Monday, December 17, 2007

book on hold

We had some issues with the publisher and the book is being pushed back until January / February of next are some sample pages:

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

New Book

6 x 9 in.
54 page full color perfect bound
Limited Edition of 100

the art of Matthew Shlian

Will be available end of December.


Friday, September 14, 2007

more S + L images

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Front page Michigan Daily

First page of the art section

Benjamin Teague - Plate Work

Thea Eck - Mining the Field Series

Tom DeLooza - Geo/Ethnocentrism

Michelle Word - Diaphanous, Confluence, Inchoate

Nicole Marroquin - Meiosis Squash Demonstrate the Imaginary World Inside My Breasts When I was Pregnant With a Female Child: The Future Is Now.

Patricia Olynyk - Touch

Teresa Petersen - Fission and Fusion

Jada Schumacher, Design Orange - haze chandelier

Jen Stark - Papermation

Kristin Kurzawa - Specimen

Heather Lowe - Demurable, Cumulus , Ameliorant

Anne Mondro - Sarcinae de Corpus 02.48

Richard Nelipovich - Emergent Tableware

Richard Nelipovich - Emergent Tableware (detail)

Dennis Hayes IV - Log-o installation #1 (detail)

Dennis Hayes IV - Log-o installation #1 (detail)

HEIDI KUMAO - “Time to Make a Decision” from the series, “Saving Time” & Personalized “egg timers”: My Minute, Your Minute, time to Change My Mind, Time between Panic Attacks, Untitled. All from the series, “Saving Time”

George Hrycun - Evanescence

Vojtěch Kubašta - The Tournament

Michael Flynn, - Title: Magnetoscope

George W. Hart - Eights

John Chwekun - Untitled

John Chwekun - Untitled (view 2)

C.J. Minard - Napoleon's March to Moscow

Saturday, September 8, 2007

S + L opening pictures!

Last night the Studio and the Lab show opened at the WORK gallery.
The turn out was unbelievable- check out some photos below.

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Dennis Hayes scales a wall to take an overhead picture of the opening

Onlookers swarm Michael Flynn's "Magnetoscope". C.J. Minard's Map - "Napoleon's March to Moscow", "Geo/Ethnocentrism" photo by Tom DeLooza, and Nicole Marroquin's - "Meiosis Squash Demonstrate the Imaginary World Inside My Breasts When I was Pregnant With a Female Child: The Future Is Now" pictured behind.

Designer/Craftsman Richard Nelipovich (pretends to) listen as Matthew Shlian explains his theory that the moon is getting closer to the earth. Michael Paradise is lulled to sleep in foreground.

George Hart shows his polyhedral mastery in the gallery window.

Viewers are drawn to Dennis Hayes IV's "Log-o" installation at the front of the gallery.

A close up of IV's piece.

Jason Keenan inspects a Kubasta Pop-up book.

Jason Keenan works the "magnetoscope".

Matthew Shlian and Thea Eck

Thank you to all the artists participating in the show! If you have more pictures from the opening send them to me!! More photos will be posted soon.

Matthew Shlian

Thursday, September 6, 2007

s + l opening


The Studio and the Lab show is gearing up for its opening this Friday
September 7th at the WORK gallery from 6-9pm. If you are in the Ann
Arbor area stop by and check out the work from various Artists,
Scientists and Engineers.

Looking at the intersection of Art and Science, we have ferro-fluid,
algorithmic based flatware, electron microscopy, remnants from the
northwest passage, maps from the 1800's, an original Kubasta pop up
book, systematic drawing, polyhedral models, synthetic hair and super
glue construction and more!

Hope to see you Friday night.

Matthew Shlian

The show will remain open Sept 7 - Oct 5th
WORK gallery 306 S. State street
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan School of Art and Design

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

studio and the lab show preview

Opening september 7th at the WORK gallery on state street in Ann Arbor.





Saturday, July 21, 2007

a day in the life

So many people want to know what it takes to be Matt Shlian and I've decided to break it down. I present:

A day in the life of Matt Shlian

Out of bed at crack of 10:30. I had surgery on Monday and the vicodan is affecting my sleep pattern. Basically I'm sleepy all the time and completely out of it. This is not the ideal condition to be in for blog updates, but I don't care. I'm curating a show in September at the WORK gallery called "The Studio and the Lab" and trying to get a group of artists to submit to deadlines is a bit like wrangling cats. Everyday I spend a few hours emailing and hustling online.

Thea tells me I need to pick up some cucumbers at the farmers market and I have a bunch of errands to run so I add cucumbers to my list which now looks like this:

get cucumbers
buy paper
make print
deposit check from france
mail drawing to france
avoid art fair
eat lunch
work in studio
eat diner

As I leave the apartment, I briefly consider stealing my neighbors copy of the new Harry Potter book. I put a hold on a library copy (I'm hold number 181) and I might get to read it around December.

This is the outside view of our apartment. The flags are boating flags Thea picked up in coppenhagen last month. They translate roughly to "we are carrying dangerous cargo", "we are on fire" and "man overboard." So far no one has stopped to help.

We live in kerrytown in Ann Arbor, about a block from the farmers market and I love buying food there. It feels good to support local farmers and prices are great.

The farmers market is right next door to Hollanders, which is a bit of an Art supply mecca. I teach there on an occasion and sometimes buy supplies there. I try not to go there too much since I generally spend too much money on things I don't need. Today I only need a sheet of arches to make a drawing/print on. Somehow the price for 140lb watercolor paper is 7$ per sheet. How did this happen?

Downtown Ann Arbor.
I head back home to make a quick print to mail out this afternoon. My work had been featured on a couple design websites recently and as result I've been commissioned to make some work.

The studio I work in is small but has everything I need in it.

Including Flat Files!

This is my recent addition to my studio. I helped a colleague move her studio earlier this month and as a trade I got two sets of 5 drawer flat files. Finally I've become a real artist. Forget an MFA or supporting myself off my art habit for the past 10 years. This is the true sign that I'm legit.

On its way to France. Keep an eye peeled, Nicholas!

I'm currently working on some flower designs for up with paper. I sometimes take on freelance paper engineering gigs, I just finished a gift card for barnes and noble soon to be produced this holiday season. These flowers will ship flat and pop up to become dimensional when turned. This is top secret stuff here.

I head to the bank and as I approach I realize that today is Saturday and its closed. crap.

Screw it, I mail the art anyways. That check better not bounce, Nicholas!
I manage to avoid it thus far, but can avoid it no longer. Today is the final day of the Ann Arbor Art fair. Or as I like to call it the Ann Arbor Fanny Pack / White People Convention.

It's not art. and it's not fair.

The throngs of craftspeople invade main street.

In Michigan it is always 1986.

I pick up some lunch at No Thai, which recently opened on the corner of 4th and Catherine. Its not too bad and I head home to eat.

I am showing work this Septembers at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston and I prepare some work to be shipped out.

I'll be damned if this isn't the nicest box I've ever made. Fabio, this needs to be in the show, just leave the folded pieces inside and show the box.

I start generating some ideas for the actual size biennial at the CAID. This year the size is 8 1/2 x 11 work and I'm cooking up some mylar layered something something. I love CAD. I might be the only artist in my generation that will take CAD over illustrator, but I'm so much quicker with CAD. Plus it interfaces flawlessly with the plotters I use to actually materialize the work. By flawless I mean running though a fake router system and setting up an lpt9 plot file everytime I turn on the plotter. I am happy with my system.

Prototype design. click to enlarge.

We eat diner and abandon our plans of going out. Instead we make popcorn and watch our new obsession, grey's anatomy. Thea and I don't have a TV, and we catch crazes a few years later than the rest of the world. ie the LOST epidemic of 06....

The irresistible Addie Langford gave me two seasons on DVD for my birthday last week and we have slowly been working our way through the first season. I keep picturing my surgeons having these sort of interactions and it doesn't seem plausible, but it is enjoyable. Tonights episode features a train wreck and two people impaled by a pole. The situation is uneasy as the pole is simultaneously saving and killing the couple. The unstoppable Dr. McDreamy and the Cool-under-pressure Dr. Burke mange to save the man in a gripping final scene. The woman impaled along with him was not as fortunate. I feel like I should write about sacrifices and retribution and the choices we make, but the show isn't that deep and I'm tired and want to sleep.

Thanks for spending the day with me. See you soon,