Out of Cranbrook and Into the World
Melanie Findayson | Lauren Jacobs
Chris Schneider | Mark Sengbusch
Curated by Vince Carducci
January 2nd-February 17th
Artist Reception Friday, January 11th 6-9 pm
1st ANNUAL SCARAB CLUB
PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP EXHIBITION
"One of my favorite Richard Guindon cartoons shows the intersection of Academy Way and Lone Pine Road with a sign that reads: 'Leaving Cranbrook. It's a jungle out there.' One of America's leading art schools, Cranbrook attracts students from around the world. Many of them do in fact leave Cranbrook but stay in the metropolitan Detroit area, adding tremendous value to our cultural landscape."
Melanie Finlayson is originally from upstate New York and currently lives and teaches in Ann Arbor. She graduated from Cranbrook with an MFA in May 2007. Finlayson's prints and handmade paper are shown in the exhibition, as well as an installation of tulle and recycled paper.
Lauren Jacobs was raised in the Washington D.C. area, currently lives in Birmingham and works at the Cranbrook Museum of Art. Jacobs is the founder of Gradually Green (GraduallyGreen.org), an ecological organization whose mission is to use art happenings to inspire communities to make small, day-to-day changes toward living greener. One of her contributions to the exhibition, Building Community 2, is an interactive piece where viewers are invited to take a leaf and answer a question.
Chris Schneider grew up in Nebraska, where he stayed through college. He has lived in several states, eventually moving to Michigan to attend Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he earned an MFA in photography. In the meantime he fell in love with the Detroit area. His work has been shown in over 25 galleries across several states. He is the founder of HATCH, a non-profit art group based in Hamtramck. He is an adjunct professor of photography at three Detroit-area colleges and directs the Cranbrook Summer Art Institute. Red Pants, a project and an obsession that has carried on for four years, includes 400 images, all surreptitiously taken. No one ever knows that their pants have been captured.
Mark Sengbusch has been an active member of the Detroit art scene since he arrived in 1997 to attend the College for Creative Studies (BFA '02). He is currently a student in the MFA program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2005 Sengbusch teamed up with fellow CCS Alum Greg Frederick and opened the 101up Gallery in the Cass Corridor. Their exhibitions featured local talent including Carl Oxley III, Joseph Bernard, Sioux Trujillo, Erin Somerville, Taurus Burns and Matthew Hanna. Presently Sengbusch is pursuing his MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the Painting Department. Most recently he is weaving and playing old video games. His work in this exhibition includes reverse paintings on thick Plexiglas and paint marker on canvas.
Vince Carducci's reviews and articles have been published in Amercian Craft, Artforum International, Art in America, Eye, Sculpture, and elsewhere. He is currently a contributing writer for Metro Times, Detroit's leading weekly alternative newspaper, and a staff writer for PopMatters, a webzine of global culture.
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