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Part I\, from April 25 - May 10\, 2013\, will have two opening receptions: Thursday April 25\, from 6-9 pm and Saturday April 27\, from 12-6 pm.

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The University of California at Irvine has renamed th e Studio Art Department the Department of Art. The MFA class of 2013 is the first to receive their degrees with this new title and the work they will present in UCI MFA Thesis Exhibition: Parts I and II reflects this turn. Th e nine candidates will exhibit work demonstrating fresh interpretations of interdisciplinary practice\, including performative installation\, sculptur al video\, theatrical soundscapes\, critical abstraction\, painting\, and i nstitutional critique.

In the Room Gallery Cassie Riger will present Early Influences. The viewer enters a darkened gallery to find a series of playfully constructed video projections\, which meditate upon the possibilities and problematics of the apparatus of cinema. Filmic effects now typically achieved in post product ion are achieved in Riger’s work through ridiculously obtuse physical effor ts. Meanwhile\, a series of cinematically composed color photographs stage expressive tableaus from remembered moments of television spectacle. She us es these telegenic reenactments to interrogate the emotional affects and co llective traumas projected via mass media.

In the University Art Gallery (UAG) Yaron Michael Hak im will show an installation incorporating a handmade boat in which he will sail to Catalina Island following the exhibition. Through sculptures\, ins tallations\, paintings and performance he creates a phenomenological world to negotiate interests in ritual\, travel\, science and politics. This bric olage practice is influenced by his travels\, nomadic-like upbringing and g eneral sense of placeless-ness.

Todd Bura will show a series of paintings in the Contemporary Ar ts Center Gallery (CAC). The work is the result of his recent investigation s into fixed and unfixed compositions. He is invested in both the history o f painting and poetically working within the medium.

Also in the CAC\, Martabel Wasserman will p resent #ReclaimMayDay\, an installation exploring the pagan and political o rigins of the holiday. She investigates the difficulty of coalition buildin g ultimately seeking to mobilize political action through craft\, camp\, te xt\, and social practice.

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