MFA Thesis Exhibit Paloma Kop

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My thesis work investigates the borderlands between material space(time) and electronic space(time). What spaces — real or virtual — are we in, and how do ways of image-making inform our concepts of them? My work exists in both electronic and physical space, pointing to the existence of a larger space(time) manifold encompassing both. Using light reflection and refraction, ferrofluid, water, lasers, and glass, I develop experimental video and animation techniques in order to expand into new ways of seeing.

Decoherence, 2019
Lumiagraph, 2019
Labyrinthine, 2020
Video Topography, 2019

MFA Thesis Exhibit Gongzhuo Wang

Congratulations Gongzhuo Wang! See more of Gongzhuos work on her website.

I’m a Printmaker, Video Artist, and Graphic Designer. In the past few years, I explored the relationship between nature through living things, human behavior, and technology.

Wool, 2020
Wool, 2020

Expressions of the natural world, which are based on diverse natural materials and forms, model a particular way to compose the work in my thesis. I combined material references to humanity and nature to explore their intimate connections. In this artistic journey, finding an individual language to deeply analyze the different significance that each form of life brings into this world is the compelling part of these investigations.

DIPSACUS FULLONUM, 2019,
2720 × 1530, Single-Channel

Drawn to inspiration from two natural forms “animals” and “plants,” has inspired me to re-recognize art, and allowed me to open a way to feel the real situation between how humans coexist with nature. Nature is under pressure by widespread human exploitation, making the existence of natural life more precious than ever before. This way, the concepts of reality and disappearance need our reflection to respond to global climate change and the loss of nature as we have known it.

Dipsacus Fullonum, 2019
Dipsacus Fullonum, 2019

During these two years, the surrounding natural environment of Alfred has given me the opportunity to be drawn closer to animals and plants. With the emergence of life that has been explored, short, and occasionally profound moments linger in work without beginning or end.

3 Ave , 2020, 1920 × 1080, Single-channel

They exist with peace indefinitely and originate with no beginning. The title Itinerant Beginning  is implied in each work in the exhibition. Paper as a medium of transition that carries the weight of life with a rough or smooth surface. By collecting some animal hair (Wool) and plant specimens (teasel pods), their lives are reshaped on these carriers that were produced from natural fibers. Indeed, nature and immutability are the two significant elements that appear in the printed works. In the moment of their stillness, they confront our existence on these delicate papers, which leave a suspended presence by the power of their impressions.

My Radius, 2019
My Radius, 2019