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Cosmogonic Tattoos

"Cosmogonies are the stories we tell ourselves in order to make sense of the world," explains Jim Cogswell, artist and faculty member at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. Cogswell's new exhibit, "Cosmogonic Tattoos" is intended to honor two of the University of Michigan's museums - the Kelsey Museum of Archeology and University of Michigan Museum of Art - and demonstrate how these two distinct museums are connected. Cogswell created two vinyl murals that are currently being displayed on the windows of both museums (through December 2017) featuring objects that appear in each museum's collection. On this accompanying website, visitors are invited to explore this fascinating project. Visitors may want to start by checking out a short video in the Exhibition portion of this website, in which Cogswell explains how he created mylar paintings over photographs of museum objects and then reorganized these images using Adobe Illustrator to create his window designs. Visitors can explore some of the featured objects, Cogswell's mosaic paintings, and images of the completed mural, in which Cogswell's rendition of museum items appear as colorful vinyl mosaics.
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September 22nd, 2017
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September 19th, 2017 at 10:39am
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