October 2016

Bard MFA Class of 2017 Thesis Exhibition

Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College

Anne Libby and Judith Kakon. Installation view, 2016.

Anne Libby. Installation view, 2016. Formica, plywood, copper pipe, flannel.

Judith Kakon. "Learn to Lay Brick," 2015–16. Drywalls, concrete, hematite, iron-oxide in six parts. Framed work: Judith Kakon. "Purple Splendor," 2016. Offset print.

Judith Kakon. Installation view, 2016. "Untiled (Alibaba/Flor)," 2016. Carpet tiles, acrylic paint, iron-oxide.; "Untiled (Alibaba)," 2016. Prints on vinyl.;
"Purple Splendor," 2016. Offset print.; "Alviero Martini, Voyage," 2016. Jeans.; "Antipodes," 2016. Framed photograph, offset print.

Maryam Hoseini. Installation view, 2016.

Maryam Hoseini. "Horizon #3," 2016. Acrylic and ink on paper on wood panel.

Brian Fernandes-Halloran. "Home," 2016. Crutches, fabric, styrofoam, selfie stick, paint roller, string, cherrywood stump, wire, lumber, bike wheel, plasic mirror, fan, clip light, limestone, soapstone.;
"Zwirek and Pawel," 2016. Metal, wood.

Amanda Friedman. "She Moves Soft Things With Her Mind: Script," 2016. Acrylic, wood.; "She Moves Soft Things With Her Mind: Backdrop," 2016. Oil, canvas drop cloth, found fabric, cooper wire, plastic moth.;
"Keychain," 2016. Acrylic, cardboard, ribbon.

Megan Plunkett and Amanda Friedman. Installation view, 2016.

Megan Plunkett. "How Do People Travel About in the Town Below/Coach/Coach? Aside from Walking/Horse/01," 2016. Digital print in aluminum frame.;
"How Do People Travel About in the Town Below/Coach/Coach? Aside from Walking/Horse/02," 2016. Digital print in aluminum frame.;
"How Do People Travel About in the Town Below/Coach/Coach? Aside from Walking/Horse/03," 2016. Digital print in aluminum frame.

Annabeth Marks. "The Spider," 2016. Jacket, thread, oil paint on canvas.; "Brain Door," 2016. Oil paint on canvas.;
"Upright Living I," 2016. Oil paint on jacket.; "Upright Living II," 2016. Oil paint on jacket.; "Upright Living III," 2016. Jacket.

Carmen von Kende, Amanda Friedman and Annabeth Marks. Installation view, 2016.

Carmen von Kende. "Breathers (I)," 2016. Inkjet print on vinyl.; "Breathers (III)," 2016. Inkjet print on vinyl.

Amy Ruhl. "Magic Mirror Stage," 2016. Re-purposed vintage frame with 2-way mirrored plexi, HD video projection, USB button.

Amy Ruhl. "Gifts," 2016. 22 melamine photo-printed plates in re-purposed vintage display case.

Hadi Fallahpisheh. "Read it loud," 2016. Unique chromogenic prints.

Nicholas Chiarella. "of what can it such as which since can it not," 2016. Wood, copper, electronics, acrylic lacquer, acrylic sheeting, PLA, inkjet on paper, laserjet on paper, found objects.

Phoebe d'Heurle. Installation detail, 2016. Inkjet prints mounted on aluminum.

Phoebe d'Heurle: "Lovebird I," 2016. Inkjet prints mounted on aluminum, ceramics, and wall paint.; "Lovebird III," 2016. Inkjet prints mounted on aluminum, ceramics, and wall paint.

Michele Abramowitz. "Dionaea muscipula," 2016. Oil and chalk pastel on polyester canvas.

Michele Abramowitz. "Medusa," 2016. Oil on polyester canvas.; "Sister Spies," 2016. Oil and chalk pastel on polyester canvas.

Eric Farber. "Rescued Golf Balls and Permanent Botanicals," 2016. Assorted permanent botanicals, 3/4" birch plywood, Vibco 24v vibration motors,
suspension springs, assorted cabling, assorted hardware, bent stainless steel countertop, automatic golf ball returners, Arduinos, wood shims, steel mesh.

Caiti Slegr. “Oobleck, Wowie Zowie, Alice in Blunderland and Yellow Brick Road (Green room, Yellow and Blue)," 2016.
Carpet, foam, pool noodle, steel, powder coated steel, cardboard, velvet, synthetic hair extensions, dice, paper, screen print ink, spray paint, interior wall paint, tape.

Mel Elberg. "NOT To Finish, Becomes The Challenge," 2016.

Charlie Smith. "Carousel Two," 2016. Particle board, acrylic, casters, dowel pins.; "Carousel One," 2016. Particle board, acrylic, furniture pads, dowel pins, edging veneer.;
"bothbetweenthemhavepullfortowenowcatch," 2016. Acrylic and pencil on paper.

Ryan Lucero. "Untitled," 2016. Acrylic and oil on canvas.

Ryan Lucero. "Untitled," 2016. Oil on canvas.; "Untitled," 2016. Oil on canvas.

Tran Truong. "Apartment," 2016. Flashe, tape and canvas on four panels.; "Legs," 2016. Acrylic on canvas.

Marianne Shaneen, Mel Elberg and Joshua Escobar. Installation view, 2016.

Joshua Escobar. "DJ Ashtrae's Nightstand," 2016. Skull masks, superhero masks, sunglasses, various kinds of paper/notebooks/decals, tin noise-makers, misc. toiletries,
misc. textiles, rainbow wristbands, an LP, unopened Trojan condoms, pink flag and "CAUTION" tape from local construction site, 100% Egyptian cotton bedspread with a floral design.

Kyle Clyd. "Artist Signature Score," 2016.

Alan Danielson. "Patric Cloytermon Infromation and Transmission and Information Center," 2016. Resin, plaster, plywood, latex, dog blanket, Styrofoam, conduit, refrigerator, beer cans, television, VHS, video projector, cords.

Alan Danielson. "Transmutation Devise," 2016. Wood, paint, steel, aluminum, copper, 2x4" YellaWood, acrylic enamel, bolts, plywood, Genessee Beer cans, copper tacks, abandoned loading dock.

Founded in 1981 as the first of its kind, Bard MFA is a nontraditional school for visual, written and time-based arts. At Bard, the MFA community itself is the primary resource for the student—serving as audience, teacher, and peer group in an ongoing dialogue. Immersion in this community ultimately influences each artist’s practice, within the program and beyond. The community promotes diversity of approach, fosters imaginative responses and insights, and develops innovative solutions to aesthetic problems in all disciplines. In interdisciplinary group critiques with 80 students and more than 60 noted faculty, discipline caucuses, one-on-one conferences and all school presentations, our students learn to address film/video, writing, painting, sculpture, photography, and music/sound. This low residency program takes place over two years and two months, with students in residence on campus during three consecutive 8-week summer sessions, and two winter sessions of independent study completed off campus. 2017 applications are due January 9, 2017 with program dates beginning June 12 through August 4, 2017.

2017 MFA Candidates:

Film/Video: Amy Ruhl.

Music/Sound: Eric Farber, Kyle Kessler.

Painting: Michele Abramowitz, Amanda Friedman, Maryam Hoseini, Ryan Lucero, Annabeth Marks, Tran Truong.

Photography: Phoebe D’Heurle, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Judith Kakon, Carmen Kende, Megan Plunkett.

Sculpture: Alan Danielson, Brian Fernandes-Halloran, Anne Libby, Caiti Slegr, Charlie Smith.

Writing: Nicholas Chiarella, Mel Elberg, Joshua Escobar and Marianne Shaneen.

Thesis Exhibition Coordinators: Emer Grant & Lisa Long, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

Images courtesy of Pete Mauney, 2016.

Participating Artists

Michele Abramowitz
Nicholas Chiarella
Alan Danielson
Phoebe D’Huerle
Mel Elberg
Joshua Escobar
Hadi Fallahpisheh
Eric Farber
Brian Fernandes-Halloran
Amanda Friedman
Maryam Hoseini
Judith Kakon
Carmen Kende
Kyle Kessler
Anne Libby
Ryan Lucero
Annabeth Marks
Megan Plunkett
Amy Ruhl
Marianne Shaneen
Caiti Slegr
Charlie Smith
Tran Truong

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