A Look At The 2D Design Visiting Designer, Critic, Artist Program

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.[1] 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

Audio Rom
Lewis Blackwell
Andrew Blauvelt
Max Brunsma
David Cabianca
Giorgio Camuffo
Barry Deck
Ron Decker
Modern Dog
William Drenttel
Gert Dumbar
Stephen Farrell
Joào Paulo Feliciano
April Greiman
Jessica Helfand
Don Koberg
Krisma TV
Harmen Liemberg
Ali Madad
Katherine McCoy
Michael McCoy
Richard Niessen
Matt Owens
Rick Poyner
Fiona Raby
Peter Rea
Stefan Sagmeister
Scott Santoro
Brian Schorn
Bruce Sterling
Joshua-Ray Stephens
Piotr Szyhalski
Mikon Van Gastal
Lorraine Wild
Michael Worthington
Rick Valicenti