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The Department of Art &\; Art History is pleased to present Heretical Hierarchy on view from January 11 to February 20 \, 2011\, with an opening reception on January 13\, 5-7 PM\, at the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. This exhibition brings together varied and c hallenging artwork by five first year MFA students in Art Practice at Stan ford. As exhibition curator Xiaoze Xie states\, “the exhi bition title suggests a subversive attitude and gesture reflected in the d iverse body of work. Crossing the divides between different media and styl es\, the works challenge the established parameters of conventional art ma king and explore a broad range of personal\, psychological\, environmental \, social\, political\, and aesthetic issues.”

Andrew Chapman’s paintings blen d the illusion of light and space with layers of diagrams and structures\, creating complex visual textures\,  mental and psychological spaces. He e xamines the role of producing two-dimensional imagery in the digital age a nd the conflict of perceptual decision making and visual “understanding.” Drawing on techniques inherent to the medium that are generally employed t o describe the figure\, his work teeters on the recognizable and evasive.< /span>

With Your Genitals Here\, Yvette Deas presents a six-panel installation that shows thre e gender-queer performers in multifarious manifestations of male and femal e. The installation invites the audience to become both subject and object through direct interaction. Conjuring carnival cut-outs and stage sets\, the work exploits the traditional medium of painting to create open-ended possibilities regarding gender and portraiture.

Rhonda Holberton’s multimedia w ork is a site-specific installation that measures and visualizes the consu mption of energy in the building where the Art Gallery is housed\, with re ferences to Modernist sculpture and industrial products. Her work\, which presents interdisciplinary techniques that range from carpentry to web-bas ed interaction\, addresses the incongruities of the symbolic meanings of o ur surroundings and the literal meanings behind them that are often ignore d. She utilizes tactics to expose a much more perverse consequence of the materials.

Ada m Katseff explores the natural and spiritual in his meditative and photographic images of landscapes\, often finding signs\, transformation\ , and death. This cycle is compressed in the life of an open flame\, star ting as a small spark\, and then explodes\, blazing at its brightest in th e moments just before death.  Emphasizing the performative element and the extended duration of process\, his work also addresses the most fundament al aspects of photography: light\, space\, and time.

Yulia Pinkusevich’s site-sp ecific wall drawing\, a 22’ x 20’ piece entitled Global Utopias of Futu res Past examines Soviet Socialist and Modernist ideologies through th eir manifestation in art\, design\, and architecture. Both Socialist and Capitalist ideologies create global visions of monumental hope and progres s through exponential growth and urban development. Conceptually\, the wor k questions the sustained adherence to these utopian ideals\, while aesthe tically focusing on repetition\, contrast\, and illusion.


VISITOR INFORMATION: Thomas Welton Stan ford Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday\, 10 AM–5 PM\, and Saturda y and Sunday\, 1-5 PM. Admission is free. The Gallery is located in the St anford campus\, off Palm Drive at 419 Lasuen Mall. Parking is free after 4 PM and all day on weekends. Information:  (650) 723-2842 \, http://art.st anford.edu.

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