April 9 through May 10, 2009
Elissa Brown Jaehee Lee
Jennifer Carolin Robin Meyer
Blake Carrington Sung Jin Park
Lewis Colburn Jeff Passetti
Lorraine Delaney Renaud Patard
Tijana Djordjevic Ryan Silveira
Brenda Edwards Colin Todd
Edward Feldman Peter Turner
Christopher Gianunzio Jennifer Wilkey
Elizabeth Greene Hyerin Yang
Maire Kennedy Arjan Zazueta
The SUArt Galleries is pleased to present MFA 2009, an exhibition of master of fine arts degree candidates from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Twenty-two artists will exhibit a range of work from such traditional media as oil on canvas, portraiture and atmospheric-fired pottery to such contemporary media as digital prints, site-specific installation and video projection. The diversity of the show is also distinctly international, with artists from Russia, Korea, France and Canada.
While the artists work in a variety of media and techniques, themes emerge across the disciplines. The concept of the fabricated or manipulated environment is evident in many of the artists’ sculptural installations, including a monumental model stagecoach positioned in a moon-landing recreation; and a faux-storefront display with ceramic poodles that both mock and celebrate what we regard as haute couture.
Nostalgia and personal identity are also sources of inspiration in this year’s exhibition. One artist’s work reinterprets the well-known characters from Sesame Street into an iconic status, while another incorporates the artist’s past memories and dark humor into photographs that explore childhood experiences of fear, mortality and sex.