One of the many visitors to the 2D Department over the course of the 2016/2017 Academic year was the artist/sculptor/photographer Leigh Ledare. Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls reflects on the importance of Ledare’s work in Episode 5 of “Studio Practice.” While this episode does not directly address Ledare’s time in the 2D studio, it should give you a sense of a typical conversation surrounding a guest in our department.
Episode 5 of Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls “Studio Practice”
Move Your Art Practice To A More Contemporary Conceptual Space| Episode 5
A Partial List of Academic Year 2015/2016 Guests To The 2D Department
Martine Syms – Conceptual Entrepreneur
I’m a conceptual entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. My artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including recent presentations at Karma International, Bridget Donahue Gallery, the New Museum, Kunsthalle Bern, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Index Stockholm, MOCA Los Angeles, MCA Chicago. I’ve lectured at Yale University, SXSW, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and MoMA PS1, among other venues. From 2007–11, I directed Golden Age, a project space focused on printed matter. I recently founded Dominica, a small press dedicated to nowhere shit.
Leigh Ledare – Artist Photographer
Leigh Ledare (born 1976, Seattle, Washington) uses photography, archival material, text and film to explore human agency, social relationships, taboos and the photographic in equal turns. Through a wide span of artistic practices, Ledare examines issues related to desire, identity, and morality. Ledare first gained recognition through his exhibition and artist book titled “Pretend You’re Actually Alive” (2000-2008), which examines the complex relations between the artist and his mother – namely, how she used intimacy, eroticism, and vulnerability to negotiate the balance of power within the family. “The resulting images are often sumptuous, saturated with color, and surprisingly beautiful. But they also, and importantly, disconcert the viewer, making us uncomfortable, and, in the process, raising questions about the functioning of the image and the construction of subjectivity in contemporary culture.” Ledare has continued this examination into personal relationships with works that feature images of his collectors, patrons, and ex-wife, often in sexual situations. In 2009, Ledare was included in an exhibition “.a Me Touche” curated by Nan Goldin in Arles France as part of the annual Rencontres d’Arles photography festival. Writing in the New York Times, Roberta Smith said that Ledare is “taking us deep into the darkness and torment that drive many artists.” In the series “Personal Commissions” Ledare “answered personal ads from women whose desires echoed those of his mother’s, and paid them to photograph him in their apartments, in a scenario of their choosing.” He has taught at California Institute of the Arts; Columbia University, New York; New York University; and the Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Italy. He is represented by Pilar Corrias Gallery in London, UK, Office Baroque in Brussels, Belgium, Michell-Innes and Nash, New York, and The Box, Los Angeles.
Haynes Rielly – Good Weather
Haynes Riley is an artist, curator, designer, educator, and writer with an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2011) and a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (2006). Riley is founder, director, and curator at Good Weather, a contemporary art gallery in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born and raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He has participated in residencies at Ox-Bow, ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Open Book, and Vermont Studio Center. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions around the United States, including group shows at Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills), Scarab Club (Detroit), Co-Prosperity Sphere (Chicago), Vessel & Page (Pontiac), Work (Ann Arbor), Ford Gallery (Ypsilanti), WOPOZI (Minneapolis), and The Bedfellows Club (Minneapolis), and solo exhibitions at Outer Space (Facebook), a clean poorly lighted space (Menomonie), A+ Gallery (Minneapolis), The Hills Esthetic Center (Chicago), and Hammock Gallery (Los Angeles). This past year he curated In All Kinds of Weather at Gallery Protocol (Gainesville) and presented work as part of 9/50: A Southeast Arts Presenters Summit at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. He currently lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he teaches a graduate critique seminar in the Minneapolis College Art and Design (MCAD) MFA program.
Greg Gazdowicz – Typographer Commercial Type
Based in New York and London, Commercial Type is a joint venture between Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz, who have collaborated since 2004 on various typeface projects, most notably the award winning Guardian Egyptian. The company publishes retail fonts developed by Barnes and Schwartz, their staff, and outside collaborators, and also represents the two and their team when they work together on type design projects. Following the redesign of The Guardian, the team headed by Mark Porter, including Barnes and Schwartz, was awarded the coveted Black Pencil by the D&AD. The team was also nominated for the Design Museum’s “Designer of the Year” prize. In September 2006, Barnes and Schwartz were named two of the 40 most influential designers under 40 in Wallpaper*.
Ed Fella – Designer
Edward Fella (born 1938) is an American graphic designer, artist and educator. He created the OutWest type in 1993. His work is held in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Brauer Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. He is the recipient of the 2007 AIGA Medal. He is also the recipient of the Chrysler Award in 1997. Curt Cloninger called Fella as “the contemporary master of handdrawn typography.” Fella was born in Detroit, Michigan. He learned about commercial art while a student at Cass Technical High School. He received his Master of Fine Arts in design at Cranbrook Academy of Art, which he started when he was 47. He quit his commercial art job to create his own art. He teaches at the California Institute for the Arts. He created the OutWest typeface. He designed it by hand. It has a 15-degree ellipse. His hand design style has been described as “American folk art typography”. His style and work has influenced designers like Lorraine Wild, P. Scott Makela, Jeffrey Keedy, Elliott Earls and Barry Deck.
Nicole Killian – Designer, Artist, Feminist Critic
Nicole Killian was born the year the first cd player was sold in Japan. Her work uses graphic design, publishing, photography, video, sculpture and installation in various combinations to investigate how the structures of the internet, mobile messaging, and shared online platforms affect contemporary interaction and shape cultural identity from a queer, feminist perspective. She is interested in the repetition, looping, and dissemination of content. Utilizing default digital tools, understood but twisted formats and pop cultural tropes, the work hopes to point to the capitalist structures, stereotypes and systems we navigate on a daily basis in order to band together and find like-minded individuals. There is power in the community, in finding a pack to run with. This body of work discusses the multitude of approaches girls that run in packs — specifically tumblr girls, cyborgs and witches — as a way to take up space and make space for themselves in systems that were not necessarily built with them in mind. The work confronts viewers humorously with culturally-coded and understood forms such as language draped in glitter text, animated .gif files of Sailor Moon, pulsing pixels and Lisa Frank stickers as a way to illuminate the societal bias towards the self-identified female. Layers ultimately both cover and reveal meaning in a cacophony of aggressively pink form. Nicole has lectured at Royal College of Art (London), North Carolina State University, ATypi Dublin, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Maryland Institute College of the Arts, Pratt Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Minneapolis College of Art + Design and the American Comparative Literature Association where she presented ongoing research, ☾ Sailor Moon☆Glitter Text+Graphic Design ✔. Her writing was published in the third edition of Terry Barrett’s Criticizing Art and she frequently contributes to online quarterly WOW HUH. Last spring her essay “The Aesthetics of Index” was included in Issue 2 of The Enemy. Her current essay, “The Emotional Potential of Girls Presented on the Internet as Object” will be published by Exempt Works in the book Modern Behaviours for Fall 2016. She is currently working on a new essay, “The Transgressive Girl” for the Journal of Feminist Scholarship to be published in 2017. Nicole is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is co-editor and co-designer of ISSUES with Sarah Faith Gottesdiener. Nicole is a current recipient of the Neo Future Residency at Arteles Creative Center in H.meenkyr., Finland.
Andrea Cardinal – Designer, Artist
IAndrea Cardinal was raised in and around Flint, MI, and currently resides in Toledo, OH. She is teaches art + design at both the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. She is the sole proprietor of Tooth & Rag, LLC, a freelance design company based in Detroit since 2006. She is a co-director and collaborator with 4 permanent artists and a regular rotation of residents in her Detroit studio, the Talking Dolls. She holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2D Design, as well as a BA in the History of Art and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Michigan. Past positions include graphic designer at the Detroit Institute of Arts and exhibition design intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Her personal work is based on the unrealized potential of materials and people, through working class ethics, vulnerability, violence, and feminism. Her best work to date are her daughters, Drew & Emese.
Mitch Goldstein – Designer, Podcaster
I’m an Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, where I teach in the School of Design. Over the past decade, I have taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and other institutions. I received my MFA in Design/Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, and my BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. I work in collaboration with my wife Anne Jordan on select client projects.
Anne Jordan – Designer, Podcaster
I design book covers and other graphic objects. My work explores the intersection of typography and materials. Many of the pieces shown here are collaborations with my husband Mitch Goldstein. We are based in Rochester, New York, USA. I earned my BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design, and my MFA in Design/Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts. I have taught graphic design at Maryland Institute College of Art and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Selected guests to the 2D Department
Joào Paulo Feliciano
Mikon Van Gastal