Beyond Matter – Part 1, UDEL MFA Alumni Exhibition

36February 12 – March 22, 2009
Reception: February 12, 6-9pm

Location: University of Delaware Gallery
Hours: Wed – Sat 12-6pm

The UD@Crane Philadelphia satellite exhibition space is pleased to present “Beyond Matter – Part 1, University of Delaware MFA Alumni Exhibition”.

Nora Lawrence, Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, selected eleven artists to be exhibited in “Beyond Matter -Part I & II”. Ms. Lawrence reviewed a pool of ninety University of Delaware Master of Fine Arts alumni to curate the exhibitions.

“Beyond Matter – Part I” features the work of Rebecca Dietz, Mark Franchino, Helen Mason, Janell Olah, Alex Schuchard and Jeremy Wineberg. “Beyond Matter – Part II” will open in April 9, 2009, and will feature the work of Daniel Fielder, Deborah Kapoor, Frank Lavelle, Jeannie Pearce and Nicholas Schutsky.

Ms.Lawrence explained her “Beyond Matter” curatorial process: “ The two installations that make up the exhibition Beyond Matter demonstrate the wide variety of artistic techniques that the graduates of the University of Delaware MFA program employ in their careers. While many alumni work in the traditional media of painting, sculpture, and photography—finding evermore ways to make them fresh—others have charted new paths with mixed media installations as well as digital and computer art. As I worked to separate Beyond Matter into two installations, I found that I was able to roughly divide the reason for my interest in the work of the eleven selected artists into two broad categories. The works in the February installation are united in their conceptual focus; the works in the March show, by their interest in the beautiful. All of the works in the exhibition, of course, do transcend this simple split, appealing to the human desire for intellectual stimulation while also offering an experience of the sublime. But I feel that each installation presents works of art that are complementary; works that can be fruitfully considered in dialogue with one another.”

Also on at view at SEA (Space for Experimental Art, Lower Level, UD@Crane: “Art as an Imprint”

This exhibition is an assemblage of artists, first year MFA candidates, from the University of Delaware who have come together in a unique interdisciplinary program. “Art as an Imprint” includes the work of Kenny Delio, Jennifer Jones O’Neil, Shushana Muldowney, John Northington and Claudia Torres-Guillemard. These artists have converged to discuss and debate cultural and social aspects of history. As their ideas intersect some will converge while others diverge as their creative practice emerge.

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