January 14, 2013


School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Pantelis Klonaris, Transdisciplinarity, 2012.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents WE OBJECT, the first of two MFA Fine Arts Department thesis exhibitions. Curated by Wallace Whitney, painter and co-founder of Canada Gallery, New York, WE OBJECT is comprised of work in various media by Zaza Acevedo, Jessica Bowman, Autumn-Grace Dougherty, Mark de Wilde, Eric Graham, Tina Young-Gi Han, S. Art K., Bo Kim, Pantelis Klonaris, So Na Lee, Yae Li, Cassandra Levine, Billy Ogawa, Denise Hwa-In Yoon, Minseop Yoon, Patrick Shoemaker and Chi Zhang. The exhibition will be on view January 11–26 at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, 15th Floor, New York City. The second MFA Fine Arts Department thesis exhibition, Split Ends, will be on view February 22–March 9, 2013 at the Visual Arts Gallery.

Exhibition curator Wallace Whitney says, “Seeing, as we do, through the atmospheric haze of mediated images, material artifice is almost an act of Nature. The object is common to all points of view, and the practice of making is perhaps the only way one can approach art as an unmediated experience. WE OBJECT spans the wildly disparate practices of 17 emerging artists in order to reveal, at their cores, the wondrous pragmatism of an engagement with material.

“From the playful and flirtatious offerings of what could be seen as a fourth wave of feminism to resurgence in the forms and practices of modernist painting, there is a sincere quality to the work of these young artists that hints at post-post-modernism. If post-modernism is about the casting aside of the modernist ethos of ‘make it new,’ these bodies of work are, as a whole, neither sentimental nor nostalgic for either modernism or post-modernism. Easily adopting and co-opting the vocabulary of both, they simply indulge in the pleasure of making with the same critical eye and casual attitude usually reserved for trying on a coat or a new set of clothes.” 

The Visual Arts Gallery, located at 601 West 26 Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, 15th floor, is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm; closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free. The Gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For further information call 212 592 2145. 

The MFA Fine Arts Department offers a specialization in painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, new media, and mixed media, while fostering an ideology of stylistic pluralism. The two-year, 60 credit degree program encourages artists students to follow a personal course of intellectual and expressive development as they experiment with diverse artistic persuasions, discovering new aspects of their creative abilities and gaining greater technical mastery.

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School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and clear direction of purpose.

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