Artists Mariuca Rofick & Carl Wilson Featured at Ferndale Library, Reception Nov. 5

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Artists Mariuca Rofick & Carl Wilson Featured at Ferndale Library, Reception Nov. 5

“What We See” is the latest art exhibit on display this month at the Ferndale Library, featuring linocut prints, digital prints and photographs by local artists Mariuca Rofick and Carl Wilson (October 19 – December 5). There will be a reception and Artist Talk on Thurs., Nov. 5, 6pm – 8 pm in the library’s community room.

These esteemed local artists present their respective works, in printmaking and photography, as a reflection of the urban world surrounding them, its diversity of inhabitants, and their efforts to identify themselves in an environment that is often as open and hopeful as it is harsh and uncaring. This new exhibit, curated by the library’s Art & Exhibition Committee, is POWELLad_01featured as part of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ 30 Americans showcase of contemporary art by African American artists, exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations through a range of mediums.

Wilson, a recent Kresge Arts Fellow, is an imaginative and talented printmaker who transitioned from the assembly lines into the studio, devoting his life to art. Rofik is celebrated self-taught photographer with a keen eye, currently a member of the Scarab Club and Hatch: a Hamtramck Arts Collective.

The Reception features an Artist Talk on Sharing the Creative Process, discussing Rofick & Wilson’s past works and their efforts to continue creating in Detroit’s rapidly changing art environment, (proceeded with some Q&A). Attendees can also catch a screening of the duo’s collaborative live action, animated feature The Flow of Water, a mixture of cut out, seed01_bridget and kevin deegan krausetraditional, and digital animation techniques, intercut with live action, and told in a surreal style with a non-linear narrative.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/166721950338126/

More on the artists (from ArtXDetroit):
In 2014, Carl Wilson was named guest curator of The Carr Center for The Arts. In the spring of 2014, he completed an artist residency at the historic Yaddo artist colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. That stay resulted in the publication of the book, Her Purse Smelled Like Juicy Fruit, a recollection of his mother’s life.

Mariuca Rofick draws largely from her life experiences as inspiration for her art. With an ethnically diverse background that spans from Bangladesh to the Deep South and includes Schrock2015_SmilingFace_adancestors who inhabited nineteenth-century Detroit, exposure to additional cultures through world travel, and reclaiming her life and identity in the aftermath of decades spent as a devotee of a high-control religious organization, Mariuca has a deep reservoir from which to draw. This background has profoundly influenced her work and moves her to traverse varied artistic paths as well.

Art X Detroit 2015 film: https://vimeo.com/97518747

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