May 27, 2022

Exhibitions: An Asterism*: Parsons Fine Arts 2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition: Parsons School of Design at The New School

Art & Education

Installation view, “An Asterism*,” Parsons Fine Arts 2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition, curated by Alison Burstein, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery Parsons School of Design at The New School, May 15–27, 2022. Photo: Martin Seck.

Tianyi Sun, Softbox (Series of 10), 2022. Acetate, epoxy, digital print transfers, heat-treated Plexiglass®, laser-cut mirrored acrylic, neodymium magnets, acrylic polymer, and oil on laser-cut Plexiglass®, six pieces 14 × 17”; four pieces 12 × 14”. Photo: Martin Seck.

Darian Deshawn Stewart, My body, our soul, this world., 2022 Mixed-media installation, dimensions variable. Photo: Martin Seck.

Ye Cheng, Shimmering Firelight and Fading Watermark 孙杰卿 !, 2022. Mixed media on silk polyester, 44 × 56”. Photo: Martin Seck.

Austin Casebolt, Exchange Rate, 2022. Oil on canvas, archival photograph on board, bituminous coal, wooden desk, steel, and oil, dimensions variable. Photo: Martin Seck.

Ghazi Sikander Mirza, Painters, people, and philosophers, 2022. Marker on glass, dimensions variable. Photo: Martin Seck.

An Asterism*: Parsons Fine Arts 2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition: Parsons School of Design at The New School
Parsons School of Design at The New School is proud to announce the Parsons Fine Arts MFA thesis exhibition for the Class of 2022, “An Asterism*,” organized by Alison Burstein.

*Asterism (noun):
(Astronomy) A prominent pattern or group of stars;
(Typography) A group of three asterisks (⁂), used to separate sections of text.

“An Asterism*” takes up the titular word as a metaphor to describe the convergence of the fifteen members of Parsons MFA class of 2022 within the gallery. Drawing on the dual meaning of asterism—the astronomical form associated with connectivity and the typographic symbol with delineation—the exhibition embraces a tension that is apparent within the format of MFA thesis presentations: these culminating events bring together artists from a graduate degree program to show their work as a unified cohort at a moment of transition, just before the group disbands and each individual begins the next phase of their career post-graduation. Rather than attempting to cover over or resolve this incongruence, “An Asterism*” calls for reflection on the ways that both dimensions inherent to a thesis exhibition are intertwined.

The exhibition is open to the public and on view in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center’s Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, 2 West 13th Street, from May 16–May 27, 2022 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 19, from 6–8pm and a closing event with artist presentations and performances on Friday, May 27, from 5–8pm. All visitors must wear masks and present proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted; to gain an entry pass, please go to the University Welcome Center at 72 Fifth Ave.

Participating artists: Austin Casebolt, carolina muñoz awad, Darian Stewart, Ghazi Sikander Mirza, Kris Peng Siyun, Lily Moebes, Lipika Bhargava, Mauve Martineau, Paula Martin Rivero, Rachel Yeoh, Rengu Zhang , Tianyi Sun, Ye Cheng, Zhiyi Zhang, and Zoë Fitzpatrick Rogers.

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