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Matthew Angelo Harrison at UMIH @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With four solo and nine group shows already under his belt since 2016, it might be tempting to say that Matthew Angelo Harrison is a kind of art-making machine. But it would be more accurate to say that the somewhat inscrutable artist makes machines that make […]

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“Border Crossers” at UMIH @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — If I learned anything from Transformers, the 2007 movie reboot that pits robots against robots, it’s that I’ll pretty much watch anything that involves a giant robot. This includes a recent test run of a 40-foot art robot commanded by artist Chico MacMurtie, and created under his direction […]

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Pre-Fab/Post-Fab at UMIH @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When was the last time you felt like being a girl was actually fun? We’ve heard a lot of #MeToo lately — thankfully, because of course, me too — and while we’ve been contemplating the basic and largely unrelenting indignity of trying to be simultaneously respected […]

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Ebony Patterson at UM Institute for the Humanities @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With her mixed-media installation, Of 72, artist Ebony G. Patterson asks a very straightforward question: “What happens when seventy-two men and one woman dies and no one knows who they are?” Patterson, a native Jamaican, is raising this question in connection to the 2010 “Tivoli Incursion” […]

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Jaye Schlesinger’s “Possession” at U-M Institute for the Humanities @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The word “possession” carries multiple meanings, signifying both an object under ownership and the state of being in the thrall of a dominant force. Capitalism thrives on material consumption, and we are driven as a society to constantly express ourselves through our possessions, even as many […]

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Tracey Snelling at UofM Institute for the Humanities @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Miniatures are typically all about control. Life at scale is messy, unpredictable, and often overwhelming. Things never stay where you put them. The creation of miniature dioramas offers both maker and viewer a sense of stronger footing in the present — we can tower over these scenes, […]

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Joan Linder at UofM Institute for the Humanities @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — How’s this sound for a fun getaway: visiting toxic landscapes and radioactive hot spots around our great nation? Artist Joan Linder has made it her business over the last three and a half years to explore and document some of the industrial waste disposal areas of […]

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Sonya Clark’s UofM IforH installation @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sonya Clark is all about hair. At least, that’s the first impression when one encounters her works on canvas — detailed arrangements of braids rendered in thick black thread, stitched down to emulate the elaborate patterns of cornrows and other braided hairstyles most commonly worn by […]

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