An MFA Thesis Exhibition of seven artists in the joint graduate degree program of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston opens May 2nd at the Tufts University Art Gallery and runs through May 19th. This is the third of three MFA Thesis Exhibitions in the 2012-2013 academic year presented by Tufts as part of an annual series. The artists will be present at the opening and will speak about their work.
About the artists:
In Hathaway-Zepeda's film, LB in Memory, the protagonist faces the process of grieving while suspended in a collection of natural landscapes. The work explores the notion that reality continues to distort with each death.
Case Hathaway-Zepeda, LB in Memory, 2013, video, 3:06 minutes.
Paul Ishii Feel Free reevaluates the processes of psychological diagnosis by mocking the self-help brochures found in health facilities and counseling centers. Ishii questions the idea that different or abnormal feelings should be considered an illness or disorder. He proposes alternative diagnoses, such as "that feeling you get when you see the sunset" or "what makes life beautiful."
Paul Ishii, Feel Free, 2013, digitally printed brochures, 8.5 x 3.7 inches.
These paintings explore the artist's interpretation of the world around him within a continuum of representation and abstraction. Kish's landscapes, painted in situ, include scenes of the interstate highway, marshland, neighborhoods, and office buildings in New Hampshire, close to where he grew up. These works are devoted to describing physical and architectural space. The abstract paintings that are produced in the studio unpack the artist's observational work and seek to depict that which he cannot see when he is painting outside.
Ryan Kish, Dormer, 2013, oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches.
Liza Lynch Asunder examines the overlapping themes of collection and pattern, including ideas of accumulation, arrangement, obsession, and preciousness. Lynch creates paintings with small and intricate marks, organized in a particular fashion and neurotically repeated. These works speak to the stringent way collections can be displayed and the obsessive nature of collecting.
Liza Lynch, Cut Crystal Vial No. 1, 2013, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches.
Vanessa Michalak The Great Escape, a series of landscape paintings, developed from a synthesis of memories, photos, and imagination, reveals the transitory states of an artist's process. Varied color palettes and inventive paint application blend representation with abstraction developing seemingly familiar yet mysterious spaces. In these works, the artist escapes into the painting process and investigates its limitless capacities. The medium's innate qualities and artist's vision meld revealing a sense of both disaster and discovery.
Vanessa Michalak, On the Way Home, 2013, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches.
John Neylan End The Confusion is an installation, drawing, and performance that explores American history through the lenses of the conspiracy theorist, the artist, the historian, and the hoarder. The artist began with the question proposed by Walter Benjamin in his final written piece, Thesis on the Philosophy of History: what are we to make of the endless pile of corpses that is a result of human history? An underlying faith in humanism emerges in Neylan's examination of these various approaches to history, but it comes with the caveat that it can also lead to a prison of the mind.
John Neylan, End the Confusion, 2013, installation, 12 x 12 feet.
D.M.H. R.I.C.H.M.O.N.D. x2
Following a stint at a covert convenience think tank, MFA candidate DMH Richmond invites you to experience the fruition of the trust's meditations. "Pop up Palace", Talm Yom Good will be open to visitors who can expect product promotions, freebies, contests, film screenings, celebrity guests, and franchise opportunities.
D.M.H. R.I.C.H.M.O.N.D. x2, Total Recall Live (Apocalyptic Talk Show), 2013, video, 23 minutes.