Category: Art

Tony Orrico: Penwald Drawings/CARBON

Tony Orrico
Tony Orrico, /Vessel for Governing and Conception/ (2012). Photo by Juan Cano. Courtesy of the artist and MARSO.

Finlandia University Gallery Exhibit
February 27 to March 19

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ARTIST TALK
1:00-2:30 p.m
Finlandia’s Jutila Center
3rd Floor Chapel

OPENING RECEPTION
7:00-8:30 p.m
Finlandia University Gallery
Finnish American Heritage Center

Tony Orrico will present work from his Penwald Drawings and CARBON Series.

Penwald Drawings are a series of bilateral drawings in which Orrico explores the use of his body as a tool of measurement to inscribe geometries through movement.  He uses a physical practice, symmetry practice (circa 2005), as point of entry into this work.  In his termed “state of readiness”, he is interested in the application of a present body to a surface, object, or course.  His gestures derive from the limitation of (or spontaneous navigation within) the sphere of his outstretched arms.  Line density becomes record of his mental and physical sustain as he commits his focus to a greater concept of balance throughout extended durations of drawing. Centralizing on themes of cyclic motion and the generation and regeneration of material, the work draws on the tension between what is fleeting and what is captured.  The master of each drawing is a conceptual score of which he only produces eight times on paper in his lifetime.

In the CARBON series, body, graphite, plane, time and space combine to become powerful reflections on life cycles, energetic flows and complementary opposites. His repetitious movements, often leading to exhaustion, become deep metaphors about life and death simultaneously.

Tony Orrico has performed/exhibited his work in the US, Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. His visual work is in collection at The National Academy of Sciences (Washington DC) and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City) as well as prominent private collections. He has recently been presented at SCAD: deFINE ART, Cranbrook Art Museum, New Museum, and Poptech 2011: The World Rebalancing.  In June he will perform Penwald: 2: 8 circles: 8 gestures at Center Pompidou-Metz.

As a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, Orrico has graced such stages as the Sydney Opera House, Teatro La Fenice, New York State Theater, and Théâtre du Palais-Royal. He was also one of a select group of artists to re-perform the work of Marina Abramovic during her retrospective at MoMA.

Orrico will be collaborating on research and an exhibition with Finlandia University Gallery and the International School of Art & Design, along with Michigan Technological University’s Visual and Performing Arts and Computer Science Departments.  Students and faculty from both campuses will be involved as Orrico works in The Mind Music Machine (tri-M) Lab, an interdisciplinary research group based in Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Computer Science at Michigan Tech.

From Finlandia Future Gallery Exhibits.

Orrico Poster


Blended Learning Grant for Jared Anderson

Jackson Blended Learning Winners

In early November, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning invited faculty to submit proposals to support blended learning course innovations. Proposals were accepted at three levels ($1,000, $5,000 and $10,000), and a total of $50,000 was originally planned to be awarded during this cycle.

In the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Jared Anderson was awarded $10,000 for “Video Arts in Blended Learning (VIABLE).”

Read more at Tech Today.


Rozsa Center 2013-14 Season

Rozsa CenterOver the years, the Rozsa Center has become known for the funny, dramatic or thoughtful performances, plays and musicals it puts on during its yearly season and the programming scheduled for its 2013-14 season will be no different.

“I’m always excited about all the seasons, but in particular I’m really excited about this coming season,” Rozsa Center Director Susanna Brent said. “We’re doing a lot of theater that’s close to my heart.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Scott Viau.


Susanne Kilpela Exhibits for FinnFest 2013

Susanne KilpelaDuring FinnFest 2013, artist Susanne Kilpela will have work displayed at the Gallerie Boheme, 423 Fifth Street in Calumet. The exhibit will include drawings and porcelain sculpture. The artist reception is on Thursday, June 20, 2013, from 7-9 pm.

Kilpela will be co-curating a group exhibition at the Rozsa Gallery. Five Contemporary Finnish-American Artists will exhibit paintings, bronze sculpture, paper and found object assemblages. The gallery reception is on Saturday, June 22, 2013, from 5-7 pm.

Learn more about FinnFest 2013 and the event schedule.


Service Recognition for Beckwith and Bruch

Michigan Tech Employee Service Recognition Event

On May 15, faculty and staff members, along with their guests, gathered at the Memorial Union Ballroom for an awards dinner recognizing 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service to Michigan Tech.

Associate Professor of Theatre Debra Bruch was recognized for 25 years of service.

Emeritus Professor of Art Mary Ann Beckwith was recognized for 40 years of service.

Read more at Tech Today.


Great Lakes Showcase 2013 Awards

Awards 2013

BEST IN SHOW
MTU President’s Award
“Dance of the Incubus #3” by Greg Green

FIRST PLACE 2D
MTU Provost’s Award
“Treasure of Youthful Virtues” by Brady R. Nelson

FIRST PLACE 3D
MTU Dean’s Award
“Wired” by David Masten

COMMUNITY CHOICE AWARD
“Good Citizens” by Ray Lahikainen

SECOND PLACE 2D
“Centennial No. 3 Shafthouse Stairs” by Peter V. Jablokow

SECOND PLACE 3D
“A Way of Being” by Sue Stephens

HONORABLE MENTION
“Manzanita Vessel” by Bill Wiard
“Quill” by Pam J. Beal
“Tamarack Bog, Autumn” by Eric Munch