2015 Mfa Thesis Presentations: Rafael Abreu Canedo, Dakotah Konicek, Lucia Nhamo W Guest Critic John Massier

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2015 Mfa Thesis Presentations: Rafael Abreu Canedo, Dakotah Konicek, Lucia Nhamo W Guest Critic John Massier
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Carnegie Mellon School of Art says
Get an in-depth look at the work on view in this year's 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition.

We are excited to welcome guest critic John Massier, Visual Arts Curator, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York, NY.

Artist presentations followed by public Q&A

Rafael Abreu-Canedo
My work is deeply tied to my own body, and being. Conviviality and my personal experiences are a source of curiosity which I explore/investigate in a wide range of traditional and non-traditional media. While I often employ the vernacular of performance, video, photography, public intervention amongst other artistic languages, my body of work is better described as the evidence and product of a myriad of concurrent and intertwining explorations into the themes of the body, the individual and the group, social behavior, language and representation—amongst others. Methods of observation and documentation have become a current in my body of work, largely through the lens of portraiture.

Dakotah Konicek
I tinker. My work as an artist imitates invention as I investigate interrelated systems through kinetic sculpture. As I build, I concentrate on the tenuous balance of parts in an orchestrated cascade of cause and effect. These systems set up symbiotic relationships with contradicting master-slave moments. This poetic suggestion reveals truths of the world around us. I often combine order and error in simple repetitive human/mechanical gestures that are subject to surrounding influences. Tensions between nature and technology become the focus in order to reposition our connection with them. I choose salvaged materials based on the practicality of their newly assigned function. Repurposing these objects allows me to playfully exploit their prior function to form new vocabularies.

Lucia Nhamo
I am interested in the counter-monument as a material and conceptual strategy of political subversion. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, I draw on my own evolving experience of citizenship as one of the main influences in my work. The counter-monument becomes a way to anchor myself in the places and issues that are of importance to me, without becoming completely disillusioned. My thesis project Free Fall chronicles the trajectory of the Zimbabwe Dollar, a currency spectacular in its demise and in its afterlife as a profitable collectors item. It is an investigation of what the currency and the threat of its return have come to symbolize within a transnational web of current affairs, financial systems and personal narratives.
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