Self – Clarissa R Gerber
Show Dates: May 25- July 21, 2018
Reception: Saturday, July 21
Whether understood as complex physiological organisms or as souls swaddled in flesh, humans embody mystery and potentiality. My interest goes beyond the unseen and incorporeal elements to embrace the physicality of people as well as their collective psychology. I find subtle moments revealing—the tension in an arm, the curve of a shoulder, the intense look in an eye, and the connections people make when they look at each other.
My work rides the edge between different modes of painting with color acting as a central component. I am drawn to that space where representation meets abstraction and where volume and flatness intersect. Overlapping marks create layers of paint that both reveal and conceal, similar to our physical surroundings’ ability to both reflect and influence our identity. My current series acts as both a study of persona and as conduit to express emotion for myself, for the model, and for the viewer. Through the use of color and the expressive language of paint, my work connects the personal to that which links us as human beings.
Clarissa R Gerber received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Michigan State University in 2011. Gerber is a figurative painter who uses color and the expressive language of paint to present the human form, both physically and psychologically. Her work has been exhibited numerous times in national juried exhibitions, including the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Brooklyn, New York; Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Illinois; and First Street Gallery in New York City. In 2015, Gerber had a solo exhibition entitled Sensation in the Sheetz and McLanahan Galleries on the campus of Penn State Altoona. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Additional information and images of Gerber’s work are available at ClarissaRGerber.com.
June 2 – July 15, 2018
Reception Friday, June 1, 2018 6–8pm
Sometimes Bluebird featuring the work of Marcos Valella, Britta Urness, and Jacquelynn Sullivan. This special exhibition is organized by Britta Urness. Sometimes Bluebird brings the work of three artists together to discover new layers of abstraction, the relationship between humans and experience, and what can materialize as an object – as an artwork – or appear as an activity. All three artists lean on differing subject matter (permanence, action, memory, communication, the self) and the resulting installations can be read as both ephemeral or long-lasting.
Our summer camps for teens offer an accelerated experience for students with prior experience learning a language. The camps focus on speaking and listening skills with some reading and writing mixed in and are open to students ages 13 and above. All camps take place on MSU’s campus.
German camp runs Monday-Friday, July 9-12, 2018 from 12:30-4 pm.
After care available upon request for an additional charge. Multiple-program/child discounts are available (10%). Camps will be cancelled if fewer than 5 students enroll.
DRAWN TO PRINT
A national juried exhibition of drawning and printmaking and everything inbetween.
July 27 – August 31, 2018
Reception July 27, 6-8PM
This exhibition is the result of a national call and features works on paper that explore the ways in which the diverse and inclusive mediums of drawing and printmaking converge and are completely separate.
The path followed by a brayer can begin with a pencil, a mouse, a cut, or a maybe a stencil. There is no limit to the ideas that can be explored through drawing or printmaking. The presence of the artist in these processes can be at the forefront or separated by many layers of information. Surfaces can be additive or subtractive. Lines and forms can be ink, paint, graphite, thread, a cut or a tear. The work in this exhibition meets with the act of one material being pulled across the surface of another.
This exhibition features work from:
HECTOR DEL CAMPO
SALLY SCHLUTER TARDELLA
Our summer camps introduce children to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on games, songs, and other playful interactions. The curricula are theme-based and include topics of interest and relevance to children. Different activity types are alternated with games and hands-on as well as visually activated learning. In our lessons, we try to connect the new knowledge with the community by visiting campus locations such as the dairy store and the botanical gardens. All camps take place on MSU’s campus.
German is open to children ages 6-12. No previous knowledge is required and children of higher levels can be accommodated.
German camp runs Monday-Friday, July 30 – August 3, 2018 from 8:30 am – 4 pm, sack lunch provided by parents. Morning-only option available (8:30 am – 4 pm).
Before and after care available upon request for an additional charge. Multiple-program/child discounts are available (10%). Camps will be cancelled if fewer than 5 students enroll.
Featuring Dianne Wolter’s paintings and sculptures.
August 3- October 5, 2018
Reception September 8, 3-5PM
Painting provides me a process driven opportunity to experiment, discover, manipulate, play, and sometimes even tell a story. I value mark making and like to see evidence of the history of the process in the finished painting. Narrative has been a component of my art that allows me to ask questions and make observations. I use whimsy as a means to enliven or to soften the content. Recurring themes and images return to new environments. Images that possess a personal iconography are infused with content from experiences and memories that hold power. I begin by creating an active ground plane, and then working out to the surface, sometimes finding rather than imposing imagery. I enjoy working figuratively, layering, searching for ideas and inspiration from the manipulation of the media, and often but not always embracing a narrative.
Adding papier-mâché sculpture to my studio involvement has been a logical and natural extension to my previous singular focus of two-dimensional work. The process is reductive, starting with foam forms that have been created by gluing construction foam into blocks that can be carved. Papier-mâché mulch and layers of paper finish off the surfaces and ease transitions and contours. The torn paper can communicate a new narrative while holding onto its past. I find myself stacking forms which is another way of layering, bringing elements together in proximity or support, contrasting familiar with fantastic.
Dianne Wolter graduated from Michigan State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a teaching certificate. Teaching and studio involvement have been the focus of her professional life since then. She concentrated on fabric collage for the first 14 years of her creative journey, teaching it in public schools throughout southern Michigan sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts. In 1979, Wolter began teaching after school art classes in her home studio to area children. Sharing her studio with children was a rewarding and meaningful opportunity. To concentrate more fully on her own art, she retired from teaching in 2002 to focus more on painting. A whim to make a cat riding on a unicycle introduced sculpture as an additional interest. Since then, Wolter has been enjoying both sculpture and painting.
For more information about Dianne’s work please visit her website:
This in-depth conversation will examine Michel Parmentier’s early experiments in painting and his collaborations with artists Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, and Niele Toroni. Dr. Philip Armstrong, Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University, and Dr. Lily Woodruff, Associate Professor of Art History at MSU, will discuss Parmentier’s work within its historical context and how he challenged institutional conventions of the 1960s.
Michel Parmentier is curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler, Director, with Steven L. Bridges, Associate Curator, and is on view through Oct. 7.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English will be presenting Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good as part of the University Interdisciplinary Colloquium. Read a summary of her talk below:
The university stands in a peculiar relationship to twenty-first-century American culture. On the one hand, that culture imagines institutions of higher education to be providers of vitally important credentials for those seeking an engaging career and a secure economic future. On the other, that same culture routinely depicts the university and its denizens as being out of touch with the real needs of their communities, producing and transmitting useless, abstract knowledge and standing in the way of real economic and technological progress. Generous Thinking proposes that those of us who work within the university might take a hard look at the ways we connect and communicate with a range of off-campus communities about our shared interests and concerns in order to begin rebuilding the relationship between the university and the public that it is meant to serve.
Coffee and refreshments will be provided.