If it were a horse race, the SVA MFA Fine Arts candidates would win going away.
For reasons only slightly known, apparently having to do with booking the gallery, the thesis shows (the class is divided into two shows) are held in January and February before graduation.
I’ve just had my first look at the second thesis show, Split Ends, and was really impressed by the quality of work, the ambition and scale of the installation projects, and how different it is from the first thesis show, We Object.
This exhibition is primarily installation, sculpture, and video, while the first show was dominated by painting, drawing, and other flat media.
- I’ve seen most of the Split Ends work develop over the year in the studio, and it is remarkably different when presented in a gallery – transformed by the space, and transforming the space in turn – in a way that doesn’t happen with paintings.
Part of that comes simply from having to unmake, move, and then remake found-object sculptures and assemblages. Part of it is that in a new space the artist makes new decisions, again in a way that is unlike paintings.
This show has dramatic lighting, lots of recorded voices and soundtracks, and impingement of art pieces on one another. Or is that infringement? Or collaboration? In any case, it creates energy and a show that is worth experiencing.
The Visual Arts Gallery is at 601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor, and the exhibition remains up until March 9th.
- Ates Ucul
- Matthew Eck
- Marc Bradley Johnson