UCI MFA THESIS EXHIBITION PART III

UCI MFA THESIS EXHIBITION PART III

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 16:05

The Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to present the thesis exhibitions by the 2014 Master of Fine Art candidates. This represents the culmination of three years of rigorous formal and theoretical study. The twelve candidates will present new work in the areas of photography, painting, sculpture, performance, video and installation.

In the Room Gallery, Isabel Theselius presents Hej Angels!, an installation of video works and a painted car created in response to the Swedish artist Anders BOM Lindén, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in the summer of 2012. The work is in dialogue not only with BOM as artist, but as her close friend and her mother's boyfriend as well. Theselius filters BOM's fascination with western movie cowboys, American motorcycles and cars, and life in America through her own vision, working from the site that BOM dreamed of but never actually visited. Hej Angels! (Hey Angels!) is a slip of the tongue expression that BOM used when referring to the motorcycle club Hells Angels.

In the UAG Gallery, Jenn Berger presents You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch), a collage of video, drawing, and photography. Both a temptation and a warning, the show’s title refers to the simultaneous desire to get close to and keep a distance from dangerous things, like the edge of a building, wild animals, love relationships (romantic and familial) and fire.

In the front gallery of the CAC Daniel Hawkins presents Desert Lighthouse Protocols "a fractured, prismatic inventory of partially completed, perversely translated, and allegedly destroyed iterations of his tragic but epic land art project Desert Lighthouse. Frequently combining the deliberate undertaking of Sisyphean tasks with explorations of the aesthetics of plausible deniability, Hawkins' work explores cycles of grandiosity, failure, and rationalization through a battery of sculptural, architectural, land art, and performative strategies, while incorporating diverse media from printmaking, drawing, and painting, to video, sound art, and digital imaging. For Desert Lighthouse Protocols, Hawkins has assembled an array of prototypes, models, and collateral documentation for this ongoing Gesamtkunstwerk." - Doug Harvey

In the back of the CAC Gallery Jimena Sarno presents Homeland, an immersive sonic and sculptural environment that investigates power relations, security culture and the urban landscape as a zone of conflict. The project traces the history of surveillance in the US, its origins in slavery and the creation of tap dance as a form of resistance. These ideas coalesce to demarcate a psychic space with its own parameters of order, mobility, presence, absence and belonging. This sensory experience invites the viewer to question notions of authority, participation, consensus and dissent.

During the opening a group of tap dancers will perform for the CAC Gallery surveillance cameras and the visitors. Performance times are: May 22nd at 7:30 pm and May 24th at 4pm.

Images (l-r): Isabel Theselius, Hej Angels!, 2014; Jenn Berger, You Were Holding Me in California When My Grandfather Was Dying In Maryland, 2014; Daniel Hawkins, Crown and Capstone, 2014; Jimena Sarno, Homeland, 2014, Detail Of Sonic Environment.