(IN)HABITATION @ THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART – DETROIT – JUNE 7 – JULY 28

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(in)Habitation – Jason J. Ferguson, Matt Kenyon and Osman Khan

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

June 7 – July 28

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) will be presenting (in)Habitation on Friday, June 7, 2013. The exhibition runs through July 28, 2013.

(in)Habitation is a (re)consideration of domesticity featuring the work of Jason J. Ferguson, Matt Kenyon and Osman Khan and is curated by Gregory Tom. Ubiquitous elements of the home  — for instance, a table and chairs, a houseplant, or a simple beam — are altered or subverted by complex ideas about faith, the current mortgage crisis, globalization and even classic American representations of family fun. The sculptural works featured are both serious and playful. They engage through movement, flashing lights and the spectacular, but ultimately lead us to question our existing biases and assumptions about what the idea of “home” really means.

Jason J. Ferguson is a large-scale object maker interested in the relationship between art, science and experience. His work spans multiple media, juxtaposing seemingly unrelated subjects to create performance, video and sculptural work. He has exhibited his work at Kunst in Kolderveen, the Netherlands; Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany; International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago; Bric Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn; Gallery Four, Baltimore; and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington. He is an assistant professor in the Art Department of Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches sculpture and 3-D design.

Matt Kenyon is interested in the convergence of art, emerging technologies and popular culture. His recent works often feature wearable computing technologies or robotics to express a cultural critique. He has exhibited his work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Exit Art Gallery, New York; MIC Toi Rerehiko Gallery, New Zealand; Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; The Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany; and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool, England. He is an associate professor in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, where he teaches physical computing, video and 3D animation.

Osman Khan uses technology to construct artifacts, interactive installations and site-specific interventions for social criticism and aesthetic expression, to show how technology fabricates as well as subverts our understanding of identity, communication and public space.  His work has been exhibited at Shanghai Biennale; ZeroOne Festival, in San Jose; L.A. Louver, Bank, and Telis, all in Los Angeles; Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, the Netherlands; Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria, O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, USA SIGGRAPH, San Diego; He is currently an assistant professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, where he teaches computational media, sculpture and social practice.

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