The MPS Digital Photography Department is presenting “Optic Nerve,” an exhibition of thesis work by the program’s 2010 graduating class, at the SVA Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, through Saturday, November 13. There is a public reception for the artists taking place on Wednesday, October 27, 6 – 8pm.
Department Chair Katrin Eismann explains the show’s title: “Like the optic nerve connecting the eye to the mind, this year’s class utilized the camera to channel their distinctive visions of the world into manifested realities—light was sensed, impulses were created and an extension of the mind was made apparent.” The exhibition fuses those visions into a collective presentation exploring the real and surreal, the calm and the disturbed, the intimate, the fabricated, the interpretive, the sensational, the reflective, the delusional, the extravagant, the imaginative and the beautiful.
“Optic Nerve” is curated by alumnus and faculty member Dan Halm (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 1994 Illustration) and features the work of 21 students from around the globe, some of whom were enrolled in the new low-residency MPS in Digital Photography Online/Summer-Residency program and others who studied in the residential program taking place on campus throughout the year. Both groups of students participated in an intensive summer session on campus to produce the work on view in the exhibition, and they collaborated to design the accompanying catalog.
Images: (top) Robert DeRosa, from the series A Walk Across Time, 2010; (bottom) Giselle Behrens, from the series La Femenina: Alive, 2010.