm

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March 5, 2015

Steven Kuypers and Steven McShane on the radio

Listen to Steven Kuypers and Steven McShane interviewed by Travis Wright on WDET on Friday 6th March at 1:30PM & 8:30PM talking about The Fortress exhibition which opens on Saturday.Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.04.51 PM

February 4, 2015

Susan Goethel Campbell: Field Guide at arthopper.com

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