MFA Thesis Exhibition
May 2 - 19, 2013
Tisch Family Gallery
An MFA Thesis Exhibition of seven artists in the joint
graduate degree program of Tufts University and the School
of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston opens May 2nd at the
Tufts University Art Gallery and runs through May 19th.
This is the third of three MFA Thesis Exhibitions in the
2012-2013 academic year presented by Tufts as part of an
annual series. The artists will be present at the opening
and will speak about their work.
About the artists:
In Hathaway-Zepeda's film, LB in Memory, the protagonist
faces the process of grieving while suspended in a
collection of natural landscapes. The work explores the notion
that reality continues to distort with each death.
Case Hathaway-Zepeda, LB in Memory,
2013, video, 3:06 minutes.
Feel Free reevaluates the processes of psychological diagnosis by mocking
the self-help brochures found in health facilities and counseling centers. Ishii
questions the idea that different or abnormal feelings should be considered an
illness or disorder. He proposes alternative diagnoses, such as "that feeling
you get when you see the sunset" or "what makes life beautiful."
Paul Ishii, Feel Free, 2013,
digitally printed brochures, 8.5 x 3.7 inches.
These paintings explore the artist's interpretation of the world around
him within a continuum of representation and abstraction. Kish's
landscapes, painted in situ, include scenes of the interstate highway,
marshland, neighborhoods, and office buildings in New Hampshire,
close to where he grew up. These works are devoted to describing physical
and architectural space. The abstract paintings that are
produced in the studio unpack the artist's observational work and seek
to depict that which he cannot see when he is painting outside.
Ryan Kish, Dormer, 2013,
oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches.
Asunder examines the overlapping themes of collection and pattern,
including ideas of accumulation, arrangement, obsession, and
preciousness. Lynch creates paintings with small and intricate marks,
organized in a particular fashion and neurotically repeated. These works
speak to the stringent way collections can be displayed and the obsessive
nature of collecting.
Liza Lynch, Cut Crystal Vial No. 1,
2013, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches.
The Great Escape, a series of landscape paintings, developed
from a synthesis of memories, photos, and imagination, reveals the
transitory states of an artist's process. Varied color palettes and
inventive paint application blend representation with abstraction
developing seemingly familiar yet mysterious spaces. In these
works, the artist escapes into the painting process and investigates
its limitless capacities. The medium's innate qualities and artist's
vision meld revealing a sense of both disaster and discovery.
Vanessa Michalak, On the Way Home,
2013, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches.
End The Confusion is an installation, drawing, and performance
that explores American history through the lenses of the conspiracy
theorist, the artist, the historian, and the hoarder. The artist began
with the question proposed by Walter Benjamin in his final written
piece, Thesis on the Philosophy of History: what are we to make
of the endless pile of corpses that is a result of human history? An
underlying faith in humanism emerges in Neylan's examination of
these various approaches to history, but it comes with the caveat that
it can also lead to a prison of the mind.
John Neylan, End the Confusion,
2013, installation, 12 x 12 feet.
D.M.H. R.I.C.H.M.O.N.D. x2
Following a stint at a covert convenience think tank, MFA candidate
DMH Richmond invites you to experience the fruition of the trust's
meditations. "Pop up Palace", Talm Yom Good will be open to
visitors who can expect product promotions, freebies, contests, film
screenings, celebrity guests, and franchise opportunities.
D.M.H. R.I.C.H.M.O.N.D. x2, Total Recall Live
(Apocalyptic Talk Show), 2013, video, 23 minutes.
the Press Release here.