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.
The University of California at Irvine has renamed the 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. The nine candidates will exhibit work demonstrating fresh interpretations of interdisciplinary practice, including performative installation, sculptural video, theatrical soundscapes, critical abstraction, painting, and institutional 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 production are achieved in Riger’s work through ridiculously obtuse physical efforts. Meanwhile, a series of cinematically composed color photographs stage expressive tableaus from remembered moments of television spectacle. She uses these telegenic reenactments to interrogate the emotional affects and collective traumas projected via mass media.
In the University Art Gallery (UAG) Yaron Michael Hakim will show an installation incorporating a handmade boat in which he will sail to Catalina Island following the exhibition. Through sculptures, installations, paintings and performance he creates a phenomenological world to negotiate interests in ritual, travel, science and politics. This bricolage practice is influenced by his travels, nomadic-like upbringing and general sense of placeless-ness.
Todd Bura will show a series of paintings in the Contemporary Arts Center Gallery (CAC). The work is the result of his recent investigations into fixed and unfixed compositions. He is invested in both the history of painting and poetically working within the medium.
Also in the CAC, Martabel Wasserman will present #ReclaimMayDay, an installation exploring the pagan and political origins of the holiday. She investigates the difficulty of coalition building ultimately seeking to mobilize political action through craft, camp, text, and social practice.