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Get artsy by visiting MFA exhibition 'All Night Long'


Talk about an art show I could view "All Night Long". 

With the new semester comes new art, and with new art comes a remarkably stunning exhibition from Rutgers' very own Mason Gross School of the Arts entitled, “Daylight All Night Long.”

The exhibition is part of the graduate program's MFA Thesis Exhibition Series, which will be broken down into three parts over the course of the semester.

The first exhibition is a stunning portrayal of our society as a whole and the things that surround us in our daily lives. The mix of neutral and bright colors throughout the show gave a sense of daily life and the neutral colors presented more of a grim look of how our society has blended with industrial life, while the bright colors added a much needed levity to the show as you ponder over the deeper meanings behind some of the works of art.

What really captured my eye was the main display that is presented as you enter the exhibition room. I found the mix of pieces inspired from nature, such as branches and wood, to complement the pieces from the industrial world, such as metal and rubber. 

The pieces invoke a strong emotional response from the viewer. As you look at these two pieces, they seemingly are not made to be mixed together and merged into what looks like a disfigured message of what our society has become. It presents the idea of the dependence we now have in this culture and how it has combined in with the naturalistic elements in our world to create a sort of dystopia.

Another part of the exhibition that presented the idea of our natural world versus the industrial world was a room that was mostly made of clay pieces. The use of clay presented an idea about our ancestral roots. It gave another stark contrast to the more modern-day techniques used in other parts of the show, and the lacking industrial side that is showcased in the other rooms.

My favorite parts of the show resided in Yellow Gallery No. 2 and Blue Gallery No. 2. Both rooms, while vastly different, told a tale much deeper than what meets the eye. I was astounded by the powerful impact of both rooms. The rooms are definitely a highlight of the show and a must see.

In Yellow Gallery No. 2, a grim video portrait of the more poverty-stricken side of New Brunswick is shown subtly by close ups of rusting buildings and paint chipped houses. The sound of the busy streets also adds a layer of depth to this particular part of the show. One particular shot in the video montage was of two houses with a church behind it. 

Blue Gallery No. 2 had a majorly different view than that of Yellow Gallery No. 2. In this room, large, darkly colorful paintings take up the walls. The paintings were filled with portraits of people mingling with one another. In a way, the paintings somehow presented the more sexualized nature of our society. With eyes hollowed out, bodies piled up on one another and ribs accentuated in the paintings, it gave an eerie sense that coincided with the overall theme of the rest of the show.

The artists of the show are, Jaewan Choi, Spencer Lee Erickson, Grace Jackson, Bomi Kim, Sena Wataya, Ella Wearing and Jane Westrick.

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