The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine presents the second installment of the 2012 Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art thesis exhibitions. The two-part series features individual projects culminating from three years of formal and theoretical study at the university.
With Breath, Flora Kao archives the architectural trace of home and failure. Through a life-size rubbing, Kao maps a collapsed desert homestead at a specific moment of decay. This work is complemented by a three-channel video installation documenting the ghostly imprints left by demolished homes on adjacent apartment blocks.
In Polyphemus's Cave, Scott Klinger re-imagines the living quarters of the Cyclops from Homer's Odyssey in an immersive environment including light, painting, and sculpture. Klinger will also screen his most recent film, The Lover Who Doesn't Forget, a stop-motion animated film with live actors shot in the Yucatan, Chiapas and the Western United States.
Lauren Merage presents Eidola, a surrealist short film about perception and expectation, autobiography and memory. The film's location, a private home, is brought to life with stories told through the contemporary art collection that resides in the space. Structured as dreamscape, Eidola offers a poetic and critical psychoanalytic take on the ethos and pathos of those inhabiting the art world, from artist to collector to viewer.
In Weave Me Be, Aaron Valenzuela examines the expectations of male masculinities. By subverting such standards, the installation is a prismatic play on imagery and material to touch upon the excitement and anxiety of identity formation.