2015 Studio Art Mfa Thesis Exhibition Colloquium

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2015 Studio Art Mfa Thesis Exhibition Colloquium
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Visual Arts Center says
Amy Hauft, Studio Art Graduate Advisor and Leslie Waggener Professor in Sculpture in the Department of Art and Art History, will moderate in-depth conversations over the course of two nights with the graduating artists whose work is presented in the 2015 Studio Art MFA Thesis Exhibition.

This evening will feature the following artists:

Georgia Carter (Texas) creates enormous drawings by “impersonating” an inkjet printer, starting at the top left, carefully moving to top right and so on, back and forth down the paper. The resulting image only grudgingly reveals its digital source material, resulting in drawings that are soft and enveloping.

Leah Dyjak (Massachusetts) applies the logic of archaeology against the idiosyncrasies of personality to understand the mysterious actions of an eccentric. The precision of her luscious photographic imagery reveals a depth of beauty that coexists beside the unknowable.Nick Francel (Missouri) invents stylized cartoony characters that exist in an immersive built environment into which the viewer can step. Upon entering his “game board” room, the viewer encounters game-piece characters, menacing trees and other clues. The game’s past and future narrative are represented in images on the room’s exterior walls.

Laurel Shear (California) paints with body-sized gestures a series of abstract and figurative paintings. The figures, gleaned from Disney’s representations of princess/brides, allude to the stream of propaganda manufactured for the exclusive ingestion of little girls. Her combination of beguiling and repulsive images and color make for a rich, complex read.

Ryan White (California) creates a body of work that coincides with auditing sessions he has received at the Church of Scientology. The paintings are abstractions of the reactive mind. The artist makes these paintings before and after his auditing sessions.

Presented in conjunction with the 2015 Studio Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, on view April 17 – May 16
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