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The Department of Studio Art presents the 2012 Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions in the University Art Gallery and the Room Gallery.  The two-part series features 9 individual projects culminating from three years of formal and theoretical study at the university.  Exhibited works encompass painting, drawing, installation, multi-media, performance, video, sculpture, and photography.

Part I: Nick Aguayo, James Anderson, Sarah Beadle, Maya Gurantz, Paul Pescador
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 28, 2012 | 2 – 6 PM, with a screening of a film by Paul Pescador at 5 PM
Exhibition Dates: April 26, 2012 – May 11, 2012

Part II: Flora Kao, Scott Klinger, Lauren Merage, Aaron Valenzuela
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19, 2012 | 2 – 6 PM
Exhibition Dates: May 17, 2012 – June 1, 2012


Nick Aguayo’s paintings are objects that reveal the process of their making through a layered transparency.  The paintings often rest in a state of almost falling apart, creating a tension that aims to challenge and question the expectations of a painting.

James Anderson works with both found and fabricated forms to explore the body’s relationship to materiality, labor and time.  His recent sculptural works weave personal narratives into investigations of gravity, balance, ephemerality and surface.

Sarah Beadle’s Setting Resetting deals with performative acts of marginalization built into the spectacle of hospitality.  Setting Resetting employs architectural intervention, performance, photography, language and food to this end.

Maya Gurantz’s The Whore’s Dialogue, an immersive multi-channel video installation, enacts a ritual of the transmission, through language, of sexual knowledge between women.  This continues her video and performance works that interrogate the contradictions embedded in performances of power.

Paul Pescador’s 3,4,5, and 8 is an eleven-month long investigation of the sequel and the remake, in response to his previous body of work 1, 1 1/2, 2.  The completed project consists of two artist’s books, a durational performance, and a film.

With Breath, Flora Kao archives the architectural trace of home and failure.  Through a life-size rubbing, Kao maps a collapsed desert homestead at a specific moment of decay.  This work is complemented by a three-channel video installation documenting the ghostly imprints left by demolished homes on adjacent apartment blocks.

In Polyphemus’ CaveScott Klinger re-imagines the living quarters of the Cyclops from Homer’s Odyssey in an immersive environment including light, painting, and sculpture.  Klinger will also screen his most recent film The Lover Who Doesn’t Forget, a stop-motion animated film with live actors shot in the Yucatan, Chiapas and the Western United States.

Lauren Merage presents Eidola, a surrealist short film about perception and expectation, autobiography, and memory.  The film’s location, a private home, is brought to life with stories told through the contemporary art collection that resides in the space.  Structured as dreamscape, Eidola offers a poetic and critical psychoanalystic take on the ethos and pathos of those inhabiting the art world, from artist to collector to viewer.

In Weave Me BeAaron Valenzuela examines the expectations of male masculinities.  By subverting such standards, the installation is a prismatic play on imagery and material to touch upon the excitement and anxiety of identity formation.

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