November 10, 2012 - November 29, 2012The CU Art Museum and the Department of Art & Art History present the MFA Fall 2012 Thesis Exhibition, held in the Projects Gallery of the CU Art Museum building, part of the Visual Arts Complex on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus.
Each of the major works presented by Abby Bennett, Ryan Everson, Chase Folsom, Nicholas O'Brien, Joanna Powell, and Summer Ventis in this fall's MFA exhibition focuses our attention on a constructed landscape that challenges our assumptions about what is interior vs. exterior and about what constitutes our notions of the pastoral, of home, or of childhood utopias. These sculptural installations or "imagined spaces" act as theatre sets or backdrops for actions that are about to unfold or whose narratives have been disrupted. All these works present environments hauntingly devoid of human life. What remains is only the evidence of habitation, together with a relevant display of their constituent objects. There is also a search launched, either directly or indirectly, by these projects, presenting the viewer with the echo of unanswered questions. Where are we? Who lives here? What has happened or is about to happen? Absence, longing, interrupted play, and human intervention in natural (bucolic) environments all factor as critical elements in these assembled installations. It is with anticipation that we enter and explore unfamiliar paths leading us to an expanded sense of wonder about who we are and who we once were.
-Kim Dickey, Ceramics Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
The exhibition features: Abby Bennett, Ryan Everson, Chase Folsom, Nicholas O'Brien, Joanna Powell, and Summer Ventis