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Exhibition
May 2016

PennMFA 2016 Thesis Exhibition

University of Pennsylvania

chukwumaa. "SPINE," 2016. Stainless steel bird spikes, elastomeric concrete, $2 BOSS REVOLUTION phone card, $5 BOSS REVOLUTION phone card, drywall screw.

chukwumaa. "SPINE," 2016. Stainless steel bird spikes, elastomeric concrete, $2 BOSS REVOLUTION phone card, $5 BOSS REVOLUTION phone card, drywall screw.

chukwumaa. "GONG," 2015. Subwoofer, Roland MC-303 drum machine, MIDI pattern, Roland TR-808 kick drum sample, moving dolly, car battery, power inverter, ratchet strap, bungee cord, various audio/power cables.

chukwumaa. "ndị nọ n'etiti," 2016. Two speakers, subwoofer, two decade-old Vlisco fabrics, two milk crates, wood, casters, car battery, home theatre, Phillips Micro Music System, bluetooth signal, cell phone,
mp3 of Nigerian Prayer Warrior praying over upcoming Nigerian elections, ratchet strap, bungee cords, various audio/power cables, prayers to someone somewhere TBD. "GONG," 2015. Subwoofer,
Roland MC-303 drum machine, MIDI pattern, Roland TR-808 kick drum sample, moving dolly, car battery, power inverter, ratchet strap, bungee cord, various audio/power cables.

Daria McMeans. "Partita: a biography," 2016. Video.

Doah Lee. "*Alphabet," 2016. Screen print on T-shirt; "Fobulous is not Fabulous," 2016.

Doah Lee. "Makeup and Tanning," 2016. Acrylic on canvas.

E. Jane. "Grown," 2016; "A Woman Who Loves Other Women," 2016; "Periodically, For Health," 2016; "Loves Herself. Regardless.," 2016. Archival inkjet print on foamboard, swarovski crystal rhinestone nail art, gel medium, love.

E. Jane. "Grown," 2016; "A Woman Who Loves Other Women," 2016; "Periodically, For Health," 2016; "Loves Herself. Regardless.," 2016. Archival inkjet print on foamboard, swarovski crystal rhinestone nail art, gel medium, love.

Fern Vargas Vargas. "Night and Day," 2016. Video, 6-channel sound.

Fern Vargas Vargas. "Artifact," 2016. Alabaster, plexi, acrylic paint.

Fern Vargas Vargas. "Night and Day," 2016. Video, 6-channel sound.

Fern Vargas Vargas. "Slammer Stool," 2016. Molded plastic, vinyl wall text.

Gonzalo Reyes Rodríguez. "Accidently Spayed/Accidentalmente Rociado," 2016, HD Video; "An Object With The Image Of Its Own Discourse," 2016, acrylic on plywood.

Gonzalo Reyes Rodríguez. "Ideological Graffiti," 2016-Ongoing. Color Photographs of political graffiti collected from collaborators in various cities through out Latin America.

Heather Raquel Phillips. "Sextra Ciricular Activity," 2016. Video.

Heather Raquel Phillips. "1. Rode Hard, Put Up Wet 2. Good From Far, Far From Good," 2016. Fabric and flagpoles.

Installation view, 2016.

Kaitlin Pomerantz. "Lorem Ipsem," 2016. Digital photocollage printed on cotton lawn fabric, custom sewn curtain.

Kaitlin Pomerantz. "As is, Emerald St., Philadelphia," 2015-2016. Installation: various paints on canvas, newspaper with risograph insert, slideshow projection.

Kaitlin Pomerantz. "Untitled (Wyeth, Welling, Gober)," 2016, digital photo mounted on glass, paint can and acrylic paint;
"Untitled (member 1 of Aspirational Whirligig Society)," 2016, wood and cement.

Kaitlin Pomerantz. "Untitled (Wyeth, Welling, Gober)," 2016. Digital photo mounted on glass, paint can and acrylic paint.

Kaitlin Pomerantz. "Untitled (Wyeth, Welling)," 2016. Digital photo mounted on glass.

Keenan Bennett. "Untitled (Single Standard Fringe)," 2016. Wood, acrylic, c-clamps, foil.

Keenan Bennett. "Untitled (Sighting Backward)," 2016. Video on wall-mounted vertical monitor.

Keenan Bennett. "Untitled (Monotonous Low Hum)," 2016. Motor, steel and fabric.

Marianna Williams. "Meditation on Walking Through a Wet-Slick Condition," 2016. Video.

Olivia Jones. "Morning Wood," 2016. Steel, vinyl, plywood, paint, epoxy, decorative flakes, leather and sand.

Olivia Jones. "Born Again Virgin," 2015. Steel and fabric.

Olivia Jones. "Morning Wood," 2016. Steel, vinyl, plywood, paint, epoxy, decorative flakes, leather and sand.

Olivia Jones. "Born Again Virgin," 2015. Steel and fabric.

Olivia Jones. "Upholder," 2016. Steel, fabric, plywood, decorative flakes, epoxy, leather, sand, wire, turnbuckle, tassel, bolts, nuts.

Rich Hogan. Untitled 1 - 5, 2016. Archival inkjet prints.

Rich Hogan. Untitled 1 - 5, 2016. Archival inkjet prints.

Sarah Legow. "Numbers vs. Death," 2016. Video.

Shaina Gates. "Perhaps Going Where The Other Half's Just Been," 2016; "A Ration Of Proposals," 2016; "Big Pluto," 2016;
"Cinematic Neptune (Stella)," 2016; "A Passable Expanse (Cyan Cole)," 2016; "Recursion," 2016.

Shaina Gates. "Recursion," 2016. Oil on canvas.

Shaina Gates. "A Passable Expanse (Cyan Cole)," 2016. Oil on linen.

Shaina Gates. "Cinematic Neptune (Stella)," 2016. Oil on canvas.

Shaina Gates. "Big Pluto," 2016. Oil on canvas.

Shaina Gates. "A Ration Of Proposals," 2016. Oil on canvas.

Shaina Gates. "Perhaps Going Where The Other Half's Just Been," 2016. Oil on canvas.

Stephanie Elden. "The Solution," 2016. Drywall, lumber, milking machine, vinyl tubing, magnetic mixer, cabbages, rust, flasks, soda,
pump, plant, syringes, fertilizer, terrarium, telescopic lenses, clamp lots, assorted canned goods, folders, spray bottle, the solution.

Stephanie Elden. "The Solution," 2016. Drywall, lumber, milking machine, vinyl tubing, magnetic mixer, cabbages, rust, flasks, soda,
pump, plant, syringes, fertilizer, terrarium, telescopic lenses, clamp lots, assorted canned goods, folders, spray bottle, the solution.

Stephanie Elden. "The Solution," 2016. Drywall, lumber, milking machine, vinyl tubing, magnetic mixer, cabbages, rust, flasks, soda,
pump, plant, syringes, fertilizer, terrarium, telescopic lenses, clamp lots, assorted canned goods, folders, spray bottle, the solution.

Stephanie Elden. "The Solution," 2016. Drywall, lumber, milking machine, vinyl tubing, magnetic mixer, cabbages, rust, flasks, soda,
pump, plant, syringes, fertilizer, terrarium, telescopic lenses, clamp lots, assorted canned goods, folders, spray bottle, the solution.

Yue Nakayama. "Untitled 2015 - 2016," 2016. Video, audio, installation.

Yue Nakayama. "Untitled 2015 - 2016," 2016. Video, audio, installation.

The Penn MFA program presented the 2016 thesis exhibition in Los Angeles. The exhibition was the culmination of a five-month exchange between the graduate students and curator Hamza Walker. During their residency in Los Angeles, the students installed works created for the exhibition, visited artists’ studios, and engaged in this highly experimental exhibition project.

In recent years the Penn MFA program has organized exhibitions in Los Angeles and Berlin (2013), in Vienna (2014), and in Brussels (2015). The thesis exhibition project acknowledges that emerging artists work from a globalized state of culture and respond to a new perception of site specificity. The exhibition presents work impacted by a collective discussion on the premise that travel, cultural exchange and the examination of cultural relativism are all markers of a profound evolution in our vision of the world.

PennMFA Thesis Exhibition artists
chukwumaa, Keenan Bennett, Stephanie Elden, Shaina Gates, Rich Hogan, E. Jane, Olivia Jones, Doah Lee, Sarah Legow, Daria McMeans, Yue Nakayama, Heather Raquel Phillips, Kaitlin Pomerantz, Gonzalo Reyes Rodríguez, Fern Vargas Vargas, Marianna Williams

Exhibition curator Hamza Walker is Director of Education and Associate Curator for the Renaissance Society, the non-collecting museum of contemporary art at The University of Chicago. His 2008 curated exhibition, Black Is, Black Ain’t, explored a shift in the rhetoric of race from an earlier emphasis on inclusion to a moment where racial identity was being simultaneously rejected and retained. The exhibition was the subject of a 2013 symposium. Walker has written articles and reviews for publications such as Trans, New Art Examiner, and Artforum. He is currently on the boards of Noon, an annual publication of short fiction, and Lampo, a non-profit presenter of new and experimental music. This year he is co-curator the Made in L.A. 2016 with Aram Moshayedi at the Hammer Museum.

Penn MFA program
The Master of Fine Arts program at Penn is focused on the professional development of visual artists. Through workshops, seminar courses, international residency opportunities and interactions with curators, writers and artists, the program provides an open intellectual framework to foster independent methods of artistic research. In addition to seminars within the Fine Arts department, graduate students are encouraged to pursue topics of science and the humanities through an impressive selection of courses offered across the university.

Participating Artists

chukwumaa
Keenan Bennett
Stephanie Elden
Shaina Gates
Rich Hogan
E. Jane
Olivia Jones
Doah Lee
Sarah Legow
Daria McMeans
Yue Nakayama
Heather Raquel Phillips
Kaitlin Pomerantz
Gonzalo Reyes Rodgríguez
Fern Vargas Vargas
Marianna Williams

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