April 24, 2015 4:00pm to 8:00pm
University Art Gallery – Dan W. Williams Hall
The opening reception for the 2015 MFA Thesis exhibition will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 4-8pm. The MFA candidates this year are: Aubrey de Cheubell, Kris Wilson and Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo. This multi-media exhibition features work ranging from soft sculpture, to abstract color field paintings to landscapes of human bacteria.
Snacks and refreshments will be served.
This event will run in conjunction with the 2015 BFA show at Wells Hall, and the 2015 Dept. of Art Open House, both taking place on the same night from 4-8pm.
The 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition will run until May 9, 2015.
Contact: 575-646-2545; firstname.lastname@example.org
“I create work that engenders an emotional response. I use my own memories and emotions as the initial seed, and through a careful process of editing, my goal is to create works that transcend the autobiographical to function as a catalyst for a much deeper, personal and emotional response from the viewer. In a culture that has a difficult time expressing and sharing emotion – especially emotions like depression, loneliness and grief which are often restricted by sociological structures – I create art that allows both for the outward expression of emotion as well as offering a place in which emotion can be confronted, considered and critiqued.”
“My work functions as a way to understand and come to terms with the world around me. Through various applications of paint and intuitive processes, I orchestrate color and shape in a way that reflects my interpretation of external stimuli. The interaction of color and shape echoes the interaction of myself and my environment – socially, physically, and psychologically. I situate my work between Gestalt, color and design psychology, as well as color theory as a means to further explore my perception of reality. The driving logic behind my work and process is that present experiences are determined by the patterns that a stimulus forms and on the mental organization of past experiences. My response at any given time depends on my mental organization at that time. I utilize a visual vocabulary of rectilinear forms stemming from my interest in Modernist painting, geometry and the inherent grid-like forms found in various aspects of life.”
“In trying to find life after death, I came to explore how our bodies are a landscape of life, composed of complex multitudes of co-existent beings that are part of us, and yet distinct. By growing some of these microscopic beings in agar, the normally hidden blending between our “self” and our integral organisms can be made visible, raising questions about identity, our relations to each other, and our relations to our environment. Under the domes and in the circles of modified petri dishes, human bacteria take on a life apart from humans, growing into forms that often resemble landscapes and starscapes, intermingling and interacting with the bacteria of other humans, and making life in a finite, enclosed environment that can stand as a metaphor for our own existence.”