Mixed Messages: Mills College 2014 MFA Exhibition

When 4 May 2014 - 25 May 2014
Where Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
United States
Enquiry (510) 430-2164

Open Reception: Saturday, May 3, 6-8pm

Mixed Messagesfeatures work in a wide range of media—painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance—created by the emerging artists of the Mills College MFA in Studio Art Program.

Students showcase a final body of work produced as the culmination of their graduate experience––two years of research, experimentation, and refinement of their artistic practice. This exhibition offers 12 individual voices all responding to the contradictions and ambivalence of contemporary life.

Gwynessa Balvanz seeks to understand human vulnerability through detailed, almost scientific, investigation. Acting as a lens with which to view the world, her paintings and sculptures reveal a path to deeper self-awareness.

Sarah Beckstrom’s Shipping Container HOME Project is a practical undertaking of building a home. Through the designing and building of a sustainable shipping container home, Beckstrom engages in a practice of deconstruction and reclamation, connection and collaboration, and of activating new possibilities.

Veva Edelson uses humble materials and processes––pencil on paper, photography, and fired clay––to explore the visual effects of texture and density. Repeated simple gestures, such as crumpling and erasing, express and obscure information. The resulting enigmatic forms invite touch and evoke emotional associations.

Heather Engen explores the subjective sensate experience through materials and form.  Her sculptural and interdisciplinary works focus on visual to physical sensation, which imagines the viewer’s corporeal experience completing the artwork.

Using layers of paper, paint and found surfaces as a metaphor for the experiences we accumulate, Dave Young Kim creates large-scale works that combine street art aesthetics with more traditional painterly sources.

William Koone makes drawings, sculptures, and photographs that deconstruct photography’s current condition of mediation and super-saturation used to propagate brands and lifestyles. His work urges the viewer to contemplate these constructions and the greater effect of a population that rapidly consumes imagery and contributes to it.

In a process called creative destruction, Margaret Lawless creates work that reflects our modern economic landscape.  By repeating a cyclical process of construction and deconstruction in her work, Lawless exposes our simultaneous desire and resistance to the new replacing the old.

Using charcoal and paint on canvas, David Mohr creates images that exist in between depth and flatness, bringing attention to the surface while suggesting nuances in space and form.

Through her often comedic works, Kate Rhoades tackles high art problems with low art tools. Rhoades probes the absurdity and contradictions of the art world through her videos, zines, and paintings.

Lucienne Silva’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures create an immersive environment and animistic landscape that reflect her consideration of land as figure.

Through photography, sculpture and installation, Susan L. Sternberg explores the concept of binaries and highlights the way in which an equation can create separation, borders, and dichotomies.

Kelsey Thorne creates installations, drawings, videos, and performances that corral and then distill the physical and psychological implications of an excessive and addictive athletically driven lifestyle.

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