Reception: Friday, July 21, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, July 27, 6 pm
There is a scientific basis for humanity’s fascination with fruit. All of the resources we need to survive come from flowering, fruit bearing plants: Angiosperms.
In this group exhibition we address fruit as the symbol for knowledge, as a symbol and visual for feminine form, as trade commodity. It will address the literal question of America’s fruit supply coming from other countries, much of it from Mexico. What implications does the wall have on our access to groceries? Will America be without fruit? Will America be without knowledge? This exhibition addresses these questions through a variety of two- and three-dimensional work as well as some video work. It incorporates representation of fruit as well as real fruit after certain preservation processes.
Alyssa Bogdan currently both lives and works in Detroit, MI. She earned her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in 2015.She grew up watching houses built around her, from the ground up. Her work persistently exhibits architecture and interior aesthetics. She explores interior and exterior structures in conjunction with a shifting perception of the memory of dwellings throughout life. Her work creates a circumstance that recollects and responds intuitively to the sincerity of a moment in deep thought and sparks subconscious communication within ones relation to personal memory of belonging, home and architecture.
Statement | Alyssa Bogdan and Ginny Martin
body as architecture
structures that demonstrate
commit confide invest leave with build
and independent responsibility
Mary Eddy was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and predominantly grass fed. Language and communication have long been inspirations in my life and work. I am interested both in definitions as they evolve and change through use within an environment and in the ways words categorize and signify, shaping our understandings and recollections. Words can have definitions related or dissimilar as can people, having layers and facets, which comprise our unique characters. It is the beauty, utility and ever changing challenge to better communicate with design that I pursue.
May Contain Fruit.
Whether housing or composed of, fruit are vessels of a design specific to a set of advantageous functions to increase the procurement of a next generation.
A three dimensional shape made flat exposes another view we may less commonly see. The choice of where to cut determines the number of cuts required to flatten the shape. A flattened fruit skin’s shape can only influence the reconstructed form.
As a house for new life, fruit functions to aid plant reproduction. As a reconstructed vessel, the next generation of fruit becomes function, the child of design.
Ginny Martin is an artist living and working in Detroit. She was raised in Michigan and Mexico City. Martin has BFA in Fine Arts from College for Creative Studies, 2015. Her work has been shown throughout the Midwest including Chicago and Columbus, and in South Orange, New Jersey and Cholula, Mexico. Ginny has curated group exhibits in Detroit and Cholula.
Martin’s work is casting, fabricating or encasing, gives a weight, taste, or a texture to a sensation or a word that would otherwise lack the specific sensory attribute. It fragments language, mimicking the ways in which conversation and translation do. She is interested in modifying the actual physical interaction with an object, holding, trapping a specific space around it. Placing it in your hand, but it’s written in gelatin, that it could be swallowed. Some part of the work functions or performs, does so precariously, often incorporating a clumsiness in its movements, in the action of attaching or installing, that displays its sincerity.
Statement | Ginny Martin
approach as sustenance
to communicate both the process of accepting it’s necessary to have others, other fruits, other humans
drive to be self sufficient, struggle
even of experienced human, my grandmother, who hates to be photographed
confusion of attraction to the artificial
Manal Shoukair is a Detroit based artist. Soon to achieve her BFA at the College for Creative studies, Manal has journeyed abroad to Zimbabwe, Africa and later the American University of Beirut, Lebanon continuing her creative practice. Performance, video, sculpture and drawing site-specific contexts are the methods of practice that enable Manal to explore themes of identity, essence and the female body. The molding of these multiple mediums help her to investigate and encode existing relationships between the observer, body and the identity held within.
I am the fruit of the fruit and my body is my vessel. The body, my body, and nature are perpetually analogous.
My intuitive and spiritual relationship with Earth is one of comfort and nourishment, guiding me into further exploration of my surrounding environments. The curious nature of life and death embodies the vessel, my root of vessel, and with that an essence of identity.