Freshly minted alumni from the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department are showing their final SVA projects in “Thesis 2010: MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department,” an exhibition of photographic prints, videos, multi-media installations, sculpture and oil paintings by 2010 graduates of the department. Curated by faculty member Bonnie Yochelson, the exhibition is on view June 11 – 26 at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor; there will be a reception for the artists on Thursday, June 15, 6 – 8pm.
Yochelson has collected examples of the wide-ranging still- and moving-image work from the master’s program’s class of 2010. Žejlka Blaškić produced a five-channel video installation inspired by her childhood in war-torn Croatia. Jan Ebeling (aka Janosch Parker) commissioned oil paintings based on photographs of his witty performances. Irene Bermudez combines projected images, freestanding sculpture and a neon sign to create an immersive environment meant to evoke bodily sensations. Allyson Ross creates sculptural reliefs devoid of color based on iconic nineteenth-century photographs of Yosemite National Park. John Messinger has installed a small historical exhibit based on the life of a homeless man. Robert Gill embraces a cultural obsession with fitness. Selena Salfen explores the crushing effects of post-traumatic stress disorder through the history of her own family. Tamar Latzman investigated themes from Jewish-European history by inventing memories of dreams and performing them for the camera. And Laura Oberg explores race in America by interviewing members of her mixed-race family.
“Thesis 2010” also includes work by Lorne Blythe, John Cyr, Beatriz Diaz, John Dunwoody, Natan Dvir, Martha Fleming-Ives, J. A. Folks, Eugene Gologursky, Kate Greenberg, Debbie Grossman, Stone Kim, Vivian Lee, Elizabeth Libert, Dina Litovsky, Andrea Santolaya, Hilary Schaffner and Leigh Wells.
Images: (top) Robert Gill, Before and After Yourself, 2010; (bottom) Allyson Ross, Cathedral Rock (detail), 2010.