EVENTS

Calendar

Jan
8
Mon
STA 112: Art & Design: Concepts and Practices @ Gallery 101 & 114, Kresge Art Center
Jan 8 – Jan 26 all-day
Jan
29
Mon
STA 391 Mixed-Media Portraits @ Gallery 101, Kresge Art Center
Jan 29 – Feb 9 all-day
Jan
30
Tue
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Karen Hampton @ 107, South Kedzie Hall
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Karen Hampton @ 107, South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Los Angeles-based textile artist Karen Hampton examines the African American diaspora and explores her personal and ancestral narrative through the art of embroidery, coupled with found textiles and a multitude of textile techniques. Her work recounts her own complex family history and gives voice to long-forgotten stories that tell about African-American experience.

Feb
7
Wed
Visiting Artist Lecture: Joanne Greenbaum @ 107, South Kedzie Hall
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visiting Artist Lecture: Joanne Greenbaum @ 107, South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

New York based Joanne Greenbaum’s paintings are energetic profusions of overlapping techniques and colors, featuring clusters of architectural forms, irregular shapes, and doodle-like lines. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis, and many others.

Feb
12
Mon
Foundations Juried Exhibition @ Gallery 101 & 114, Kresge Art Center
Feb 12 – Feb 23 all-day
Feb
13
Tue
Visiting Artist Lecture: Alejandro Acierto @ 107, South Kedzie Hall
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visiting Artist Lecture: Alejandro Acierto @ 107, South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. Based in Chicago, his work has been shown at the MCA, SAIC, and SOMArts, among many others. Acierto is also a founding member of contemporary chamber orchestra Ensemble Dal Niente.

Feb
23
Fri
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Lucy Knisley @ 4th Floor Green Room, Main Library, Michigan State University
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Lucy Knisley @ 4th Floor Green Room, Main Library, Michigan State University | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Lucy Knisley specializes in personal, confessional graphic novels and travelogues. She has made comics for various anthologies and publications including Marvel comics, Valiant comics, Adventure Time comics, and Boom Studios. Knisley will present the 2018 Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.

Feb
24
Sat
Visiting Artist Lecture: Dianna Schutz @ Main Library, 3rd Floor West Wing
Feb 24 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Visiting Artist Lecture: Dianna Schutz @ Main Library, 3rd Floor West Wing | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Award-winning editor Diana Schutz has been working in comics for almost forty years. She was senior executive editor at Dark Horse Comics. She teaches Comics Studies at Portland State University is a published author of both comics and prose, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame. Schutz will present the 2018 Scholar Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.

Feb
26
Mon
First Year Graduate Exhibition @ Gallery 101, Kresge Art Center
Feb 26 – Mar 2 all-day
Leila Malekadeli, BFA Solo Exhibition @ Gallery 114, Kresge Art Center
Feb 26 – Mar 2 all-day
Leila Malekadeli, BFA Solo Exhibition @ Gallery 114, Kresge Art Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

SEMITRANSPARENT

Leila Malekadeli BFA Solo Exhibition

Kresge Art Center Gallery 114

February 26-March 2, 2018

ARTIST STATEMENT

Identity is fluid. It is pieced together. It intersects. It can be lost and then found. It can bend, break, and be mended. It is a continuous growth.

SemiTransparent features introspection, reflection, and restraint in an amplified, complex retrieval of identity specific to gender, language, and privacy. Although these works speak to my own identity and experience, they are made to be universal. Through the exertion of working in three-dimensions, I labor through my emotions, stubbornness, and vulnerabilities. It forces me to consistently question ideas of self-worth and arbitrary values within the constructs of social hierarchies. I allow my work to dictate the materials used – metal, paper, wood, clay, textile, electronics – and I allow materiality to shape forms that both substantiate and oppose. The idea of lending oneself to a material aids in underscoring my point of view. Working in mixed media, I derive intimacy from the use of scale and monumentality as well as its reversal. The act of repetition illuminates the obsessive qualities embedded in the processes of my work, while allowing the full context to remain elusive to the viewer.

– Leila Malekadeli