Heretical Hierarchy

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© Courtesy of Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery
Heretical Hierarchy
Curated by: Xiaoze Xie

419 Lasuen Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305
January 11th, 2011 - February 20th, 2011
Opening: January 13th, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Peninsula/South Bay
Tue-Sun 11-6
multi-media, installation


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 challenging artwork by five first year MFA students in Art Practice at Stanford. As exhibition curator Xiaoze Xie states, “the exhibition title suggests a subversive attitude and gesture reflected in the diverse body of work. Crossing the divides between different media and styles, the works challenge the established parameters of conventional art making and explore a broad range of personal, psychological, environmental, social, political, and aesthetic issues.”

Andrew Chapman’s paintings blend the illusion of light and space with layers of diagrams and structures, creating complex visual textures,  mental and psychological spaces. He examines the role of producing two-dimensional imagery in the digital age and the conflict of perceptual decision making and visual “understanding.” Drawing on techniques inherent to the medium that are generally employed to describe the figure, his work teeters on the recognizable and evasive.

With Your Genitals Here, Yvette Deas presents a six-panel installation that shows three gender-queer performers in multifarious manifestations of male and female. 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 work is a site-specific installation that measures and visualizes the consumption of energy in the building where the Art Gallery is housed, with references to Modernist sculpture and industrial products. Her work, which presents interdisciplinary techniques that range from carpentry to web-based interaction, addresses the incongruities of the symbolic meanings of our surroundings and the literal meanings behind them that are often ignored. She utilizes tactics to expose a much more perverse consequence of the materials.

Adam 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, starting as a small spark, and then explodes, blazing at its brightest in the moments just before death.  Emphasizing the performative element and the extended duration of process, his work also addresses the most fundamental aspects of photography: light, space, and time.

Yulia Pinkusevich’s site-specific wall drawing, a 22’ x 20’ piece entitled Global Utopias of Futures Past examines Soviet Socialist and Modernist ideologies through their manifestation in art, design, and architecture. Both Socialist and Capitalist ideologies create global visions of monumental hope and progress through exponential growth and urban development. Conceptually, the work questions the sustained adherence to these utopian ideals, while aesthetically focusing on repetition, contrast, and illusion.

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 ,