September 12 – November 7, 2020
The Sculpture Center is pleased to feature a juried selection of artworks created by recent 2021, 2020, and 2019 sculpture graduates of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Exhibiting artists include this international roster: Melika Abikenari, Caroline Del Giudice, Tiffany Danielle Elliott, Moira Maloney, Jeff Schofield, Mingdong Sun, Dessislava Terzieva, Luke Warren, Liu Yuan
Cranbrook Academy of Arts Sculpture department philosophy:
“Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Sculpture department cultivates an environment that prepares students to be translators of their culture by exposing and questioning its values. Students test out work that might disrupt physical, cultural, or conceptual systems by creating site-specific installations, temporary performances, and endurance pieces. The department is a place to explore media while considering the ever-widening constructs for expression that may more aptly convey the time in which we live.” The Sculpture department is led by current Artist-in-Residence Rebecca Ripple.
The Juror Statement by Sarah Kabot:
This year’s call went out to current students and recent alumni of the Sculpture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. As an alumnus of the institution (Fiber ’02), it was my pleasure to see in the applications evidence of a continued attitude challenging the boundaries between media. Cranbrook still provides a platform where influence runs in all directions, from faculty to students, and often inter-departmentally from student to student.
In reflecting on the works selected, the theme of the shifting ground between beholder and participant emerged. Several pieces in the exhibition share a fragment of information with the audience – a snippet of dialog, a symbol purposefully obscured. These works remind me that in my limited human experience, I most often perceive only a brief moment of another’s lived reality. Other pieces explicitly call me out or call me to right action as a member of an implicated community. At any given moment, we are outside of one story, and inside of another.
These ambitious emerging artists will undoubtedly help shape the dialog in the field of sculpture now and in the future.