“If the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center isn’t on your radar as a place that mounts great shows, it should be.” – Michael Hodges, Detroit News Fine Arts Writer
BBAC exhibitions are always free & open to the public, as are the opening receptions (opening night, 6-8pm).
Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday, 9a-6p; Friday-Saturday, 9a-5p
Interested in exhibiting @ the BBAC? CLICK HERE.
Artists, also consider entering this year’s Michigan Fine Arts Competition with $5,000+ in cash awards. CLICK HERE.
Apr 28-Jun 9
Explosion Drawing #4 by Michael Scoggins (© Michael Scoggins 2017)
b.1973, Washington DC; Education: MFA Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA; 2003, Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME.
Steeped in a fundamental fascination with the essence, texture and plasticity of paper, and its’ intrinsic ephemerality, Michael Scoggins endeavors to transform the disposable into timeless sculptural works of art. The artist infuses the works with a tactile component of selective tears, crumples and folds, simultaneously imbuing the images with a palpable sense of history, while establishing the works themselves as objects. In the process he expands the very definition of traditional drawing.
Scoggins has been composing his, now iconic, monumental 67 x 51 inch notebook sheets for over a decade. His awe-inspiring renditions, complete with spiral bound edges and hand drawn blue lines, depict how he is affected by popular culture and world events, and suggests how those forces have shaped all of our lives. The artist’s methodical metamorphosing of the temporal into the enduring is further highlighted in his elegantly marked and vaporously distressed chalkboard work. His lyrical, ethereal, erased and smudged gossamer hieroglyphics deal with memory, how things change with time, and the ways in which we each perceive events differently. His exploration continues with a scaled down body of work using 24 x 18 inch butcher and newsprint utility papers, fashioning them into faded, tattered, textural works infused with fugitive, lush, diaphanously rendered word play.
Scoggins’ art is emotionally charged, –poignant, charming, caustic, and smart. Combining elements which pull on our collective memories and heartstrings, he seduces us with his brand of sinister satire, –designed to embarrass us, highlight our similarities, distinguish our differences, and engender guilty amusement. The artist’s narrative romps encourage us to laugh, and fill us with feelings of nostalgia, melancholy, anger and frustration. Graceful and edgy, Scoggins provokes deliberation, makes us think and most certainly, charges us to sit up and take notice.
As simple as it is sophisticated, as accessible as it is provocative, Scoggins takes on the world like a kid in the schoolyard of life. With precision and a sublimely delicate touch, Scoggins meticulously crafts his art to look deceptively effortless, as though it were purchased at some Gulliver–sized Office Depot. In the tradition of the great Pop and contemporary artists, Scoggins redefines the ordinary and familiar, composes a new vision, and, in the process, creates for the viewer an icon for the 21st century.
Purple Cowhead, eps foam, abs plastic, black acrylic, epoxy; 30″ x 30″ x 26″
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Goulder’s art is photographs of small action figures.
Students of Anatoly Shapiro (painting)
Jun 23-Aug 25
Michigan Fine Arts Competition – Noel Anderson, Juror
Sep 8-Oct 13
Beyond Consequence: Works by Russ Orlando
In a broad range of materials, much of my work is a response to a situation or event, or even material itself. I often see the work as a fragmented perception of reality.
When I start a work, I tend to gather materials that I find may be useful to me. When combining the materials, I try not to make too much sense out of my choices for fear of being too rational. In the end, the work should serve as only a stopping point, prompting many questions but leaving them unanswered.
Russ Orlando earned his MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been shown nationally & internationally, including the Ceramic Artist Exchange – Tandem in Neumünster (Germany), the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis (MN), the Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh (PA), the Detroit Institute of Arts & the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). In 2009, he was a recipient of the Kresge Artist Fellowship. He has been an adjunct professor, as well as a visiting artist & lecturer.
Christine Ritchie & Kip Kowalski
Students of Lori Thomas (quilting)
Oct 20-Nov 15
Birmingham Society of Women Painters
Jan 27-Mar 2
BBAC Current Student Works Competition
Final Touch (oil on canvas; 30″ x 30″) by Vincent Cervantez – BBAC President’s Award
(BBAC students – click here for more details!)
Shapiro teaches “Large Scale Painting” @ the BBAC. His painting above: Summer Garden, 48″ x 36″. CLICK HERE for Shapiro’s website.
Mar 10-Apr 21
Melis Agabigum: May the Bridges I Burn, Light the Way
Stand Here and Hold This for a Second, For Me, Will You? by Melis Agabigum
Melis Agabigum is an educator & studio artist from Michigan. She received her MFA in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Intermedia: Jewelry/Metals, Installation Art, Sculpture & Fibers, & received her BFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan. In addition to her personal practice, she has worked as a studio assistant to metalsmith artist Arline Fisch, and sculptor William Dennisuk. She has taught 2D and 3D studio courses at the University of Michigan & University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, Melis is an Adjunct Instructor in the Art Metals program at Boise State University in Idaho.
Provoked by an interest in material fiction, Melis’ work examines loss, repetition & the notion of burden that individuals carry from their relationships. Her soft sculptures explore the unseen tether of the physical & emotional weights that affect individuals in how they perceive their connection to others, their bodies & space. Her work has been shown at the national and international level in shows such as: Metallophone: Bonds: Lithuania; Jewelry and Cinema in Porto, Portugal; #StickitSNAG Platforma Gallery Boston MA; & Resolutely Ambiguous at the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis MN.
For more about Agabigum: her website & an interview with her from 365 Days, 365 Artists: A Frank Juarez Gallery & Greymatter Gallery Collaborative Project
Carlo Vitale & Patrick Burton: We Two
L – Topographic Map – Blue (detail) – oil on canvas, 4’x10′ by Carlo Vitale; R – My Life Lies Elsewhere by Patrick Burton
What links the paintings of Patrick Burton & Carlo Vitale together is the spiritual intensity by which they approach their artistic practice. Both have invested years developing their own personal voice & work in a meticulous & obsessive nature. For Patrick, words are essential components that comprise his wood panels. Beauty, Harmony, Elegy, and Love are just a few words that come to mind when experiencing his art. For Carlo, music is essential to his paintings. He believes in the kinetic energy between music & art making. Carlo’s paintings draw similarities to the optical and mathematical constructs of a painter like George Seurat.
Vitale was born and raised in Detroit, and has been active in the Detroit art scene since the 1970s. His work is influenced by agricultural themes along with colorful imagery. Burton was also born in Detroit and lives there now. His richly ornate paintings mix folk art and popular culture.
Gwenn Rosseau: Stillwater | Silentwater
Reeds (photograph; 21″ x 14″) by Gwenn Rosseau
Rosseau is a lifelong metro-Detroiter & insatiable traveler. Her current ethereal photographic work explores the essential sublimity & solitude of nature. Click here for her website.
Students of Laura Beyer: Print & Paper
Die Cut Study (2016) by Laura Beyer. Note – this piece is intended to illustrate the work of artist & BBAC instructor Laura Beyer.
(as of Apr 20 2017)