As an artist and activist, I believe in the power of art to permeate, dissect, transform, and create culture. Raised in Houston, TX, much of my work and is inspired by my city and my community. My experiences in Houston of race, gender, class, and the intersectionality of identities have brought me to a unique understanding of the social issues and injustices that exist today.
My primary background is in painting; however, over the years I have immersed myself into videography, photography, public art, performance, and multimedia installation. I work both independently and collaboratively to create work that facilitates, aids, and inspires positive social change.
Born 1991 in Dayton, Ohio. Sarah earned a B.F.A. in 2-Dimensional Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2015. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and does non-profit work with children and volunteers across northwest Ohio.
I use my work to explore identity and feelings of tension or uncertainty. Toys in these still lifes become characters in a void, creating implied narratives that are not specific to any person or place.
We attach meaning to the objects we are most familiar with. Childhood playtime forms many of our expectations of the world, later becoming the nostalgic continuum upon which we measure our experiences. These expectations and experiences shape our identities, further conditioning and predetermining our responses to the future. I think this is called learning, or maybe becoming. Our play shapes and reveals us. Our traumas and hopes -- the same traumas and hopes that have existed for all time, are played out over and over in a changing social landscape.
When the objects connected to our most formative memories are animated by drawing, their significance and complexity can be revealed to us. By considering our relationships with these objects, we examine our histories and the hopes and fears that shape our futures.
Yunhong Katie Chang
Katie a.k.a. Yunhong Chang received B.F.A. from University of Washington in Ceramics. In her work, she throws, casts, and alters porcelain pieces and often reconstructs them with her own hair. Altered porcelain bowls often symbolize women in her family and their traditional roles in the households. And the hair represents her attempts to treasure the lost dreams and fading memories.
Born in Paterson, New Jersey and growing up in Greenwich Village, New York City, Bruce attended the Cooper Union School of Art and also earned a B.F.A. in painting from Montclair State University. In 1970 and 71 he apprenticed with noted American abstract expressionist painter Willem deKooning. He received his PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington and taught at the University of Michigan for 16 years. He currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
My work combines latex enamel and oil paint to explore the nature of paint as paint. Although figures and recognizable shapes may appear to be present, I attempt to destroy the idea of line and allow even the most intimate of brush strokes to become shape in an exploration of the separation of the idea from the painting. Each should be allowed to exist as their own possibility. As such my paintings often take months of doing and undoing, taking the paint into the canvas in order to fight one’s way out of it.
Alayna Coverly is a Boston based artist working figuratively with oil paint. She has her BFA in Painting and Drawing, along with a Museum Studies certificate and a minor in Art History from Ohio University. She is currently producing work in her studio that focuses on the intimate bonds we have with others.
My work explores the absence and presence of the emotional bonds we share with others. I use fabric to represent these intimate attachments because they display a connection and disconnection, or a push and pull. I often use fabric to create a layer of comfort and protection while relating to the home. This domesticity is displayed through the patterns used to engulf the figure. The consumption of the figure by the fabric relates back to the figure being hidden, while simultaneously holding a presence. Through my work I show the complexity of intimate attachments, the give and take needed to cultivate relationships.
Aaron Patrick Decker
Aaron Patrick Decker is a jewelry artist based in Detroit. Recently receiving his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Aaron was awarded the Mercedes Benz Emerging Artist Award 2015 and the MARZEE Graduate prize 2015.
In 2012 Aaron was a recipient of The Windgate Fellowship, which allowed him to participate as an Artist-In-Residence in the Turnov International Jewelry Symposium, Turnov, Czech Republic, with the Association of Contemporary Portuguese Jewelers and with the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts. Recently he has shown work in the including exhibitions: Turnov International Jewelry Symposium (Turnov, Czech Republic), Free for All (Space Gallery, Portland Maine), and at the Richmond Art Center in Richmond California for Beyond Borders: Experimental Enameling; to name a few. Aaron is a contributing writer for Art Jewelry Forum, CURRENT-OBSESSION and Metalsmith Magazine.
Kenzie Lynn is a Michigan-based artist. She graduated in December of 2014 with her Bachelor's degree in fine art. She draws inspiration from the graphic novels of her youth as well as life experiences, relationships, and her intricate dreams. Most of her work concentrates on abstracted design mingling with the human figure. She specializes in intricate linework, as well as wet media such as watercolor and gouache.
Barry Nelipowitz hails from Syracuse, NY, and received a Bachelors of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Studio Arts from Wells College in 2011.
Compulsion and actions through pattern, geometry, line work, and positive and negative space interact together to create the works of art seen here. I compose works using solid colors and measured space to interfere with the visual digestion of the eye to continuously travel across a piece. These artworks are made through the pairing of organic patterns from the grain of wood with hard-edged shapes. How the shapes and colors are chosen is a matter of instinctual reaction and a desire for balance. The wood pieces are found objects, and refurbished by hand, from a belief that there is always an opportunity to create something provoking from what many people believe to be “of no use”. Nuances and inspirations are seen from the likes of Mondrian, Escher, Frank Stella, and Sol LeWitt.
Meagan Shein works with drawing, encaustic and installation and currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2014 she founded SIEN Collective with Siobhan Arnold, a San Diego based photography and installation artist. SIEN Collective utilizes historic and new photo processes, drawing, sewing, and installation. We explore and invent present-day mythologies using the natural world as stand-in. The contradiction between looking and seeing (how we mis-see and un-see) is of particular interest to us.
Meagan Shein has shown nationally and internationally including A Ship in the Woods, Escondido, CA, San Diego Space 4 Art, the University of Michigan, the Maya Polsky Gallery in Chicago, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor; the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Ml; the Gallery Project, Toledo, OH, the Ann Arbor Arts Center, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, DE; Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA; the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Staub(g*fzk!) in Zurich, Switzerland. Her work has been featured in Drawing Magazine and Encaustic Arts Magazine and reviewed in The New York Times and Time Out magazine. She received her MFA from Hunter College, MA in art history from Williams College, and BA with special honors from the University of Chicago.