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Art & Art History

2011 MFA Thesis Show

Tuesday, April 05, 2011–Saturday, April 30, 2011
Gallery 400
400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607

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Melina Ausaikitis, Daniel Baird, and Aay Preston-Myint, Brittany Ransom; Jesus Duran, Raquel Ladensack, Paul Nelson, Min Song, and Latham Zearfoss; Rebecca Beachy, Mike Gibisser, Chris Meerdo, and Joe Pankowski; Claire Arctander, Tim Nickodemus, JD Pirtle, Stephanie Tisza, and Michael Radzeweicz.

UIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions in Studio Arts, Photography, Moving Image, and New Media Arts.

April 5-9
Opening reception: April 8,  5-8 pm

Aay Preston-Myint reconfigures and disrupts familiar objects and sites to depict a critically queer space: a proposition about bodies and relationships in our present and future, in which new iterations of violence and hierarchy compete with new iterations of expression and identity.

Melina Ausikaitis surrounds her audience with the interior of her head through performance, singing, and drawing. Moments of ecstatic aloneness are presented to the open air in all their shrinking and earnest uncomfortableness.

Daniel Baird creates work that is invested in the interplay between technological advancement, preservation, and time.

Brittany Ransom makes work that probes the lines between human, animal, and environmental relations. Her work explores our society’s dependence on emergent technologies and the conflicted relationship to nature, calling for a paradoxical co-evolution between the two.

April 12-16
Opening Reception April 15,  5-8 pm

Jesus Duran creates while meditating on the effects technology has on social constructs, behaviors, physical actions, and the sense of self.

Raquel Ladensack creates photographs and 16mm films that explore absence, shifting perspectives, and temporal frequencies.

Paul Nelson makes a lot of certain things.

Min Song makes two- and three-dimensional works that deal with space and surface.

Latham Zearfoss‘s work often centers on reclaiming historical and mythological texts and revising them to incorporate radical notions of love and sex, possibility and probability.

April 19-23
Opening reception April 22, 5-8 pm

Christopher Meerdo‘s work is located in the space between the absence and revealing of memory, its authenticity confirmed or denied through the use of photography, sculpture, and moving images.

Rebecca Beachy explores human processing, material intimacy and traumatic effect in the context of an ambivalent relationship with nature through sculpture and installation.

Mike Gibisser uses the poetics of the moving image while drawing on scientific and cultural phenomena to investigate the nuance and instability of time, memory, and affect.

Joe Pankowski has developed an ever-expanding daydream in countless drawings and has brought these to life using stop-motion animation and outdated technology to emphasize the mechanical absurdness found in his sketchbooks.

April 26-30
Opening reception: April 29, 5-8pm

Claire Arctander gets into exquisitely rough things.

Tim Nickodemus paints fragmented images from the body which lie between the visual and the tactile.

JD Pirtle works equally as an artist, programmer, and creative technologist to focus on visualizations and sonifications that bridge the void between convention and technological horizon.

Stephanie Tisza makes videos that depict the poetics of place, character, and mood.

Michael Radziewicz makes sculptures and photography and lives by C.R.E.A.M.