Epoch features culminating projects by University of Michigan’s School of Art + Design’s graduating seniors. The work was produced during their year-long Integrative Projects course, including film, installation, traditional and new media.
Encompassing all of the School of Art + Design’s exhibition venues, the show also features off-site exhibitions, events, performances and a film screening.
For complete coverage, including VIDEOS of the exhibits and artists, please visit SCHOOL OF ART + DESIGN
The Attic Dweller
The Attic Dweller, Eleanor Schmitt’s senior thesis for the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, chronicles the struggle of moving permanently away from a hometown. This live performance showcases seven original songs written by Schmitt, as well as an accompanying video piece. The first concert begins at 8:00 PM, and a repeat performance takes place at 9:00 PM.
This event is free and open to the public. The run time is approximately 30 minutes.
March 31, 8 – 8:30 pm and 9 – 9:30 pm
Duderstadt Center Video Studio (Room 1356), 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Arachne: the Origin
Performance piece by Yonit Olshan.
April 8: 7 – 8 pm and 11 pm – 12 am
April 9: 3 – 4 pm and 7 – 8 pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Studio One
A&D undergraduate seniors screen their time based work at the Michigan Theater. Presenters include Jackie Endres, Peter Kim, Shannon Kohlitz, Marcia Kosin, Emma Neil, Eleanor Schmitt, Sean Thompson and Jennifer Wu.
April 14, 5 – 6:30 pm
Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty
The Five Show
An off site exhibition as part of Epoch: the A&D 2011 Senior show, featuring Max Collins, Ben English, Matthew Grandin, Rose Jaffe and Kelsie Kaufman.
April 15 – May 1
April 15, 7 pm
Nickels Arcade, Suite 201
An off site exhibition as part of Epoch: the A&D 2011 Senior show, featuring Katie Barrie, Katharine Drake, Anita Sidler, Saree Silverman, Miriam Svidler and Carolyn Wiedeman.
April 16 – May 1
April 16, 6 – 9 pm
416 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor
Fashion/Furniture/Technology. An off site exhibition as part of Epoch: the A&D 2011 Senior show, featuring work by Eric Harman, Erika Cross and Maida Nikocevic.
April 16 – 30
April 16, 7 – 10 pm
400 East Washington St., Ann Arbor
Spoke N Spoon
A&D senior Alyssa Ackerman celebrates Ann Arbor’s support of local food growers and documents the creation of her senior thesis, Spoke N Spoon, a lunch subscription service.
April 19, 7 – 9 pm
Pot & Box, 220 Felch St., Ann Arbor
Spoke N Spoon
Spoke N Spoon is a lunch subscription service delivering a rotating menu of local lunches to Ann Arbor offices by bike.
For The Time Being
I am interested in cultural perceptions of time. My work has been focused on slowing time and motion in order to emphasize a single moment, specifically challenging the movement and flow of liquid materials. The installation will be composed of hundreds of suspended drops of ice, which will melt over the course of the exhibition.
For my senior thesis project I created a series of four wearable objects that serve as cathartic aids to different psychological disorders. My goal is to create empathy for people with mental illness by sharing my empathy with those who view my work.
Interested in natural phenomena and human manipulation, ‘Concretely’ is an exploration in taming the utilitarian material that is concrete into sculptural seating.
Down by the Water, Immersed in the Forest
Through a series of oil paintings, I am investigating personal histories of the landscapes I have grown accustomed to: re-imagining them through expressive abstractions and distortions. I find that the natural scenery of a location, constantly in flux, becomes more intimate and familiar than the solid structure of a house. My goal is to immortalize this relationship by using specific color palettes, spontaneous brushstrokes, spatial relationships, and layered textures. Executed upon larger canvases that encompass the viewer, the work is meant to suggest elements of the natural world, yet remain rooted in that of the mind and memory.
Ollie & Pearl
In attempts to reconstruct my past, I have extracted memories from old photographs that had been carefully tucked away into albums and boxes by my mother and grandmother. Stored under beds, in closets, bookshelves, and attics, these photographs act as a marker to a past that I may or may not know. Just as memory flees us, only fragments have been left behind. My series of drawings reflect this notion. Lonely, isolated, and without context, they sit, desperate to be found.
Relics of a bird’s past
I have this space inside my head. I see it every night while lying in bed. I am walking through an older house. The furniture is minimal and the walls shaded gray. There is no one home, but there is the feeling of a recent inhabitant. As I continue throughout the house I realize that inhabitant, so mysterious and solemn, is me. Although this is a home I have never lived in, the remnants of my past and current life surface throughout the house in various nest forms. Some are in the cupboard, in the fridge, some on the mantel, the closet, the shower, or hidden underneath my bed. These nests are built from the tangible items pertaining to my life, providing an overwhelming realness to my experiences. This home, this giant nest made for man, is using my history to provide a home for another species.
Seasonal Build is a children’s cooking set that includes cook books and measuring cups, designed to teach them how to use fresh ingredients as well as how to practice environmental stewardship. It also teaches children how to measure ingredients in an easy way with little help from an adult.
Mother and Daughter.
Mother and Daughter is a series of abstract pencil drawings that visually represent the complex and emotional relationship that exists between my mother and I.
Somewhere on the Midwestern Plain
This graphic narrative is influenced by the metaphorical qualities of the 1973 spanish film The Spirit of the Beehive. The film examines the sociopolitical climate during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship through a portrait of a little girl and her family. Borrowing from the opening caption in the film, which reads “Somewhere on the Castilian plain”, Somewhere On The Midwestern Plain studies a suburban family over the course of a few eventful days during the early summer of 2003, when America’s war in Iraq is just beginning. A small boy, James, like the character Ana in Beehive, is influenced heavily by the words and images he is exposed to, and his dreams become increasingly disturbing as he withdraws from his parents, who have preoccupations of their own. The illustrative style shifts dramatically with each scene, making even reality seem dreamlike.
Yesterdays: a history of student life at the U of M
Explore the history of strong traditions, fleeting crazes, and changing technologies that make up nearly 200 years of student life at the University of Michigan.
A year long exploration of the body, as well as physical and mental endurance through performative action. Performance concepts based in sin, guilt, punishment and atonement. An audience participatory event to be performed during the opening of Epoch: A&D 2011 Senior Show.
“my Berlin” is a map of my memory of Berlin, Germany. Made entirely of cut paper, this “map” represents a portion of Berlin that I lived and worked in this past summer. It depicts both physical city landmarks and intangible experiences and sensations. The buildings, people and other city fixtures coalesce to create a hybrid vision of a city remembered and a city imagined.
Fairy Tales: Gilded Persecution
Focusing on Grimm Fairy Tales, my sculptural adornments address situations in which female characters’ individuality and independence are restrained in some manner appropriate to each story. There is an interesting theme of confinement, passivity and dependence inherent in the female characters of the tales. These traditional themes are altered in my sculptural adornments, making the passive wearer take an active role in resisting the action being forced. The delicate style of the pieces is contrasted with the uncomfortable actions being forced and this comes from a fascination and intrigue with that which is beautiful yet detrimental.
I am creating a series of pen drawings depicting dream landscapes that blend together elements both of reality and fantasy based on places that relate to my home in New Orleans.
“Life itself, when understood and utilized for what it is, is sweet” (Hoff, 6). The flavor of tea can also be regarded as a symbolism of life. The first sip of any tea is bitter but as you let the taste sink in, the aftertaste is sweet. Such if life – bittersweet.
No More Talking
No More Talking is a series of portraits responding to a developing trend of interpersonal disconnect and a general sense of indifference that exists in our behavior as the results of digital technology. The dull, hypnotic expressions in the faces are meant to capture the look of a generation in transition that is interacting with computers at an increasing rate. The portraits of these college aged students are solely lit by computer screens which is meant to create a new physical space, similar to how the internet has evolved into a separate “reality.” Captured in expressions of disconnect, these faces communicate as if they are more absorbed in this cyberspace than the tangible world, touching on the trend of how social skills are being stunted as a result of too much time spent in solitude surfing the internet, playing video games, etc .
Bio-Inspired Jewelry Series
I find myself continually inspired by the patterns, structures, and colors found in various aspects of nature. I believe nature should be used as a point from which to design in various disciplines. The repeated wearing of jewelry creates this intimate relationship and familiarity between the wearer and the piece. I set out to explore using natural structures as an inspiration point to create small metal sculpture that uses the contours of the body. My hope is that wearing such a piece would provoke a deeper understanding of the intricacies of its natural counterpart.
The Evo Series explores the realm between digital and handcrafted furniture manufacturing methodologies. Incorporating digital tools with craft materials, techniques and traditions, the Evo Series, exposes the new possibilities of digital craft.
From the Inside, Out
In collaboration with incarcerated artists, this book shares the experience of working with individuals inside correctional facilities. It emphasizes the importance of recognizing the creative process is not a privilege; it is part of human existence.
The Woodward Dream Cruise is unlike a car collection or any auto show. It’s as though you are stepping back in time. It’s where spectators and cruisers come to celebrate an ongoing love affair with the automobile in the birthplace of the American automobile. Muscle cars and classics ride up and down a 16-mile stretch of the legendary Woodward Avenue through eight host communities including Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak, in Southeast Michigan.
GENDERED GIRLHOOD: A FEMINIST REFLECTION OF IDENTITY
Text and photos demonstrate a reflection on events from the past with a feminist perspective. Experiences include influences of femininity, relationships with men, discovering sexuality, and dealing with perceptions of power and control.
My work explores the concepts of morphology, communication through gesture, and the form and surface relationship of ceramic sculpture. I am creating an installation piece comprised of large-scale ceramic sculptures inspired by my natural surroundings and various biological organisms and their life course. I focus on the form and surface relationship by abstracting universal qualities observed in nature and creating a new species of organisms, highlighting the fascinating elements and interconnectedness of our world.
As the King of Hearts says in Alice in Wonderland, ‘Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’ And while you are doing so, it is ok to feel excited, imaginative, whimsical, etc., as you flip through the pages, following the stories of a boy and his frog, a girl and her garden, a bumble bee and his flower, and a bunch of butterflies. They are children’s books, after all.
Once upon a time, there was a boy who picked up a frog, a girl who loved flowers, and ten butterflies who flocked together…
Welcome to the Zoo
During a day trip to the zoo, a little girl decides she would like some of the animals home as pets. As she imagines what it would be like to take various animals home, she creates equally impossible scenarios where she encounters reasons she would NOT want these creatures as pets.
When the oxen came to be as a gust of snow wove around their ankles, the warm homes atop their backs discovered for the first time. As pencil met the page, they opened their eyes. A giraffe inspects his neighbor, not knowing he too has a telephone booth on his neck. Once the dachshund’s sat upright, they were aware of their steam engine attributes. As the geese gather passively socializing, the species have accepted their abilities. This series explores an impulse we all have as living creatures to explore and embrace our curiosity. As you greet these hybrids, embrace the contagious nature of their investigation and simply imagine. Just as they address each other, introduce yourself and join in the inquisitive exchange. They would love to meet you.
“Letter Form” deals with typographic form detached from its familiar language context. Typography is not only a system of communicative building blocks, but also a collection of distinct forms. Each letter can be used in conjunction with others to create words, sentences, and so on, which form the basis of written language. It is natural and practical to think of letters as inextricable from language; literacy depends on the recognition of these forms. This letter form study ponders the separation of language and typography: letter forms not meant to be read, but simply to be seen.
Turned Out is a line of clothing made out of screen printed patterns based on microscopic parts within the human body. The outfits embody the functions of the body part, essentially showing what’s beautiful on the inside on the outside.
Last Call Clothing
Last Call Clothing is a brand that pledges to deliver fresh clothes and good times.
An Advertising Story
A fantasy world. An opportunity to choose between a one filled with advertising and one void of it. 600 million tourists visit Times Square every year. In ten years the city of Detroit, one without much advertising, has decreased in population by 25%. Advertising bolsters capitalism, and without advertising, sales and capitalism we would cease to be the innovative culture we are today. These collages create the opportunity to choose between an Adless world or an Ad world without judgment. Each individual piece collaged together to create an illusionistic space, built in modular sections for the saccade movements of the human eye. We naturally compare segments of images through fast shifts in our eyes. These worlds cater to this ability to compare not only entire collages but pieces of them as well, allowing for the optimum capacity to choose between which mosaic you wish to create your life, your world, within.
I am always home, and wherever I go, I carry my house. Each wall stands inside me, determined to be strong. Each window permits a breeze, open to change. Each ceiling imperfect, but always secure. Each floorboard weathered, evidence of time. Each door holds fast, stubborn hinges guarded. And the light is still on, providing me warmth. I am my home, and wherever I go, I carry my house.
It’s a desk. It’s a table. It’s a deskable.
“For Ellie” is a series of explorations in textile collage. The work incorporates antique textiles and modern fabrics together in understated compositions. Sewing is a tradition that has been passed on through generations of women in my family. By stitching a physical union between my late grandmother and myself, I am attempting in many ways, to remain connected with my history.
Better Ways to Carry
I am interested in designing bags that compliment users lifestyles and enable more organized interactions with personal possessions. I incorporate recycled materials into my designs whenever possible to show that we can use current resources more efficiently than we do now.
Transmit – Urban Bicycle Trailer
A collapsable dual use bicycle trailer/urban shopping cart designed for the car-less urban dweller.
Scenes of a Mackinac Island Winter
Time passes so slowly, waiting for ice-coated bridges to open worlds… A collection of oil paintings exploring the unique landscape of Mackinac Island, Michigan in the wintry off-season.
Play. Lost Memories of a Childhood
Through the process of photolithography, I explored the concept of lost childhood memories using images of my cherished building blocks printed on wood. These assemblies allude to the feelings of loneliness and longing I had as a young child because my younger sister was very ill and, as a result, I was often isolated from her and my parents. This project is a way to recover my childhood memories and find myself in the process.
I am investigating people’s reaction to hair when it is not their own or on their body. I have gathered hair form many sources; salons, friends and strangers and used this as a medium to draw the viewer in to a close examination of my obsession. Through the use of water air and light I alter people’s perceptions of this overlooked resource.
My work deals with barriers. The perceived barriers between expression and restriction, analysis and impulse, art and science, meticulous rendering and broad sweeping gesture, fight to find common ground – sometimes melding seamlessly into each other and at other times struggling to overcome strict delineations. Ultimately, it responds to the way we seek, and struggle, to understand biological phenomena using visual media.
How does the form of line capture the essence of a subject? Pens, inks and brushes are my weapons, my translators between the connection I have with my subjects to the quality of line I use to bring their energy and emotion to life. I push the dimensions of a figure, squeezing, tugging, stretching. I pinch and pull the face, changing our perceptions of a portrait to encompass elements of a specific personality and behavior. The relationship of my subjects to me and to each other holds significance in the way they are displayed: larger than life portrayals of people whose influence to me has been extraordinary.
Travelog is a podcast series about studying abroad and traveling. Through the art of storytelling, Travelog communicates the importance of intercultural connectivity and cultural immersion. Featuring stories from students that have recently traveled, each episode underlines the importance of seeking out international experiences. Travelog is a nontraditional collective tour guide to the world.
To Be Another
A Story Based on the Korean cultural masks called “Tal’Chum.” In a corrupted atmosphere, the story will show a figure who gets to be experience the life of another through these masks, changing and seeing how to masks sees.
A Series of Kinetic Sets Tell a Story
A Series of Kinetic Sets for Video Culminating in a screening and an installation about immigration, love, and World War II
Ordinary thoughts is about the idea that we are not in rehearsal for life, that right now in this moment, this is it.
Multi-layered photographs are formed that mesmerize, stimulate, and guide the viewer to an otherworldly state of being.
The Fantastical Adventures of Pulu the Bored
Trapped in a routine but too unmotivated to do anything about it? Join Pulu in his journey in rediscovering his need for curiosity and learning.
The Detroit Free Press Marathon is one of the only races in the United States to cross international borders, which offers for a unique and exciting way to explore both Detroit and Windsor. Run Detroit is a visual campaign that effectively communicates the uniqueness of this race. The campaign goes beyond current practices in race promotion by offering an interactive aspect that further involves the viewer in the experience of print design.
I WONDER AS I WANDER
The imagery that surrounds us, if we are observant, stimulates our mind and provokes us to think, question, assume, and react. When images are paired with words our curiosities expand and the relationship between these two elements becomes the focus of our attention.
Towards the Height
This is a narrative of the myth of Sisyphus depicted in Batik and colored pencil.”The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” Camus
Humans as Parasites
I created a body of work dealing with the destruction of the environment by human actions; I produced a series of illustrations with an underlying metaphor comparing humans to parasites. The illustrations I created impart snapshots in time that focus on certain detrimental activities, such as: genetic experimentation, strip mining, factory run-off pollution, deforestation, and overpopulation.
Do You Know?
The “Do You Know” series uses design to draw attention to particular issues about student health. Design is the tool that makes the content visually interesting, making the audience receptive to the material. Information about how to be healthy already exists, but the moment that creates awareness needs to happen before the viewer is ready to change. Making the decision to create a change in your lifestyle is not something that can be forced upon you; the choice rests with the viewer. Focusing on the behavioral aspects of health, my posters use design to create the moment that prompts change.
Like Vermin, secrets are often hard to control.
Escape North provides luxury train travel between Ann Arbor and Boyne Falls, every day of the week, every season. Ride in comfort and elegance as you enjoy the beautiful scenes that rail travel through Michigan has to offer.
Reformed Secondhand Clothes
Fresco is a medium of classic antiquity that reached its peak during the Renaissance. For my Integrative Project, I have chosen to modernize this technique, which I learned through my study abroad in Rome, Italy, in this painting series titled “Buon Fresco”.
Memory Worlds is an exploration of the mind as a series of self contained environments. Memories, influences, and the imagination combine to create worlds of invention and fantasy that surprise and delight the viewer. Behind each door, the possibilities are endless.
Greetings From Huron-Clinton Metroparks
Huron-Clinton Metroparks of Southeast Michigan is a regional park system forming a ring around the greater metro Detroit area. Thirteen Metroparks covering 24,000 acres of natural areas contain about twenty distinct ecosystems that are home to a vast variety of plants and wildlife. I’ve designed a promotional series of greeting cards based on these diverse ecosystems that surround our urban communities.
Ways of Seeing
I love how objects sit next to or stack on top of each other like units on a shelf or people packed like sardines in a commuter train, blending together to form a mosaic of colors. Similarly, topography when viewed aerially appears to be comprised of shapes and color clustered to form what we know are really cities and villages. These divisions create a structural geometry, imposed by the needs of agriculture. My compulsive need for order has shaped the way I look at these things; it causes me to notice squares and rectangles everywhere. This series of paintings is a window into how I see things and is an attempt to illustrate how our personal lens influences the way we organize our lives and all the space within it.
A youth baseball organization, UP! will bring together middle school age children from diverse areas to learn new perspectives. Boys and girls will focus on the life-building skills that are associated on and off the field such as teamwork, goal setting, improvement, hard work, and dedication.
A Light Shines in the Darkness
“A Light Shines in the Darkness” is a series of six painted diptychs that will be installed in the sanctuary of Antioch Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Each diptych represents a liturgical season or holiday, as envisioned through a verse in the book of Isaiah, which reads: “The people who walked in great darkness/ have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness/ on them light has shined”.
The Attic Dweller
THE ATTIC DWELLER, a collection of experimental music videos, chronicles one woman’s struggle with moving permanently from her hometown. Featuring original music by Schmitt, each video studies the cosmetic differences between the titular character’s rural hometown and the big city in which she plans to live. The piece will be performed twice in the Duderstadt Center Video Studio with a six-piece rock combo and large-scale video projections. Both performances draw attention to live multimedia production techniques. Free admission. March 31, 8PM and 9PM.
This work uses a custom algorithm with motion capture technology to render the performative arts into static sculptural forms in order to create an aesthetic that focuses on the path of motion instead of on the subjects’ figure. This research is presented as a multimedia installation comprised of four sculptures with video support.
If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
For my IP project I have made 10 images of 10 researchers from different departments who test on animals here at the University of Michigan. I believe it is important to share what is really happening behind windowless walls and advocate to use alternatives to animals. Animals, such as vertebrates (including mice and rats!) have a nervous system, just like us, so they can feel it when cut, burned, and electrocuted. Just because we can’t hear their thoughts doesn’t mean their screams mean nothing. The imagery is animals taking revenge on their typical human attackers. I want to provoke the general public with these images to share my desire to end animal cruelty. The audience will see these images and, I hope, want to learn why I feel this way.
I am one and also two
My project is an installation made up of thousands of ceramic Ginkgo leaves. Using the leaves as a symbol for resilience my piece seeks to convey the balance of seemingly opposing forces. Strong v. Weak. Resilient v. Fragile. Guarded v. Vulnerable. Rather than being two forces on opposite ends of a spectrum each pair is more related than they first appear. We gain strength from being weak and in turn can become weak in an attempt to be strong. In order to overcome hardship we must embrace the constant flux of each force. Only then can balance be achieved.
Imperfection is an essential and inherent aspect of existence. Through this process it has been important for me to work constantly with the uncontrollable aspects of my work, as well as those in my mind.
Double Take: A Graphic Exploration Through the Neighborhoods of St. Louis
In the form of a personal narrative, my project explores various neighborhoods of St. Louis through my own perspective and presents them in a graphic form, showcasing the character of each neighborhood through my conversations and observations about the city. My final piece will be a series of five booklets combining digital graphics with my text.
Parts to Whole
Exploration of colors and shapes in a three dimensional space using threads: Abstract sculptures that hint at the human body by combining colored threads into vibrant skin tones through their arrangement in space. The shapes are inspired by the forms of a woman’s body.
Photography by strobe light. The flicker of the strobe light dissects the event. Every flash is a new moment recorded.
Interference is a multi-channel video installation that delves into the aftermath of sexual assault by telling a series of stories through dance.
A short animation about life and how quick it can go by.
Student Life Past and Present: A Visual History
The history of student life at The University of Michigan gives us information about the origins of traditions that, while upheld, have lost their stories in the passing of time. This work is a retelling of pieces of this history using visual materials (photographs, newspapers, posters etc.) from the past as well as the present. Designed with a modern approach to visual communication historical events are related to the present in a playful, visually-clear way. This work covers several aspects of student life including social events, football, and student activism in the form of a paperback book.
We Forget That We Are Birds
A series of collages.
Through the form of an interactive, virtual tour, the viewer experiences the feeling of wonder, as I did, a young American tourist, in awe of Irish history and the themes of destruction and creation, of beauty, and of time passing made manifest in an ancient castle.
Shade Us From Fissure
What does it mean to be highly adjusted? Perhaps it is the ability to adapt to change with unnerving agility. If it is, then this is a story of minimal adjustment. It is a story of maladaptive behavior and of pathological tendencies. It is a story of degeneration.
Animus de Cineris: An Exploration in Science Fiction
This is a project not only about my love for science fiction, but also about the depths of human ingenuity. The main aspect that will be explored in my thesis is how war however terrible pushes us forward with new and innovative technology.
Cup of Sugar
Cup of Sugar is a smartphone application that encourages communal eating in a largely online world by announcing a need for ingredients that are then shared in person by friends.
Cup of Sugar
Cup of Sugar is a smartphone application that encourages communal eating in a largely online world by announcing a need for ingredients that are then shared in person by friends.
Over and Over
The repetition of simple shapes, some call it a doodle while others refer to it as systematic drawing, are a way of distraction/form of meditation. However, sometimes it takes over, flows off the page and evolves into something greater.
Who We All Are.
A feather is sustained by the power it holds as part of the wing in flight, without losing its delicate, structural essence as it exists as a miracle in nature. When it is assembled, repeated, and constructed, a feather becomes a wing that creates flight. The dynamic of the individual versus the strength of the whole, where the essence of the feather is in its connection with other feathers. In the words of Lehmah Gbowee, “I am what I am because of who we all are.”
This animation is about Floof and Marley, lovers in a relationship. As a result of the argument, Floof leaves. He later realizing that the argument was just a misunderstanding. Floof returns to Marley to apologize but it was too late. Floof didn’t regret his decision and was grateful for what he did have with Marley. The life he had with Marley was a happy one.
Bridal-wear design that incorporates traditional Asian style and modern Western style, of which the modern design is dominant over the traditional.