MFA Thesis Exhibition II: "Friend"


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The Mason Gross School of the Arts graduate program exhibition is back, and it's back with a vibrant vengeance. This particular demonstration is entitled, MFA Thesis Exhibition II: "Friend." It was a worthy follow-up to the first in the series entitled, MFA Thesis Exhibition II: "Daylight All Night Long."

The show followed on how our society is presented in the modern day, but also portrayed a different theme of what has become common in our modern day world.

The first exhibition expressed themes of how the industrial world has mixed with our natural one and how these combinations have become so common that we no longer notice. The second exhibition showed the idea of the masks we wear in society and how they are established.

Masks are something we wear daily to avoid the discomfort of explaining our feelings to others that may not accept them. Instead of dealing with our emotions, we hide them away, which is something this exhibit abruptly pulls back the curtains on.

Most of the rooms were full of colorful displays. One room, which further dwelled on this idea, was full of multicolor, distorted paintings of faces with meaningless expressions.

The faces exuded an eerie sense, as if you were being watched by hundreds of sad, tortured faces. The faces also showed a sense of our own mask that we wear in real life, as if to pose the question, "how much of your real feelings are really being established?"

The exhibit was full of these types of paintings and a multitude of body parts scattered throughout the exhibit.The body parts may represent out-of-body experiences, which I am sure we have all experienced at some point. 

Adjacent to the mask room was a room full of tile paintings with small pictures of domestic life in wooden frames. This choice of location spoke loudly about where we may wear our masks the most — in our very own homes with our families. 

Another area that screamed fascination to me was a room full of inkblots. It reminded me of the early and present day examinations of the human psyche, once again proving the hidden meaning behind the exhibit.

The series, as I've seen it so far, is all about how we perceive the world, and it is utterly fascinating in its portrayals.

Another captivating part of the show was a miniature sculpture of the world on a small shelf. The meaning behind this minuscule piece was enthralling. Is it possible that we see our world in such a huge view, it may not be that big after all in our vast universe?

The piece almost went unseen by my eyes. Once I saw it, I felt that the whole exhibit may have been built around it. 


Laura Dengrove

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