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June 2021

smoke, signals, space: 2021 MFA in Visual Art Thesis Exhibition

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis

Installation view, “smoke, signals, space: 2021 MFA in Visual Art Thesis Exhibition,” Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 2021.

Installation view, “smoke, signals, space: 2021 MFA in Visual Art Thesis Exhibition,” Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 2021.

Installation view, “smoke, signals, space: 2021 MFA in Visual Art Thesis Exhibition,” Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 2021.

Installation view, “smoke, signals, space: 2021 MFA in Visual Art Thesis Exhibition,” Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 2021.

Installation view, “smoke, signals, space: 2021 MFA in Visual Art Thesis Exhibition,” Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 2021.

Jessica Bremehr, The Garden of Extraterrestrial Deee-Lites, 2021. Mixed-media installation, 108 x 156 x 156".

Jessica Bremehr, The Garden of Extraterrestrial Deee-Lites (detail), 2021. Mixed-media installation, 108 x 156 x 156".

Jessica Bremehr, The Garden of Extraterrestrial Deee-Lites (detail), 2021. Mixed-media installation, 108 x 156 x 156".

Jessica Bremehr, The Garden of Extraterrestrial Deee-Lites (detail), 2021. Mixed-media installation, 108 x 156 x 156".

Amanda Casarez, Suture...Harm and Remedy, 2021. Cotton voile, gesso, and thread on three canvases, each 96 x 60".

Amanda Casarez, Suture...Harm and Remedy, 2021. Cotton voile, gesso, and thread on three canvases, each 96 x 60".

Amanda Casarez, Suture...Harm and Remedy (detail), 2021. Cotton voile, gesso, and thread on three canvases, each 96 x 60".

Amanda Casarez, Suture...Harm and Remedy (detail), 2021. Cotton voile, gesso, and thread on three canvases, each 96 x 60".

Ryan Erickson, Fruit Study Field Kit, 2021. Computer, scale, wood, stand, and faux fruit, 55 x 27 1/2 x 15 1/2".

Ryan Erickson, Fruit Study Field Kit (detail), 2021. Computer, scale, wood, stand, and faux fruit, 55 x 27 1/2 x 15 1/2".

Ryan Erickson, Big Bummer, 2021. Latex paint, 96 x 168".

Ryan Erickson, Big Bummer (detail), 2021. Latex paint, 96 x 168".

Adrian Gonzalez, (from left) Bloque, 2021. Mixed-media assemblage in wood frame, 73 3/4 x 74 x 21"; Cabeza, 2021. Acrylic, tape, paper, and towel, 8 x 7 x 6"; Non-Imaginary Friend (Bizarro), 2020. Paper, tape, acrylic, jeans, and shirt, 67 x 18 x 8"; Chances to Chequear, 2020. Colored paper, acrylic, gesso, cut and collaged drawings, canvas, pine, screen printing film, confetti, and inkjet prints in wood frame, 82 x 86 x 2 1/2"; Open Window (Humid Summer Night in St. Louis), 2021. Mixed-media assemblage in wood frame, 73 3/4 x 74 x 23 1/2"; Mozquito, 2021. Towel, acrylic, mirror, and graphite on panel, 12 x 9"; The Yarda, 2021. Colored paper, acrylic, gesso, graphite, inkjet prints on Yupo, pine, screen printing film, and crayon in wood frame, 82 x 86 x 2 1/2".

Adrian Gonzalez, (from left) Bloque, 2021. Mixed-media assemblage in wood frame, 73 3/4 x 74 x 21"; Cabeza, 2021. Acrylic, tape, paper, and towel, 8 x 7 x 6"; Non-Imaginary Friend (Bizarro), 2020. Paper, tape, acrylic, jeans, and shirt, 67 x 18 x 8"; Chances to Chequear, 2020. Colored paper, acrylic, gesso, cut and collaged drawings, canvas, pine, screen printing film, confetti, and inkjet prints in wood frame, 82 x 86 x 2 1/2".

Adrian Gonzalez, The Yarda, 2021. Colored paper, acrylic, gesso, graphite, inkjet prints on Yupo, pine, screen printing film, and crayon in wood frame, 82 x 86 x 2 1/2".

Adrian Gonzalez, Non-Imaginary Friend (Bizarro), 2020. Paper, tape, acrylic, jeans, and shirt, 67 x 18 x 8".

Maddie Grotewiel, Deflowered, 2021. Liquid latex, nylon spandex, used headboard, polyester fiberfill, dryer sheets, gouache, acrylic, galvanized steel wire, wool felt, used sheets, fraternity shirt remnants, and my great-grandmother’s string, 51 x 61 x 14"; Folding into Myself, 2021. Liquid latex, nylon spandex, stool an ex bought me for my birthday last year, polyester fiberfill, galvanized steel wire, gouache, acrylic, my great-grandmother’s string, used sheet remnants, and copper wire, 45 x 21 x 20".

Maddie Grotewiel, Folding into Myself, 2021. Liquid latex, nylon spandex, stool an ex bought me for my birthday last year, polyester fiberfill, galvanized steel wire, gouache, acrylic, my great-grandmother’s string, used sheet remnants, and copper wire, 45 x 21 x 20".

Maddie Grotewiel, Snagged, 2020. Liquid latex, my used lace bra, gouache, acrylic, and nail, 9 1/2 x 40 x 11".

Maddie Grotewiel, Snagged (detail), 2020. Liquid latex, my used lace bra, gouache, acrylic, and nail, 9 1/2 x 40 x 11".

Younser (Seri) Lee, To Dream - To Realize, 2021. Alarm clocks, Arduino, pressure sensor, wood box, electric cables, speaker, and MP3 player, dimensions variable.

Younser (Seri) Lee, To Dream - To Realize (detail), 2021. Alarm clocks, Arduino, pressure sensor, wood box, electric cables, speaker, and MP3 player, dimensions variable.

Younser (Seri) Lee, To Dream - To Realize (detail), 2021. Alarm clocks, Arduino, pressure sensor, wood box, electric cables, speaker, and MP3 player, overall dimensions variable.

Younser (Seri) Lee, To Dream - To Realize, 2021. Alarm clocks, Arduino, pressure sensor, wood box, electric cables, speaker, and MP3 player, overall dimensions variable.

Gaoyuan Pan, Headless Seal, 2021; Ravens, 2021; Snake on Glass, 2021; Raccoon behind Branches, 2021; Deer in Distance, 2021; Koi Fish and “Made in USA,” 2021; Jamaican Iguana, 2021; Falcon Take Off, 2021. Inkjet prints, each 14 x 20".

Gaoyuan Pan, Ravens, 2021; Snake on Glass, 2021; Raccoon behind Branches, 2021; Jamaican Iguana, 2021; Falcon Take Off, 2021. Inkjet prints, each 14 x 20".

Gaoyuan Pan, Headless Seal, 2021. Inkjet print, 14 x 20".

Gaoyuan Pan, Falcon Take Off, 2021. Inkjet print, 14 x 20".

Takura Suzuki, A Tree Back Then II, 2021. Inkjet print and oil on canvas, 36 x 24"; A RoombaCat, Not a Cat, 2021. Inkjet print and oil on canvas, 45 x 30"; But They Are Not Real, 2021. Inkjet print and oil on canvas, 45 x 38"; I Fed My Tree Pixels, 2021. Inkjet print and oil on canvas, 45 x 30"; A Tree Back Then I, 2021. Inkjet print and oil on canvas, 36 x 24".

Takura Suzuki, But They Are Not Real, 2021. Inkjet print and oil on canvas, 45 x 38"; I Fed My Tree Pixels, 2021. Inkjet print and oil on canvas, 45 x 30".

Takura Suzuki, But They Are Not Real (detail), 2021. Inkjet print and oil on canvas, 45 x 38".

Takura Suzuki, A RoombaCat, Not a Cat (detail), 2021. Inkjet print and oil on canvas, 45 x 30".

Alexa Velez, Of the Air (installation view), 2021. Single-channel video, 4 minutes 30 seconds.

Alexa Velez, Of the Air (installation view), 2021. Single-channel video, 4 minutes 30 seconds.

Alexa Velez, Of the Air (still), 2021. Single-channel video, 4 minutes 30 seconds.

Alexa Velez, Of the Air (stills), 2021. Single-channel video, 4 minutes 30 seconds.

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to present “smoke, signals, space” the 2021 MFA in Visual Art Thesis Exhibition.

The MFA in Visual Art program culminates in the thesis exhibition every spring at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

This exhibition reflects the critical conversations, interdisciplinary investigations, collective visions, and diverse practices of this distinctive group of artists. Their works are testaments to the power and persistence of art and the irrepressible drive of artmaking. The students, faculty, and staff of the MFA in Visual Art program in the Sam Fox School invite you to celebrate the work of this new generation of artists, surfacing in this time of such extraordinary global and national change, poised to impact the future.

This exhibition is organized by Leslie Markle, curator for public art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Support is provided by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and members of the Kemper Art Museum. Due to COVID-19, the Kemper Art Museum is currently closed to the public but remains open to Washington University students, faculty and staff. For updates, visit the Kemper Art Museum website.

Learn more about the MFA in Visual Art program at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis here.

Participating Artists

Jessica Bremehr
Amanda Casarez
Ryan Erickson
Adrian Gonzalez
Maddie Grotewiel
Younser (Seri) Lee
Gaoyuan Pan
Takura Suzuki
Alexa Velez

The MFA in Visual Art program at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts educates artists who will define and change the future of their disciplines—in small, medium, and extra-large ways. It instills students with the agency and resiliency that will be essential to the next generation of artists. Led by professor and newly appointed chair Lisa Bulawsky, the program is home to an inclusive, close-knit community of renegade makers and thinkers, and offers students a site of rigorous inquiry, humanity, and intellectual generosity. The Sam Fox School has abundant resources, with expansive facilities and studios that serve as a think tank for intellectual and material experimentation. The program is located within a tier-one research institution and is proud of its location in St. Louis, which serves as both an extension of the studio and site of engagement for art and artists. The MFA in Visual Art professionally prepares students for a diversified approach to the field of contemporary art that nurtures sustained, lifelong engagement while recognizing multiple pathways and definitions for a career in the arts and culture.

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis is a leader in architecture, art, and design education. We are advancing our fields through innovative research and creative practice, excellence in teaching, a world-class university art museum, and a deep commitment to addressing the social and environmental challenges of our time. Through the work of our students, faculty, and alumni, we are striving to create a more just, sustainable, humane, and beautiful world.

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