MFA Thesis Exhibition
May 7–May 24, 2009
This exhibition is the final of an ongoing series of MFA thesis exhibitions shown annually at the Tufts University Art Gallery as part of the joint graduate degree program of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
About the artists:
“A Work in Progress references the tenuous and shifting relationship between experience and belief, particularly at moments when changes in what we assume to be true disrupt the structures of comprehension that hold a given belief in its place. The project consists of a multi-source video projection into an open gallery, uncannily placing shadows into an environment where there is nothing to cast them, and further challenging the bridge between perception and understanding."
Contemporary Epistemology: Pseudoscience, 2009, digital print
“Using painting and sculpture in “Yeah, I think you should, since we’re here,” I abstract the body into form and color. Focusing on one’s relationship to their own body as well as to others, I heighten the viewer’s awareness of their own physicality through sensation and movement."
Make your next one a good load, 2008, gouache on paper, 11 x 14"
“I make acrylic paintings on canvas with an intense palette. I combine explosive mark making with finely detailed forms. These forms range from non-representational to recognizable imagery. Within the overall abstract painting are moments of deep space. Typically these are barren landscapes where his hybrid, war driven forms roam. Tanks and other machines have body parts mounted to them or the body parts have weapons protruding from them."
Familiar Enemy (detail), acrylic, 50 x 60"
“My life, My life, My life….In the Sunshine,(well, not always in the sunshine).
In this series of mixed-media paintings, text & photographs, I use album covers from my dad’s vinyl collection as well as my own, to regenerate memories. Through exploring music, lyrics & song titles, I recollect & place myself within my family’s history. I interpret moments, life experiences (both grand & small) & contemplate friendships, all of which have in some way help shape who I am. ”
Black Irish (contemplating casey & afro-celtic connections), detail, 2008, acrylic & mixed media on canvas, 14 x 18”
"There Is No Place is an investigation into the construction of memory, the idealization of place, and the experience of nostalgia brought on by distance and separation. This series of detailed silverpoint and gouache drawings reenacts my relationship to the iconic desert landscape of my Arizona birthplace. As a figure in these drawings, wearing a hand-knit, headless sweater that both obstructs and mediates my experience, I struggle to navigate my surrounding environment. Through the reconstructive process of drawing, this body of work reveals an absurd attempt to fulfill my own longing for this ultimately invented and intangible place.”
View #2 (detail), 2009, silverpoint and gouache on prepared paper, 54 x 42”
Jessica Hutfless’ work, “A Knife Under the Bed Will Cut the Pain in Two” is part of an installation consisting of a sculptural piece made of screenprints hanging with thread paired with film projections. The film is taken from 16mm black and white footage showing the incongruous landscapes of Southern California, the desert, and places that are of historical significance to the artist. The sculptural piece is a cacophony of two dimensional body parts taken from paper dolls, blown up to life-size, which reverberate with reference to the projections. The piece identifies with characteristics of nostalgia and fear, manipulation and memory, loss, sickness, dreaming and domesticity.
“ A Knife Under the Bed Will Cut the Pain in Two,” screenprints on paper, thread, rope, fabric, found objects, 10’x4’ x 12.5’
“Thomas Stevenson is a confused conceptual artist. His practice evokes the 1970's, without the din of the Vietnam war, the Women's movement, social change or Richard M. Nixon. He finds that these feel good events led to the birth of the Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy, the MC5 and Iggy Pop. These heros parturition forwarded a rebellion which laid to rest the stay at home mom, 3 martini lunches, 2.5 children and a brighter tomorrow. The ensuing economic crash of the early 1980's further brightened Thomas’s childhood with dreams of a real war that would replace the ideological theater of SALT II diplomacy. "