MFA Thesis Exhibition
May 5 - May 22, 2011
This exhibition is the final in an ongoing series of MFA thesis
exhibitions shown annually at the Tufts University Art Gallery as
part of the joint graduate degree program of Tufts University and
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Public Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 5:30-8:00pm
Artists' Talks: Thursday, May 5, 5:00pm
About the artists:
COURTLAND J. BLADE
Blade will be exhibiting oil paintings that deal with ideas of
supermodernity, isolation, and non-places. He creates images of
subways, hotel spaces, motorways and other spaces of transience that
generally do not hold a specific history. Blade allows the paint to
be paint while incorporating color theory and referencing different
modes of painting. His images reflect the social and structural
shift that our present world is making.
Courtland J. Blade, The Parking Garage, 2011,
oil on canvas, 30x40 inches.
PAUL ENDRES JR.
Endres' graduate work, Paintings from the American Burden by P.J.
Endres Jr. is equal parts comedy and tragedy, the frenzied group
scenes are painted memorials to the events of an alternate reality.
A dark pact made by television light and a vivacious afternoon
beheading serve as subject matter for the doomed hero artist,
P.J.Endres Jr., who may be as flawed as the accomplices he paints.
Paul Endres, Jr., The Beheading of Our Savior
David Ocampo in the Interest of Preservation and Future
Rejuvenation, Seventeenth Day in October, in the Year of Our Lord,
2010-2011, acrylic on canvas, 62x96 inches.
Gross' installation documents The Boston Tree Party - a participatory
and collaborative public project to plant 100 pairs of heirloom
apple trees in civic spaces across the Greater Boston area from Feb.
2011-Nov. 2016. As an urban agriculture project, the campaign
creates vital gathering places, builds community connections, and
improves community health. As a conceptual art project, The Boston
Tree Party engages with metaphor and symbolism, and playfully
reimagines patriotic and political
language, imagery, and forms of
Lisa Gross and Shea Cadrin, The Boston Tree
Party Flag, 2011, printed cloth, size variable
INGRID DE AGUIAR SANCHEZ
The root of Sanchez's work lies in hybridism and the cross-breeding
of language. Fragmentos is an installation piece that consists of
thousands of ephemeral tiles, each composed of screen printed
imaginary organisms that repeat and transform themselves into a
narrative constantly renewed through a non-linear progression. As an
artist and immigrant, Sanchez's oeuvre does not follow traditional
conventions of painting, printmaking or sculpture, rather it devours
all of these elements in order to create something that can easily
adapt to a foreign environment.
Ingrid de Aguiar Sanchez, Carnivorous from
the installation Fragmentos, 2011,
screen-printed on leather, 6x4
Mong-jane's work is an inquiry of Americanized Chinese cuisine. It
considers the generic composition of Chinese takeout food a result
and metaphor of the relocation of culture. The show consists of
photographs of archetypal dishes and sculptures that identify the
characteristics of a Chinese takeout restaurant. Spatial
arrangements of the two further suggest possible conditions of
cultural assimilation and adaptation.
Mong-jane Wu, Beef and Broccoli, 2011,