PREVIEW: Julian Allen Senior Recital

Julian Allen Senior Recital

It’s recital season. This means that every venue in Ann Arbor is jam packed with parents, friends, and artistic talent on any given day of the month. On Saturday April 27th, The Yellow Barn hosts the Julian Allen Senior Recital. A musician in the School of Music, this performance will feature original music and lyrics by Julian Allen and multi-media collaboration with local artists. Both jazz and electronic, vocals and rap, this dynamic and varied recital will explore a number of themes, techniques, and messages. In conjunction with Dance BFA student Julia Smith-Eppsteiner, local hip-hop artists Tree City and Kadence, and a number of U-M School of Music students and alum, this performance will run the gamut of Ann Arbor talent. The show starts at 6 pm. The Yellow Barn is located on 416 W. Huron Street. See you there!


GUTS Senior IP Show

Every year, the senior cohort of the Penny Stamps School of Art & Design works on a year long project called “IP” (Integrative Project).  At the end of a 10 month journey, the students gather in clusters to present their work. Either in galleries on campus or off, groups of artists host an opening event followed by a two week period where the art is on display. This particular exhibit, GUTS, presents the independent work of Liz Luidens, Justin Hein, Taylor Bultema, Alex Kaufman, and Ronan Lyman.  Using the mediums of print, drawing, and illustration, the works are both varied and dynamic but also cohesive. About arriving at the title “Guts,” artist Alex Kaufman said:

“We all got together once we had our venue set so we could start brainstorming.  we each pinned up a couple pieces to get a feel for what all of our work looks like together, and started throwing out ideas. Our concepts are really self-reflective, and a lot about our internal thoughts, feelings and personal experience.  So, in a way our work is our guts on paper.  And its a vague reference to our aesthetic, which is fairly direct and in-your-face.  So yeah, once we put all that together it made perfect sense, and that is the story of how Guts happened.”

The opening reception will be held on Saturday April 20th from 7-10 pm with a closing reception on May 5 at 6 pm. The off-site exhibit is in The Yellow Barn on 416 W. Huron with regular hours Tuesday-Saturday 5-9 pm. For an inside look, check out Alex Kaufman’s blog. See you there!