The Rotating Exhibits Gallery at Farmington Hills City Hall now features the whimsical, colorful art of Iggy Sumnik.
Sumnik’s one-man show, titled “Natural Abstractions,” runs through June 8. Located at 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd., the City Hall Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sumnik’s visual style is both spontaneous and technical. The exhibit includes sharks, birds, traffic cones, and red Solo Cups.
“My focus is to provoke thought about our surrounding world and our effect on our environment,” said Sumnik. “My ceramics use vibrant color, pattern, and whimsy often with an underlying content or message.”
Sumnik received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a dual concentration in Ceramics and Sculpture from Wayne State University in 2004. He has developed art programs at a variety of educational facilities including Detroit’s historic Pewabic Pottery, Camp Tamakwa in Algonquin Provincial Park, and Youthville Detroit.
Sumnik worked under sculptor Jun Kaneko for three years in Omaha, Nebraska, where he then maintained his own studio. He now lives in Detroit and creates commissioned pieces for private collectors. The artist is also represented by Modern Arts Midtown in Omaha, Nebraska, where representatives said that many feel his work shares a similar visual aesthetic to that of Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss.
Sumnik is part of the City’s Public Art Program, which features work the work of 74 talented artists from Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding communities. The artwork is on loan and displayed at City Hall throughout 2018.