Kresge Art Center Gallery 101 & 114

CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY

GALLERY 101

 Ladan Bahmani

 

LADAN BAHMANI

2nd Year MFA Solo Exhibition

 

September 28, 2015 - October 9, 2015

Exhibition Reception October 1 4:30PM-6:30PM


Artist Statement

Change is colorless and odorless. It is between an inhale and an exhale. It makes and breaks, builds and demolishes, creates and destroys. Not always visible, it is sensible, perceptible. It is seen by patient eyes, yet is apparent to all; some capture it, others miss it. It frees some elements, and captivates others. It is not static, but perpetual. Sometimes smart enough to look random, other times simple enough to give its secrets away. Change is evolution and elevation; it is about revolution. It interweaves the future and the past. It dedicates depth to moments, makes every instant priceless. It can seem subtle or obvious, but is always prominent. Change liberates and uncovers, expands, experiments and ventures. It challenges, risks, fails or wins, falls or rises. It is the key to survival, the reason for our existence. It is sudden or slow, expected or unexpected, sad or happy; it is the portrayal of life.

 

GALLERY 114

Kristen Franyutti

KRISTEN FRANYUTTI

2nd Year MFA Solo Exhibition

 

September 28, 2015 - October 9, 2015

Exhibition Reception October 1 4:30PM-6:30PM

 

Artist Statement

My work conveys contradictory associations between innocence and temptation. I
employ labor-intensive and time-consuming techniques traditionally associated with
female occupations, such as sewing, threading, and embellishing of materials to create
sculpture or fantasy environments.

 

My pieces are delicate and are meant to be the antithesis of what one usually expects
of a sculpture. Instead of being sturdy and enduring, the sculptures serve as a
metaphor for fragility and decay. The sculptures are composed of re-purposed,
commonly available materials, such as fabric, latex, sand, and various sewing notions.

 

I want particular surface textures to allude to the human body, to domestic life, sexuality,
and the tension between vulnerability and hostility. For example, Table of Curiosities
utilizes needles arranged around peepholes and adjacent to edges; there is no way to
physically pass through the holes or grasp the edges without harming one’s self.
Through the use of scale and details, I seduce the viewer to engage on an intimate
level, yet I thwart their expectations by adding things like safety pins and pushpins that
can potentially do harm.