NOW ON VIEW
AT THE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES
|The eNth Degree: MFA 2013
April 4– May 12, 2013
Opening Reception Thursday, April 4, 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Su San Na Kim
Jee Eun Lee
Sarah Camille Wilson
The Syracuse University Art Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of The eNth Degree: MFA 2013 . The annual Syracuse University Masters of Fine Arts exhibition includes twenty-one artists working in a variety of media including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, film, site-specific installation and performance.
The exhibition will run April 4 – May 12, 2013 in the Shaffer Art Building. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and Thursdays 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. The SUArt Galleries will host a free opening night reception from 5:00 – 7:00pm on Thursday, April 4. Patrons are welcome to view the exhibition until the gallery closes at 8:00 p.m. The reception is open to the public. Select programming associated with the exhibition includes a Lunchtime Lecture with Assistant Director Andrew Saluti on Wednesday, April 10, at 12:15 p.m.
The eNth Degree: MFA 2013 unites a group of artists working exponentially beyond the confines of their studied fields, taking their work to a new level art making. The twenty-one included in this year’s exhibition create artwork using a contemporary methodology that transcends the pre-conceived definitions of artist’s roles– a painter makes paintings; a ceramicist makes cups and bowls. Instead, they incorporate the materials and processes from their chosen disciplines into a grander scheme of art making. Ceramicist Joel Weissman takes porcelain molds, once used as a therapeutic craft for patients in a psychiatric hospital, and cast them in iron, rather than clay. Printmaker Tonja Torgerson uses her knowledge of print processes to create site-specific installations: portraits of generalized female figures dealing with physical and mental sickness. Sculptor Becky Reiser incorporates traditional foundry casting with performance and video to create her intricate narrative- a reflection on domesticity.
Another important element that has pervaded contemporary process is the development of collaborations that these artists employ. Included in The eNth Degree will be the Mobile Sauna, a fully functional performance/experience created by the DS Institute: an artistic collaboration that includes Fulbright sculptor Maximilian Bauer (MFA ’12), steam expert ceramicist Zach Dunn (MFA ‘12), artist/social engineer Caitlin Foley, and interactive installation artist Misha Rabinovich. Also included in MFA 2013 is SUB PAR, the Syracuse Urban Beautification Public Art Resistance, a public arts initiative created by exhibiting artists Tonja Torgerson and Joel Weissman.