Exhibition Description

 

Sharon Que
Ether
Jan 25 through Mar 1, 2014

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In her new solo exhibit Ether, Sharon Que’s sculptural works are presented as an invitation to connect to the unknown through the intimate mixing, and experiencing, of known materials. Que considers the idea of an all-pervading, infinitely elastic, massless medium that connects all forms of expression in our world, and alludes to science as a reference to the constant deepening and shifting of humans’ understanding of the world and their own nature.
Que’s unique ability to mix the new and the old, a sense of anchored tradition, while breaking into unconditioned freedom, reveals apparent dualities that suggest movement and transmutation. Playing with the concept of a subtler type of matter that links how computer information travels and the proposed “substance of the upper regions of space,” Que’s intention is to invite the viewer into their own experiential note, rather than a purely intellectual contemplation.

 

Born Sharon Querciagrossa in Detroit, Michigan, Sharon Que has resided and worked in the Detroit area throughout her career. With much of her and her family’s history rooted in the automotive industry, many of her works combine traditional and industrial materials, but are also informed by her extensive practice as a luthier.

The year after receiving her BFA from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Que started an apprenticeship at General Motors for Wood Model Making, where she received a journeyman’s card. After that Que entered the violin world through the violinmaking studios of Curtin & Alf as a violin-making assistant, where she worked for 7 years, then continued with Joseph Curtin Studios for another 5 years. In 2001 Que started her own violin shop and became a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers in 2006.

Sharon Que’s works are part of the permanent collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as a public sculpture on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. Her works have been exhibited in San Francisco, Chicago and Venice, Italy, as well as extensively in the metro Detroit area. Her Sculpture was recently featured in The Strad magazine in a special article about Luthiers as Artists and at the Detroit International Auto Show.

 

In Gallery 2 Space
Brian Kritzman

Momentary Space
Jan 25 through Mar 1, 2014

“Domestic objects play a subtle role in our daily lives. Objects that can render a simple utility also bring simple joy. Objects that ask a simple question can lead to a significant realization.”Brian Kritzman’s solo exhibit titled Momentary Space encompasses a group of objects and drawings originally inspired by the investigation of a movable lamp that would help us see a known space differently. The term has become a way for the designer and artist to look at the world.Kritzman describes the drawings in this exhibition as “frozen exploratory moments,” sometimes rendering idealized beauty, sometimes searching for an unknown narrative, and sometimes both. The objects are objects that question, destabilize, and also offer a resting place. Kritzman’s intention is that “these humble objects are offered to be just that.”Momentary Space offers a unique opportunity to experience the latest expressions of Brian Kritzman’s continuous exploration of the poetics resulting from the dissection and reconfiguration of language, meaning, and the formal aspects of telegraphing these experiencesBrian Kritzman, received an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and is currently an Associate Professor in Industrial Design at Wayne State University in Detroit. Kritzman’s experimental design work has been recognized and published by I.D. Magazine, Interiors, and Metropolitan Home; as well as the books Architecture and Design 1970 to 1990, New Ideas in America, Cranbrook Design, The New Discourse, and Product Design 6. Originally trained as a traditional cabinetmaker, he established a studio dedicated to the art of fine furniture. Brian earned his BFA in Industrial Design from Wayne State University, and his MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Brian Kritzman has lectured on his work at Carnegie Mellon and Indiana University, among others. Constructed environments, designed objects and sculptures have been built and exhibited around the world. Examples of Brian’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Science and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum. In addition to his accomplishments as a designer and sculptor he has also held faculty positions at The College for Creative Studies and Cranbrook Academy of Art.