The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University is pleased to present Wünderflater on view on from May 12 to June 14, with an opening reception on May 15, from 6-8 PM at the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. Wünderflater (loosely translated, “wünder” is “wonder” in German, and “flater” is “accident” in Afrikaans) is an exhibition of artwork created by Stanford University’s five graduating artists for their final MFA Thesis. The artists include Reed Anderson, Michael Arcega, Kazumi Shiho, Cobi van Tonder and Jina Valentine.
Together, they worked to deconstruct any extant preconceptions of a standard MFA exhibition, and collaborated instead on a new model that takes the form of a monolithic inflatable structure, meant to be experienced. The impetus was the desire to work with one another to explore possibilities for merging their individual aesthetics and practical knowledge.
Reed Anderson has shown his work internationally since 1998. His work resides in public collections that include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Olbricht Collection in Essen, Germany; and the Burchfield-Penney Art Museum in Buffalo, NY.
Michael Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installations. His art, though visual, revolved around language. He utilizes comedic strategies and tactics to express darker global issues. He received his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently completing his MFA at Stanford University.
Kazumi Shiho utilizes a broad range of media, including paper, steel, sheet rock and computer coding in a process that transforms and reconfigures the material. She received her BFA from Tokyo National University of Fine Art in 2007, and will earn her MFA in Stanford University in June 2009.
Cobi van Tonder is a South African composer and sound artist who creates a multifaceted range of media, traditions and subcultures with some focus on digital and technology. Recently, her works has focused around multi-channel sound, video and networked audio.
Jina Valentine who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received her BFA from Carnegie Melon in 2001. Her work has been included in exhibitions in the Drawing Center, Studio Museum in Harlem and at the Elizabeth Foundation. Profoundly influenced by American folk art and the work of Dubuffet, she sparks dialogues with the discarded artifacts of contemporary life.
VISITOR INFORMATION: Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM–5 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 PM. Admission is free. The Gallery is located in the Stanford 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.stanford.edu