Arts Thread

Above: Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates 2021 1. Kate Auman / 2. A.F. Oehmke/ 3. Michael Rosales/ 4. Kate Auman / 5. & 6. Sijie Li

The 64 graduates from the Cranbrook Academy of Art Design, Michigan MFA programs are exhibiting their final projects in a show presented by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. The show features work from the school's 2D, 3D and 4D design studios, architecture, fiber, metalsmithing and more. In this post, ARTS THREAD shares some of stand-out projects from the 2D, 3D and 4D design classes.




 










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2D Design

Kate Auman's work explores her own experiences of being disabled, and many of her final pieces look at the connections she shares with her own late relatives.  A.F. Oehmke's pieces that examine cultural hierarchies and social ideologies. Oehmke's final project features various mirrors with ambiguous text etched into the glass reading 'Your foot is on my neck' and 'Stand in your mess, beloved.'  Xianda Hu's installation, a window frame with a view to a whitewashed brick wall, Michael Rosales has spent the last five years creating 1.25 inch circular pinback buttons which feature pastel drawings, typography, natural motifs and rupurposed ephemera. 'I fucken (sic) enjoy finding new ways to created work in this predetermined space, scale and structure, says Rosales. 'My favorite part about making buttons is the ability to make multiples and share them with people. It such a surreal experience to see people wear my roughly 3,000 buttons, all offered for free.'

Forrest Hudes

3D Design

Forrest Hudes creates playful home furnishings and accessories, such as the Amazing Technicolor Dream Rug, a wooden floor covering made from painted ash, and the flat vases, 2D vessels also made from painted ash. Annie Meyer's work proposes a 'nonbinary objecthood'; pieces are fluid, tactile. colourful, and difficult to place into a single object category. Jaeyeon Park finds inspiration in the 'human abyss' and the darkness inside every person, which results in surreal installations. "My work is mainly created by mixing those two things, and the final result is usually expressed as an object and installation in space. Using the epoxy clay, I want to express abstract mind flutters with atypical shapes and abstract and ambiguous figurations,' says Park.

Annie Meyer Annie Meyer



4D Design

https://vimeo.com/554879493

Sijie Li's interactive Emoji Generator gives users the ability to create their own customised emojis. Pressing buttons that represent 6 basic emotions, viewers can manipulate an LED face on the wall which will start to change its expression to encompass that emotion. The more a viewer presses a specific emotion, the more exaggerated the face will become.  Li writes: 'Being fun and visually attractive is my focus of this project, I want to leave enough mystery to arise the viewers’ curiosity, as well as enough space for them to explore, but still give the audience certain clues or feedbacks of their actions.'

To see the work of all the Cranbrook Academy of Art 2D, 3D and 4D design graduates, visit the Cranbrook exhibition website.

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Above: Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates 2021 1. Kate Auman / 2. A.F. Oehmke/ 3. Michael Rosales/ 4. Kate Auman / 5. & 6. Sijie Li

The 64 graduates from the Cranbrook Academy of Art Design, Michigan MFA programs are exhibiting their final projects in a show presented by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. The show features work from the school's 2D, 3D and 4D design studios, architecture, fiber, metalsmithing and more. In this post, ARTS THREAD shares some of stand-out projects from the 2D, 3D and 4D design classes.




 










View this post on Instagram























 

A post shared by Sean Hu (@xianda.hu)






2D Design

Kate Auman's work explores her own experiences of being disabled, and many of her final pieces look at the connections she shares with her own late relatives.  A.F. Oehmke's pieces that examine cultural hierarchies and social ideologies. Oehmke's final project features various mirrors with ambiguous text etched into the glass reading 'Your foot is on my neck' and 'Stand in your mess, beloved.'  Xianda Hu's installation, a window frame with a view to a whitewashed brick wall, Michael Rosales has spent the last five years creating 1.25 inch circular pinback buttons which feature pastel drawings, typography, natural motifs and rupurposed ephemera. 'I fucken (sic) enjoy finding new ways to created work in this predetermined space, scale and structure, says Rosales. 'My favorite part about making buttons is the ability to make multiples and share them with people. It such a surreal experience to see people wear my roughly 3,000 buttons, all offered for free.'

Forrest Hudes

3D Design

Forrest Hudes creates playful home furnishings and accessories, such as the Amazing Technicolor Dream Rug, a wooden floor covering made from painted ash, and the flat vases, 2D vessels also made from painted ash. Annie Meyer's work proposes a 'nonbinary objecthood'; pieces are fluid, tactile. colourful, and difficult to place into a single object category. Jaeyeon Park finds inspiration in the 'human abyss' and the darkness inside every person, which results in surreal installations. "My work is mainly created by mixing those two things, and the final result is usually expressed as an object and installation in space. Using the epoxy clay, I want to express abstract mind flutters with atypical shapes and abstract and ambiguous figurations,' says Park.

Annie Meyer Annie Meyer



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https://vimeo.com/554879493

Sijie Li's interactive Emoji Generator gives users the ability to create their own customised emojis. Pressing buttons that represent 6 basic emotions, viewers can manipulate an LED face on the wall which will start to change its expression to encompass that emotion. The more a viewer presses a specific emotion, the more exaggerated the face will become.  Li writes: 'Being fun and visually attractive is my focus of this project, I want to leave enough mystery to arise the viewers’ curiosity, as well as enough space for them to explore, but still give the audience certain clues or feedbacks of their actions.'

To see the work of all the Cranbrook Academy of Art 2D, 3D and 4D design graduates, visit the Cranbrook exhibition website.

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